We had a fantastic response to the call for abstracts with over 225 abstracts submitted.

Acceptances have been emailed to all submitting authors that specify the format of the accepted presentations (oral presentation, impact presentation or display poster).

Please email mail@conferencedesign.com.au if you are a submitting author and have not received your confirmation email.

Poster Submissions

Posters will form an integral part of the conference and will be displayed in the catering and exhibition area for the duration of the conference. There will also be poster session following the sessions on the Wednesday evening. A PDF of each poster will be displayed on the conference website and in the conference app, allowing delegates to view posters on their smart devices before, during and after the conference.

The Species on the Move Scientific Committee invites you to submit an abstract that can contribute to discussions on understanding and responding to climate driven species redistribution. Species on the Move aims to deliver state-of-the-art analysis, inspiring visions and innovative research methods arising from the latest research in climate change ecology and adaptation in the associated human-systems.

Selected presentations and workshop outputs from the conference will have the opportunity to be considered for a virtual special issue in the journal Global Change Biology.

The Scientific Committee are keen to encourage participation by, and highlight excellent work from, students and early career researchers.

We have a dedicated early career networking function for this group of researchers to have priority networking time with our keynote speakers, a ‘mentor matching’ opportunity people can elect to participate in, and we plan to select and feature several ‘up and coming’ researchers for ‘lightning plenary’ speaking slots.

Additionally, there is an exciting line up of social events including an informal Aussie BBQ at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and our end of conference dinner is at the world famous MONA museum, arriving by ferry and including a private showing of the museum.


Authors are invited to submit abstracts of 250 words by 4 September 2015.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically via the presentation portal.

If you have any queries please contact Conference Design by email at mail@conferencedesign.com.au.

Presentation Formats

We invite you to submit abstracts in the formats below. While you will be asked to indicate your preferred presentation format when submitting your abstract, the program committee may request an alternative format be considered. The program committee will allocate the format of presentations, taking into account the preference of authors and the balance of the program.

Oral Presentations (15 minutes)

Oral presentations will be allocated 12 minutes for presentation plus 3 minutes for questions (15 minutes in total).

Impact Presentations (7 minutes)

Impact presentations will be allocated 7 minutes for presentation.

Display Posters (A0, portrait orientation)

Display posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference. Each poster will be allocated a panel and the poster must not exceed A0 portrait size (84.1cm wide x 118.9cm high).

Poster presenters will have the opportunity to include a PDF of their posters on the conference website and in the conference app.

Review Process

All abstracts will undergo a peer review process by the program committee. The program committee will allocate abstracts to the program taking into account the quality of each abstract and the balance of the program.

Presenters will be notified by email to confirm acceptance and format of their presentation.

Subject Theme Area

We particularly encourage submissions that are designed to make progress and stimulate critical thinking and debate in any of the conference theme sessions listed below.

A detailed description for each theme area, including the theme chairs, keynotes and an overview can be found on the Themes page.

  • Theme 1: Implications of species range change for health, food security and ecosystems services
  • Theme 2: Detections, attribution and facilitation of range
  • Theme 3: Changing distributions and conservation paradigms
  • Theme 4: Biological responses at the species level – physiology & genetics
  • Theme 5: Cultural, social and economic dimensions of range shifts and changing ecosystems
  • Theme 6: Governance, legal and ethical issues for managing shifting species and changing ecosystems
  • Theme 7: Modelling change from the Molecules to Ecosystems: Understanding and representing multi-scale mechanisms that link change, humans and living resources
  • Theme 8: Impacts of climate change on composition and structure of ecological communities
  • Theme 9: Shifting species in polar terrestrial ecosystems: range expansion and invasions
  • Theme 10: Management strategies for multiple objectives and benefits
  • Theme 11: Decision-making for assisted colonisation as a climate change adapt ions strategy
  • Theme 12: Species interactions and community dynamics in novel assemblages

Abstract Template

Use this Word Template to prepare your submission.

Submission Procedure

1. Prepare your abstract

Prepare your abstract using the Word template above.

2. Enter your contact details

Go to the Presentation Portal (above) to enter your contact details.

3. Enter your abstract details

Enter the details for each abstract you are submitting and upload the associated Word document.

Abstract Details

For each abstract you submit you will be asked to enter the following information:

Presentation title
Preferred presentation format
Name/s of author/s
Affiliation/s of author/s
Indicate the presenter
Short biography of the presenter


A descriptive presentation title of a up to fifteen words; please only capitalise the first word and proper nouns in your title.


The names, professions, organisations, suburbs, states and email addresses (optional) for each author. Indicate the presenting author in bold.


An abstract of 250 words that provides sufficient details to assess the content of your proposed presentation. If your abstract is accepted you will have the opportunity to re-submit an updated abstract.

Presentation Files

Video and audio clips should be embedded in your Power Point slides rather than linking to external files.

Presenters will take their Power Point slides to the conference on a memory stick, where an audiovisual technician will load your presentation.

All slides will be run from a central presentation computer. However, if you have a complex presentation, which includes multiple media files, we suggest you bring your own laptop as a backup in case of difficulties loading your presentation.

Presenters Registration

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

Audiovisual Equipment

Each lecture room will be equipped for the presentation of Power Point slides and include a data projector, computer (with external speakers), lectern and microphone. Other audiovisual aids, such as Overhead Projectors, are not available

Species on the Move

An International Conference Series

The conference brings together scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and relevant in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology.

Species responses to climate change is a rapidly evolving research field, however, much of our progress is being made in independent research areas: e.g. understanding the process vs responding to the implications, terrestrial vs marine ecosystems, global meta-analyses vs in depth species-specific approaches. This interdisciplinary conference develops connections between these parallel streams, and across temporal and spatial scales.

Conference Managers

Please contact the team at Conference Design with any questions regarding the conference.

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