Call for PresentationsThe 18th Annual
WA Wetlands Conference 2022

“Celebrating World Wetlands Day”

Join us at our newly renovated and extended facility for
The 18th Annual Western Australian Wetlands Conference
that will be held on Wednesday, 2nd February and Thursday, 3rd February 2022

at The Wetlands Centre Cockburn, 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake, Western Australia 6163


Call for Presentations

We are pleased to invite presenters to submit abstracts for keynotes, expert presentations, case studies, and plenaries – for our first-ever hybrid Conference. We look forward to continuing our tradition of facilitating a meaningful conversation on wetland topics, providing you access to quality keynotes, engaging session speakers, inspirational success stories and hands-on workshops. We aspire to reach out to the cultural leaders and traditional custodians and learn and partake from their accrued knowledge, to make the Conference more meaningful and informed.


Objectives of our conference

“To increase knowledge, awareness, understanding and commitment to the conservation, interpretation and management of Wetlands.”
“And, to provide an annual networking forum for organisations and individuals involved in the above”.

Conference Themes

The overarching conference theme follows the Ramsar theme for 2022 of ‘Wetlands Action for People & Nature’. The 2-day conference is divided into 4 half-days, each of which is set to feature the following themes - Leadership, Reconciliation, Sustainability and Partnerships.


Conference Structure

We believe that each and everyone has a stake in the conservation of our wetlands and the issues that surround them. So, this year, we have structured our conference to allow for broader participation from all walks of our community. The conference program is divided into 4 half-day phases, each of which is based on the following themes.

01.

Leadership

To increase the knowledge, awareness, understanding, participation, engagement, and commitment to the conservation of wetlands..

02.

Reconciliation

To initiate, support, and sustain a proactive partnership with traditional custodians for the conservation of wetlands.

03.

Sustainability

To develop and deliver standards, processes, projects, and/or programs that are
environmentally, socially and economically justified.

04.

Partnerships

To initiate and sustain the widest possible proactive participation, support and engagement for the conservation of wetlands.

Expectations from Presenters

For the 2022 conference, we are seeking contributions that support the overarching theme and those that can be categorized under one of the conference themes. We ask that authors submitting abstracts for presentations pick the theme that best fits their presentation’s focus. This will help conference planners to assign accepted abstracts to the most appropriate session. We reserve the right to change session titles to best accommodate accepted abstracts into the conference schedule.

To reiterate – As a criterion of our new submission process, please consider

1. The Ramsar theme for 2022

Wetlands Action for People & Nature.

and also

2. Nominate one of the following session themes that you would like your presentation to be considered for:

Leadership, Reconciliation, Sustainability or Partnerships.

Your presentation should demonstrate innovative wetland recovery and resilience practices, examples of the wise use of wetlands, and partnerships between government, industry, community and school groups that improve wetland outcomes, enhance our understanding, culture and heritage surrounding wetlands, and instill an appreciation for the value of wetlands. In addition, we are also looking for current wetland projects, programs and achievements.

Important: Due to the nature of the conference, all speakers/presenters must register for the conference. We do encourage participants to stay the whole time to drive interactive discussions and engagement. We hope the format of the conference allows for rich, deep, and diverse discussions and engagement among all attendees.


Conference Structure

This year, the conference will include keynotes, expert presentations, case study presentations, workshops and plenary sessions, over 4 half-day phases, every one of which features one of our conference themes - Leadership, Reconciliation, Sustainability and Partnerships. You are welcome to submit more than one presentation for consideration. The four different types of presentations will be as follows:


Keynotes

The four keynote presentations will explore the four conference themes. They are scheduled at the very start of each of the 4 half-day phases and will set the context for the individual presentations that follow. We seek expressions of interest from experts to provide insights into issues, policies, research and applications surrounding wetlands. Through a one-hour session relevant to the theme, the keynote must aim to raise interest in the conference, set the tone for the program, offer fresh perspectives, inspire possibilities and summarise the core message of the conference.

Presentations

Expert presentations will occur simultaneously in separate rooms and the attendees will be able to sign-up for one of the four presentations based on their interest. The presentations may consist of half-hour breakout sessions or workshops on a topic specifically related to one of the themes. Research that is the basis of the expert presentation should be included along with a takeaway for attendees. The presentations should seek to engage participants in learning activities, interactive discussions, and more.

Case Studies

Case study presentations are great avenues to showcase case studies, evidence-based research, solutions-based projects and success stories that would be beneficial to both an academic and a practitioner audience. These succinct 10-minute presentation talks will be based on one of the conference themes. The presentations must be evidence-based, solutions-oriented or have artistic value, to foster and encourage attendees to take up similar initiatives for the wetlands in their undertakings and communities.

Plenaries

Plenary sessions will be the last of the presentation types that are scheduled to occur at the end of each of the 4 half-day phases. They are intended to reach a broader audience and engage them in topics that are bigger in scope and anticipated reach. The duration of the session is approximately 15-20 minutes. Each of the four plenary sessions will consist of an oral presentation in the conference hall, complemented by slides or videos, and followed by a 5-minute question and answer time.

Virtual-presentation

Virtual Presentations

If you are unable to attend the conference in-person, but wish to present and are able to do so virtually over the internet, we will consider presentations that can be delivered through Zoom. Typical features such as screen sharing, breakout rooms, chat, and polls will be made available to presenters during live sessions. This facility is currently available for Case study and Plenary session presentation types. Please ensure that you specify this requirement – to present virtually – in your application.


Submissions Portal

Click the link to submit your Expression of Interest or Presentation Abstract/Synopsis.


Submission Deadline Extended

Call for Keynotes, Presentations, Case studies and Plenaries –
If you would like to be considered, please submit your Expression of Interest before the deadline.

30th November 2021
Tuesday

The conference program will be finalized by early December and speakers will be notified of their selection, time-slots and other relevant details. If there is a particular topic that you would like to see addressed at the conference, or any specific speaker(s) that you would like to hear from, your suggestions are welcome. Please contact the organisers at conference@thewetlandscentre.org.au with your inputs by Tuesday, 30th November 2021.



The Audience

The conference is intended to bring together a community of volunteers, landowners, students, local and state government officers, industry and private sector environmental officers, educators, academics, community leaders, aboriginal representatives and cultural stakeholders involved with wetland-related work.


Registrations

A call for registrations will be issued early December. It will include details of the conference program, type of attendance (in-person/virtual) and the registration fees. Every effort will be made to keep the fees to a minimum to facilitate broad community participation. Presenters will be required to register to attend the conference.

Concessional Registration Fee for Presenters

We are pleased to offer a reduced registration fee of $50 to all presenters.

This fee provides you access to all four sessions (over 2 days) of the conference including refreshments.
Please note that this is the registration fee per individual presenter.


Photographs and Recordings

Important: Please note that we retain your implicit permission to capture/record and use your photographs and video recordings during the conference.


Conference Proceedings

Papers, presentations, workshop session recordings and takeaways will be collected and be available on our website www.thewetlandscentre.org.au/conference


Sponsorship

Expressions of interest are sought for sponsorship of the 2022 conference. Please visit our sponsorship webpage to know more.