December 12-15, 2022

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Call for Session Proposals

Submission Deadline: Passed

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In 2022, as we meet in the Nation's capital, we want to build on our discussion of the future of ecosystem services. Let's come together and focus on "Leveraging Opportunities for Ecosystem Services Implementation." Our focus will include the following topics: 

  1. The intersection of climate science, policy, and ecosystem services
  2. Ecosystem services use in environmental markets, incentive programs, and nudges
  3. The role of ecosystem services in traditional and nature-based infrastructure planning and implementation
  4. Ecosystem services to support America the Beautiful and other conservation initiatives (including environmental justice and social components, Climate Change and Biodiversity)
  5. State of the science and applications of ecosystem services

These topics will form the major emphasis and organization of the conference in 2022; however, they are not intended to exclude or discourage submission of organized sessions and/or individual abstracts that may not fit within them that are relevant to ecosystem services. We want to capture all emerging topics and new ideas critical to ecosystem services.

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

Steps to Develop a Session Proposal

  1. Define the purpose, focus and overarching message of the proposed session.
  2. Decide on your preferred session format (standard or panel) and invite the appropriate number of colleagues for this session type to present a diverse perspective.
  3. Confirm invited colleagues agree to register, pay and attend if your session is accepted.
  4. Write a session proposal using this template and use the online form to submit by April 15, 2022.

Session Format Options

All sessions are 105 minutes long with a 5-minute introduction window. ACES features two different session formats:

Standard Format

This format consists of a 5-minute session introduction and overview by the moderator, followed by five consecutive 20-minute talks (15 minutes per talk plus 5 minutes Q&A), with speakers submitting individual abstracts and generally using PowerPoint slides to display graphics emphasizing key elements, supporting details and in-depth information.

Important Note: To maximize opportunities for presentations, everyone is limited to giving one talk or, one talk and one poster – not to exceed two abstracts per person.

Panel Format

This format entails a maximum of five panelists. Sessions generally begin with an introduction by the moderator followed by panelists introducing themselves and describing their personal experience and perspective on the topic. The moderator then facilitates interactive dialogue amongst panelists to obtain different viewpoints using pre-determined questions before engaging the audience in Q&A. The session ends with a closing summary and panel recognition. Use of PowerPoint should be limited to no more than a few key slides to help the audience visualize the panel concept. One overall session abstract should be submitted, but panelists may also submit individual abstracts if desired.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

Selection is based on content and expected level of interest, and the session's potential for generating useful results and dialogue among attendees. Preference will be given to sessions that are integrative in nature, and/or that communicate interdisciplinary science effectively to a broad audience.

Registration Required to Participate

Session organizers, speakers, moderators and panelists are expected to register and pay for the conference before September 9, 2022 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.

Session Organizer Responsibilities

Session Organizer Instructions »

If your proposal is accepted, your responsibilities as a session organizer include:

  1. Invite and confirm appropriate number of speakers for your session with diverse perspectives to share their views on the specified session topic.
  2. Identify a replacement speaker if someone cancels.
  3. Serve as the primary contact for the session. We communicate with one official representative per session.
  4. Communicate participation instructions and deadlines to your speakers.
  5. Ensure speaker abstracts (or panel session abstract) are submitted by July 15, 2022.
  6. Confirm a moderator proficient in managing speaker timing and facilitating interactive dialogue by July 15, 2022. The session organizer often serves as moderator.
  7. Submit a completed agenda grid by July 22, 2022. After abstract submission closes, we will email you a template to fill in the final session title, moderator name, and speaker names with talk titles in the final order.
  8. Ensure all speakers register and pay to confirm participation by September 16, 2022.


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