Call for Abstracts

16 November 2020 – CLOSED

The SER2021 Organizing Committee is now inviting presentations for the 9th World Conference on Ecological Restoration. We welcome abstracts for any one of five presentation types addressing issues related to ecological restoration science, practice, or policy, including the social, cultural, and economic aspects of restoration. All abstracts must be submitted through the online form below by 25 January 2021. Early submissions are highly encouraged, and reviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis, with acceptances issued throughout the submission period.

Please carefully review the information provided on this page before submitting your abstract. Questions can be directed to

1.     Before You Begin

2.     Presentation Formats

3.     Preparing Your Abstract

4.     Evaluation Process

5.     After Your Abstract is Accepted

6.     Cancellation Policy

7.     Important Dates

8.     Online Submission Form

1.  Before You Begin

All abstracts must be submitted through the online form below. This includes abstracts for presentations that have been invited as part of a symposium.

Attendees are limited to one contributed oral presentation and one contributed poster per person. There is no limit to the number of invited abstracts you can submit (i.e. if you are participating in multiple symposia). Invited speakers are also free to submit a contributed oral presentation and/or contributed poster, with the same limit of one each per person. There is no limit to the number of abstracts in which you can be named as a co-author. There is also no restriction on submitting a video in addition to other presentation types.

English is the default language for the conference. Written content (abstracts, slides, and posters) needs to be in English, and presenters should be able to participate in an English-based live discussion (please contact the Program Committee if this will be an undue burden). However, presenters may choose to give their presentation in a language other than English as long as they include English subtitles with their talk. 

All presenters will be required to register for the conference by 15 March 2021. Presenters who do not register by this date will not be included in the conference program. We will issue acceptance notices as soon as possible following the submission of your abstract so you can proceed with registering.

Presenters will need to register for the entire conference, as one-day rates will not be available. Discussion and Q&A sessions may be scheduled at any time during the conference program, from Monday morning 21 June to Thursday evening 24 June. Oral presentations will be pre-recorded but speakers should plan to be present for live discussion sessions. In most cases, the Program Committee will not be able to accommodate special scheduling requests due to the large number of speakers and the cascading effect that any changes have on the rest of the program. However, you will have a place on the submission form to indicate your preference for a morning or evening slot (US Eastern Time) - the Program Committee will work to ensure that presenters are sorted into times that are reasonable for your time zone. 

The Program Committee reserves the right to ask authors of contributed oral abstracts to change their presentation format. Specifically, we may ask that contributed oral presentations instead be presented as a poster, or that standard talks be presented in an Ignite-style format (see Section 2 below). We will notify you well in advance of any such change.

2.  Presentation Formats

We are inviting abstracts for four different types of presentations:

Standard oral presentation – These are presentations submitted by attendees for inclusion in a regular oral session alongside other contributed presentations, which are grouped together by the Program Committee based on a common theme. Presentations will be pre-recorded and should be 12 - 15 minutes in length; all speakers will have a chance to do a live discussion during the main days of the conference. 

Invited oral presentation – These are presentations that have been invited as part of an organized symposium. Invited talks will also be pre-recorded and run for 12 - 15 minutes. Symposium speakers will be given a time slot for a live group discussion and Q&A session. 

Poster presentation – Posters will be displayed online. Authors will have the option to submit a short (<3 minute) video or audio file explaining the poster and discussing their work; all poster authors will have a chance for text discussion with conference attendees. 

Short video – These are short, original videos allowing authors to take a creative, multimedia approach to presenting information about restoration research, field activities, or theoretical studies. They can take a number of different forms, but are not intended to be filmed talks—and we will not accept any such submissions. The following guidelines apply:

  • Videos cannot exceed 3 minutes in length, including the title and credits.
  • Authors are free to determine the content and format for their video. Some examples include: a virtual site tour; demonstration of a novel research method or restoration technique; a narrated compilation of short clips; etc. Abstracts should make clear what form the video will take.
  • Video content should not contain advertisements or be heavily promotional in nature.
  • Finished videos will need to be submitted electronically by 19 April 2021. We will provide technical specifications at the time we notify you that your abstract has been accepted. Final acceptance will be contingent upon approval of your finished video by the Program Committee. 
  • Attendees are welcome to submit a video in addition to any oral or poster presentations. 

