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Call for Sessions and Abstracts

Adaptation Canada 2016 is a national symposium on climate change adaptation to be held at the Centre Shaw Centre in downtown Ottawa, April 12-14, 2016. It will provide opportunities for industry, government, non-governmental organizations, practitioners, scientific experts, decision-makers, and others to network, discuss, and learn about the latest innovations in the field of climate change impacts and adaptation from across Canada.

The Program Committee for Adaptation Canada 2016 is seeking session ideas, and abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Session ideas, and abstracts are being sought which will provide symposium delegates with up-to-date science, and innovative adaptation solutions, tools and processes address the challenges posed by extreme and variable weather associated with climate change.

Session ideas and abstract will be considered by the Program Committee within, but not limited to the following topics:

Adaptation planning and action within industry (e.g. mining, forestry, energy, transportation, etc.)

Adaptation planning and action within sectors (e.g. agriculture, coastal management, conservation, ecology, ecosystem services, finance, fisheries , emergency and disaster management, health, infrastructure and buildings, insurance, natural heritage, natural resources, water, etc.)

  • Best practices in adaptation
  • Climate services and information
  • Policy and Tools
  • Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
  • Flood Mitigation
  •  Climate change and Indigenous People
  • Drought Mitigation
  • Science Assessments
  • Evaluation and Measuring Progress
  • Extreme Weather
  • Tools
  • Innovation
  • Northern Issues
  • Outreach and Education, Building Capacity

The Call for Session and Abstracts will open October 5th, 2015. Session, oral, and poster abstracts will be published in a symposium proceeding.



Recognizing the need to balance content from across Canada, the program committee is looking for a diversity of presentations from different jurisdictions across the country. Session themes, including panel and oral presentation, will be considered for, but not limited to, the topics indicated above. Session ideas must include an outline of the content and relevance to climate change adaptation, and abstracts for each individual presentation. If complete abstracts are not available at the time of submission, please indicate to the best of your ability what types of presentations would be included in the proposed session.

Session Types

Panel Session
A panel session is a period of interaction among speakers and attendees. Defined by a common theme or topic, the event attracts brief presentations by speakers followed by a facilitated discussion that includes the audience.

  1. 6 participants
  2. 90-minute discussion
  3. 5 or 10 minute presentation (optional) followed by discussion (question/answer)
  4. Outline of panel discussion and relevance to climate change adaptation required
  5. List of panel members, affiliations, and areas of expertise required (if available)

Note: Please do not ask your panelists to submit an abstract for a panel session, as it will be treated like an unsessioned oral presentation and may be placed into an oral session that has space.

Oral Presentation Session
An oral presentation session is comprised of a grouping of individual presentations followed by a discussion period.

  • 20 minutes per presentation (time includes 15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for discussion)
  • 4 presentations per session
  • 5-10 minutes for additional questions at the end
  • Abstracts for each presenter or if not available at the time of submission, a description of each presentation is required (Note: please do not ask your presenters to submit abstracts on their own; please include all abstracts in your proposal)
  • Submitted sessions must use all 90 minutes of allotted time. For sessions that do not use the full 90 minutes, additional presentations may be added after the submission deadline to complete the timeslot.


Abstracts for oral presentation will be considered for the following format: 20 minute presentation consisting of 15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Presenters are asked to use MS PowerPoint. If an oral presentation is not accepted, the author may be offered the option of a poster presentation.

A projector and computer will be available in each meeting room. Presenters will be required to download their presentation on the symposium server in a speaker green room at the Shaw Centre one hour before their scheduled session.


Posters will be available for viewing during all refreshment breaks, lunch, and evening receptions on Tuesday April 12, and Wednesday April 13, 2016, and during the morning refreshment break on Thursday April 14th, 2016. Poster boards and Velcro pads will be made available at the symposium.

  • Posters should be landscape orientation, and a maximum size of 36 inches x 46 inches.
  • Posters will be set up in the Parliament Foyer of the Shaw Center and the exact location of the poster will be provided to you in your registration package.
  • Posters should be set up before 12:00 pm (noon) on Tuesday April 12.
  • Although the symposium would like you to be present during poster session, you are not obligated to be there at all times (e.g. lunch). Please attend at your discretion. Delegates will be encouraged to visit posters on all breaks, lunches, and during the reception on the first day.


EVALUATION CRITERIA for Sessions and Abstracts

The program committee will evaluate submissions based on:
> Content and relevance to climate change adaptation
> Clarity of content and objectives


1. For abstract submission:

If you would like to suggest a session idea, speak, or present a poster at Adaptation Canada 2016, please fill out the Session or Abstract Submission Form.
> Session ideas will be accepted between October 5th and November 16, 2015
> Abstracts will be accepted between October 5th and November 30, 2015

2. Abstract Review and Notification

Once we receive your submission, it will be evaluated by the Program Committee and you will be notified by email.
> Session ideas by December 7, 2015
> Abstracts by January 11, 2016

3. Register for the Symposium

Once your abstract is accepted, you must register before the Program Committee can secure your timeslot in the Symposium Program. Deadline January 23, 2016

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