Second Circular Letter

4th International Symposium of the Benthological Society of Asia

August 21-25, 2018

2nd Youth Freshwater Ecology School

August 19-20, 2018

Nanjing, P.R. China



Second Circular

The 4th International Symposium of the Benthological Society of Asia (BSA2018) will be held in Nanjing, 21–25 August 2018. The 2nd Youth Freshwater Ecology School: EPT Taxonomy will be held 19–20 August 2018 just prior to BSA2018.

As hosts of the Symposium, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing Normal University, and Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University warmly welcome you to join this Symposium to discuss the theme and its related topics; meet other scientists, educators, practitioners and policy-makers; and make new friends from Asia and the rest of the world.

The first circular can be found at



Registration form and full regeistration information are provided at


Presenter information


Abstracts must use metric units. Do not include illustrations, figures, or photos in the abstracts. The title of the abstracts must be in all CAPS and must not exceed 25 words. Spell out words and do NOT use characters such as ampersands (&) in your title. Please be sure to include no more than 8 key words. The body of the abstract is limited to a maximum count of 400 words, exclusive of the title and the author information.

Abstracts will be reviewed and selected by the session organizers and/or commission chairs. It may be necessary to accept for poster presentation some abstracts submitted for oral presentation, and, likewise, abstracts submitted for poster presentation may be accepted as oral presentations. Abstract system opens from 12 February to 22 April 2018. Oral and poster abstract selection from 2 May to 20 May 2018. You will receive a confirmation if your abstract will be included in the symposium program during 28 May – 31 May 2018.


Select the session in which you wish to place your abstract and then submit your full abstract as a Microsoft file with the extension .doc or .docx to


Preferred presentation type: Oral (    ), Poster (    )

Preferred session: (      )


Title     (Times New Roman 11 pt, capital letters, bold)


A.A. Author11,     A.A. Author21, A.A. Author32 (Times New Roman, 10 pt)

1     Affiliation, Address, Country (Times New Roman, 10 pt)

2     Affiliation, Address, Country (Times New Roman, 10 pt)


The body of the abstract: Limit     to a maximum count of 400 words (Times New Roman font, 11pt, one line spacing, left alignment, without     hyphenation, page margins 2.5cm).


Key words: 3-5 key words (Times New Roman, 10pt)

Please format your abstracts as follows:


S01 Asian Freshwater Biomonitoring and Bioassessment: Methods, Perspectives and Challenges

S02 Benthos Biodiversity Conservation and Rehabilitation

S03 Impacts on Community Structure and Function

S04 Taxonomy, Evolution, and Systematics

S05 Population, Assemblage, and Community Ecology



Each session room will be equipped with a projector, a screen, a laptop, a pointer, and a microphone. The screens in all the session rooms at the conference will be standard (4:3) size. Please prepare your power point slides to be in standard format for best visibility. Following Society for Freshwater Science annual meeting instructions, we recommended Arial and Helvetica as well for clarity and compatibility. Please avoid using red or green.

The computers will be Windows 7 based PCs. The Microsoft office PowerPoint 2010/2007 will be used to display your slides. Please carry the source file if some videos need be present in your PPT. The recommended video format is Windows Media (.wmv). Presenters using Macintosh’s Keynote program should read for directions on converting their presentation to PowerPoint. This conversion should be completed prior to uploading the presentation. Final revisions/presentations must be uploaded to the speaker management team no later than midnight prior to the day of your presentation.

Symposium oral session speakers will be given 20 minutes for their presentations, including 3-5 minutes for Q & A. The title and authors of your presentation should be as stated on the submitted abstract. Plenary speakers will be given 45 minutes for their presentations, including 5-10 minutes for Q & A. Keynote speakers will be given 30 minutes for their presentations, including 5-10 minutes for Q & A.



Posters must be designed vertically, no larger than 120 cm high by 90 cm wide. Posters will be fastened to boards with double-sided tape that will be provided. The title and authors of your poster should be as stated on the submitted abstract. The text and illustrations (figures, tables, charts, etc) should be legible from a distance of 2m. The color of the poster board will be white, please be careful regarding color matching. Please refer to Poster Presentation Schedule for the poster board number assigned to you. Please do NOT write or paint on the poster boards. DO NOT use nails, push pins, screws, or any tools that will puncture the poster boards.



The presentation files for each session will be pre-loaded on the laptop in the room in a folder by date and time. Please arrive 15 minutes early to familiarize yourself with the meeting room and AV equipment. The session chair must keep talks on schedule. Do not allow speakers or Q&A sessions to run over time. Talks are 15-18 minutes long with 2-4 minutes for questions and a 1-minute period for changing rooms. Please start sessions on time, do not delay while people return from breaks. If a presenter ends early or a talk is cancelled, wait until the scheduled start of the next presentation before continuing.



