Presentation Topics

NCER facilitates interaction and dialogue among practitioners of both small and large-scale ecosystem restoration by bringing them together at a single venue. By their very nature, each practitioner brings unique perspectives based on the systems in which they work.

Restoration professionals across the country are invited to assist with developing the NCER program agenda by proposing and organizing sessions related to their expertise. This ensures representation by restoration professionals at every scale, with sessions that are integrative, cross- system, and that promote the transfer of regional-based knowledge to a broad audience. NCER strives to engage multiple perspectives, either across systems / regions or among multiple partners (e.g. federal, state, provincial, non-profit, corporate, etc.). NCER 2024 will also examine the transferability of lessons learned between large- and small-scale restoration programs.

Potential Topics

To assist those interested in developing session proposals, we have prepared a broad list of session topics. This list is also used a guide to help proposal, and eventually, abstract submitters, identify the applicable Theme/Topics during the session proposal and abstract submittal process.

If you are thinking about developing a session, please do not feel limited to these topical areas – NCER seeks to capture all emerging topics and new ideas in ecosystem restoration. Thus, the following list is intended only to serve as a guide when developing session proposals and identifying topical themes during the abstract submittal process. We especially encourage submissions that incorporate the following emergent topics in restoration:

1) Local, landscape, and regional-scale approaches to ecosystem restoration
2) Climate-smart restoration, climate change adaptation, and Nature-Based Solutions
3) Tribal perspectives and partnerships for ecosystem restoration
4) Ecological restoration by Tribal Nations and other indigenous peoples–past, present, and future
5) Managing waters for ecosystem restoration, fish and wildlife, human communities, and beyond
6) Enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice in ecosystem restoration
7) Increasing environmental benefits to people in restoration design, implementation, and monitoring/assessment
8) Challenges and opportunities for ecosystem restoration in today’s economic and political landscape
9) Adapting to landscape-scale stressors
(including but not limited to drought, wildfire, invasive species, extreme weather events and sea level rise)
10) Moving from monitoring and assessment to decision-making, from oceans to mountains
11) Fostering communication, collaboration, and partnerships among all sectors and levels
12) Other (we are always seeking emerging topics)
To learn more about potentially organizing a session, visit the Call for Session Proposals page. Proposals are due May 19, 2023. We urge you to consider session ideas related to your expertise that would be of benefit to other restoration professionals.

Should Acts of God or natural or public health emergencies prevent this event from being held in-person, conference sessions will be held virtually via Zoom.

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