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In past years, the Symposium sponsors have provided arrangements for refreshments and Friday's lunch. We are still working through details to make available as much of that as possible. We'll be keeping you informed about these arrangements. Please register for the appropriate ticket as it applies to your attendance (in-person or remote)

Keynote: Dr. Joe Yelderman, Baylor University

Theme: Conservation, Innovation, and Advances in Conservation Biology

When: Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20, 2023

How: Hybrid Symposium, both available in-person and by remote video (attendees only)

Where: Williamson County Annex, 100 Wilco Way, Georgetown, Texas; virtually - log-in/join instructions to be posted here ahead of the event.

Who: All person interested and involved in conservation efforts, endangered and threatened species, environmental dynamics, the regulatory atmosphere and habitat and natural and open space areas.

  • For in-person attendance, parking is available around the building at 100 Wilco Way.
  • In-person attendance will follow state and local gathering guidelines in place as of the meeting date.

Southwestern University and the Williamson County Conservation Foundation have set Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20 for the 9th Annual Texas Conservation Symposium. The program scope will include species of conservation need in Texas, research and related developments affecting conservation generally, and in Texas.  Notable topics include (but will not be limited to) biology, ecology, statistical analysis, geology/hydrology, climatology, and the regulatory/governmental climate.

2023 Virtual Access information

Thursday Session – January 19th

Meeting link:

Meeting number:
2497 693 0543


Join by video system
Dial 24976930543@webex.com
You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0003 United States Toll
Access code: 2497 693 0543

Friday Session – January 20th

Meeting link:|

Meeting number:
2492 661 1886


Join by video system
Dial 24926611886@webex.com
You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0003 United States Toll
Access code: 2492 661 1886

If you have not presented before, please know that full A/V capability is available. Dr. Ben A. Pierce, Professor and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair, Southwestern University, will be coordinating papers and presentations. Abstracts for presentations can be sent to Dr. Ben Pierce (pierceb@southwestern.edu). Please follow the format presented in the sample abstract below. All oral presentations are 15 minutes (10-12 minutes for presentation, 3-5 minutes for questions and answers). The deadline for submission of title and abstracts for oral and poster presentations is 11:59 pm, November 16, 2022.

Download a copy of our TCS 2023 Sample Title & Abstract

We have expanded the symposium to include a poster session! Please delineate, as shown in the sample above, whether your presentation will be oral or in poster format. In the event either section is full, we will inform you if your presentation type must be changed by December 2nd. **All presentations must be in-person.

Programs will be sent out, when finalized, to all registered attendees and will be available in hardcopy form upon your arrival.

Student oral presentations: Again, this year, both undergraduate and graduate level classifications will be eligible for awards. Student awards (both classifications) for 2023 will be $200 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. The poster session will have a $50 prize for each category (graduate & undergraduate).