12 JULY: Additional updates made to program, available under Program tab. Schedule unchanged.
5 JULY: Updates made to program, available under Program tab.
3 JULY: The full program is now available under the Program tab. It includes several minor changes to the program/schedule.
24 JUNE: The ICO2019 program at-a-glance and detailed schedule are now posted under the Program tab. Check it out to see when you present!
12 JUNE: Post trip cancelled due to lack of interest. Those who registered should receive a refund shortly and should contact Will (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you do not. We apologize for any inconvenience.
18 MAY: Earlybird registration pricing and abstract submission have both ended. Registration is still open, though!
30 APR: Earlybird registration and abstract submission deadline EXTENDED TO MAY 15
15 APR: Check out the Attendees tab above to see who had registered for ICO2019!
5 APR: The Friday tour will include a dragonfly photography workshop! To attend, register for the Friday tour and you can sign up for the workshop at the meeting.
ICO 2019 | Austin, Texas | 14-19th July 2019
The 2019 International Congress of Odonatology will be held in Austin, Texas in the southern US. Austin is a great destination for dragonflies and damselflies with 116 species known from the Austin area and 245 species in Texas! The Sunday night ice breaker and all the meetings will take place in downtown Austin on Lady Bird Lake at the 2nd floor of the Palmer Event Center. On Wednesday night, our Congress Dinner will take place within walking distance from the Palmer Event Center, on boats touring Lady Bird Lake where we’ll watch the famous Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from the Congress Street Bridge, the largest urban bat colony in the world.
To make cost more flexible, the mid-conference trip will now be an optional Friday local field trip. We will take you to some of the hotspots for dragonflies in the Austin area.
For the post-congress trip, we’ll travel to the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas to see some of the Neotropical fauna that just makes it into the United States. Click here for more info.
We are hoping to see all of you in Austin, Texas July 14-19th for ICO 2019!
The city of Austin prides itself on reducing its ecological footprint wherever possible and the Palmer Events Center is doing its share in the following ways:
• The installation of solar panels on the south facing roof, reducing dependence on electrical power
• Ongoing efforts to achieve LEED® Existing Building Certification
• Waste diversion – the management of recycling and composting
• The reduction in lighting wattage by 33% from original installation
Sustainability is extremely important to the city of Austin and the Palmer Events Center. Any client wishing to use the Palmer Events Center for an event can have the utmost confidence in its commitment to being a “green” facility.
ICO 2019 Organizing Committee
John Abbott, chair
Kendra Abbott, co-chair
Newark, New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey
About the Logo
The logo for ICO 2019 features the American Rubyspot, Hetaerina americana, a common species throughout the mainland United States. Both males and females of this damselfly species have brilliant metallic iridescent bodies, and males develop crimson patches on the basal fourth (or more) of their wings. You are sure to be greeted by the American Rubyspot along streams and rivers while you’re in Austin, as well as the Smoky Rubyspot (H. titia), which is also found in these parts.
The logo also features the lone star of Texas. You’ll find that among the citizens of the US, Texans are exceptionally (and perhaps inordinately) proud of their state. The lone star is an element of the Texas state flag, which decorates many homes and businesses throughout the state. Once you start looking for it, you’ll never stop seeing it!
Logo designed and created by: Will Kuhn
Featured fonts: Wood Print by Elo Marc (http://www.artshop.elodesigns.com) and White Vinegar by Tom Kolter (http://www.ghostsofbigfoot.com).
Photo credits: H. americana male (left): John Abbott; female (right): Greg W Lasley.
Online registration is now open! Click the REGISTER button (right) for pricing, add-ons and registration.
Abstract submission is now closed.
Information for presenters
- To accommodate as many speakers as possible, regular presentation slots will be 15 minutes long (including questions). Recommended: 12-min talk + 3-min question period
- Slots for invited plenary speakers are 25 minutes (including questions). Recommended: 10-min talk + 5-min question period
- Poster presenters will also give a 1-minute talk previewing their poster (see Lightning Talks below)
- Please practice your presentation ahead of time to accommodate these short time slots
- Note: breaks (lunch and coffee) have been extended at this Congress to facilitate networking and discussion
- Presentations should be uploaded to this Dropbox link ahead of time (preferred) or to the session computer on the morning of your talk. Further instructions will be available at the Registration Table
- Presentations should be either a PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx) or an Adobe PDF (.pdf) file in wide format (16:9) if possible. If applicable, video files should be embedded or should be included as separate files
- RECOMMENDED SIZE: 48 inches wide by 36 inches tall (122 cm wide x 91 cm tall)
- Poster fasteners (tacks, tape, or velcro) will be provided
- Poster presenters need to submit an abstract online (here)
- LIGHTNING TALKS:
- Poster submitters will also give a 1-minute “Lightning Talk” to encourage attendees to visit their poster. These Lighting Talks will occur in an exciting, rapid-fire session before the poster room opens
- The 1-minute slots are intentionally short; you will not be able to and should not try to describe your poster in full
- Your Lightning Talk should answer the question: “Why is my poster worth a visit?”