3.  Preparing Your Abstract
Please take note of the following guidelines as you prepare your abstract:

  • All abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • Submit a one page PDF based on the SER 2021 Abstract Template
  • Abstracts must be directly relevant to the field of restoration and should ideally emphasize new research results, cutting-edge developments or novel perspectives.
  • Abstracts (and presentations) should be developed with an international audience in mind. You should provide a geographic context for the work being presented and consider how your work applies more broadly to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, etc. in other regions. 
  •  Abstracts will be limited to a maximum of 250 words. They should clearly present a concise statement of the topic or issue to be discussed, the question or objective underlying the work that will be presented, and a summary of methods, key findings, and conclusions. 
  • All authors named in the abstract should be listed in the order you would like them to appear in the conference program. 
  • For contributed abstracts, we will ask you to indicate a thematic series from this list that most closely relates to your presentation. This will help us place your talk into an appropriate session. Please note, however, that the Program Committee may ultimately choose a different thematic series for your presentation.

4.  Evaluation Process
The Program Committee will review abstracts and issue acceptances on a rolling basis throughout the submission period. Abstracts will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific and technical merit, with emphasis on new research results, cutting-edge developments or novel perspectives.
  • Clear relevance to the field of ecological restoration, with implications for restoration science, practice, policy, education, business, finance, etc.
  • Broad applicability, with emphasis on linking lessons and insights from specific projects to broader issues and trends. 
  • Submission of a well-written abstract that clearly states the topic or issue to be discussed and summarizes major findings and conclusions.

​For each abstract, there are three possible outcomes of the review:

  • Accepted*: The abstract clearly meets the criteria outlined above and does not require any edits or revisions.
  • Needs correction: The abstract needs revisions and will be re-evaluated following the submission of an updated version.
  • Rejected: The abstract clearly fails to meet the criteria outlined above, as determined by the SER2021 Program Committee, and is not suitable for presentation during the conference.

*As stated above in Section 1, the Program Committee reserves the right to ask authors of contributed oral abstracts to change their presentation format. In these cases, the Committee will make acceptance of the abstract contingent upon the requested change in format.

5.  After Your Abstract is Accepted

Registration: As noted above, all presenters are required to register for the conference by 15 March 2021. Presenters who do not register by this date risk having their presentation excluded from the conference program. 

Scheduling: All presentations and posters will be available as on-demand talks in advance of the conference. The Program Committee will meet in late March 2019 to schedule all live discussion times for contributed and organized sessions. Contributed presentations will be grouped by theme, and the Committee will make every effort to ensure optimal placement of each speaker. Live discussions may be scheduled any time during the conference, from Monday morning, 21 June through Thursday evening, 24 June. Speakers will be asked to identify the time slot (morning or evening US Eastern Time) that will be most reasonable for them to participate in live discussion; symposia organizers will be asked to select a time slot for their session. In most cases, we will be unable to accommodate special scheduling requests except in the event of an oversight or scheduling conflict. We will post the detailed schedule on the conference website in early May 2020 and notify speakers of when their live discussion session will be. 

Presentation specs: We will post detailed specifications for each presentation type on the conference website prior to the deadline for submitting presentations and posters (authors will also be notified by email). Authors submitting abstracts for short videos will receive technical specifications with their acceptance letter.  

6.  Cancellation Policy

Please do not submit an abstract unless you are committed to participating in the conference. Cancellations impose a serious burden and negatively impact the overall quality of the conference program. We ask that speakers try to submit their presentation or poster even if they will be unable to participate in live discussion. If extenuating circumstances force you to cancel your participation and you are unable to find a co-author or colleague to give your presentation on your behalf, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible at so we can update the program accordingly. 

7.  Important Dates

16 November 2020         Abstract submission period opens
04 January 2021    Online registration opens
25 January 2020   Deadline for abstracts (contributed and organized), posters
01 March 2021   Final batch of abstract acceptance notices sent
15 March 2021  Deadline for presenter registration
19 April 2021  Deadline for video submission


8.  Online Submission Form

Prepare your abstract based on the SER 2021 Abstract Template Click here to begin your submission.





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