Symposia and Working Groups Proposals

The online submission system is now closed. However, should you wish to submit a late Symposium or Working Group proposal, please email

Symposia proposals will only be considered for inclusion in the conference program if they have a minimum of four (4) confirmed speakers for the proposed session. Please include the names and affiliations of the confirmed speakers during the proposal submission process.

Following the conference theme ‘Building a Sustainable and Desirable Future’, the Committee is developing a program that will highlight the advances and research made to address the current environmental problems facing our fast-changing world. A focus will be on the sustainable solutions to the most pressing problems of our time.

Symposia and Working Groups will be considered that address one or more of the conference topics:

Coastal Systems      

  • Coastal conservation
  • Coastal development and engineering
  • Coastal marine habitats
  • Rivers, catchments and wetlands

Ecology and Biodiversity 

  • Biodiversity and biological conservation
  • Biological invasions
  • Disturbance ecology
  • Ecological complexity
  • Ecological indicators
  • Ecological modeling
  • Ecosystem creation and restoration
  • Ecosystem health
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Scaling from genomes to ecosystems

Marine Ecosystems/ Acquatic Environments 

  • Coral reef stressors
  • Deep-sea as new frontier 
  • Fisheries and aquacultures
  • Marine ecology
  • Oceanography
  • Sea level rise and ocean warming

Policies and Governance/Science and Policy  

  • Climate adaptation and mitigation
  • Climate change and carbon neutrality
  • Eco-health and public health (diseases)
  • Environmental policies and frameworks
  • Fragile ecosystems and hotspot management
  • Pacific Island Resilience
  • Sustainability and resilience


  • Aboriginal rights and land use
  • Anthropogenic pressure
  • Citizen Science and local actors (NGOs)
  • Ecological economics
  • Ecosystem services
  • Ecotourism
  • Innovative technology for ecological sustainability 
  • Integrating socio-economics and ecology

Who may submit Symposia or Working Groups proposals?
All who share an interest in ecological science, applications, or practice are invited to submit Symposia or Working Groups proposals. We encourage proposals from scientists at all levels, university students, NGOs, and environmental practitioners.

Proposals can be submitted for consideration either as a Symposium or a Working Group, or both. Please refer to the information below for details.

Preparing and Submitting a Symposium Proposal
The online submission system is now closed. However, should you wish to submit a late Symposium proposal please email

Those submitting the proposal should provide basic information on Symposia organiser(s), title, a short abstract of the Symposium proposal and a list of potential speakers and their affiliations.

Symposia will generally last 1.5 hours (although more time may be allocated to select Symposia based on the response to the call for abstracts) and should include between four and six 15-minute talks. 15-30 minutes can also be dedicated to lightning talks (e.g., 5 minutes and no questions) or a round table discussion.

Symposia are open to abstracts from all participants
Please note that the abstract submission process will be open to all, so Symposium organizers may need to include papers that had not originally been proposed for their sessions. Individuals submitting abstracts will be asked to select the session(s) that their presentation is most relevant to. During the abstract review process by the EcoSummit 2023 Committee, the allocation of accepted abstracts to specific sessions will be made (with some consultation with Symposia organizers). Please be aware of this possibility and the need for flexibility in designing your session. In the event that the number of accepted abstracts for a particular session exceeds the number that can be accommodated in a single session, organizers may be given an additional session slot in the conference program.

Role of Symposium Organizers
Symposium organizers of accepted proposals are expected to communicate with prospective presenters regarding submission of abstracts and will be asked to review abstracts submitted for their sessions during the abstract review period (in December 2022 and January 2023). The Scientific Committee will review and approve (or ask for modifications) of all sessions before the final program is announced.

At least one of the organizers must register for the conference and will be responsible for chairing sessions.

Preparing and Submitting a Working Group Proposal
The online submission system is now closed. However, should you wish to submit a late Working Group proposal please email

Working Groups can be thought of as a version of the extremely successful format used by synthesis centers like NCEAS and SESYNC.

Rather than presenting papers in a session, as is the case with Symposia, Working Groups are designed to bring together researchers to address a topic that requires their creative, collaborative inputs. The goal is to produce a publishable product on the topic of interest. Background material can be presented, but the goal is to facilitate discussion and create a new synthesis product. This can be a single paper, a special issue, or other appropriate output, including, but not limited to, an agenda, joint statement or recommendation.

All of the EcoSummit supporting publications are open to receiving special issues proposals coming out of accepted Working Groups.

In order to propose a Working Group for EcoSummit 2023, submit a short proposal with the basic idea for the project and potential participants. If accepted, the Working Group will be included in the program for participants to join.

Working groups can be open to a pre-defined subset of participants, or open to all conference attendees with group size or other limitations set by the organizers.

Role of Working Group organizers
The expectation is that during EcoSummit, Working Groups can discuss initial ideas to the point of creating a draft outline and plan for completion of the project by the Working Group members after the EcoSummit.

At least one of the organizers must register for the conference and will be responsible for facilitating and moderating the discussion, as well as coordinating any publishing efforts after the conference.

Criteria for Selection
Symposia and Working Groups proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by members of the Scientific Committee with primary consideration given to their scientific quality and relevance to the conference themes.

Financial Support
Financial support for organizers or speakers will NOT be provided by EcoSummit.

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