- In the interest of time, no visuals will be allowed during Lightning Talks, only you and your voice
- Audience questions will not be allowed during these talks, but hopefully you will inspire questions to be asked later at your poster
- Plan ahead and practice your talk
- Abstracts should be submitted online (here) for all presentations (regular and invited plenary) and posters
- LENGTH: 250 words, maximum
- LANGUAGE: please use American English spelling and grammar
- ITALICS: please italicize species names in the abstract title and text
- SPECIES AUTHOR: please include the species author in abstract text as follows, Ischnura kellicotti Williamson, Anax junius (Drury)
- CONTENT: where appropriate, please construct your abstract like a very short scientific paper, including a mini introduction, methods, results (or expected results) and discussion section. Do not include headings such as “Introduction”
- REVIEW/ACCEPTANCE: Submitting an abstract does not guarantee its acceptance. Abstracts will be reviewed and accepted at the discretion of the Abstract Review Committee
- SUBMISSIONS ARE FINAL: Abstracts will be reviewed as they are submitted to speed up the review process, so you will not be able to edit your abstract after submission.
- SUBMIT EARLY: Abstracts that are submitted earlier will be given priority over those that are submitted later
- DEADLINE: Abstracts for presentations and posters must be submitted by
April 30, 2019May 15, 2019 (extended)
Have technical questions about presentations, posters, or abstracts? Ask Will at email@example.com
Program at-a-glance & full program
Below you will find a summary of the ICO2019 program. Click the image below for a PDF of the full program. This is the most up-to-date version of the program; any changes to the schedule will be reflected in this version.
Printed versions of the full program will be available on site for meeting registrants.
Students & Letters of Invitation
Student travel grants
We will be providing a small number of travel grants to students who are most in need. Each grant will include:
- student registration
- admission for the Wednesday Congress dinner
- admission for the Friday tour
- $585 toward travel and other expenses
- Total value: $1000
- Only students (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) may apply (you may be required to submit a letter from your university indicating your enrollment)
- Incomplete applications will not be considered
- Application deadline: NOW PASSED
15 January 2019extended to 15 February 2019 (note: this early deadline is to give students ample time to obtain travel visas)
- Recipients will be notified by
1 February 20191 March 2019
- You may be asked to help with registration table or help moderate a session! If you have a preference for one of these activities please let us know.
APPLICATION DEADLINE NOW PASSED.
Letters of invitation
If you require a letter of invitation, please email Kendra at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Include “Letter of Invitation” in subject line
- Your full name
- Your address (to put on the letter)
- The proposed title of your presentation
We will reply to your email with your letter of invitation within approximately 48 hours.
Some helpful travel information
Information about obtaining a visa to the US can be found here. Visas are not required for travel from several countries to the US; the VISA WIZARD on the right of the linked page is helpful for determining which, if any, visa is required.
Travel within the US
Airport code for Austin, Texas is AUS.
Directions & Parking for ICO 2019 at Palmer Event Center
Directions from the Hyatt to Palmer Event Center
A quick 10 minute walk from the Hyatt to the Palmer Event Center. All ICO events will take place on the second floor. It is easiest to enter the Center from the north side or lake (river) facing side of the building.
Directions from the Airport to Palmer Event Center
Note: Texas labels many of its highways with 2 or more names.
Take Presidential Blvd (just follow airport exit signs) to HWY 71 (also called Ben White Blvd.)
Turn west (left) on Hwy 71 (Ben White Blvd). Stay on this road for 6.6 miles to I-35.
Take I-35 north (right) for 1.3 miles until you get to Exit 233 Riverside Dr.
Exit 233 on Riverside Drive and go west (left).
Drive through the Congress Ave. intersection and the next light is Barton Springs Rd. Turn left on Barton Springs Rd.
Palmer Event Center is 0.3 miles on the right.
Parking at the Palmer Event Center
To enter the parking garage from Barton Springs Road (south side entrance):
- Turn south (left) on South 1st Street.
- Turn west (right) on Barton Springs Road.
- The Palmer entrance will be on your right side, just past the Palmer marquee.
To enter the parking garage from Riverside Drive (north side entrance):
- Continue west on Riverside to the traffic circle and turn around to return in the eastbound lane.
- The Palmer entrance is just past the Long Center on the right side.
All ICO events will take place on the 2nd floor of Palmer Event Center. It is easier to enter from the north (river) side of the building.
Where to stay in Austin
There are several hotels near the Palmer Event Center. The three closest are listed below. The Congress Diner will be a bat tour departing from the Hyatt Regency (lake side).
Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs
Austin, Texas, USA, 78704
Tel: +1 512 477 1234
Embassy Suites by Hilton Austin Downtown Town Lake
Click here for a group rate.
300 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas, 78704
USA TEL: +1 512 469 9000
FAX: +1 512 480 9164
Extended Stay American
(working on getting group rate)
507 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
TEL: +1 512 476 1818
Click here is a list of other places in Austin.
Click here for Air B&B.
Accompanying Persons & Things to Do in Austin
There is a great tour company called Austin Detours that has numerous tours available so please feel free to contact them and hop on a tour!
