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2013 Biennial Meeting

March 19-22, 2013


Historic Menger Hotel
204 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205

Abstract notification

If you submitted an abstract, you should have received an e-mail informing you whether your abstract has been accepted for an oral or poster presentaion. If you have not received an e-mail notification, please check the spam folder in your e-mail program or contact Dr. Kaltenboeck. Pleae noe that abstract submission is separate from the meeting registration and that your registration will not be complete until you have paid the meeting fee by credit card on the registration website. There are also some new items to fill in since the abstract submission phase.

Meeting format:

The scientific sessions will begin Tuesday morning, March 19 and continue through the afternoon of Friday, March 22. There will be a closing awards dinner and business meeting on Friday evening at the Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum. Thus, in planning your travel, you should plan to arrive by Monday evening, March 18 and leaving on Saturday, March 23.

The meeting will once again be 4 days this year with the intent of allowing more time for individual interaction outside of the formal sessions. The meeting organization will be similar to the 2011 meeting and will consist of 10 minute oral presentations with 5 minutes for discussion and poster sessions. Because of significant increase in abstract submissions this year, we will have 3 poster sessions. However, posters for each session will only be displayed from the morning through evening of the designated day.

Poster boards will be 4 feet (122 cm) high and 8 feet (244 cm) wide. The title of the talks and posters will be listed in the meeting program which will be available at the meeting, but abstracts will not be published. Please contact Dr. Fields as soon as possible if you are unable to present your poster. Abstracts that cannot be presented must be withdrawn.

The outline of the meeting program is available as a pdf at this link.

Meeting Registration:

Registration for the meeting is now closed. If you have any questions, you may contact Bernhard Kaltenboeck. Please note that there will be no on-site registration at the meeting.

International participants who will need a visa to enter the U.S. are strongly encouraged to begin your visa application as soon as possible. CBRS will provide an invitation letter to CBRS 2013 if requested -- please include the necessary information in you request and contact Dr. Kaltenboeck. The letter will be sent to you as a pdf e-mail attachment and also a hard copy if needed.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support which has allowed us to keep the student and post-doctoral fellow registration at a low level.


  The nearest airport is the San Antonio International Airport. Transportation to the Historic Menger Hotel is either by shuttle van at $18/person (GO Airport Shuttle) or by taxi at $27-30. All major U.S. airlines fly into San Antonio, so you should have no trouble booking a flight.
Business Meeting:

As required by the constitution, a business meeting will be held during the conference. Reports will be made by the President and the Secretary-Treasurer on the function and the fiscal status of the society respectively.

The process of the election of new officers will be conducted as at the 2011 meeting. This year, a new President-elect, Secretary-Treasurer, and 3 new Council members must be selected. The election will be conducted in the following manner.

The Executive Council (President, President-elect, Secretary-Treasurer, 4 Council members) is charged by the constitution to be the nominating body. Since only active full members may vote or be eligible to be an officer, it is important that the membership be defined for the purposes of the election. As before, there will be no onsite registration for the conference, so the membership list will be complete prior to the actual meeting. A request for suggested nominations for the 3 Council positions will be circulated to the membership by e-mail prior to the actual conference. The suggested individuals will be reviewed by the Executive Council and a ballot established.

Because the office of President-elect requires that the individual in that position is responsible for organizing the next conference of the society, the Executive Council has decided that the nominees for the office should be selected from the existing or previous Council members. These individuals will have been involved in the operations of the society for at least one term and will be knowledgeable about the organization of the conference.

Each registration packet of a voting member will contain a ballot which should be submitted during the conference. The new officers will be announced at the business meeting during the banquet on the final evening of the meeting.

  Students and post-doctoral fellows selected for oral presentations will be judged and the best presentation in each category (graduate student and post-doctoral fellow) will receive the San-Pin Wang Award, sponsored by the San-Pin Wang Foundation. The Jane E. Raulston Award willl be presented for the best poster presentation by a graduate student and the best poster presentation by a post-doctoral fellow so that the high quality work in the poster format may be recognized. Obviously, not every abstract could be given as an oral presentation and the decision to include an abstract in a platform session was decided primarily based on content and appropriateness to the topic of the specific session.
Optional tours:
  Two free tours, the Alamo and the Riverwalk Cruise (non-overlapping) are offered coutesy of the University of Texas at San Antonio. You may sign up for these on the registration website.

San Antonio, TX : Boat on the San Antonio River
Business meeting dinner and dance will be held at the Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum - Bring your cowboy hat!
Tourist sites:

The Alamo

Mission San Jose

Natural Bridge Caverns