2022 National Landcare Conference

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Submissions close on Sunday 27 February, 2022

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Abstract Submission Guidelines

The 2022 National Landcare Conference provides a unique forum for Landcarers and people involved in natural resource management to explore best practice and innovation, share information and stories, create partnerships and take new ideas back to their workplaces and communities. Presentations at the National Landcare Conference can be used for training and development, and contribute to building capacity for landcare groups and communities.

Landcare Australia invites abstracts from individuals, groups, networks and organisations involved in protecting, enhancing or restoring and educating about the natural environment in their local community through sustainable land management and conservation activities.

The theme for the 2022 National Landcare Conference is Power of Landcare | Shaping Our Future which affirms the importance of looking to the future when addressing the issues and opportunities open to Landcare. Presenters area asked to explore how their submission ties in with the 2022 theme.

We are also seeking poster exhibits to display at the conference. The posters are summaries of landcare and natural resource management projects that visually illustrate the project objectives, outcomes and learnings. Poster exhibitors are not expected to present their poster face to face at the conference.

Those eligible to submit abstracts or posters are:

  • Sustainable farmers and farming systems groups
  • Landcare networks, groups and individuals
  • Landcare facilitators and coordinators
  • Indigenous land and sea managers
  • Urban landcare groups and individuals including ‘Friends of’, Bushcare, Coastcare, Rivercare, and Dunecare
  • Environmental community volunteer groups
  • Landholder
  • Natural resource management agencies
  • Local government and other government agencies
  • Research agencies and universities
  • Agricultural co-operatives, industry associations, suppliers or individual primary producers
  • Junior Landcare educators (primary and secondary schools)
  • Youth groups
  • Environmental not-for profits
  • Volunteers
  • Environmental educators.

We are not able to accept abstracts from any commercial entity who may be looking to sell a product.

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words which concisely outlines the objectives and outcomes of their proposed presentation. The paper can be delivered as a separate presentation, or as a contribution to a panel discussion. Please study the following dot points when developing your submission:

  • Relevance to the stream topic description
  • Short engaging title
  • Originality
  • Clear links to the 2022 conference theme
  • Inclusion of your practical call to action for delegates – how can your presentation help others to adopt your learnings in their community?

Other priorities when assessing submissions

  • Submissions that highlight global experiences and/or youth involvement.
  • Submissions that focus on the broader profiling of Landcare.
  • Abstracts that provide a concise overview with key messages that will benefit landcare groups and other environmental community groups are more likely to stand out and engage the assessment panel. Visit this website for some hints and tips for writing an effective conference abstract.
  • Don’t forget to follow the 2022 guidelines!

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically in accordance with the guidelines by 11.59 pm (AEST) on Sunday 27 February, 2022. Authors may submit more than one paper, however the program is limited and your submission(s) may not be included in the conference program.

There are six concurrent stream sessions and your presentation should link to one of the following:

Landcare Farming and emerging environmental markets
Landcare Farming and emerging environmental markets

Innovation and technology, soil health, climate change adaptation and mitigation, young farmers, connecting farmers to emerging alternative markets.

Environment and Climate Change
Environment and Climate Change 

Call to action for all Australians to be on the frontline together with Landcare to reduce the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Community Partnerships in Action
Community Partnerships in Action

Building community capacity and resilience, communication and storytelling, volunteering, partnerships, building and sharing knowledge.

Landcare Impact
Landcare Impact

Landscape, biodiversity, community resilience, mental and physical health of individuals, economy.

Urban Landcare
Urban Landcare

Urban environments bring challenges and opportunities with a growing role for Landcare in urban settings.

First Nations Peoples
First Nations Peoples

Providing a platform that recognises the role First Nations Peoples have played in sustainable natural resource management.

In reviewing the abstracts submitted, the 2022 National Landcare Conference Steering Committee will be looking to have a balance of ideas and topics across the six themes. If there is a topic you would like to present on that is not covered by the above, you are still encouraged to make a submission. A focus on the 2022 theme Power of Landcare | Shaping Our Future is also encouraged.

The lodgement of an abstract does not indicate automatic inclusion in the conference program. All authors/presenters must agree with the content of the submitted abstract and have consented to authorship and accuracy of all information and referencing. All submissions will be reviewed by an independent assessment panel for consideration on the 2022 National Landcare Conference program. For accepted abstracts, the author(s) provide the right for their formatted presentation or poster including any photos, to be used by Landcare Australia. All accepted abstracts and papers will be made available on the Landcare Australia websites and be provided to delegates attending the conference.

