Society for Ecological Restoration


Society for Ecological Restoration International

SER 2004 Conference: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS -- Due April 1

The restoration community is invited to join the Society for Ecological Restoration International for its 16th annual meeting and conference, to be held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, from August 23rd to 27th, 2004. Located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is a picturesque provincial capital with some of Canada's rarest ecosystems, and is home to a vibrant community of restoration educators and practitioners. Situated amid majestic old-growth rain forests, an island-dotted coastline, and vibrant Indigenous cultures, Victoria is bound to impress you as a stimulating and educational experience.

The organizing committee already has a number of dynamic speakers and topics lined up for daily plenary sessions, addressing topics such as ecocultural restoration, mining reclamation, forestry, oceans and salmon, oak-dominated ecosystems, and urban restoration.

The organizing committee of SERI-2004 invites proposals for symposia, contributed papers, posters, and presentations in other media including electronic media, visual and installation art, and performance, to be presented during the conference. Submissions must be focused on one or more aspects of the theory, practice and context of ecological restoration. Submissions may be relevant to the theme of the conference, to topic areas listed below, or to other topics within the restoration discipline. Accepted presentations will be organized into theme-based concurrent sessions, based on the range of submissions received.

Proponents should be aware that in general they will be expected to pay their own travel costs, as well as to pay for registration at the conference. However, a limited number of bursaries may be able to assist presenters who are students or who come from developing countries. Some funding may also be available to assist with production costs and artists fees for works in other media.


The theme of the conference for 2004 is "Restoration on the Edge". The conference theme reflects a number of "edges" in current restoration problems and practice, which will be a focus of the conference. These include:

-Restoration in ecotones - ecological border zones, which are especially prevalent on the highly diverse western edge of North America
- Restoration focused on species and ecosystems at the edge of extinction. The current work with the Vancouver Island Marmot, one of the most endangered mammals on the planet, is a key example of the challenges inherent in this area.
- Restoration on the edge between nature and culture. Simultaneous restoration of both ecologies and communities is a critical part of the response to the gradual worldwide degradation or loss of rural and land based cultures and communities.
- Restoration as critical part of community based development strategies in the developing world, reflecting the shift from donor driven development to community based development
- Restoration on the edge of climate change. The gradually accelerating effects of human induced global warming potentially have a dramatic effect on the stability of a wide range of ecosystems, and on restoration efforts in those ecosystems.


We are particularly interested in recruiting symposium organizers and contributed papers on interpretations of theme, or on any of the topics listed below. A "symposium" is a collection of 4 or 8 related 20-minute presentations by speakers invited by the symposium organizer, who will have the opportunity to introduce the session and provide wrap-up commentary. Symposium topics must be approved by the Organizing Committee, and abstracts of individual talks must meet the same deadlines and criteria as contributed papers. Symposia will be scheduled to follow related plenary talks, and related contributed papers will be arranged to follow related symposia, to the degree possible.

Suggested Topics:
-Restoration case histories
-Riparian forest restoration
-Restoration of endangered species and related habitat -Restoration in resource-dependent communities -Restoration economics -Savannah restoration (Garry Oak and other savannah types) -Fire in restoration -Urban restoration -Restoration and invasive species -Wetland restoration -Salmon habitat restoration -Marine and estuary restoration -Restoration philosophy & ethics -Traditional ecological knowledge -Indigenous land use and restoration -Communities in restoration -Restoration in developing countries -Mine land reclamation -Restoration education -Upland Forest upland restoration -Alpine restoration -Restoration under conditions of climate change -Restoration and carbon budgeting -Issues in cross-border and international restoration

This is not an exclusive list, and the final sessions will be partly organized around the subject areas of the abstracts received for contributed papers and posters.


If considering organization of a symposium, please notify with your symposium proposal and suggested speakers well before the submission of abstracts or the April 1st deadline for abstracts. That is, please contact us as soon as possible with your symposium ideas!

Abstract submissions may be made through the SER website at Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2004. Submissions should conform to the following guidelines: -Title -Medium (Paper, Poster, electronic,
-Author(s) / Proponent(s) names and affiliations or locations -A statement (max 8 words) of the subject area covered

For papers or posters, will a .pdf or .ppt (powerpoint) version of your paper or poster be submitted for inclusion in the proceedings by June 15 2004? (Yes/No)

A brief abstract (not more than 300 words) describing the proposed content. In the case of proposals for presentations in other media, this should include a description of the process or media involved.

Where submissions are for works in other media than papers or posters, a resume relevant to work in that medium should be submitted to with Attachment to Submission for SER 2004 as the subject.

See you in Victoria, B.C., this summer!

SER International

Mary Kay LeFevour []

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