Call for Session Proposals

The deadline for Session Proposal Submission has passed. Please consider submitting an abstract as an individual presentation. Abstracts are due March 1, 2018.

NCER 2018 looks to the science and restoration community to assist with developing the conference agenda, and we invite you to propose a session related to your expertise. Conference topics of focus are provided on the Session Themes and Topics but don’t feel limited to these areas. NCER seeks to capture all emerging issues and new ideas. In addition to pre-organized sessions, a Call for Abstracts will be announced by or before November 1st, inviting individuals to submit abstracts for consideration as oral and poster presentations. Click here for an overview of the agenda development process.

Agenda Development Process

Session Format

Each session is 90-minutes long with a 10-minute introduction, followed by four 20-minute talks forming a cohesive theme.

Steps to Develop a Session Proposal
  1. Define the purpose, focus and overarching message of the proposed session.
  2. Outline key session objectives and determine takeaways for attendees.
  3. Confirm four colleagues to present a diverse perspective on the session theme.
  4. Use this template to develop your session proposal.
  5. Submit the proposal by October 8, 2017 via the link at the bottom of this page.
Proposal Evaluation Criteria
  1. Proposals will be evaluated for content, structure, and overall relevance to the overarching theme of the conference.
  2. Preference will be given to sessions that are integrative, cross-system, and/or promote the transfer of regional-based knowledge to a broad audience.
  3. Additional criteria include the session’s potential for generating useful results/dialogue among conference attendees, and the expected level of interest in the topic. Due to space limitations, individuals are limited to organizing one session.
Before you submit your proposal, make sure your speakers:
  • Definitely want to give a talk and are available during the conference dates (August 26-30, 2018).
  • Know there is a $25 fee for each abstract submitted.
  • Are aware individuals are limited to giving one oral presentation. However, speakers may also participate on a panel and/or present one or more posters.
  • Understand they must submit their abstract by March 1, 2018.
  • Understand they are required to register and pay to attend the conference. (We estimate early-bird registration fees will be approximately $495 for government and non-profit attendees; $595 for industry representatives and $395 for students and retirees. A $200 discount will be available for one-day registrants.)

Click here to open a Proposal TEMPLATE as a Word file. Please follow all instructions carefully.

Session Organizer Responsibilities Include:
  1. Adhering to all published deadlines and fulfilling session organizer responsibilities.
  2. Serving as the primary contact for the session. We communicate with one official representative per session.
  3. Communicating instructions to presenters by conducting a group conference call or by emailing everyone no later than December 1, 2017. Click here to view a list of details that must be communicated to speakers.
  4. Ensuring session presenters submit abstracts by the published deadline of March 1, 2018.
  5. Confirming a moderator. The Session Introduction is not a formal talk. They do not need to submit an abstract.
  6. Submitting an agenda grid to us by Wednesday, March 14. After the abstract submission deadline passes, we will email you a grid template to fill in the session title, name of moderator, and speaker names with talk titles.
  7. Making sure your presenters are registered and confirmed by May 18, 2018. If not, you will be asked to identify replacement speakers.

NOTE : NCER 2018 Organizers reserve the right not to accept proposed sessions if time/space is limiting, and to cancel sessions if deadlines are missed by the session organizers.


Ms. Beth Miller-Tipton

The deadline for Session Proposal Submission has passed. Please consider submitting an abstract as an individual presentation. Abstracts are due March 1, 2018.

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Hosting Organizations


Society of Ecological Restoration

Platinum Sponsor

Walton Family Foundation

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