Proposals for symposia and workshops


The call for symposium and workshops resulted in over thirty proposals. They cover a wide range of topics and habitats, including climate change adaptation and mitigation, education and policy issues, together with various aspects of restoration in urban and rural environments, including forest, peatland, river and coastal habitats. Although most of the proposals derived from Europe, they span a geographical range from Australia and Latin America to Canada and the USA. The scientific committee has reviewed the proposals and will be sending out notifications and instructions to the session organisers during the next few days.

The Organizing Committee for SER Europe 2018 now invites proposals for symposia and workshops to be held at the 11th European Conference on Ecological Restoration during September 9-13, 2018 in Reykjavík

Proposal format

All proposals must include the following information. Incomplete or inaccurate submissions may be rejected.

  • Title of the symposium or workshop
  • Abstract; including a brief overview of the objectives for the event, topics to be covered, and relevance to restoration science, practice or policy (max. 250 words)
  • One-sentence summary of the event (max 50 words)
  • Lead organizer (name, institutional affiliation, email address)
  • Secondary contact (name, institutional affiliation, email address)
  • Draft program for the event
    • Symposium: a list of invited speakers including the titles of their presentations and an indication of whether their participation is confirmed
    • Workshop: a brief overview of the structure, speakers/presenters, and expected outcomes.

Workshops and symposiums

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.

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.

Both symposia and workshops will be held concurrently with regular sessions of the SER Europe 2018 conference program.

Proposed symposia and workshops must have a lead organizer 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.

The conference organizers will provide meeting space and onsite logistical support for all accepted symposia and workshops. However, the conference cannot provide any travel or accommodation assistance, 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 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.

Symposium and workshop organizers 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 ensure that all of their speakers submit abstracts through the online submission form before the specified deadline. Organizers will also need to ensure that all of their speakers register for the conference before the deadline for presenter registration on June 5, 2018. Speakers who fail to register by this date may be excluded from the conference program.

Review process

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the SER Europe 2018 Scientific Committee who either accepts the proposal, conditionally accepts it pending minor corrections, or rejects it. Decision letters will be sent on or before January 31, 2018 to allow organizers sufficient time to finalize programming, coordinate with speakers, and seek any institutional support that might be required.

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of scientific merit, relevance to the field of ecological restoration, applicability for restoration professionals working in a variety of contexts and thematic relevance with a priority given to symposia the demonstrate a link to the conference theme Restoration in the Era of Climate Change. Other criteria include the submission of a complete and compelling proposal and the likelihood of a successful event as indicated by high proportion of confirmed speakers and funding or institutional support.

Please carefully review the information below to aid your planning and submission of proposals. You can direct any queries and communications concerning the status of your proposal to

Please note

  • Proposals must be submitted in English, the official language of SER Europe 2018 conference.
  • Symposia and workshops may be scheduled at any time during the conference and the Scientific Committee may be unable to honor special scheduling requests.
  • Once proposals are accepted and the Scientific Committee begins building the conference schedule, cancellations and changes will disruptive the planning process. We therefore ask that you only submit a proposal if you are confident that you can organize and conduct such an event. We ask symposium organizers to obtain firm commitments from as many invited speakers as possible before submitting proposals.

Proposers will receive a confirmation message upon submission of a proposal. If for some reason you don’t receive this confirmation, please contact to confirm that the proposal was received. A representative from the Scientific Committee will notify you by January 31, 2018 as to whether your proposal has been accepted.