Abstract Submission

We are pleased to announce that abstract submission is now open.

A number of talks and all poster presentations for the UTE2019 are selected from this open call to maximise the opportunities for delegates to present their research. For this reason, we also limit submissions to one abstract per person.

Abstract Guidelines

  • Abstracts for talk and posters are submitted online and should be no longer than 300 words.
  • You must include a list of keywords at the end of your abstract. These will be included in the word count.
  • At our meetings all presentations have equal status, so there is no difference in the standing of oral or poster presentations.
  • 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 not 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.
  • Unless you are submitting to a Thematic Session, please select the topic and sub topic ‘Open Call’

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

Thematic Sessions

The majority of talks in Thematic Sessions are 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.

There are a limited number of open slots available in some thematic sessions, so if you are interested in presenting in a thematic session, please select the relevant session when submitting your abstract.

Thematic Sessions welcoming talks from the open call:

  • A view from the top: using drones in tropical ecology and conservation
  • Bringing tropical epiphytes to the forefront of ecological understanding: advances and challenges
  • Florivory
  • Seed Dispersal: Evolutionary consequences to plants and animals
  • Tropical biotic interactions in a changing world
  • Understanding and monitoring forest changes using satellite data

Student Prizes

If you wish to be considered for the Student Talk or Poster Prize, please check the tick box at stage 2 of abstract submission. This includes both the BES Anne Keymer and Best Poster awards and the gtö Merian Awards.

gtö Merian Awards

In 2001 the gtö established the Merian Awards for the best contributions given by young scientists during the annual meeting. There are six Merian Awards annually, three for the best oral contributions and three for the best posters. ECOTROPICA – the society’s journal – highlights these contributions by publishing the abstracts.

The gtö has selected Maria Sibylla Merian as the patron of the award to commemorate her unique work as an outstanding artist and as the first female tropical naturalist who actually travelled to the tropics in order to study their fascinating diversity, in particular insects. She was the first scientist who recognized, and documented in her artistic work, that insects go through various developmental stages. This is particularly remarkable as the general public in her time still believed that, for instance, mosquitoes and caterpillars were generated in mud by the evil.

Who is eligible and how to apply? Eligible candidates are students and PhDs who are members of the gtö and finished their dissertation less than three years ago. The winners will be awarded during the closing ceremony.


Abstract submission deadline is 17:00 (GMT), Friday 01 February. You may edit your abstract online by this date.

To guarantee your place in the programme, every abstract submitter must register by 17:00 (GMT), Friday 22 February. Your abstract will be withdrawn if you do not register by this date.

If you have any questions about abstract submission, please contact BES Events Officer, Siri.


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