Call for symposia/workshops

The 11th INTECOL Scientific Programme Committee is responsible for developing the program agenda which groups oral presentations related to similar themes. The Program Committee solicits abstracts and then uses these submissions to build unified sessions. To promote collaboration and interdisciplinary dialogue, we invite you to help us develop the program by proposing sessions related to your field of expertise.


Normal/Contributed sessions: where speakers are grouped together with other authors of similar topic papers.  The groupings will be done by the organising committee.
Symposia: where somebody volunteers to organise and run a special session with invited speakers on a theme that fits the conference.  Organiser(s) submit a proposal for a symposium that is considered for acceptance by the organising committee. The organiser invites and organises speakers to be part of the symposium. Often there is an overview speaker who leads the symposium, and there can also be a panel discussion at the closing of the symposium.
Workshop: are similar to symposia except with a more hands-on approach.  For workshops it is expected that there will be fewer oral papers and more interaction between participants.  Workshop organiser(s) submit a proposal that is considered for acceptance by the organising committee.

In addition to the sessions there will also be:
Posters: presentation of research information or investigation in the form of a paper poster that conference participants view.
Plenary/Keynote Speakers: engaging, inspirational invited speakers who are experts in a conference theme

Key dates

Call for symposium and workshop proposals close | NOW
Acceptance of symposium and workshop proposals | Early September 2019 
Call for abstracts opens | 1 October 2019 
Call for abstracts close | 28 February 2020 
Acceptance of abstracts | 30 April 2020 
Early bird registrations close | 18 June 2020 

Conference themes

Sharing traditional knowledge, science and management lessons of wetlands1 that can be used for:

  • Facing the challenges of climate change
  • Developing green infrastructure in urban and rural landscapes
  • Understanding bio/geo/hydro diversity and wetland functioning
  • Promoting sustainable resource use and community wellbeing
  • Guiding community ecological restoration projects
  • Other 

1We are using the RAMSAR definition of wetlands as "areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres"

Symposium/workshop format

  1. Symposium/workshop title - word limit 15
  2. Select your presentation type/ time allowance required- symposium 120min, 90min, 60min or workshop 60min, 90min, 120min
  3.  Select a conference theme
  4. Enter the symposium/workshop lead contact/affiliation details
  5. Enter the list of invited speakers 
  6. Upload your symposium/workshop (a summary of the proposed symposium/workshop, word limit 250 words)
  7. Symposium/workshop justification- word limit 250 words
  8. Enter your publication plan if you have one- word limit 25
  9. Review your submission
  10. Submit your symposium/workshop

Terms and conditions

All presenters must register to attend the Conference and are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and registration expenses. However if funding comes available, you will be notified through our mailing list. Please click here to register your interest to receive regular newsletters. Registration will be available from February 2020. Presenters must be registered by July 2020 to guarantee a place in the programme.

Submission queries

Please do not hesitate to contact Kate should you have any questions or queries regarding the submission process. 

Kate Howden | Conference Innovators Ltd |   

Charlotte Emery
Event Manager

+64 3 974 1165