Call for abstracts

The LIFE FORECCAsT project (LIFE15 CCA/FR/000021) is pleased to invite project holders, scientists and stakeholders from around Europe to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations, to be delivered at the “Adapting forests to climate change: methods, tools, and projects” symposium. This symposium will feature a wide range of talks, discussions and networking opportunities with experts in the field of forest adaptation to climate change.

The “Adapting forests to climate change” symposium will be held in Toulouse, France, from 19-20 November 2019. The first day will focus on oral and poster presentations, the second will be dedicated to optional field visits in the nearby Parc naturel régional du Haut-Languedoc.

Abstracts submission guidelines

The abstract submission deadline is 31 August 2019 at 11:59 GMT. Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted. All submissions must be made through the abstract submission form. Be advised that abstracts will be competitively reviewed in consideration for oral presentations, posters and travel stipends. Acceptance will be based on content, available space, adequacy to the symposium themes, and overall program balance. Authors will receive an email confirming the receipt of their submission generally within five working days. Notification regarding acceptance will be emailed to authors by September 15, 2019.

Title: Your title should be no longer than 200 characters. It should be appropriate for both a researchers and project holders audience.

Authors and affiliations: Include each author’s full name and affiliation(s)

Abstract: Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 3500 characters (including spaces). Abstracts must be submitted in English. No references, graphics, or tables should be included in the abstract.

Presenting author: We allow only one presenting author per oral or poster presentation. Co-authors who would like to attend the symposium are kindly invited to register separately through the form available here. The required information for the presenting author is the name, the structure, the project, the country and the email.


Abstracts submitted by the deadline may be considered for the following opportunities. To be eligible, authors must indicate their interest in each of these following opportunities when completing the online submission form. Both oral and poster presentations are expected to be in English.

Oral presentation

A number of authors will be invited (on the basis on the quality of abstract submission) to speak about their project. Given the number of abstracts that we expect to be submitted, some participants that request an oral presentation may be assigned a poster instead. We will release information about the oral presentation format and selection process for these presentations at a later date.

Poster presentation

There will be several poster sessions during the symposium. We aim to provide high quality poster sessions that are equal to oral presentations in their ability to provide exposure, feedback, and networking opportunities. Nevertheless, the poster presentation should be self-contained and complete without additional oral explanation. Please size the title and the text so it can be read from a distance (approximately 60 point font for the title, 20-40 point font for the body text), avoid large sections of text, and use figures, images, charts, and bulleted lists when possible. We will release more detailed information about the poster presentation format at a later date.

Travel stipends

Funds to support travel to the “Adapting forests to climate change” 2019 symposium will be awarded competitively based on the quality of abstract submission determined by an examination board of experts in the field of forest adaptation to climate change. Travel stipends can only cover the costs of presenting authors travelling from a member state of the European Union.

Symposium themes

The symposium will include presentations covering a broad range of themes related to forest adaptation to climate change. We expect presentations related (but not limited to) the following themes:

  • Selecting forest management procedures and tree species for the climates to come
  • Conserving natural forest habitats in a context of climate change
  • Decision-making tools to adapt forest management strategies to climate change
  • Long-term monitoring of forests facing climate change
  • From academic research to in-situ projects of adaptation
  • Raising awareness among stakeholders about the adaptation of forests to climate change


15 June 2019: Opening of applications for abstracts

15 July 2019: Opening of registrations for the symposium

01 September 2019: Closing of applications for abstracts

15 September 2019: Notification regarding acceptance for the abstracts

01 November 2019: Closing of registrations for the symposium

19 and 20 November 2019: Symposium