The Organizing Committee of SERE 2021 now invites proposals for symposia, workshops, courses and field trips to be held at the 12th European Conference on Ecological Restoration online, between September 7-10 2021.

Proposal format

All proposals must include comprehensive information, so they can be readily evaluated by the Scientific Committee. Incomplete or inaccurate submissions may be rejected.

Proposals must have a coordinator who serves as the primary point of contact. This person should be readily available by email in the months leading up to the Conference.

A typical Symposium gathers 4-5 speakers and provides a well-integrated synthesis of a given topic or theme with broad applicability and appeal for the field of ecological restoration. Symposium coordinators will submit the symposium resume and upload them into a single template in Word format that you can download here. Symposium presenters will submit their abstract as an Invited Oral Presentation and will select the symposium they are part of in the submission process (find more details here)

During the main conference days (September 7-10), each symposium will have a time slot for live stream Q&A and discussion with the audience – these time slots are only for discussion and will not include presentations, all presentations will be pre-recorded and available for conference delegates to watch on their own schedule, resulting in more time for audience participation with speakers.

Workshops are small, focused sessions emphasizing audience participation and group discussion. They are often led by a single organizer/facilitator, or a small group of facilitators, and aim to generate analysis and knowledge exchange around specific goals, challenges, problems, gaps, etc.

Organizers will have considerable flexibility to structure a videoconference meeting attended by up to 25 people as they see most productive given their goals and objectives, lasting from 20’ to 120’. They may be organized as e.g., 60’ group discussion or 2-10’ presentations followed by 30’ group discussion, etc.

Proposals for workshops will be presented using the template that can be downloaded here.

Symposia and workshops will be held concurrently with regular sessions of the SERE 2021 conference programme. Different symposia and workshops may be coordinated.

Courses (pre-conference) of up to 2 hours duration will facilitate learning of skills related to nature management and restoration. The Organization offers a virtual meeting platform for up to 25 attendees. The maximum duration of the courses is marked by the platform. If you want to host the live courses with your own zoom link, this will have the limit set by you. Courses in need of additional resources should contact the Organization before submitting the proposal.

Official certification of attendance will be issued by the Organization. Proposals for courses will be presented using the template that can be downloaded here.

The estimated costs of registration are 20€ and are limited to 25 participants.

Training courses will be scheduled in the week leading up to the conference (week of August 30).

Training courses and workshops will be live-streamed via the PheedLoop platform. Organizers also have the option to host their session on their own Zoom account – in this case, organizers will need to provide the link and access information at least one week in advance to SERE2021 organizers.

Organizers are responsible for managing and preparing any interactive features or activities. The programming and structure of each course are determined by the instructor(s); however, the Conference Organizing Committee determines the maximum attendance and other details that may have financial or logistical implications for the conference: sessions will be composed by up to 25 people (including instructors), lasting from 20’ to 120’.

Field trips, learning experiences, practical advice. Flexible format. Previously recorded up to 60’ videos explaining a field trip. In this video you can record a field trip so that we can feel as if we were on one of the excursions that we host at our in-person conferences.

Provide your proposal in the submission platform and the Organizing Committee will study the viability.

Your Responsibilities as an Organizer

Coordinating with invited speakers:  Symposium organizers are responsible for serving as the primary point of contact with their invited speakers throughout the planning process. Organizers will need to help ensure that all of their speakers submit abstracts through the online submission form before the specified deadline of 10 June 2021 and that all of their speakers register for the conference before the deadline for presenter registration on 15 July 2021. Speakers who fail to register by this date may be excluded from the conference program. Organizers will also be responsible for ensuring that speakers in their session have uploaded any pre-recorded talks by the deadline (to be determined) and understand how to join any live virtual sessions that are part of your session. We encourage symposium organizers to proactively communicate with their speakers about any updates or changes affecting their session, such as scheduling details, cancellations, and other circumstances as they arise.

Scheduling:  Symposia may be scheduled at any time during the conference, although the Program Committee will be working to develop a schedule that ensures sessions are assigned to time slots that are reasonable for the speakers given their geographical location. Due to the large number of presenters and sessions we expect to receive, the Program Committee will be unable to honor special scheduling requests. Please make sure your invited speakers are aware of this when they agree to participate. Training courses will be scheduled in the week leading up to the conference (week of August 30).

Addressing cancellations and filling gaps:  If an individual presenter from your symposium cancels, withdraws, or fails to register for the conference before the deadline, we ask that you find another speaker to replace them.

Online Proposal Submission

The online submission system is a simple step-by-step process and you should fill in the following information:

  • Type of presentation
  • Topic
  • Name and affiliation of the coordinator (this person will be the main contact for this proposal, and should appear as the first author)
  • Name and affiliation of the co-author/s
  • Title
  • One-sentence summary of the event (50 words max.)
  • Keywords
  • Word document upload: Remember to send your proposal using the template that you will find on the website. You can upload now the document in these formats: Doc., Docx.

You can change your proposal until the submission deadline.

To correct a proposal that has already been submitted, please use the login and password, which you received when you submitted your original proposal. This will enable you to access the previously submitted proposal.

Proposers will receive a confirmation message upon submission of a proposal. If for some reason you do not receive this confirmation, please contact to confirm that the proposal was received.