The receipt and acceptance of abstracts will be acknowledged to the person submitting the abstract. Further communication will be with the submitting author only unless otherwise directed.  The author(s) of those abstracts that are successful will be required to submit their presentation or poster by 11.59 pm (AEST) on Monday 1 August 2022.

All online submissions for abstracts should include the following information:

  • Author details including Full Name, Organisation, address, email address and phone number
  • Title (keep this short and sweet)
  • Author affiliation: Where there is more than one author, indicate the different affiliation for each author
  • All abbreviations must be spelt out
  • Check spelling and grammar thoroughly
  • Include the conference topic it relates to, as outlined above.

The abstract should cover a brief description of the initiative/topic, the objective, method/approach, key findings and conclusions.

Presentation Type

    Please indicate if you wish for your abstract to be accepted as an individual presentation, as part of a panel discussion or as a poster display.  It is at the committee’s discretion which papers are accepted for individual or panel presentations.

    The themed concurrent sessions will be timed and facilitated. All successful presenters will be notified of their allocated speaking time for presentations once the conference agenda is confirmed. Presenters will be expected to present at the face to face event in Sydney and also as a virtual presenter. Landcare Australia will provide technical support and presenter hints and tips to all selected speakers prior to the event.

    Presenters selected for a concurrent session will be granted one, two-day conference delegate ticket. If there are multiple speakers for your presentation, they will need to purchase a conference delegate ticket to attend and present. All concurrent session presenters will need to purchase tickets to attend the Welcome Reception and/or the 2022 National Landcare Awards Gala Dinner. All concurrent session presenters will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and incidentals in respect to attending the conference.

    Call for Abstracts Timeline

    18 October 2021 Call for Abstracts opens
    27 February 2022 Call for Abstracts closes
    March 2022 Successful applications notified
    1 August 2022 Presentation/poster submitted to Landcare Australia

    Frequently Asked Questions

    For any questions not addressed here, please contact us.

    What is the deadline for abstract submissions?

    The deadline for abstract submissions is 11:59 PM (AEST) on Sunday 27 February 2022.

    How can I submit my abstract?

    Abstracts are to be submitted online.

    How many abstracts can I submit as the author?

    Authors may submit more than one paper.

    What is the maximum length for the title of my abstract?

    The length of the title should be no longer than 50 characters.

    How many words can be included in my abstract?

    The body of your abstract should be no more than 500 words. Title, author names, and contact details are not included in the total.

    Can I include a table with my abstract?

    Yes, one table may be included in the abstract. All characters in the table count toward the total character count. NO figures or images may be included.

    Who do I contact if I have any questions about the abstract process?

    Please read these questions and if your question is not answered please contact us.

    Who is eligible to submit an abstract?
    • Sustainable farmers and farming systems groups
    • Landcare networks, groups and individuals
    • Landcare facilitators and coordinators
    • Indigenous land and sea managers
    • Urban landcare groups and individuals including ‘Friends of’, Bushcare, Coastcare, Rivercare, and Dunecare
    • Environmental community volunteer groups
    • Landholder
    • Natural resource management agencies
    • Local government and other government agencies
    • Research agencies and universities
    • Agricultural co-operatives, industry associations, suppliers or individual primary producers
    • Junior Landcare educators (primary and secondary schools)
    • Youth groups
    • Environmental Not-for profits
    • Volunteers
    • Environmental educators.

    We are not able to accept abstracts from any commercial entity who may be looking to sell a product.

    Can I revise my abstract after it has been submitted?

    You may make changes before the deadline date by submitting a new abstract.

    Is there an abstract submission fee?

    No.

    If I would like to withdraw my abstract what should I do?

    If the author wishes to withdraw their abstract from the Conference program, a request must be submitted before Sunday 20 February, 2022.

    When and how will I receive notification about the status of my abstract in the program?

    Notification regarding acceptance or rejection of abstracts will be sent to the email addressed used to submit the abstract in March 2022. The final decision will be made by the 2022 National Landcare Conference Steering Committee regarding acceptance and presentation of abstracts.

    The 2022 National Landcare Conference is managed by Landcare Australia through support from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

     

    All abstracts are to be submitted electronically in accordance with the submission guidelines by 11.59 pm (AEST) on Sunday 27 February, 2022. Authors may submit more than one paper, however the program is limited and your submission(s) may not be included in the conference program.

     

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