Information for Presenters

The Call for Abstracts is now open. Deadline for submission is June 15. We look forward to hearing about your work!

A Latino man in a suit and a Latina woman in a red shirt talk in the foreground while a crowd of various people mill about behind them, looking at posters and presentations

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.

Lightning talk presenters should expect to submit prerecorded presentations. Cal-IPC will supply guidance to support speakers for online presentations and instructions for recording presentations and submitting posters prior to the event. Speakers must be available online for Q&A after their presentation. Poster and lightning talk presenters must be present online for the poster and lightning talk sessions.

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

  • Invasive plant management to protect biodiversity in California and beyond
  • Strengthening conservation by broadening community access
  • Lessons learned and management insights
  • New mapping and prioritization tools
  • Management tools and techniques
  • Native plant conservation and invasive plants
  • Productive partnerships
  • Moving toward equity in conservation
  • And more!


Student Contest

Graduate students, undergraduates, and recent graduates (within 6 months after graduation) are encouraged to enter our Student Paper and Poster Contest, which recognizes the top presenters with an honorarium (apply on the 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).
  • Do not promote commercial products or services (promotional materials can be distributed by a sponsor in exhibit spaces or sponsor “gallery”).
  • 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.D31Renegade 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.


Deadline for submissions June 15. 

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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