Call for Papers

The Conference Committee invites proposals for papers and posters for the second biennial Biodiversity Conference in Perth, Western Australia, 10 – 12 Oct 2023. The overarching theme of this year’s conference is ‘Listen to Country’, a theme the Conference Committee hopes will showcase the outstanding biodiversity and natural environmental values of Western Australia and encourage the sharing of knowledge acquired through the outstanding contributions being made to manage and conserve our State’s unique biodiversity.

Theme 1: Listen to Country – Indigenous Stewardship

  • Old knowledge in a new world
  • Holistic environmental management
  • Working as one

Theme 2: Our Biodiversity Assets

  • Conserving and managing biodiversity in a changing world
  • Strategies for local and landscape scale conservation
  • Diversity and taxonomy

Theme 3: Innovation and Emerging Trends

  • Valuing biodiversity – accounts, credits, certificates
  • Technology breakthroughs for improved outcomes
  • Advances in big data

Theme 4: Learning from Setbacks

  • Reasons for setbacks – people, action, information, funding or political
  • If at first you don’t succeed, try, and try again
  • What Country was telling us all along….

Theme 5: Towards “30 by 30”

  • Planning and prioritisation of our conservation estate
  • Havens for biodiversity
  • Impacts of marine reserves

Important Dates:


Deadline for proposals/abstracts: 30 April 2023 (Extended to 7 May 2023)

Notification of acceptance: 31 May 2023

Note for Students and ECRs:

The Conference Committee welcomes the submissions of papers and posters from university students and postdoctoral fellows. To facilitate your ability to obtain funding to attend the conference, acceptance letters will be sent out as soon as possible.

Please let us know the following information at the time of submission of your Paper or Poster abstract:

  • The degree that you are enrolled in (Hons/MSc/PhD)
  • Your supervisor/s, School and Institution

The Western Australian Marine Science Institution Marine Science Grants and Awards.

The Western Australian Marine Science Institution provides independent marine research for the benefit of the environment, the community and the Blue Economy.

WAMSI seeks to support Students and Early Career Researchers presenting papers or posters on marine science who require assistance to support their Conference Registration.

If your paper or poster on marine research is accepted, and you would like support to cover your conference registration, please email for information.

Prizes for the best paper and poster will be presented at the Conference.

Instructions for Abstracts and Spoken Papers:

  • Please keep the length of your abstract to 2,000 characters (approx. 285 words) including spaces and your biographical note to 500 characters (approx. 70 words) including spaces.
  • All abstracts submitted must be original.
  • Abstracts, biographical notes and posters will be published online.
  • Authors of accepted papers, or their representatives, must register and attend the conference for the paper to be presented.
  • Authors are encouraged to consider how they can make their presentations engaging to the audience, and whether the topic would lend itself to an interactive format. Authors may be approached by the Program Committee to discuss alternative forms of presentation.
  • Authors will be given 12 minutes to present their paper with 3 additional minutes for discussion with the audience.

Instructions for Posters:

Posters will be displayed in a designated space at the conference venue. Please print your posters at A0 size and make your own assessment of readability before submission.

A social poster session / sundowner will be held from 4:30-6:30pm on Tuesday 10 October 2023. Presenters should stand by their posters to highlight their research and to engage in discussion with conference attendees. The posters will be judged at this time.