Invitation to Submit

The Species on the Move 2019 continues the conference series following the successful inaugural conference held in Hobart, Tasmania in 2016.

The Species on the Move Scientific Committee invites you to submit an abstract that can contribute to discussions on understanding and responding to climate driven species redistribution. Species on the Move aims to deliver state-of-the-art analysis, inspiring visions and innovative research methods arising from the latest research in climate change ecology and adaptation in the associated human-systems.

Selected presentations and workshop outputs from the conference will have the opportunity to be considered for a journal special issue.

The Scientific Committee are keen to encourage participation by, and highlight excellent work from, students and early career researchers.

We have a dedicated early career networking function for this group of researchers to have priority networking time with our keynote speakers, and we plan to select and feature several ‘up and coming’ researchers for ‘lightning plenary’ speaking slots.

The conference gives attendees a unique opportunity to visit South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Attendees will be staying in the park, the conference centre and accommodation are within the Skukuza rest camp. The conference will incorporate a sunset game drive on the way to a bush boma for the conference dinner.

Please do not hesitate to contact the conference managers for any queries relating to Species on the Move 2019. The conference is dedicated to inclusion, equity and diversity so please let us know any particular needs that may facilitate your attendance.

We look forward to receiving your abstract or workshop proposal shortly.

2016 SOTM Conference

Snapshot of the inaugural SOTM conference:

  • 155 presentations
  • 250 abstracts submitted
  • 55 posters
  • 270 conference attendees
  • 20 countries represented
  • 2016 conference report


30 October 2018
Proposals for workshops or additional sessions due.

10 December 2018
Abstract Submissions Close

15 February 2019
Notification of Review Results

Late February 2019
Program Live

15 March 2019
Presenter Registration Due

15 April 2019
Early Bird Registration Closes

If you have any queries please contact Conference Design by email at

Presentation Formats

We invite you to submit abstracts in the formats below. While you will be asked to indicate your preferred presentation format when submitting your abstract, the program committee may request an alternative format be considered. The program committee will allocate the format of presentations, taking into account the preference of authors and the balance of the program.

The conference is being held in Kruger National Park and the internet access may be limited within the conference centre. Presenters should prepare their presentations so they don’t rely on internet access.


Oral presentations will be allocated 12 minutes for presentation plus 3 minutes for questions (15 minutes in total).


Impact presentations will be allocated 6 minutes for presentation.


Posters are an integral part of the conference and will be displayed in the catering area for the entire duration of the conference. There will also be a focused poster session following the sessions on one evening. A PDF of each poster will be displayed on the conference website and in the conference app, allowing delegates to view posters on their smart devices before, during and after the conference. Printed posters will be A0 size (84.1cm wide x 118.9cm high) in portrait orientation.

Panel Discussion

Panel discussions will be allocated up to 60 minutes. You will be asked to submit the topic and panelists who will participate (name and affiliation), noting that diversity in the panel composition is expected. Panel discussions will need a moderator who can lead an engaging discussion and involve delegates in the discussion.


Proposals for additional symposium sessions will be considered, but please consider the existing themes carefully before proposing new sessions. Time allocated would depend on the number of abstracts proposed, but in general should be shorter, more focused sessions, 90 – 120 minutes with a collection of papers from different contributors finishing with a discussion and Q&A time. Please use the following form for preparing your proposal. To submit your proposal, email the form to Warwick Sauer ( and Gretta Pecl (


Pre-conference half-day and full-day workshops will be held on Monday 22 July. The workshops will be an additional cost for delegates and will preferably have some interactive component. Proposals for workshops would be welcome, please use the following form for preparing your proposal. To submit your proposal, email the form to Warwick Sauer ( and Gretta Pecl (

Proposal Submissions

Additional symposium session proposals and workshop proposals must be submitted by 30 October 2018. Submissions must be prepared with the proposal form. Download the form below.

2019 SOTM Scholarships

Diversity Scholarship

MDPI Diversity Journal will be offering a Student Poster Prize of 300 CHF.

2019 Themes

When submitting an abstract through the Presentation Portal please identify the stream your submission best fits:

  1. Detection, attribution & prediction of changes in species distributions
  2. Understanding ecological and evolutionary mechanisms facilitating or hindering range shifts
  3. Impacts of climate change on community structure and patterns of taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity
  4. The paleo-ecological perspective: species changes in distribution over deep time
    Approaches at the intersection between paleoecology, paleoclimatology and evolutionary biogeography are revealing the processes and mechanisms that regulated the severity of past climate and environmental change on biodiversity.  We will examine how changes in the Earth’s climate during the Quaternary have affected biodiversity dynamics, driving range shifts and extinctions as well as diversification, providing, in many cases, “real-world” foundations for better anticipating what the future may bring.Theme Chair:
    A/Prof Damien Fordham
    The Environment Institute & School of Biological Sciences
    The University of Adelaide
  5. Conservation paradigms & management strategies for a shifting futureTheme Chair:
    Lee Hannah
    Senior Scientist, Climate Change Biology
    The Moore Center for Science Conservation International
    Arlington, Virginia, USA
  6. Governance, legal and ethical issues for shifting species and changing ecosystems
  7. Cultural, social and economic dimensions of changes in species distributions
  8. Indigenous knowledge and species on the move
  9. Implications of species on the move for human and animal health
  10. Changes in species distribution and climate feedbacks (e.g. greening of the Arctic)
  11. The impacts of species on the move for global strategies and policies (SDGs, Biodiversity & Climate Change)

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Submission Procedure

1. Prepare your abstract(s).

2. Go to the Presentation Portal (above) to enter your contact details.

3. Enter the details for each abstract you are submitting.

Review Process

All abstracts will undergo a peer review process by the program committee. The program committee will allocate abstracts to the program taking into account the quality of each abstract and the balance of the program.

Presenters will be notified by email to confirm acceptance and format of their presentation.

Abstract Details

For each abstract you submit you will be asked to enter the following information:

Presentation title
Preferred presentation format
Name/s of author/s
Affiliation/s of author/s
Indicate the presenter
Short biography of the presenter


A descriptive presentation title of a up to fifteen words; please only capitalise the first word and proper nouns in your title.


The names, professions, organisations, suburbs, states and email addresses (optional) for each author. Indicate the presenting author in bold.


An abstract of 250 words that provides sufficient details to assess the content of your proposed presentation. If your abstract is accepted you will have the opportunity to re-submit an updated abstract.

Presentation Files

Video and audio clips should be embedded in your Power Point slides rather than linking to external files.

Presenters will take their Power Point slides to the conference on a memory stick, where an audiovisual technician will load your presentation.

All slides will be run from a central presentation computer. However, if you have a complex presentation, which includes multiple media files, we suggest you bring your own laptop as a backup in case of difficulties loading your presentation.

Presenters Registration

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

Audiovisual Equipment

Each lecture room will be equipped for the presentation of Power Point slides and include a data projector, computer (with external speakers), lectern and microphone. Other audiovisual aids, such as Overhead Projectors, are not available


The conference is being held in Kruger National Park and the internet access may be limited within the conference centre. Presenters should prepare their presentations so they don’t rely on internet access on the day.

Species on the Move

An International Conference Series

The conference brings together scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and relevant in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology.

Species responses to climate change is a rapidly evolving research field, however, much of our progress is being made in independent research areas: e.g. understanding the process vs responding to the implications, terrestrial vs marine ecosystems, global meta-analyses vs in depth species-specific approaches. This interdisciplinary conference develops connections between these parallel streams, and across temporal and spatial scales.

Conference Managers

Please contact the team at Conference Design with any questions regarding the conference.
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