The ESA10 Call for Abstracts has now closed.

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Paper Submission

  • Closing date for submission of abstracts: Now closed
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts:  10 September 2010


  • Online registration opens:         23 April 2010
  • Speaker registration closes:      24 September 2010
  • Welcome Reception:                  5 December 2010
  • Conference commences:           6 December 2010


Authors should state a preference for their presentation type (spoken – symposium, spoken – open program, speed-talk, or poster) and where possible, tailor the abstract to one of the Conference themes and/or symposia titles..  However, in balancing the program the Committee may require authors to present their work in an alternate format.

Four types of presentation are planned for the Conference:

  • Oral presentation – symposium  (mostly 12 minutes + 3 minutes for questions), list of Symposia below
  • Oral presentation – open program (12 minutes + 3 minutes for questions)
  • Speed talk (3 to 5 minutes)
  • Poster presentation (no formal presentation time)

Oral Presentation – Symposium
An array of exciting symposia are being developed for the conference, focusing on key issues facing ecologists and practitioners.  Abstract submissions nominated for symposia will be considered by the symposium conveners before consideration for the open program.  Abstract submissions should be 200 words.


  1. Biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes: is it really worth the effort?
  2. Combining Indigenous and Western ecological knowledge for future land management solutions
  3. Conservation and the ecology of wildlife parasites and diseases
  4. Taking action together: the role of ecology in conservation partnerships
  5. Ecological restoration science and practice: current and future directions
  6. Biodiversity indicators for measuring and monitoring ecosystem condition and climate change
  7. Grassy woodlands: managing processes to restore ecosystem function
  8. Monitoring for a purpose: optimal monitoring and management of cryptic or declining populations
  9. Sustaining biodiversity in the Australian Alps
  10. Conserving biodiversity in a changing climate: a forum for scientists, managers and policy-makers
  11. When continents collide: biological invasions and ecosystem theory
  12. Long-term, trans-scale, integrated monitoring of Australian landscapes
  13. From Genes to Ecosystems
  14. Ecology in Australia over the last 50 years: from the past to the future
  15. Dissecting Australian Diversity: the key to understanding global biodiversity

Oral Presentation – Open Program
Presentations will consist of a 12 minute presentation plus three minutes for questions and discussion at the end of the presentation. Where possible, presentations with a similar theme will be grouped together.   Abstract submissions should be 200 words.

Speed Talks
Speed talks will be three to five minutes with no question time.  Where possible, presentations with a similar theme will be grouped together.  Abstract submissions should be 75 words.

Poster Presentation
Posters will be permanently on display in Melville Hall, ANU throughout the Conference. There will be a dedicated session for poster viewing. Poster presenters will need to be available to answer questions during this session, and to generate discussion.  Abstract submissions should be 200 words.


The 2010 theme, Sustaining biodiversity – the next 50 years, will focus on the challenges that will be faced by Australian ecosystems over the next 50 years, and the way that our science will need to adapt to meet these challenges.

Abstracts for the open program, speed talks or posters can be attributed to one of the following themes to help the program organisers group related presentations:

  • Adaptive management – why it is rarely used and how to change this
  • Animal ethics in ecology
  • Balancing biodiversity and resource consumption
  • Biodiversity status, trends and national international targets     
  • Biome-based:
  • Alpine
  • Aquatic
  • Deserts
  • Marine
  • Rainforest
  • Savanna
  • Woodland                
  • Climate change impacts
  • Ecological science and policy making
  • Ecological science and technology
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Ecosystem services
  • Extension and communication
  • Fire
  • Impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation
  • Invasive species
  • Migration and dispersal
  • Novel systems and novel ecological philosophy
  • Open forum (if your abstract does not fit into any of the above criteria)
  • Pest Management
  • Policy instruments to foster conservation of biodiversity
  • Threatened species

Submissions are invited on topics relevant to the Conference theme; however this does not limit or exclude any other potential submission.


All abstracts will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Clarity of purpose/aims
  • Originality and interest
  • Scientific merit
  • Significance of findings/issues discussed
  • Relevance to conference theme.


In order for your presentation or poster to be considered these guidelines must be followed as closely as possible.

The Scientific Committee will evaluate all abstracts for inclusion into the Conference Program. All submissions should be thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar before submission; as the abstract will be included in the Conference Handbook. In order for your presentation to be considered these guidelines must be followed. When submitting an abstract you will be required to provide the following information:

  • Abstract title:  a brief, interesting and explicit description of the presentation in less than 15 words
  • Theme of presentation (refer above themes)
  • Name and address of corresponding author (and whether the presentation is to be by an ESA Student Member – making them eligible for one of the many prizes)
  • Preferred presentation type (oral open program, speed, oral symposium or poster)
  • Authors’ names (please indicate presenting author)
  • Authors’ affiliations
  • Abstract length varies:  oral, symposium and poster presentation submissions:  200 words.  Speed presentation submissions:  75 words

Acknowledgement that you will register for the Conference.


All abstracts are to be submitted electronically in Word for Windows PC software. Please contact Conference Logistics if you are unable to lodge your abstract via the website or if you have any queries.


The template will need to be followed for the abstract to be considered for review by the Scientific Committee. Click Here to download the template.


The author/s reserve/s all propriety rights such as patent rights.  The author/s retain the right to use all or part of this presentation in future works of their own, such as lectures, press releases, reviews or textbooks. The presenting author is responsible for obtaining evidence of copyright clearance/authority on any items subject to copyright, which are included in this presentation.

All submitted abstracts will be reproduced in the Conference Program and/or on the Conference website.


Speakers will be notified of acceptance by 10 September 2010. Speakers will need to register for the conference by 24 September 2010. It will be assumed that any presenter not registered by this date has withdrawn from the program and their abstract will not be included in the Handbook.


There are a number of sponsorship opportunities for organisations that wish to be involved in this event. If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event, please contact Conference Logistics for a Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus.

For further information please contact:

Conference Logistics*
PO Box 6150
Kingston ACT 2604
Telephone: 02 6281 6624
Fax: 02 6285 1336
Email:     esa@conlog.com.au
Website: www.esa2010.org.au  
* acting as agent for ESA