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December 13-16, 2021

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

Bonita Springs, FL

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Call for Abstracts

Submission Opens: May 4, 2021
Submission Deadline: June 22, 2021 

The ACES 2021 conference central theme is "Focusing on the Future of Ecosystem Services" with emphasis placed on accelerating the use of ecosystem services for land and resource management and fostering the next generation of ecosystem service researchers and practitioners.

The Program Committee is seeking input from the community and invites you to assist with program development via the abstract submission process. All individuals interested in ecologic, economic, market, geographic, institutional, educational, outreach, and management aspects of ecosystem services are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation. All abstracts will go through a review and selection process, and all selected abstracts will be published in the conference Book of Abstracts.

All ecosystem services related research and applications abstracts are welcome; we especially encourage ideas on these topics:

  1. Ecosystem Services* in Action – land and resource management using ecosystem services, case studies encouraged
  2. Human Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Ecosystem Services – translation of ecosystem function to human health outcomes and valuation; mental health studies of ecosystem services
  3. Cultural Ecosystem Services – non-use ecosystem services methods and valuation
  4. Tools Demo – consider submitting an abstract for a special organized tools session, which will feature five tools at individual tables where participants will be able to see live demonstrations of the tool (laptop required) and will switch to the next table after 15 minutes.

*Ecosystem services may be known as an alternative name (natural capital, ecological benefits, etc.) – terminology should not limit submission of ideas.

Presentation Types

Oral Presentations

Individual abstract submissions will be grouped topically to form thematic sessions. These sessions, combined with pre-organized sessions, will be used to prepare the conference agenda.

All standard concurrent sessions are 105 minutes long and consist of a 5-minute introduction and five 20-minute talks (15 minutes for the talk and 5 minutes for Q&A). Speakers must register to participate and submit PowerPoint files at least 24 hours prior to their talk.

Poster Presentations

Posters will be on display throughout the conference in the Poster & Sponsor Display Room. This is the primary gathering spot where morning, mid-day, and afternoon refreshments will be served. The agenda will also feature lunches and a Poster Session Reception in this room. These networking functions maximize opportunities for interaction between presenters, colleagues, and sponsors.

Lightning Talks

This year’s conference will include a new format – Lightning Talks (5-minute presentations) associated with posters. This will provide an opportunity for speakers to maximize their impact by increasing audience size and provide participants with overviews of diverse topics which can be followed up in-depth during a dedicated poster session.

Registration Required to Participate

All participants including speakers, poster presenters, panelists, session organizers and moderators are expected to register and pay for the conference before August 18, 2021 to confirm participation on the program agenda. Conference organizers reserve the right to cancel any session if deadlines are missed by the session organizer and/or speakers. We strongly encourage attendance and participation in the conference beyond just this session.

Submission Deadline

If you wish to make an oral or poster presentation, please submit an abstract no later than June 22, 2021. Abstracts must be submitted online via the ACES website.

Abstract submitters will be notified by August 10, 2021 whether they were accepted to the conference program and their designated presentation format. Because of the high level of interest in this event, we cannot guarantee that all presentation format requests will be honored.

Abstract Preparation and Formatting Instructions

The abstract submission process consists of three consecutive steps:

Step 1: Review and follow abstract preparation and submission instructions below.

Step 2: Submit presenter profile information and upload abstract file via the online form. For your convenience, we suggest using this Sample Abstract Template (Word File) to access a pre-formatted abstract. You must follow this template and the guidelines below to format your abstract properly.

  • Abstracts should only be submitted as a Microsoft Word file
  • Files must be named with only letters or numbers, or combinations thereof. Symbols (dashes, etc.) and commas will not properly transmit. For example, an INCORRECT file name would be "Smith_J, V-2.doc" while a CORRECT file name would be "SmithJ2.doc" (We recommend using your name so that files can be easily traced.)
  • Abstracts should be no longer than ONE (1) page in length.
  • No graphs or figures should be included in the abstract.
  • Use standard "letter" paper size (8.5" X 11"). Do NOT use A4 paper size.
  • Set margins at 1" on top, bottom, and sides.
  • Use a sans serif font, preferably Calibri. Set font size to 11 points.
  • The title should be short, yet accurately reflect the abstract and later presentation. Attempt to limit the title to one line. The title is a descriptive label, not a sentence.
  • Type abstract title flush left at the top of the page and in ALL CAPS AND BOLD. For example, a correct title would look something like NEW TECHNIQUES FOR VALUATION OF ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
  • Use appropriate formatting within titles: italics (for scientific names), subscript (for scientific formulas), superscript (mathematic equations), etc.
  • List the senior author first and bold the name of the presenting author.
  • Identify author affiliations using superscript numerals.
  • Do not include professional titles of the authors. Include ONLY the affiliation name, city, state, and country in abstract listing. (DO NOT include full mailing address at the top of the abstract.)
  • Including title, author(s), text, and contact information, abstracts should be approximately 250-500 words.
  • Type the body of the abstract single-spaced without indents or tabs. Double space between paragraphs.
  • Apply bolding, italics, underlining, superscripts and subscripts in your main text as you want it to appear in your final abstract.
  • Include a bio for the main presenter at the bottom of the abstract (max 50 words).
  • PROOF your abstract before you send it. Do not forget to proof all author information as well. Abstracts will be published exactly as they are submitted.
  • When completing the online submission form, provide contact information for the presenting author only.

Step 3: Save abstract submission confirmation email for your files.

After you have successfully completed these steps, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your abstract. Please keep a copy on file for your records. Note: If you do not receive the confirmation email in your inbox, check your junk folder. Sometimes servers will re-direct messages to this folder.

 If you do not receive a confirmation, we did not receive your abstract.

We will email you about the status of your abstract by August 10. If you do not receive this status notification, or if you have any questions, contact Jessica Bailey at

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: June 22, 2021
Notified of Status: August 10, 2021
Register to Confirm: August 18, 2021


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