Submission Guidelines

The University of Évora, in the name of project LIFE LINES and the Infrastructure and Ecology Network Europe (IENE) invites participants to submit abstracts for oral presentations, poster presentations and workshops at its 2019 Conference. Presentations and workshops should address topics that relate to the theme of the conference and may concern projects, best practices, research findings or innovative ideas that relate to increase sustainability of linear infrastructures. The focus will be on transportation infrastructures but other linear infrastructures, as electric powerlines, will be considered as well.

This guidelines document presents the requirements for abstracts and explains how abstracts can be submitted. To have your abstract or workshop proposal considered, you must submit before 15 August 2019.


Abstract Submission

  • Abstract submission will be made through the on-line Event Management Platform. Please, register first in the platform and wait for a confirmation e-mail to finish your sign-up.

  • The person registered who submits the abstract will be considered the presenting author of the communication. Later change of presenting author can be considered if properly requested and justified to the Organization Committee.

  • Authors may submit multiple abstracts for consideration, but each abstract must be submitted separately.

  • Authors must choose the Program topic (see below) that they consider appropriate for their work, although the Scientific / Program Committee reserves the right to change it.

  • The Program Committee can request changes in the submitted abstracts.


Format Guidelines

  • Abstracts should be clear and concise and must be written in British English. For non-native speakers we advise to have the abstract checked by a native speaker. Points (.) should be adopted as decimal marks and commas (,) as thousand separators.

  • Figures, tables, equations, undefined acronyms, or reference citations should be no part of your abstract

  • The information provided in the abstract will be included in the conference program and book of abstracts as submitted. Please use proper capitalization throughout your abstract submission (for names and affiliations as well as in the main body of text), and don’to use all caps.

For presentations:

  • Use the form to submit your abstract as an attachment in the Event Management Platform. Make sure to appropriately fill all requested fields and respect all formatting.

  • The abstracts must include title , name of authors , affiliations (i.e. organisation), email of the corresponding author, requested type of presentation, program topic, keywords (maximum 5), main body of text (limited to 500 words), and summary paragraph (max. 100 words).

  • At the IENE 2020 Conference there will be two types of presentations: Full oral presentations (15-minutes podium communications that include presenting and answering questions) and Poster presentations. Poster authors could choose to make a light presentation of the presented communication (3 minutes podium communications for presenting the authors, filiation, theme and summary of the poster).

  • Abstract’s body should contain a summary of the both the motivation for and objectives of your project or study. Furthermore, it should describe the methodology, current or anticipated findings and recommendations for implementation or application of these findings.

  • Avoid subjective and non-informative sentences (e.g., “Implications for linear infrastructures management will be further discussed”).

For workshops:

  • Use the form to submit your abstract as an attachment in the Event Management Platform. Make sure to appropriately fill all requested fields and respect all formatting.

  • The abstracts must include title, name of organiser(s), affiliations (i.e. organisation), program topic that best fits the abstract content, keywords (maximum 5), main body of text (limited to 1500 words), and summary paragraph (max. 500 words).

  • Abstracts should include information on both the motivation for and objectives, the target group, how it will be structured, the timeline and how interactions with and between the participants will be facilitated in the workshop.

  • The abstract should present how the workshop findings will be communicated afterwards as well as how the outcome of the workshop will be used.


Program Topics and Subtopics

When submitting your abstract, indicate the general Program Topic that best fits your abstract’s subject matter. Within each Program Topic, several Subtopics have been defined. These are the subjects of special interest to the IENE 2020 Conference. Abstracts on other subjects are welcome, however, abstracts related to listed Subtopics will be preferred.

1. Innovative Solutions for Linear Infrastructure Impact Assessment, Mitigation and Monitoring

  1. Integrating new solutions and traditional knowledge in impact mitigation and monitoring

  2. Using artificial intelligence to protect and monitor wildlife

  3. Database management and big data analysis for Linear Infrastructures

  4. Molecular road ecology/landscape genetics

  5. Green engineering and innovation

2. Challenges and Opportunities for Habitats Related to Linear Infrastructures

  1. Refuges, ecological traps, corridors and linkage areas

  2. Opportunities for reducing fragmentation in 21st century

  3. Green Infrastructure and verge management

  4. Invasive plant detection, control and monitoring

  5. Assimilating climate change in habitat planning and management.

3. Linear Infrastructure Ecology

  1. Road/railway kills, bird electrocution and collision with electric lines: patterns and effects on wildlife populations

  2. Barrier effect, landscape connectivity and global defragmentation programs

  3. Ecological mitigation across different types of infrastructures – cumulative impacts and optimization

  4. Improved model techniques to assess the ecological impacts of linear infrastructures

  5. Energy infrastructures and the new challenges/opportunities posed by renewable energy

  6. Research networks on transportation ecology

  7. From research to action: producing guidelines and training practitioners

4. Citizen Science and the Involvement of Civil Society

  1. Strategies for citizen awareness

  2. Citizen data collection and validation

  3. Improve project sustainability with stakeholders’ inputs

5. Financing Linear Infrastructures

  1. Emergent Linear Infrastructures Networks in developing countries

  2. Ensuring infrastructure sustainability

  3. Adapting existing infrastructures for biodiversity: preconditions and possible solutions

6. Legislation and Policy

  1. A need for more sustainable solutions

  2. Net Impact Assessment methodologies

  3. Strategies for compensatory schemes

  4. Global issues for Linear Infrastructure ecology regarding the COP 15 and European actions

7. Replicating Ecological Solutions in Linear Infrastructure Networks (LIFE LINES Seminar)