The Call for Abstracts for ESA18 is now closed, and submitted abstracts are under review.

Abstracts are welcome on any topic.

Symposia will run within the scientific program, and abstract submissions contributing to symposium topics will be shared with the convenors of any relevant symposium for potential inclusion in or association with it. Please note that if you have been invited to present in a specific symposium, you are still required to submit an abstract via this online abstract submission process.

Please click here to view details of scheduled symposia for ESA18.

Abstracts submitted for “general sessions” will be themed by the Scientific Committee at the time of abstract review.



Delegates may submit only one abstract as the presenting author – regardless of presentation format (i.e. poster, speed talk or oral presentation) or whether the presentation is part of a symposium or open forum. Delegates are free to serve as a non-presenting author on multiple abstracts. Delegates are encouraged to present recent research (e.g. typically, work that has not been published in print or electronic media at the time of abstract submission).


ESA18 will feature the following presentation types. All are equally valued contributions and different presentation formats may be best suited to different kinds of content. Delegates are encouraged to select the presentation format that best suits the material to be presented.

Speed talk (5 minutes: 4 minute talk + 1 minute changeover)
Speed talks give you the opportunity to present your research in a short, concise, and energetic format. This format allows you to showcase your science in addition to showcasing your presentation and communication skills – an increasingly important ability for the modern ecologist. Speed talks are the best choice for research with one main idea or result.

Because they are on show for the entire conference, poster presentations allow you to showcase your work to a wider audience and provide opportunities for discussion with your peers one-on-one or in small groups. Traditionally, poster presenters have used the opportunity to present works in progress, preliminary results, new methods and techniques, or detailed proposals for upcoming research.

Poster AND Speed talk
To combine the best of both worlds, presenters may elect to present a speed talk as well as a poster. Speed talks will be scheduled during the day on Monday 27 November to allow presenters to showcase their poster prior to the dedicated Barbara Rice Memorial Poster Session.

Oral Presentation (15 minutes: 12 minute talk + 3 minute Q&A)
Oral presentations are ideal for presenting research projects that are close to completion, with emerging conclusions. This style of presentation gives the author opportunity to place their work in a broader ecological context, and to discuss hypotheses, study design, and outcomes in detail. Oral presentations may be part of an open forum or a symposium.


The Scientific Committee will attempt to accommodate the preferred presentation type for all delegates, but inevitably the number of oral presentations (15 min) that can be accommodated in the program is limited. In some recent years, the number of delegates requesting oral presentations has exceeded the places available and this trend may continue. In 2017, if the demand for oral presentations exceeds the available time slots, then the Scientific Program Committee will review all abstracts and some delegates may be asked to consider the option of presenting a poster or speed talk.

The criteria used to assess abstracts may include:

  • relevance to the objectives of the Ecological Society of Australia and New Zealand Ecological Society
  • scientific merit, originality and interest
  • compliance with the word count and format requirements for abstracts

Abstracts for 15 min oral presentations may be submitted before all analyses and interpretations of the results have been finalised, but authors MUST report some specific preliminary results. Vague statements such as ‘results will be discussed’ are not acceptable.


When submitting an abstract you will be required to provide the following information:

  • Abstract title: a brief, interesting and explicit description of the presentation(<15words)
  • Indication of selected symposium, or general session
  • Name and contact details of lead presenting author
  • Preferred presentation type (oral presentation, speed talk, poster)
  • Authors’ names (lead author is normally expected to present the material)
  • Authors’ affiliations
  • Abstract (max. length 250 words)
  • Biography of presenting author (max. length 40 words) i.e. name, present role, area of research interest
  • Acknowledgement that you intend registering and attending ESA18 if your abstract is accepted

Early submission of abstracts is encouraged. A last minute rush has been known to crash the system, so please submit your abstract well before the closing date of 20 July to avoid frustration.


Abstract notifications will be sent to submitting authors in mid-August 2018.

Authors who submit their papers for a symposium will be informed whether their paper has been accepted for inclusion.  Sometimes there are more relevant papers than can be included in the time allocated for symposia.  To their best ability, the scientific committee will schedule these papers to follow directly after the relevant symposium so that the symposium can continue into a thematic session.

Organisers of symposia are responsible for organising and chairing their sessions. Final allocation of presentations to each symposium will be at the discretion of the Scientific Committee. Symposium organisers will be requested to consider the make-up of abstracts for their Symposium between Monday 23 –  30 July 2018, taking account also of submitted abstracts that might be relevant to their topic.  Each Symposium must be finalised by Tuesday 1 August, in order for the Scientific Committee to finalise the Conference Program and notify authors.

If you have any queries with the submission process, please contact the Conference Secretariat on +61 2 6198 3218, or by email to