Attend our Conference


Dates: Sunday 29 November – Friday 4 December 2020

In light of the developing situation with COVID-19 we have made the decision to move the 2020 ESA Conference online.

ESA2020 is going virtual with all your favourite program events online.  All the conference content will be available online for the full week, so you can view sessions whenever suits you.

Join us online from 29 November to 4 December for:

  • Plenary sessions
  • Concurrent sessions with symposia and open forums
  • Indigenous symposia
  • Live Q&As
  • Posters
  • Workshops
  • ESA Photocomp – celebrating 10 years of the competition!
  • And networking!!

The theme of the conference is ‘Understanding Ecological Extremes: Mechanisms of Resilience and Recovery‘ and abstracts are being sought for symposia ranging from disease ecology, soil microbes, temperature extremes, citizen science, technology, wetlands, fire, Antarctica and more – you can view a full list of symposia here.

The call for abstracts is now closed.

We will also be offering reduced registration fees of $50 for concessions and developing country participants; $150 for ESA members; and $200 for non-members. The new registration form and process for transferring or refunding full registrations will be made available on the conference website shortly.  These reduced fees reflect the work required to arrange an online conference, the conference is not being run for profit.

Call for abstracts//Early-bird registrations

Understanding Ecological Extremes: Mechanisms of Resilience and Recovery

Understanding the responses of species at the limits of their distribution or when subjected to disturbances forms a core element of ecological theory. With significant changes in the frequency of disturbances associated with changes in climate, pollution and habitat modification, species and ecological communities are encountering extreme conditions more often. Our knowledge now needs to extend to the future potential of species and systems within this new landscape. Building on current knowledge of species already living in extreme habitats, we need to understand mechanisms that underpin the recovery and resilience of species and ecosystems, including rapid evolution of characteristics, effects of small population sizes, and changes in behaviour. This conference will explore our understanding of extreme events and their impacts on species, communities and ecosystems, developing theories and methods to enhance this understanding, and investigating mechanisms that enable resilience in a more extreme future.

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