Conference abstract submissions have now closed

Thank you to all who submitted abstracts to the conference. The Scientific Committee is currently reviewing submissions, and will contact with all applicants as early as possible.

There will be two formats for presentations:

1. Oral Papers/Presentations
2. Poster Presentations

Submission Instructions

  • Authors willing to present their work at the conference, either as a Oral Presentation or Poster Presentation are required to submit a short abstract. 
  • The conference organising committee invites submissions in any one of the themes listed below that best suits your presentation.
  • The presenting author will be required to register for the Conference in order to ensure their abstract(s) is included in the final programme. Presenting authors whose abstract has been accepted for presentation, must register for the Conference by 15 October 2016. Presenters who have not registered by this time will be removed from the programme.
  • The abstract word limit is 300 words and are to be submitted via the online submission portal here
  • If you require assistance please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone +64 3 546 6330

The deadlines and submission procedures are detailed below.

Dates of the conference 19 - 23 November, 2016
Deadline for the submission of abstracts 15 August, 2016
Notification of acceptance of abstracts 1 September, 2016

Conference Theme

Our conference headline signifies our aspirational goal to restore resilience to all environments (land and sea, urban and rural) upscaling our efforts from the local to regional and national scales.

Conference Sub-themes

Our conference themes are designed to illustrate the broad framework within which we welcome registration of papers, posters or symposium contributions.

Although the return of ecosystem function is a common objective in ecological restoration projects, much uncertainty remains regarding methods for achieving this goal. This theme seeks to highlight the latest findings from both research and practice to advance our understanding and provide tools for improving ecological function, especially in the face of ongoing environmental change.

To address the degradation of marine, reef and estuarine habitats from intensive human use, the scale of ecological restoration science and practice in these environments needs to increase. This theme will focus on approaches to restoration that can provide ecologically, socially and economically meaningful results under large-scale approaches.

Freshwater ecosystems are at the frontline of conflicting and cumulative pressures from society. Practitioners and scientists are challenged to balance restoration of ecological function, provision of goods and services and societal demands in these highly connected systems. To manage these significant pressures, freshwater restoration science is developing rapidly and this theme will focus on the latest advances.

From northern Australian grasslands to southern New Zealand rainforests, these diverse ecosystems all face pressures from climate change, invasive species and anthropogenic demands. These cumulative pressures require managers to increasingly consider holistic and adaptive strategies to their restoration and conservation action. This theme will include the latest results and thinking to help inform effective restoration strategies in the most extensive Australasian terrestrial ecosystems.

Maintaining genetic diversity of species, populations and evolutionary processes is important for successful ecological restoration. As this young scientific discipline advances it is crucial to understand the latest theoretical and practical contributions that can be made to all forms of ecological restoration. This theme seeks to present the latest updates, novel applications and challenges in this exciting field.

The unique challenges of ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation in diverse post-mining environments require the development of specific solutions and sophisticated technologies, often at very large scales. This theme seeks to provide updates on the latest research and technological findings for this challenging restoration environment.

A single-species focus is often employed alongside ecosystem-scale approaches in restoration ecology with the goal of integrated benefits. This theme seeks to present updates on rare, endangered and threatened species monitoring, protection, translocations, reintroductions, ecology and management for the benefit of restoration science and practice.

Invasive and pest species present major challenges to those engaged in ecological restoration. This session will explore constraints and opportunities presented by invasive plants and animals in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, including effects on populations and ecological processes, the effectiveness of pest control measures, and the socioeconomic implications of pest management.

Recognition and incorporation of indigenous people’s world views are critical to successful restoration at local regional and national scales. Intergenerational perspectives can underpin analysis, monitoring, and action in the context of ongoing global change. This theme will highlight the rapidly growing area of biocultural restoration research and practice and the increasing numbers of projects led by indigenous communities or co-managed by government agencies and trust or authorities representing indigenous peoples.

Ecological restoration frontiers are always expanding. This theme will highlight research on the boundaries of restoration science, including restoration in non-traditional places, such as highly urbanised cities or intensively cultivated farms, and restoration at scales from small to immense. This theme is for the new and atypical work that extends the limits of restoration knowledge and experience.

Ecological restoration projects face challenges and opportunities that are outside the realm of nature. This theme will explore the social and political factors that influence restoration projects, whether they are roadblocks or catalysts. Relevant topics may include citizen science, education, public relations, volunteer management and the politics of restoration.

The scale of restoration required to achieve some ecological outcomes can be daunting in the face of limited resources. These projects require targeted actions supported by rigorous frameworks, standards and planning processes. This theme will provide insights into how restoration actions can be prioritised and implemented in a systematic way to achieve clearly defined outcomes based on measurable success criteria and standards.

As simultaneous and ongoing environmental changes challenge the science and practice of restoration ecology, we must continue to improve our methods and technologies. This theme seeks to highlight advances in the development of new methods and technological approaches to the diverse challenges that restoration ecology faces across the Australasian region.

Terms & Conditions

1. Original content: 
All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract. 

2. English language: 
All abstracts and presentations must be in English. 

3. Copyright:
Material presented at the conference must not violate any copyright laws. If figures/graphics/images have been taken from sources not copyrighted by the author, it is the author’s sole responsibility to secure the rights from the copyright holder in writing to reproduce those figures/graphics/images for both worldwide print and web publication. All reproduction costs charged by the copyright holder must be borne by the author. The submission of an abstract indicates that the author/s undertake to respect and ensure compliance with any applicable copyright.

4. Exclusion of commercial products and services: 
Abstracts promoting commercial products or services will not be accepted. Product vendors and others who wish to promote a product or service are invited to contact the Conference Manager for the Sponsorship information.

5. Consent to publish: 
By submitting an abstract you give consent to the publication of the abstract in conference material, including but not limited to, the conference website, USB drive, conference handbook, email promotions, etc.

6. Conference registration: All presenting authors whose abstracts are accepted for the Conference, are required to register to attend the conference on the relevant day and pay the relevant fee in order to ensure their abstract is included in the Conference programme.  The discounted early-bird registration closes on 1st October 2016. To qualify for this rate you need to have registered and paid by this date. Please note, all presenters must have registered before 15th October 2016 or your abstract will automatically be withdrawn.

7. Online submission: 
All abstracts must be submitted electronically via the online submission portal. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

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