ACLIE invites professionals and students to submit abstracts for oral presentations, posters and workshops at its 2019 Conference which will take place in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Centered around the theme Building Partnerships and investing in nature: the linear way in Africa, the conference will focus on the intersection of people and linear infrastructure, specifically how both people and nature are connected along, across and between different types of infrastructure.

Sub themes ·
  • Roads, Canals and Rail Transportation: Issues, direct effects, mitigation ·
  • Energy(Pipelines, Powerlines, Wind, Solar and Hydropower): Finding, developing and extracting energy using linear infrastructure
  • Development (Mining, Planning, Policy and Regulations): Interaction of development and linear infrastructure
  • Management of Habitat related to Linear Infrastructure (Agriculture, Protected Areas, Fences, Rivers): Mortality and habitat connectivity

Abstract Content – Each submitted abstract must include the following and adhere to these guidelines – please also see the example below ·

  • Format - Develop the abstract in Microsoft Word in a Windows format, using the Normal page margin settings (2.54 cm) and Arial, 10-point font. All spacing within the title/author area, abstract body and conference topic should be single-spaced and separated from each other by a single space. ·
  • Title – (centred, bold) The title must be in sentence case. ·
  • Author(s) – (centred, bold) List the full first name followed by initials and last names of each author. Underline the presenting author ·
  • Affiliation information of each author - (centred, italics) Use numeric superscript to identify multiple authors with different affiliations (follow format below). Do not use superscripts for single authors or multiples from the same affiliation. ·
  • Presenter's contact information – (centred) name, address, phone number, email. ·
  • Body of Abstract – (justified) Abstracts must not exceed 250 words. Abstracts longer than 250 words will be rejected. If there is more than one paragraph, single space between paragraphs and do not indent.

Presentation Content – Microsoft PowerPoint is preferred for oral presentations. Presentations should be highly visual with limited text and brief (preferably no more than 15 slides), as time limits will be strictly adhered to. Video and or sound links must preferably be in .mp4 format and links must be checked and working prior to receiving the presentation. Please note that we will be offering delegates either a full oral presentation or a lightning talk.

Posters should be highly illustrative and visual and not contain too much text. The poster should contain self-explanatory material in logical sequence so that the viewer can easily grasp the central theme of the poster. The conclusion should be simple and concise. The poster author is still the key to the transfer of information.

Size – The preferred size for posters is A0 (i.e. 1189 x 841 mm) and they should be no smaller than A1 (841 x 594 mm). Poster may be vertically or horizontally orientated.

Title and author(s) – The title of the paper and the presenter(s) name(s) and organisation(s) should appear in a 10 cm high strip across the top of the poster.

Abstract Content – The abstract should be included on the poster. Posters will be displayed at a designated site within the Conference venue.

Posters will be displayed at a designated site within the Conference venue.

  • First Call for Abstracts                                       -  31st July 2018
  • Second Call for Abstracts                                  - 1st October 2018
  • Submission of Abstracts Deadline                     - 15th January 2019
  • Communication on Acceptance of Abstracts     - 30th January 2019
  • Distribution of Conference Programme              - 8th February 2019

Example of an Abstract:

How to write a paper abstract: Implications for acceptance to the ACLIE conference.
John S. Doe1, Jane P. Doe1 & Joe Bloggs2

1 Animal Unit, Department of Zoology, Open University, South Africa
2 Some Institute, Some province, Some country

Presenter: John Doe, Animal Unit, Department of Zoology, Open University, PO Box 0000, Suburb, 0028. +27 (012) 555 1234/ +27 (0)71 352 3226.

Abstract preparation forms a critical part in the success of conferences and symposia. This is an extremely important issue that requires urgent attention to prevent any further loss in sanity of organisational staff. If this contentious issue is not addressed before 15 June 2017, the attendance of any delegate will be severely hampered or prohibited. Therefore, we followed the protocol for abstract presentation to the letter, with specific focus on the 250 word limit.

We found that 86% of potential attendees conformed to Abstract-Preparation-Laws (APL). This was positively correlated with Time-To-Deadline (TTD). Individuals that employed longer TTDs displayed a significantly (p <0.05) greater chance of conforming to APLs. This relationship was however augmented by individual dominance. The presence of dominant individuals resulted in subordinates employing longer TTD times, which significantly (p <0.05) improved the application of APLs in subordinates. Conversely, the presence of more subordinates reduced the TTDs for dominant individuals. However, this did not reduce the application of APLs for dominant individuals. Outlier analysis showed that abstracts falling beyond APLs skewed the results. Therefore these individuals were excluded from further participation in the 2019 ACLIE conference. After outlier removal, 100% of actual attendees conformed to the APLs (R2 = 1, p <0.05). Although, the removal of outliers is an extremely laborious operation, it provides for much improved conference operation irrespective of TTDs.

Therefore, the application of outlier elimination will be crucial to the survival of organisational staff which in turn will increase the fitness of conferences and symposia.

Sub theme: Pick relevant subtheme