Abstract Submission

The majority of talks and all poster presentations for the annual meeting are selected from an open call, giving all delegates the opportunity to present their research.

Abstract submission is now closed.

You will find out if you have been accepted to present at the beginning of October. You will then have until 17:00 (BST), Friday 20 October to register for the conference in order to secure you place in the programme.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts are submitted online and should be no longer than 300 words. You can submit an abstract for either a talk or poster presentation. If you are presenting a poster, you will be given the option to present a 1-minute ‘lightning talk’ to promote your poster.

To give everyone the chance to present, submissions are limited to one abstract per person.

Oral presentations must contain results. They cannot just describe a new study/ work in progress.

Abstract titles should ideally include the organism and/or system of study and the key finding of the research. This will help us identify the best session for your presentation.

We encourage poster presenters to give a lightning talk to promote their poster. The lightning talks will be given at the end of the afternoon oral sessions and we will try to schedule them in sessions that are relevant to the general topic of your poster, so you have the ideal audience! This is your chance to convince delegates to visit your poster – you have 1 minute and (optionally) 1 slide to promote your poster and you can be as creative as you wish.

Student Prizes

If you wish to be considered for our Student Talk or Poster Prize, please check the tick box at stage 2 of abstract submission.


Abstract submission deadline is 17:00 (BST), Monday 11 September.

You may edit your abstract online until 17:00 (BST), Monday 11 September.

To guarantee your place in the programme, every abstract submitter must register for the full meeting by 17:00 (BST), Friday 20 October. Your abstract will be withdrawn if you do not register by this date.

Please register for the meeting with the same email used to submit your abstract.


Thematic Topic sessions only include presentations from invited speakers. If you are an invited speaker, you will receive a separate email with a unique link to upload your abstract. Please do not use the public link.

If you have any questions about abstract submission, please contact Amy Everard.

We have a two-tier classification for sessions at our Annual Meeting. We will try to allocate your presentation to your first choice, but this is not always possible.

The first, TOPICS, classifies your work generally into major ecological themes. These are intentionally broad but subtopics are more specific. Please get in touch if you don’t think your area of research is represented.

The second, SUBTOPICS, qualifies your work using a set of key words that allow us to group similarly focused talks within sessions.


  • Agricultural Policy
  • Agricultural Science
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Conservation Policy
  • Conservation Science
  • Ecological Genetics or Molecular Ecology
  • Ecosystem and Functional Ecology
  • Environmental Physiology
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Global Change Ecology
  • Invasive Species
  • Macroecology and Biogeography
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Palaeoecology
  • Parasites, Pathogens or Wildlife Disease
  • People and Nature
  • Population Ecology
  • Soil Ecology and Plant-soil Interactions
  • Species Interactions
  • Theoretical or Computational Ecology
  • Other


  • Adaptation or Evolution
  • Animals
  • Aquatic Systems
  • Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Climate Change
  • Citizen Science
  • Communities
  • Competition, Mutualism or Facilitation
  • Demography or Life History
  • Dispersal or Movement
  • Distributions
  • Disturbance
  • Diversity (species or traits)
  • Dynamics
  • Ecosystem Processes or Function
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Food webs or Networks
  • Forests and Woodlands
  • Functional Traits
  • Habitats and Environments
  • Individuals
  • Interdisciplinary or Multidisciplinary
  • Invasive Species
  • Land-use
  • Long-term or Large-scale
  • Management
  • Methods, Models or Theory
  • Monitoring
  • Montane and Polar Systems
  • Nutrient Dynamics
  • Plants
  • Policy
  • Pollinators
  • Pollution or Other Stressors
  • Populations
  • Science Communication
  • Sexual Selection or Reproduction
  • Species Interactions
  • Tropical Systems
  • Urban Systems
  • Other

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