Abstract Submission Guidelines

The Organizing Committee is pleased to invite you to submit proposals for presentations and sessions at the 16th North American Agroforestry Conference to be held 24-27 June 2019 on Oregon State’s campus in Corvallis, Oregon.


Conference Themes

Proposals may relate to these agroforestry-related conference themes:

  • Accessing Resources, Accessing Markets, and Managing Risk: Building off the USDA Agroforestry Economics Workshop, this theme invites proposals from anyone who would be interested in contributing to a special journal issue on agroforestry economics.
  • Advances in Technology Applications: Innovative advances and applications of agroforestry technologies and data analytics.
  • Production Science: State-of-the-art agroforestry management techniques and field-based production.
  • Environmental Benefits: Role and uses of agroforestry in protecting ecosystems and restoring environmental health.
  • Adoption, Implementation, and Evaluation: Understanding the needs of producers, developments in decision support, and sharing case studies and lessons learned.
  • Education, Outreach, and Community Engagement: Agroforestry outreach, learning, and partnerships across people and land uses.
  • Policy in Practice: Advances in agroforestry policy and novel institutional efforts throughout North America.
  • Climate Change Opportunities and Challenges: The role of agroforestry to mitigate and adapt to climate change, as well as how agroforestry will be impacted by these changes.
  • Specialty Forest Products: Opportunities and challenges (including research, case studies, and examples) for addressing non-timber forest product and specialty forest product management through agroforestry systems.
  • Other


Options for Submission

  • Oral presentation. Oral presentations will be limited to 20 minutes to allow for 3 speakers per session.
  • Poster presentation. Posters will be organized by theme, displayed during the conference, and authors will be available to answer questions during a dedicated poster session.
  • Organized session. Conference organizers encourage novel sessions to foster greater interaction among conference attendees. Sessions will be one hour in length, and can be organized in a variety of ways.
    • Panel discussions – These can be practitioner-based, scientist-based or include a combination of expertise. If you propose to organize a session, you will be expected to provide an abstract that describes the panel and identify committed panelists in the session proposal.
    • Roundtable discussions – Submit an abstract that describes the topic you’d like to discuss and questions you’d like the group to answer.
    • Other session – Do you have a topic of particular interest on which you would like to organize a session not otherwise addressed in the themes or session types? Include an abstract that describes the proposed session and identifies any speakers or facilitators.
  • Lightning Talks. Share quick insights on an agroforestry topic through a “lightning talk”. These are short, 5-minute presentations with the optional support of PowerPoint slides. These sessions aim to ‘enlighten the audience, and do so rapidly’. These lighting talks will be presented at a plenary session of all conference attendees. If you are interested, mark the appropriate box and provide a brief topic description. As with all submissions, not all lightning talk submissions will be accepted.


Information to Provide When Submitting an Abstract

We suggest you have this information prepared in advance of submitting an abstract. When you are in the submission process, you can ‘cut and paste’ directly into the appropriate places.

Oral or Poster Presentation

  • Presentation Option – select one of the following options:
    • Oral presentation only
    • Oral presentation preferred (but would accept poster presentation)
    • Poster presentation only
  • Name, title, email, organization
  • Conference Theme (optional, this information assists the program committee)
  • Title of abstract that clearly summarizes the abstract topic; less than 100 characters
  • Keywords up to 5 words not included in the title and separated by commas
  • Abstract of up to 250 words. It should describe the context and specific problem/topic of study, methods, main results and conclusions in plain writing.
  • Additional Authors of Paper (if needed) listed in the order they should appear in the heading of the abstract

Organized Session Proposal

  • Name, title, email, organization (of the session coordinator)
  • Conference Theme (optional, this information assists the program committee)
  • Title of session that clearly summarizes topic of the session; less than 100 characters
  • Abstract of up to 250 words. It should describe the format of the session, topics that the session will cover, and session goals.
  • Keywords up to 5 words not included in the title and separated by commas
  • Any additional names and presentation titles of speakers or facilitators (optional)

Lightning Talk Submission

Provide a title and describe your presentation in 50 words or less.


Important Requirements

  • The number of abstracts that can be submitted by a presenting author is limited to: 2 for oral presentations, 3 for poster presentations, and 2 for session proposals.
  • It is recommended that the presenting author be the person who submits the abstract(s).
  • Only registered authors can present at the conference. Authors registered by the early-bird deadline will have their abstracts included in the program.
  • Abstracts and presentations must be in English.


Confirmation email and questions

After submitting an abstract, you will receive a confirmation email. If you DO NOT receive a confirmation email or if you have a question about the abstract submission system, please contact [email protected].

Criteria for Selection

All abstracts will be reviewed and evaluated by members of the organizing committee. Selection criteria includes high quality science or application, topical significance, application to temperate systems, and relevance to conference themes. Incomplete abstracts or those that do not adhere to the guidelines will be rejected.


Abstract Submission

The deadline for abstract submission has passed.