Call for Symposia

Deadline for proposals: February 29th 2024

The World Ecoacoustics Congress (WEC) serves as a global platform for researchers, scientists, technicians, engineers and practitioners to discuss and advance the field of ecoacoustics. For this purpose, a pivotal activity of our scientific program will be the Symposia: expert-led sessions aimed to address a specific topic in depth, which will be open to all WEC attendees.


Call for Symposia is now open!

We are excited to announce that the call for Symposia is now open and invite you to submit your proposal for this upcoming event, scheduled for 8th-12th July 2024, in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.


Symposia details

Symposium will be composed of a series of related talks followed by a general discussion. Each talk within a Symposium will be 12 minutes long (plus 3 minutes of questions). The Symposium chair can allocate a time slot of 15 minutes or 30 minutes to the discussion at the end of the session.

The Symposium length will range from 60 minutes to 135 minutes, according to the proposed number of speakers (up to seven) and the time allocated to the discussion. Four options will be available:

  • 60 minutes (2-3 speakers)
  • 75 minutes (3-4 speakers)
  • 90 minutes (4-5 speakers)
  • 135 minutes (5-7 speakers)

Each Symposium will be coordinated by one symposium chairperson who will be in charge of building and submitting the proposal, communicating with speakers and acting as moderator of the Symposium during the introduction, talks, questions and general discussion. The chairperson can also be responsible for giving one of the talks of the Symposium. Proposals with up to two chairpersons are allowed.

Proposals should meet the scope of the WEC as set out by our website and the website of the International Society of Ecoacoustics (please read the  Welcome message of the 5th World Ecoacoustics Congress for more details). We invite proposals on a variety of topics related to ecoacoustics, including but not limited to those listed in the Preliminary program.


Submission guidelines

If you are interested in submitting of a proposal, please, fill the form and submit it before February 29th 2024. After the assessment of the proposals received by the Scientific and Advisory committees, the Symposium chair will be notified of their proposal outcome before March 5th. If accepted, all speakers of the Symposium will be invited to register.

Please submit your proposals via the online submission platform with the following information:

  • Symposium chairperson
    • Full first and family name(s)
    • Title or position
    • Affiliation or organisation (Department, Institution, Country)
    • Email address
  • Symposium title
  • Abstract (max. 250 words)
  • Related topics (up to three)
    • Topic 1
    • Topic 2
    • Topic 2

Please follow our list of topics whenever possible (although new topics can be added). Filling the form, you will need to choose the main topic to be able to upload the Symposium.

  • Justification (max. 100 words)

Please explain why your Symposium will be of interest or importance to WEC attendees

  • Symposium length: please select one of the following options according to the number of speakers (up to seven, 15 min each) and the time allocated to the discussion (15 or 30 minutes)
    • 60 minutes (2-3 speakers)
    • 75 minutes (3-4 speakers)
    • 90 minutes (4-5 speakers)
    • 135 minutes (5-7 speakers)
  • List of speakers (please, add the following information for each Symposium speaker)
    • Full name
    • Affiliation
    • Tentative title of the talk
    • Summary (max. 150 words)


Key dates

Submission opening date

December 20th 2023

Submission deadline date

February 29th 2024

Decision notification date*

March 5th 2024

*Note all efforts will be made to send notifications even before the planned date


Please read the submission rules before submitting a Symposium.

  1. Authors
  • The same person may submit more than one proposal as a chairperson, although only one will be finallly accepted.
  • The same person may serve as the presenting author on up to two Symposium.
  • The chaiperson is required to ensure that all co-authors are aware of the content of the Symposium before submission.
  1. Symposium
  • All text must be written in English.
  • Tables and Figures will not be accepted for the submission.
  • Symposia will be reproduced exactly as submitted and will not be edited in any way. No changes to the submitted Symposia will be made by the organisation after submission deadline.
  • Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum. Use standard abbreviations and generic technical names. Place unusual abbreviations or acronyms in parentheses after first use.
  • Make the content of the Symposium as informative as possible.
  1. Submission
  • Symposium can only be submitted by the online submission form. Symposium submitted by other channels (e.g. email) will not be considered.
  • Symposium must be received by the announced deadline. Symposium received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Click on the “submit” button at the end of the process in order to submit your Symposium. Only after receiving the confirmation email of submission, the process is finished. Please, check out your spam box if you have not received the confirmation. If you are sure that there was no confirmation, please, contact us:
  • Once you have submitted your Symposium, you will receive a Symposium ID number via email. Please refer to this Symposium number in all correspondence regarding the Symposium.
  • Please do not submit multiple copies of the same Symposium. If you noticed any error, please, contact us:
  • Presenting authors of accepted Symposium must be registered and paid participants.

If you have any doubts, please, do not hesitate to contact us:

We look forward to receiving your proposals and appreciate your valuable contribution to the 5th World Ecoacoustics Congress.

Thank you for your dedication to advancing ecoacoustics research.