Valuing our Life Support Systems 2019 Summit – Abstract submission guidelines for our Open Call sessions

Our call for sessions, speed talks and posters has been extended until Friday 30 November.

We invite abstract submissions for the Valuing our Life Support Systems 2019 Summit.  Three types of abstract submissions are welcome:

  • Session abstracts
  • Oral speed talk abstracts
  • Poster abstracts

All abstract submissions should link to one of the summit themes.

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Submission of session abstracts

We will be running a total of 16 parallel Thematic Sessions during the two days of the Summit which correspond to the summit themes and we invite you to propose a Thematic Session within the theme of your choice. A Thematic Session proposal requires a session organiser, short summary information and a proposed format – for example it may consist of a collection of interrelating talks or more interactive formats that encourage active discussion.

The lead session organiser should submit the Session proposal using this template in word or PDF format. Thematic Session proposals must include the following information:

  • Title of the session (word limit is 20)
  • Theme of session (list one from the five Summit themes)
  • Name, affiliation, job title and email of lead Session organiser
  • Name, affiliation, job title and email of co-organiser(s)
  • Summary of the session including a short description of any oral presentations within the session (400 words)
  • How is the session significant to advancing natural capital science, practice, policy and/or business? (100 words)
  • Target audience for the session (Who? Why should they attend this session? How does it benefit them?) (100 words)
  • Proposed format for the session (Standard sessions will be approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes in length. Please indicate the number of speakers, duration of each speaker, time allowed for panel discussion and audience discussion, etc. Please specify any requirements regarding seating, room layout or presentation aids)
  • Proposed contributors and their roles. Please consider inclusion and diversity in your selection of proposed speakers.

The lead Session organiser will be responsible for corresponding with NCI, ensuring that the presentations are correctly ordered within their session, that speakers register for the meeting, and for chairing the session.

Submission of speed talk abstracts

Abstract submissions are invited for oral speed talks during one of the Summit’s plenary sessions. These talks will be Petcha Kucha style. That is you have to produce 15 PowerPoint slides and they will be timed to move on automatically after 20 seconds, making a total of 5 minutes for your presentation. Please see guidelines and examples of Petcha Kucha talks. Petcha Kucha talks should correspond to one of our summit themes and can cover innovation in research, policy, practice or business methods or applications. The lead presenter must submit the abstract. The lead presenter will be responsible for corresponding with NCI and any co-authors.

The speed talk abstract should be submitted in Word or PDF format using this template and include the following information:

  • Title of the speed talk presentation (word limit is 20)
  • Theme of the presentation (list one from the five Summit themes)
  • Name, affiliation, and job title of presenting/corresponding author
  • Name, affiliation, and job title of co-author(s)
  • Summary of presentation (400 words)
  • Significance of your presentation to advancing natural capital science, practice, policy and/or business (100 words)

Submission of poster abstracts

Abstract submissions are invited for poster presentations related to our summit themes. The lead poster presenter must submit the abstract. The lead poster presenter will be responsible for corresponding with NCI and any co-authors.

The poster abstract should be submitted in Word or PDF format using this template and include the following information:

  • Title of the poster presentation (word limit is 20)
  • Theme of the presentation (list one from the five Summit Themes)
  • Name, affiliation, and job title of presenting/corresponding author
  • Name, affiliation, and job title of co-author(s)
  • Summary of poster (400 words)
  • Significance of your poster to advancing natural capital science, practice, policy and/or business (100 words).

Submission for Sessions, speed talks and posters:

Please submit your proposal form to NCI secretariat by 15th November 2018. All submissions will be assessed by the Summit organising team and successful submissions will be selected on the basis of their fit to the Summit Themes, consideration of inclusion and diversity, and the need to make a balanced and varied programme. Proposers will be notified by 20th December 2018 whether their submission has been accepted for inclusion in the Summit.

Registration fees

  • Please note that we ask for the session hosts to cover their costs, including registration fees, while we provide the facilities as well as lunches and refreshments.
  • When notified of acceptance, presenters are required to accept their offer by registering for the Summit by the early bird deadline.

For more information about registration fees, please contact minna.hartikainen@rsb.ok.uk.

Please note:

  • Please adhere to the abstract submission guidelines when preparing abstracts for submission for the Valuing our Life Support Systems 2019 Summit. Abstracts not following these guidelines will not be accepted.
  • An abstract may only be submitted once.
  • Abstracts submitted as an oral speed talk presentation may be changed to a poster presentation by the Programme Committee in order to be accepted and included in the programme.
  • Presenters may be recorded for live streaming. A recording of the presentation and a copy of the slides may be published online after the conference.
  • Submitted abstracts and/or posters may be published in print and online after the conference.
  • It is the responsibility of the lead presenter/session organiser to submit the abstract. They will be the main corresponding author whose responsibility it is to communicate with other members of the presenting/session team.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English.