Information for Presenters

Thank you for sharing your expertise with colleagues in the land management community! 

The Call for Abstracts is now closed. 

Cal-IPC Symposium 2018 Poster session

Attendees connect during the poster discussion session. Photo: Claire F. Meyler

We expect 250+ land managers and researchers to gather in Riverside this October to share the latest on invasive plant biology and management. Contributed papers receive 15 minutes for a talk plus 3 minutes for questions. Our designated poster session allows poster presenters to interact with attendees. Our Student Paper and Poster Contest invites undergrads, grad students and recent graduates to enter with a chance to win a $250 honorarium for the top paper and top poster (apply on the Abstract Form). Student registration is subsidized and limited travel stipends will be available from the Cal-IPC Student Section.

We invite talks and posters covering a wide range of topics related to invasive plant biology and management, including:

  • Land management – tools and tactics, project planning, measuring results, prescribed grazing
  • Restoration and recovery – fire recovery, grasslands, wetlands, aquatic systems, coastal sage scrub
  • Research – plant traits and life cycles, population ecology, soil health
  • Ecological interactions – habitat dynamics, rare plant protection, re-invasion
  • Community outreach – messaging, volunteer coordination, youth engagement
    – non-traditional career pathways, broadening the conservation field, diverse audiences
  • And more…


We’re also including 5-minute speed talks on New Tools or New Research.  This will be a way for students to present preliminary research, and those with new tools to give a short primer on their idea.  Please indicate 5-minute speed talk on your abstract submission form!


Presentations at the Cal-IPC Symposium are selected to provide a useful and diverse educational forum. Each presentation should:

  • Connect how the speaker’s management experience or research results may be used by attendees
  • Clearly define goals and rationale
  • Describe specifics about treatment (for instance, application rate of an herbicide)


Note that:

  • Talks and posters may not promote commercial products or services (promotional materials can be distributed by a sponsor at their exhibit).
  • We receive more abstracts than can be accommodated in the oral paper sessions, so some submissions may be asked to move to the poster session or to speed talks.
  • The Society for Conservation Biology has useful tips for preparing conference abstracts and presentations (scroll down the page).
  • Presentations from previous Symposia are available in the Symposium archive.

Thank you for helping to strengthen the California stewardship community!

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