Information for Presenters

The Call for Abstracts is now closed. Thank you for sharing your work!

A woman in a long-sleeved grey shirt waves her hand while talking to a man in a green polo shirt in front of a white and blue poster on a black wire easel, while more people in the background gather in groups to talk.

Attendees at the 2019 Symposium discuss topics during the poster session. Photo: Claire F. Meyler.

Presenters at the Cal-IPC Symposium provide a popular and diverse educational forum for the California land management community. In 2021, we gathered 770 colleagues online to share and learn.

We welcome presentations on all aspects of invasive plant biology and management, including:

  • Invasive plant management from cities to wildlands
  • Strengthening stewardship across California
  • Fire and environmentally sensitive vegetation management
  • Post-fire EDRR
  • Management tools and techniques
  • Bridging the research-application divide
  • Managing our aquatic wildland-urban interfaces
  • Expanding community and equity in conservation
  • Invasive plant management in sensitive habitat
  • Mapping
  • Restoration
  • And more!


Student Contest

Graduate students, undergraduates, and recent graduates (within 1 year after graduation) are encouraged to enter our Student Paper and Poster Contest, which recognizes the top presenters with an honorarium (apply on the Call for Abstract Form).


Tips for Presenters:

Presentations at the Cal-IPC Symposium are selected to provide a useful and diverse educational forum. Please read and follow the guidelines below when submitting your abstract. 

Content requirements:

  • Explain how your management experience or research results may be used by attendees.
  • Clearly define goals and rationale.
  • Describe all relevant treatment specifics (for instance, application rate of an herbicide and species being treated).
  • Clearly identify relevant invasive plant names, techniques, herbicides, mapping methods, or other specifics (where applicable).
  • Do not promote commercial products or services (promotional materials can be distributed by a sponsor in exhibit spaces or sponsor “gallery”).
  • We encourage all presenters to find ways to explicitly connect their presentation to the Symposium theme of “Expanding Community to Protect Biodiversity.” This could take many forms, including: community engagement in a project; broad partnerships; recognition of indigenous lands and management practices; impacts to native plants and wildlife; and more.
  • If your presentation includes content on controlling invasive plants, make that point clear in the title and in the abstract. This ensures that appropriate presentations receive continuing education credits that helps professionals in the field maintain their licenses. To qualify, presentations need to focus on, or include content on, controlling invasive plants. The licensing agency determines which presentations qualify based on their abstracts.
  • The Society for Conservation Biology has useful tips for preparing conference abstracts and presentations (scroll down the page).
  • Need help? Read a sample Abstract Submission for an example of desired content.


Abstract formatting requirements:

  • Word limit is less than 250 words.
  • Body of abstract should be a single paragraph and provide a brief description of the project, methods, results, and conclusions as appropriate to the topic.
  • Co-authors should be listed following this example text: Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley1, Selena Kyle2,3, and Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Ph.D3. 1Renegade Plant Supplies; 2Gotham Biocorps, Inc.; 3Arkham Asylum.
  • Names of organisms must be listed first by their common name with scientific names in parentheses. Subsequent references can be by common name.
  • Names and application rates of pesticides initial reference should be to their active ingredients (e.g., in Herbicide Handbook, Weed Science Society of America). Trade names can be used subsequently. Rates and units of measurement should be clear.
  • Capitalize only the first letter of the title and proper nouns.
  • Numbers and units should be consistent. Use either Imperial or metric units, but do not mix them.

We post PDF files of talks on our website on the Symposium archive unless you ask us not to when you turn yours in. Online oral presentations will be recorded and made available in the archives as well. Questions? Contact


Thank you for helping to strengthen the California stewardship community!

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