We are working on a couple tours for folks traveling with attendees. – COMING SOON
Below is a list of some not-to-be-missed places when visiting Austin.
NOTE: When dialing any of these numbers from a hotel phone, you may need to dial 1-512 first, then the 7-digit number.
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
This is on the edge of town; note arrow on map (20-min drive from downtown)
Hours: open daily, 9 AM to 5 PM
Fee: Adults $10
- South Congress Ave (local “Austin” shopping; link has various things to do)
Shops usually open around 10 AM
- South Congress Cafe has been on several foodie TV shows and has AMAZING calamari (comparable to ICO 2007) and cocktails!
- The Continental Club is a famous bar with live music.
- Magnolia Cafe is one of Austin’s 1st choices for a local sit down breakfast.
- Austin Green Belt & Lady Bird Lake Trail
*Note: #3 on the map is also Palmer Event Center*
These two trails are connected.
Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail is the trail around the lake. You can jump on it in front of the Hyatt. This is a 10 mile loop trail that is VERY popular. Lots of nature can be seen from this trail, especially near Barton Springs, even though it is in town.
The Austin Green Belt connects with the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike trail at Zilker Park. The Green Belt has 12.7 miles of trail.
- Bullock Texas State History Museum
This is a great museum to learn about Texas history and more.
1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, 12 PM to 5 PM
- Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78701
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 10 PM
Saturday and Sunday, 9 AM to 8 PM
Fee: Varies depending on tour
- Alamo Drafthouse
An Austin classic where you can enjoy a movie with food and drinks. They have a number of signature series that are a lot of fun. There are 6 theaters in Austin but the closest to the conference is on South Lamar.
1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
- Barton Springs Pool
2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday, 5 AM to 10 PM
Thursday, 5 AM to 9 AM & 7 PM to 10 PM
Friday – Saturday, 5 AM to 10 PM
- Zilker Botanical Gardens
2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin TX 78746
Hours: open daily, 9 AM to 5 PM
- Umlauf Sculpture Gardens
605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin, Texas 78704
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 12 PM to 4 PM
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Texas 78723
Hours: Monday, closed (Baby Bloomers, 9 AM to 12 PM)
Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM (Baby Bloomers, 9–10 AM)
Sunday, 10 AM to 6 PM
13530 N Hwy 183 #101, Austin, TX 78750
Hours: open daily, 10 AM to 8 PM
- Mt Bonnell
3800 Mt. Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX 78731
There are LOTS of steps to get on top of the hill but it is an AMAZING view.
Hours: open daily
- Austin Zoo
10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736
This is a 30-min drive from downtown.
Hours: open daily, 9:30 AM to 6 PM
Fee: Adult $12
- Fredericksburg, TX
Fredericksburg is in the Texas Hill country with local shopping, wineries, gift shops and everything and anything Texas in between.
This is a 2-hour drive but totally worth it! Austin Detours also does a trip her so feel free to contact them.
- Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is also located just north with a large granite outcropping.
Austin, a culinary delight!
There are numerous restaurants to choose from close to the Palmer Event Center.
There are 5 places directly across the street. They are posted from least expensive to most expensive. There are TONS of places just up Barton creek Rd. as well; these are also posted below.
Restaurants near Palmer Events Center
- Sandy’s Hamburger’s | menu
Local old-fashioned hamburgers and milkshakes
- Whataburger | menu
Texas version of McDonalds, but 100x better with thousands of different options for burgers
- Threadgill’s | menu
Local southern food
- Terry Black’s BBQ | menu
Arguably the best BBQ in Texas. Certainly one of the best!
- El Alma | menu
Very good Tex/Mex!
Restaurants further from Palmer Event Center
Just a 10 minute walk west of the Palmer Event Center across South Lamar Blvd there are numerous restaurants as well as a food trailer lot.
**If you have never had Texas queso (cheese dip) you HAVE to try it, it’s AMAZING!!**
- Uncle Billy’s Brewery and BBQ | menu
- Austin Java | menu
One of my favorite local places. Locally sourced food. Vegan friendly
- Shady Grove | menu
Comfort food and a local live music venue
- Baby Acapulco | menu
- Food Truck Park – The Picnic | food truck list
A little bit of everything, 15 min walk from Palmer
- Chuy’s | menu
- Juliet Italian Kitchen | menu
Vegetarian Note: Almost every place in Austin (even BBQ) has veggie options. WARNING however, almost all green beans are made with bacon!! So not vegetarian safe in Texas!
Odonata of the Austin Area
Places to look for dragonflies in Austin
Collecting allowed without a permit
Collecting NOT allowed without a permit
- Permit information here (permits are extremely difficult to obtain)
- Southeast Metropolitan Park: link
- McKinney Falls State Park: link
- Pedernales Falls State Park: link
- Richard Moya Park: link
- Bastrop State Park: link
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ICO 2019 Location
The Palmer Events Center is located at 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704.
All ICO events will take place on the 2nd floor of Palmer Events Center. It is easier to enter from the north (river) side of the building. We will have signs inside to help guide you.
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