Abstract submission

Whether joining in person or online, share your science at the largest and most welcoming ecology conference in Europe.

We are offering three types of presentation at Ecology Across Borders:

  • In-person oral presentation
  • In-person poster presentation
  • Online poster presentation

We understand that planning is challenging and uncertain, but if it is very unlikely you will attend in person, please do not submit an in-person presentation, to ease some pressure on the event organisers.


Abstracts are submitted online and should be no longer than 150 words. All presentations have equal status, so there is no difference in the standing of oral or poster presentations.

You are only permitted to submit one abstract per presenter.

The title of your presentation should ideally include the organism and/or system of study and the key message of the research. This will help us identify the best session for your presentation. Please do not use full caps for your title or abstract.

Oral presentations must contain results and conclusions, they cannot just describe a new study or work in progress.

Student prizes

If you wish to be considered for our Student Talk or Student Poster Prize, please check the tick box at stage 2 of abstract submission. This year, there will be an additional prize for those submitting an online-only presentation.

Thematic sessions

Thematic 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.


Due to the pandemic, planning for a large international conference continues to be challenging. As a result of this the abstract submission window is shorter this year. Please ensure you submit before the deadline.

  • Abstract submission deadline: 17:00 (BST), Thursday 23 September.
  • You may edit your abstract online until the above date.

To guarantee your place in the programme, every abstract submitter must complete registration by 17:00 (BST), Monday 25 October. Your abstract will be withdrawn if you do not register by this date.

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


Topics and sub-topics

We have a two-tier classification for abstracts and sessions at Ecology Across Borders. 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 themes. These are intentionally broad, but please get in touch if you don’t think your area 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 Science and Policy
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Conservation Science and Policy
  • Ecosystem and Functional Ecology
  • Environmental Physiology
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Invasive Species
  • Macroecology and Biogeography
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Nature and Humans
  • Palaeoecology
  • Parasites Pathogens or Wildlife Disease
  • Population Ecology
  • Soil Ecology and Plant-soil Interactions
  • Species Interactions
  • Theoretical or Computational Ecology
  • Other


  • Adaptation or Evolution
  • Animals
  • Aquatic Systems
  • Biodiversity
  • 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
  • Global Change
  • 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
  • Remote Sensing
  • Restoration
  • Science Communication
  • Sexual Selection or Reproduction
  • Species Interactions
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Tropical Systems
  • Urban Systems
  • Other