SERA Conference 2021

SERA2021 provides an interactive forum for physical, biological, and social scientists, practitioners, indigenous ranger groups and traditional owners, engineers, resource managers, planners, and policy makers to share their knowledge, experiences and research concerning terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystem restoration on both national and international levels. SERA conferences are held once every two years.

The SERA Conference 2021 Organising Committee has been working on providing a COVID-19 safe event. The conference was originally planned for September 2020 year but has been rescheduled to 10-13 May 2021 in Darwin. Thank you to those that recently completed a survey about preferences for the conference format. This has enabled us to move forward with the event plans and ensure we are including the components that delegates want. 

As a result of the survey, we are planning a COVID-19 safe face-to-face event with online content for those who are unable to travel. Networking opportunities, workshops and field trips were important to those who responded to the survey so we are working on ensuring these are incorporated in the event.

Abstracts are now open and will close Friday 5th February 2021. You can submit your abstract here.

If you have a proposal for a session or workshop, please contact us.

Conference theme

The theme for 2021 is Restoration Through Traditional Knowledge and will showcase the role traditional knowledge plays in restoration of ecosystems, whilst providing the foundation, tools and latest research to make the most of your restoration project. The conference program includes a combination of keynote, symposium, oral and poster presentations, spanning an array of themes from principles and practice, biomes, impact and specialist disciplines. The conference strongly encourages the participation of Indigenous ranger groups, offering dedicated sessions to create a better link with Indigenous people working in ecology and land management. 


Session proposals are now open - sessions are 90-minutes with a 15-minute introduction, followed by five 15-minute presentations that form a cohesive theme. 

Steps to develop a session proposal

  • Define the purpose, focus and overarching message of the proposed session.
  • Outline key session objectives and determine takeaways for attendees.
  • Confirm five colleagues to present a diverse perspective on the session theme.
  • Submit the proposal by Friday, 5th February 2021.
  • Proposals will be evaluated for content, structure, and overall relevance to the overarching theme of the conference.
  • Preference will be given to sessions that are integrative, cross-system, and/or promote the transfer of regional-based knowledge to a broad audience.
  • Additional criteria include the session’s potential for generating useful results/dialogue among conference attendees, and the expected level of interest in the topic.

Session organiser responsibilities include

  • Adhering to all published deadlines and fulfilling session organiser responsibilities.
  • Serving as the primary contact for the session. We communicate with one official representative per session.
  • Ensuring session presenters submit abstracts by the published deadline of Friday, 5th February 2021.
  • Confirming a moderator. The Session Introduction is not a formal talk. They do not need to submit an abstract.
  • Submitting an agenda grid to us by Friday, 5th March 2021. After the abstract submission deadline passes, we will email you a grid template to fill in the session title, name of moderator, and speaker names with talk titles.
  • Making sure your presenters are registered and confirmed by Friday, 23rd April 2021.

NOTE : SERA Organizers reserve the right not to accept proposed sessions if time/space is limiting, and to cancel sessions


Workshops are intended to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, experience and ideas in ecological restoration among conference delegates. Workshops can also be platforms for in-depth learning on specific topics or interests relevant to delegates.

Submissions for workshops must be in by Friday, 5th February 2021.

Workshop proposal submission must include: 

  • Workshop title
  • Name of workshop convenor/facilitator, institution and email
  • Name/s of presenters, institutions
  • Workshop summary including:

- Goals, objectives and outcomes

- Format/structure of the workshop

- Intended audience and numbers

- Workshop duration

- Resources required to run workshop.

Click here for further information and to register


Event Organiser: 
Society for Ecological Restoration Australia
Event Date: 
Monday, 10 May, 2021 to Thursday, 13 May, 2021
ALL Australia