Call for Proposals Symposia, Workshops and Training Courses

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Call for Proposals
Symposia, Workshops and Training Courses

June 10 – November 1st, 2019



The Scientific Program Committee, on behalf of the Society for Restoration Ecology (SER), Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) and Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) is now inviting proposals for symposia, workshops, and training courses to be held at the Québec RE3Conference: Reclaim, Restore, Rewild, during 7-11 June, 2020. All proposals must be submitted through the online form provided below and must be received no later than November 1st, 2019. Early submissions are highly encouraged, and reviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. 

Submissions on any topic applicable to land reclamation, ecological restoration and/or wetland science and linked to the RE3Conference theme of Reclaim, Restore, Rewild are acceptable. We also highly encourage submissions related to the sub-theme of the UN Environment Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, with particular emphasis on managing ecosystems to meet Sustainable Development Goals including tackling climate change, food security, water resource management, soil carbon sequestration and biodiversity protection. The UN decade aims to massively scale up restoration efforts for degraded ecosystems, so themes around the challenges of scaling up are encouraged. Rewilding can be one of the means to scale up, and case studies of rewilding are very welcome. Symposia that aim to synthesize around a certain topic are encouraged. 

Please carefully review the information below to aid your planning. You can direct any questions to

Symposia:  A typical symposium gathers 4-6 speakers and provides a well-integrated synthesis of a given topic or theme with broad applicability and appeal for the field of ecological restoration, land reclamation and/or wetland science. It can be structured as a series of formal talks or a moderated panel discussion allowing for greater audience participation. Symposia will be held concurrently with regular conference sessions and will each be allocated a total of 1.5 hours (90 minutes). As well, several shorter flash presentations could be integrated into symposia (or make up a symposium if desired). 

Workshops:  Workshops are small, focused sessions emphasizing audience participation and group discussion. They are often led by a single organizer/facilitator, or a small group of facilitators, and aim to generate analysis and knowledge exchange around specific goals, challenges, problems, research gaps, etc. Workshops will be held concurrently with regular conference sessions and will be allocated 90 minutes at the Program Committee’s discretion. Organizers will have considerable flexibility to structure this time as they see most productive given their goals and objectives.  

Training Courses:  Training courses focus on practical applications and professional development, and are intended to impart specific knowledge, skills or methodologies. Courses will be held on Saturday and Sunday prior to the conference, 6-7 June, and will generally run for one full day (e.g. from 09:00-17:00). We will also consider longer courses spanning multiple days. The programming and structure of each course is determined by the instructor(s); however, the Conference Organizing Committee will play a role in determining minimum/maximum attendance and other details that may have financial or logistical implications for the conference. Participants will pay a separate fee over and above the cost of conference registration, and courses will be open to all attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

All proposals must be submitted through the online submission form below no later than November 1st, 2019. Early submissions are highly encouraged, and reviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. 

Proposals must be submitted in English.

Individuals may only submit one proposal for a symposium or workshop, in the interest of opening the conference to wider participation. However, there is no limit to the number of symposia in which a delegate may participate as a speaker. Organizers of a symposium or workshop are also free to organize a training course.

Each symposium will have an allotted time of 1.5 hours(90 minutes). In rare cases, multiple time slots may be granted for a longer symposium at the discretion of the Program Committee. Symposia should include a minimum of four speakers and a maximum of six. Generally, speakers will each have 15 minutes for their presentations (12 minutes for their talk and 3 minutes for questions), unless short flash presentations are integrated. For sessions with fewer than six speakers, we will ask organizers to keep presentations on schedule and reserve extra time at the end for synthesis and discussion.  

Workshops will have an allotted time of 90 minutes. Organizers of these sessions will have a great deal of flexibility to use this time however they see best to deliver their program and accomplish their goals—contingent upon review of their agenda by the Program Committee when prompted for this.

Training courses will be scheduled on the Saturday or Sunday prior to the conference(6-7 June) and will generally run for one full day. Exceptions may be possible for shorter or longer courses. The Program Committee will work with instructors on a case-by-case basis to determine the best structure and duration for their course. 

Please note:Symposia and workshops may be scheduled at any time during the conference. Except under compelling circumstances, the Program Committee will not be able to accommodate special scheduling requests.


All of the following information must be provided on the submission form.

  • Title of the symposium, workshop or training course (25 words max.)
  • Abstract – a brief overview of the objectives for your activity, topics to be covered, and relevance to restoration science, practice or policy (250 words max.)
  • One-sentence summary of the event (50 words max.)
  • Lead organizer (name, institutional affiliation, email address)
  • Two alternate contacts (name, institutional affiliation, email address)
  • Draft program for the event
    • Symposium: a list of invited speakers including their affiliation and location, the title of their presentation, and an indication of whether their participation is confirmed
    • Workshop: a brief overview of the structure and expected outcomes as well as speakers/presenters with their affiliation and location
    • Training Course: a draft syllabus detailing the topics to be covered, teaching methods to be used, expected learning outcomes, and course duration

Additionally, training course instructors will be asked to indicate any financial support they may require to successfully deliver their course, as well as any materials or logistical arrangements they will need.


