At our Annual Conference, you’ll find that the wide variety of special events that are available to you create networking and collaboration opportunities that are unparalleled. Through these events, students, new professionals and seasoned wildlife professionals alike will find no shortage of options for connecting with peers and colleagues.

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2015 Aldo Leopold Reception

The 1,000 Reception (by invitation)
This annual reception is limited to members of The 1,000 who are leading by example to preserve the heritage of TWS and create a brighter future that ensures that TWS is THE voice of wildlife science, management, and conservation for generations to come.

Aldo Leopold Reception
This is your opportunity to meet some of the living legends of the wildlife profession. Everyone is welcome to attend and chat with this year’s Aldo Leopold Award recipient, along with some of the previous recipients of The Wildlife Society’s highest honor.  Don’t miss out on this chance to talk with some of the greatest minds in wildlife science, management and conservation.

Contributed and Student Research in Progress Poster Sessions
View hundreds of posters on a wide range of compelling topics, including both contributed and Student Research in Progress by undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students. The posters will be displayed in the Members Activity Center, and researchers will be present at their posters during the refreshment breaks for discussion and questions.

Quiz Bowl
This year’s 20th annual Quiz Bowl competition will be broken into three sessions. Initial rounds will take place from 3-10 p.m. on Monday and 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Albuquerque Convention Center’s beautiful Kiva Auditorium, with the finals scheduled for 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday. Members and university alumni are encouraged to pack the auditorium and cheer on their teams during what should be a spirited and impressive contest. You won’t want to miss Tuesday evening’s championship round.

Résumé Review
If you’re a student or a new professional, be sure to take advantage of a resume review where experienced professionals can provide constructive feedback. Reviewers will be available Monday-Wednesday in the Members Activity Center. Please bring a copy of your resume to participate in this opportunity. 

Student Chapter Leaders Lunch
Student chapter officers can use this opportunity to meet over lunch and discuss and collaborate on issues important to all student members of TWS. The Student Development Working Group will lead facilitated discussion during the two-hour event on Monday afternoon at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Seating is limited and only three representatives (students and/or advisors) per student chapter may attend.

TWS Heritage Committee and Retirees Meeting
The TWS Heritage Committee comprises all TWS Past Presidents, all Leopold Award Recipients, and all TWS Fellows, nearly 200 influential TWS members. President Bruce Thompson and Immediate Past President Gary Potts will host a meeting for any TWS Heritage Committee or dedicated retired members who attend this year’s conference. They hope to stimulate some more pointed discussion around strategic activities to be developed for members of that Committee.

Wildlife Photo Gallery and Contest
You’ve been taking fabulous pictures all year in the field and in your backyard. Now it’s time to share your images with the rest of us! Professional judges will select winners in eight categories plus Best in Show. But all conference attendees will have a voice as well by voting for their favorite photos to determine the TWS Members’ Choice winner.