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IMATA Call for Papers FAQs

Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Annual Conference Call for Papers. 

Still have a question? Contact Cheryl Wallen.


If I am selected as a speaker, do I have to register for the Conference?

All speakers at the Annual Conference must be registered to attend, either for the full conference or the day on which they are speaking.  Registration categories and rates are determined by the membership status at the time in which the conference is held. 

AZA, IMATA, and the Annual Conference Program Committee would also like to encourage the participation of individuals from outside of the zoo or aquarium industry. In the case of individuals from outside of the industry, registration may be waived for the day. It is the role of the moderator to receive an exception from AZA for registration to be waived for those individuals who do not work in the zoo or aquarium industry, but have valuable experience and information to share.


Do I have to be a member of AZA or IMATA in order to submit an abstract or present at the Conference?

It is the preference of AZA and IMATA that all speakers within the zoo and aquarium profession be AZA or IMATA members in good standing. Membership status does not guarantee acceptance or rejection of a presentation.

It is required that all speakers and attendees of the conference who represent commercial entities (i.e. providers of products or services and/or consulting) within the zoo and aquarium profession, be AZA Commercial Members, IMATA Corporate Members, and/or participating at the conference by exhibiting or sponsoring.


I work for a company that provides products or services to zoos and aquariums.  Does my company have to be a Commercial Member of AZA or a Corporate Member of IMATA to present at the Conference?

It is required that all speakers and attendees of the conference who represent commercial entities (i.e. providers of products or services and/or consulting) within the zoo and aquarium profession, be AZA Commercial Members, IMATA Corporate Members and/or participating at the conference by exhibiting or sponsoring.

Presentations must be educational in nature and not actively promote any particular product, service, brand, or company. 


Any suggestions on how to make my proposal more "attractive" to the Review Committee?

The ACPC looks for diversity in the panel of speakers. Representatives from zoos and aquariums. Large size institutions and small sized institutions. Institutions with large operating budgets and small operations budgets.  Institutions with varying demographics. Institutions from different geographic regions. The more variety in a panel, the better.

The ACPC also encourages participation from speakers outside of the zoo and aquarium community. 


What Information Do I Need to Submit? 

  • Presenting Author Contact Information
  • Abstract Title
  • Abstract - maximum of 700 words
  • Presentation Format (Formal, Informal, or Poster)

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