All submitted proposals will be peer-reviewed by members of the Program Committee. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis (i.e. reviews will be ongoing throughout the submission period), and acceptance notices will be sent as early as possible to allow sufficient time for organizers to finalize programming, coordinate with speakers, and seek institutional support as necessary. For this reason, we encourage you to submit your proposal at the earliest date possible.

All proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 

  • Scientific merit,with emphasis on new research results, cutting-edge developments, novel perspectives, and innovative or interdisciplinary approaches
  • Clear relevance to the conference theme (Reclaim, Restore, Rewild)and its ecological, social or cultural dimensions 
  • Broad applicabilityfor restoration professionals and/or wetland scientists working in a variety of contexts
  • Submission of a complete and compelling proposal

Some additional criteria will be applied to symposium proposals:

  • Integrated treatment of the topic, such that presentations go beyond individual case studies and contribute to a cohesive, overarching synthesis
  • Likelihood of a successful session, as indicated by a large proportion of confirmed speakers

For training courses, budgetary and financial considerations will also factor into the review. We will look at the estimated cost of offering each course, including any financial support requested by the instructor(s), and will determine the viability of these proposals based on the minimum number of participants needed to cover expenses.


All symposia, workshops and training courses must have a lead organizer who serves as the primary point of contact for the Program Committee. We will also ask you to name two alternate contacts.

We will provide meeting space and onsite logistical support for all symposia and workshops. However, the conference is not able to provide any travel or accommodation assistance, registration subsidies or waivers, or any other forms of support for the organizers or individual speakers named in any of the proposals. All participants will be required to register and pay for the conference and to cover their own travel expenses.

The conference will also provide meeting space and onsite logistical support for training courses. Assuming minimum registration rates are reached, course instructors may receive a complimentary registration (to be integrated in the course budget) for the conference and will be asked on the proposal submission form to indicate any other financial support they may require to successfully organize and deliver their course. The Organizing Committee will take these needs into consideration as part of the proposal review process.  Any additional financial support will be reflected either in the training course registration rate and/or the minimum of participants required.

Coordinating with invited speakers:  Symposium organizers are responsible for serving as the primary point of contact with their invited speakers throughout the planning process. Organizers will need to help ensure that all of their speakers submit abstracts through the online submission form before the specified deadline, and that all of their speakers register for the conference before the deadline for presenter registration on 15 March, 2020. Speakers who fail to register by this date may be excluded from the conference program. We encourage symposium organizers to proactively communicate with their speakers about any updates or changes affecting their session, such as scheduling details, cancellations, and other circumstances as they arise.

Scheduling:  Symposia and workshops may be scheduled at any time during the conference. Due to the large number of presenters and sessions we must accommodate, the Program Committee will be unable to honor special scheduling requests. Please make sure your invited speakers are aware of this when they agree to participate. Training courses will either be scheduled on Saturday, 6 June or Sunday, 7 June. We may have some ability to work with you on scheduling needs, but need to maintain flexibility to accommodate all courses. 

Addressing cancellations and filling gaps:  If an individual presenter from your symposium cancels or withdraws, or fails to register for the conference before the deadline, we ask that you find another speaker to replace them. If you are unable to secure enough speakers to complete your symposium or to fill any such gaps, the Scientific Program Committee may assign an appropriate speaker to your session from the general pool of contributed abstracts. The Committee will make every effort to coordinate with you and obtain your approval in the event that this occurs.

Registering for education credits: Organizers are encouraged to register their symposium, workshop or training course as a pre-approved source of continuing education credits (CECs) under SER’s practitioner certification program. There may also be opportunities to register your event for pre-approval as a continuing education offering through other professional groups, including the SWS’s professional certification program. This can help increase participation and encourage attendance by a particular target audience. We will provide more details about pre-approval under SER’s program and potential for certification under other programs at the time we notify you of acceptance.


10 June 2019                Symposia, workshop, short course proposal submission period opens

1 November 2019          Deadline for proposal submissions

November 2019           Abstract submission period opens

November 2019           Early registration opens

15 January 2020           Final batch of proposal acceptance notices sent

January 2020                Deadline for abstract submissions

1 March 2020               Final batch of abstract acceptance notices sent 

15 March 2020             Deadline for Early Bird registration

15 March 2020            Deadline for presenter registration


Please do not submit a proposal unless you are confident that you will be able to fulfill your obligation to organize and deliver the activity proposed. Once a symposium, workshop or training course has been accepted, scheduled and announced, cancellations are disruptive and potentially preclude other delegates from participating in the conference program. 

If extenuating circumstances force you to cancel, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible at



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Important Preliminary Dates

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March 15, 2020

Registration starts
December 10, 2019 Open

Abstract submission deadline
February 5, 2020 Closed

Abstract acceptance notice
March 2, 2020

Early bird and presenting author registration deadline
March 15, 2020

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