- Abstract Submission
- Abstract Guidelines
- Poster Guidelines
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 1, 2017
The abstract can be prepared and submitted here on the following topics:
T01. Biodiversity and sustainable agriculture
T02. Global change biology
T03. Soil pollution and bioremediation
T04. Bioorganic fertilizers
T05. Soil fauna
T06. Soil microbiome
T07. Biodiversity & ecosystem functioning
T08. Extreme environments
T09. Restoration ecology
T10. Aboveground-belowground interactions
T11. Biogeochemical interface in soil
T12. Soil biogeography
T13. Ecological-evolutionary dynamics
T14. Cutting-edge methods
T15. Biochar for soil biota and biodiversity
Editing your abstract is no longer possible once submission is completed. If you have minor amendment for your abstract, please send them to email@example.com.
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Participants who would like to present an oral or poster presentation must submit an abstract for consideration by the International Advisory Committee.Authors must strictly adhere to the instructions, otherwise abstracts cannot be considered for presentation.
The International Scientific Committee will review all abstracts, taking into consideration the author's preference of presentation type. Abstracts may be accepted for oral or poster presentation, or may be rejected. The International Scientific Committee reserves the right to decide on the final form of presentation, which implies that final assignment to an oral or a poster presentation might not be consistent with the expressed preference of the submitter. While we make an effort to consider the preferred presentation type, this can - especially for the oral presentations - not be guaranteed.
The presenting author is required to ensure that all co-authors are aware of the content of the abstract before submission.
Guidelines for the preparation of abstracts:
1.All abstracts must be in English.
2.Please do not use abbreviations or references.
3.The abstract title must be in lower case letters.
4.Abstracts should not exceed 300 words.
5.Abstract category-please select one of the 11 topics forementioned under which the abstract is to be reviewed.
6.Abstracts should be as informative as possible and should use the following structured format (please include these elements, but do not formally state them):
- Background and aims
Guidelines for presenter
Authors are requested to be available for questions of your poster during the scheduled poster sessions. A freestanding compatible poster board will be provided for your poster. Your poster number will appear on the top right hand side of the board so you can locate your board easily.
In order to efficiently communicate the results of your research to the viewers, we recommend spending considerable effort in the design of your poster. Please view the useful tips below.
- Size of the poster should be A0 (84.1cm x 118.4cm), portray orientation. Do not exceed these dimensions. Providing A4 takeaway versions of your poster is also encouraged.
- It should contain max. 350 words, preferably less. Visual elements such as graphs, diagrams, figures should dominate.
Apply the KISS principle: ‘Keep it Short and Simple’.Short: You (not: your poster) should tell the entire story. Your poster should be a visual aid to a discussion and stimulate a meaningful dialogue.
Simple: Use a simple, functional design with traditional section headings, an obvious reading sequence and simple language use.
- It might be appealing to use a (semi-transparent) photograph as the background of your poster. However, be aware of the final readability. In general, avoid a dark background.
- Use a light colour background and dark colour letters for contrast. Use a theme of only 2-3 colours and avoid overly bright colours.
- Make sure the directional flow of information is clear. Follow the basic principles of navigation: left to right first, then from top to bottom.
Title and headings
- The title should quickly orientate the audience on the subject, your name and affiliation. The title should be 3.5 – 4.5 cm tall, short and catchy, maximally 12 words.
- Specific sections (e.g. methods, results) should be easy to locate on the poster. Select an outstanding font (size and color) for section headings.
Font size & type
- The font type should be such that the poster can be read easily from about 2 m distance (i.e. at least 10 mm high, which is ≥20 (preferably 24) point size for text and ≥32 (preferably 36) for headings).
- Don’t mix fonts, chose one font for all text blocs in the entire poster. You may wish to use a second font for title + headings and figures and tables.
- Serif typefaces (such as Times, Cambria) are easier to read and preferred for the body of text blocks. Sans serif typefaces (Arial, Calibri) may be used for titles, headings, figure legends, tables, etc.
- Use text sparingly. Let the visuals elements tell the story instead. The text guides the reader through the visual elements to the final take-home message.
- Use columns of max. 70 characters (including spaces) width. Avoid large blocks with text and long sentences (<10 sentences per block; <50 words per block).
- If possible use bulleted statements rather than blocks of text.
- Avoid abbreviations. When abbreviations or codes are necessary, keep them as simple as possible.
- Choose the line spacing settings such that the use of sub- and superscripts will not affect the layout of text blocks.
- Avoid unnecessary jargon. Assume that most of the visitors are not experts in your subspeciality.
A traditionally structured design will facilitate navigation.
Introduction (maximum length: 100 words)
- Attract the interest of the reader with a minimum of background information and definitions. Why did you do the research?
- Then, come up with an interesting, novel hypothesis or research question.
Materials & Methods (maximum length: 100 words)
- Keep this section as short and general as possible, outline your methods briefly.
- When applicable: Try to illustrate (drawing, scheme of experimental layout) the applied methods.
Results (maximum length: 100-150 words)
- Present the results preferably in graphs or if necessary in a table. Usually 4-6 figures+tables are included in a poster.
Discussion & Conclusions (maximum length: 100 words)
- The discussion (if necessary) and conclusions should be succinctly stated. Many viewers read this first and hence it should be easy to understand.
- Remind the reader of the major results and state whether the hypothesis was supported.
the novelty your findings
how they extend the frontier of knowledge
their relevance to the real world.
Figures and Graphs
Figures are highly preferred above Tables.
- Graphs or tables should be self-explanatory and therefore please provide a clear legend including symbols. Put legends above a table and below a figure.
- Keep legends short (10-25 words).
- Properly label the x- and y-axis of graphs, include units.
- Keep graphs as simple as possible.
- Include the results of statistical analyses (significance levels) in the graphs by using discriminating letter codes (a, ab, b) or asterisks (*, **, ***).
- Do not use Tables that contain more than 20 items. Complex data should not be included in your poster but may be provided in a separate information sheet.
- Do not give more decimals than necessary to show meaningful variation.
- Including too much text.
- Using a font size that is too small.
- Chaotic design, directional flow of information is not clear.
- Figures and tables are not self-contained, they cannot be understood independently.