Abstract Submissions

The abstract system is now closed. 

A delegates can submit as many abstract as they like as a co-author but any one person (the submitting/corresponding author) will only be potentially selected for one oral presentation, other submitted abstracts will be considered for poster presentation.

Important information:

  • Word limit is 320
  • No images or tables will be accepted
  • Poster dimensions are 1.2m x 1m (portrait orientation)

Please read through the information below for further details.

You will need to specify the category under which you submit your abstract. Categories are listed below:


  • Aquatic
  • Terrestrial
  • Symbiosis
  • Engineered
  • Microbial toolbox

Means of Submission - Online
By clicking on the link above when available, you will be taken to a web page where you can cut and paste your abstract in several simple steps. The benefits of this system are many but include:

i. Allowing you to preview your abstract and make modifications to your satisfaction.

ii. Ensuring you know your lodgement is completed as you will receive an immediate email confirmation

iii. Ensuring accurate indexing of all authors in the abstract book

iv. Ensuring consistent presentation of all abstracts in the proceedings (overarching formatting is imposed).



* Ensure you are using one of the following browsers:

INTERNET EXPLORER (ver 11 or newer)

MOZILLA FIREFOX (ver 44 or newer)

SAFARI (ver 5 or newer)


* Alert for Mac Users, if you are having trouble submitting your abstract, try submitting from a PC. If you are still having trouble, please contact the secretariat.

* Alert for Mozilla users, the security policy in Mozilla often precludes the pasting from the clipboard without using the menu commands. You can still cut and paste your abstract into the submission; you will have to use the menu command rather than ‘control v’ shortcut.

 * Is your abstract text less than 320 words – it will not allow you to paste larger submissions. The word count does NOT include your title, authoring or cited references

 * Do you have your abstract open and running on your own computer? – You need to be able to cut and paste it onto the submission system.

 * Do you have an image in your abstract? This conference is NOT accepting images.

 * Do you have a table in your abstract? This conference is NOT accepting tables.


* Firstly, you will be asked to acknowledge and understand that for your abstract to be accepted into the program you must be a registered and fully paid delegate once it has been accepted. You must also consent to your abstract being published.

* You will then be asked to provide some keywords to assist in categorisation of your abstract.

* Depending on the conference, you may be asked to supply extra information. For example, “Would you like to be considered for a poster or oral presentation award?”

* Next, you will able to cut and paste or type the title of your abstract in.

* The next screen will ask you to input the authors, organisations and indicate the presenting author by ticking the box.

* After that, you will be able type or cut and paste your abstract text in. Please ensure the abstract is no more than the above mentioned word limit. (Does not include title, authoring or cited references)

* Finally you will be asked to view your abstract to check you have entered it correctly. When satisfied, you will be able to finalise your abstract submission and return to your dashboard.


As long as you haven't filled your own email address incorrectly, you will get an immediate confirmation of your abstract being submitted.


Should you wish to make changes to your abstract after you have submitted it, please log into your online registration dashboard. Click the button “manage” for the conference you would like to edit the abstract for. Under the abstract heading you will be able to view, edit or submit a new abstract.


Notification of programming decisions will come from the secretariat shortly after the expiry of deadlines and the working program will be posted to the web site. The notification will include specific presentation instructions but in the interim, those preparing posters should note the maximum size allowed is 100cm wide by 120cm deep. Velcro will be available to fix the poster to the boards. Computer data projection is the preferred presentation method for orals.