Submission Guidelines

The University of Évora, in the framework of the LIFE LINES project, and the Infrastructure and Ecology Network Europe invites participants to submit abstracts for oral presentations, poster presentations and workshops at the IENE 2020 International Conference. Presentations and workshops should address the themes of the Conference and may concern projects, best practice, research findings or innovative ideas that relate to promoting sustainability in linear infrastructures. The focus of the Conference will be on transportation infrastructures although other linear infrastructures, as electric power lines, will be considered.

The guidelines for abstracts explains the eligibility and submission criteria. Please note that, in the interest of fairness, no abstract will be accepted after 31 October 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 registered person who submits the abstract will be considered as main author. Any change of author can be taken into consideration at a later stage when accompanied by a formal requested and justification.

  • Authors may submit multiple abstracts for consideration. Each abstract shall be submitted separately.

  • Authors shall 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 modification to be made in the submitted abstracts.


Format Guidelines

  • Abstracts should be clear and concise and shall 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 cannot be no part of the abstract

  • The information provided in the abstract will be included in the Conference programme and publications of abstracts in the form they were submitted. Please use proper capitalisation throughout your abstract submission (for names and affiliations as well as in the main body of text), and refrain from using all capital letters..

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 , the name(s) of author(s) , any affiliations (i.e. to an organisation), the email of the corresponding author, a requested type of presentation, the program topic, keywords (max. 5 words), a main body of text (max. 500 words), and a summary paragraph (max. 100 words).

  • Two types of presentations are possible at the IENE 2020 International Conference: a Pitch (15-minutes presentation on stage followed by questions and answers) and Poster presentations. Poster authors may choose to give a short presentation of the poster (3-minutes presentation on stage including presenting the authors, their filiation, the theme and a summary of the poster).

  • The body of the abstract shall include a summary of both the motivation for and the objectives of the project or study. Furthermore, it shall briefly 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 fill all requested fields appropriately and respect all formatting.

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

  • Abstracts shall include information on both the motivation for and the objectives of the workshop, the target group, how the workshop will be structured, its timeline and how interactions with and between the participants will be facilitated during 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, include the Programme Topic that best fits your abstract's subject matter. Within each Programme Topic, several Subtopics have been defined. These will be given a special interest at the IENE 2020 International Conference. Abstracts on other subjects are welcome, however, abstracts related to listed Subtopics will be given preferred.

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

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

  2. The use of 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. Integrating climate change risks 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 optimisation

  4. Improved modelling 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. Improved project sustainability with stakeholder 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 sustainable solutions

  2. Net Impact Assessment methodologies

  3. Strategies for compensatory schemes

  4. Global issues for Linear Infrastructure ecology in line with the COP15 of the CBD and European actions

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