The Organizing Committee of SERE 2020 now invites proposals for symposia, workshops and courses to be held at the 12th European Conference on Ecological Restoration between August 31 and September 4, 2021 in Alicante.

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.

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

Proposed symposia and workshops 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 and is expected to be present at the event. 

A typical Symposium gathers 4-6 speakers and provides a well-integrated synthesis of a given topic or theme with broad applicability and appeal for the field of ecological restoration. They can be structured as a series of formal talks or as a moderated panel discussion allowing for greater audience participation. Symposium coordinators will compile the talks and upload them into a single template in Word format that you can download here.

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 this time as they see most productive given their goals and objectives. Proposals for workshops will be presented using the template that can be downloaded here.

Courses of up to 1-day duration will facilitate learning of skills related to nature management and restoration. The Organization offers fully equipped Lecture halls on Tuesday, August 31 (between 9:00 a.m. and reception) at the premises of University of Alicante campus. Courses in need of additional resources should contact the Organization before submitting the proposal. An 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€ for a half-day course and 40€ for a full-day course.

Conference organizers will provide meeting space and onsite logistical support for all accepted symposia, workshops and courses. However, the Conference cannot provide any travel or accommodation assistance, catering services, registration subsidies or waivers, honoraria, or any other forms of support for the organizers or individual speakers named in the proposals.

All participants are required to register and pay for the registration fees and to cover their own travel expenses. SER encourages both the organizers and speakers of symposia and workshops to seek sponsorship and/or institutional support to help offset the costs associated with their participation at the event.

Coordinators are responsible for serving as the primary point of contact with their invited speakers and for communicating all updates and changes regarding their session to the participants. They will be expected to compile all talks and submit them in the same Word document following the template. Coordinators will also need to ensure that all of their speakers register for the Conference before the deadline for early registration on July 2, 2021. Speakers who fail to register by this date risk to be excluded from the Conference programme.

The official language of the Conference is English. Nevertheless, some activities of local or regional interest may be developed in other languages as Spanish or French (meetings of SECF-Repoblaciones Forestales, AEET-Restauración Ecológica, Ecological Restoration in African and Eastern Mediterranean countries). SERE2021 organization will consider providing simultaneous translation for these sessions.

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.