All abstract, oral, and poster presentations will be in English.

Wifi – wireless internet access has been arranged in all the session rooms.

Only one paper per first presenter/author be accepted. Although meeting registration is not required at the time of abstract submittal, all presenters and co-presenters attending must register for the conference. Full meeting registration is required for all attendees.


Youth Freshwater Ecology School

Sunday, 19 August 2018 & Monday, 20 August 2018.

Young scientists, graduate and undergradute students, and high school students who are interested in taking the Youth Freshwater Ecology School lessons must send the completed registration form to the Organizing Committee. The first 30 early-bird registrants will take lessons given by invited ecological specialists and professionals. The tentative lessons include:


     *       Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera & Trichoptera (EPT) Taxonomy

  (by Professor John Morse, Clemson University)

  *      Macroinvertebrate and Fish Ecology

      (by Professor Yong Cao, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & Professor Lizhu Wang, Great Lakes Regional Office)

  *     Scientific Communication & Writing

  (by Professor Charles Hawkins, Utah State University)

  *     Field Training for Stream & River Quantitative Physical Habitat Data Collection

(by Professor Bob Hughes, Amnis Opes Institute & Oregon State University)


The scheduled Youth Freshwater Ecology School lessons at a glance:

Scheduled time




Sunday, 19 August   2018


EPT Taxonomy

John Morse

Nanjing Normal University


Macroinvertebrate Ecology 

Fish Ecology

Yong Cao

Lizhu Wang

Nanjing Normal University

Monday, 20 August   2018


Scientific Communication & Writing

Charles Hawkins

Nanjing Normal University


Quantitative Physical Habitat Data Collection

Bob Hughes

Streams in Purple Mountain

Note: Regarding field physical habitat data collection training, 30-45 minutes hiking is needed to reach streams in the Purple Mountain. Students should be prepared to work in the streams by bringing clipboards & pencils (not pens), waders & rain gear, or a change of clothing and footwear.



Mid-conference Field Excursion

Thursday, 23 August 2018, 1:30pm – 6:30pm.

Take an afternoon tour of a unique and scenic local bamboo forest! Nanshan Bamboo Forest is the most famous scenic spot in eastern China with ~5770-acre bamboo forest area and streams flowing into Tianmu Lake. This is a half day adventure that will depart at 13:30 p.m. for the 1.5-hour drive. We will meet at 1:00 P.M. in the conference hotel hall. We will spend approximately 3 hours in the Nanshan Bamboo Forest with dinner provided, and return around 7:00 P.M. Please be physically prepared for a half day of hiking, with possible wet adventures of getting in ankle-deep water as we meander through the bamboo forest. More information at

Note: The mid-conference field excursion is organized for all symposium participants, your full conference registration fee has included the mid-conference excursion. However, please be sure to indicate that when completing your conference registration form to help us organize our field trip.



Self-supported city tour suggestions

Nanjing is the capital city of Jiangsu Province, located in the Yangtze River Delta, eastern China. Chinese civilization is over 6000 years old and Nanjing was founded 2500 years ago, serving as the capital of 10 Chinese dynasties ( Nanjing shares the same or approximate latitude with Shanghai China, San Diego and Dallas USA, and Kagoshima Japan. Nanjing is characterized by sub-tropic monsoonal climate, with average August temperatures of 24–32 degrees C (75–89 degrees F) and precipitation of 129 mm. The most interesting places for tourism include Zijin (Purple) Mountain, Xuanwu Lake, Confucius Temple and Qinghuai River, Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, and the Nanjing Eye. Please go to for more detailed city tour information if you want a pre- or post-symposium trip.


Visa & insurance

We will assist you in preparing your application for a F-visa to China. For a Chinese F-visa, you will need an official invitation letter issued by Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU). Please download the invitation letter template at, and provide us the required personal information. Please send your raw invitation letter to, NAU office will then stamp and offically issue your specific invitation letter. A scanned copy of your specific invitation letter will be delivered to you by email. The official invitation letter can be sent to you if necessary. Please consult China embassies/consulates in your countries for further details. It may take considerable time to process the F-visa application, please start the process as early as possible.

You will be responsible for carrying the requisite F-visa health insurance during the entirety of your F-visa program. All delegates are suggested to take your own private medical cover and personal insurance for the duration of the Symposium and accompanying field excursions.


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