U P D A T E S :
FT 3, FT 6, TK 1, TK 2 and WK 3 are sold out. WK 4 and WK 5 are cancelled.


The 2019 program includes abstracts for over 2,000 research presentations. ESA’s press office is available to help reporters navigate the program and find topics of interest. Contact zgentes@esa.org for assistance.


Selected Topics


Plenary Sessions highlight leaders in the field of ecology. Open to the public.

Inspire: these fast-paced sessions explore new ideas or introduce new research tools. Ignite-style sessions are designed to generate discussion. Speakers are not required to present new research results, but are held to a strict format: five minutes for 20 slides, which advance automatically every 15 seconds. An informal discussion follows a set of ten presentations, linked by topic.

Symposia: bring together current perceptions on high level concepts or problems through six half-hour presentations, followed by a panel discussion.

Organized Talks: session organizers invite ten presenters to speak for 20 minutes about a specific place, research area, or research problem.

Contributed Talks: 20–minute presentations of new research results, grouped by topic or study area.

Contributed Posters: researchers are on hand to talk one-on-one about their work the exhibition hall. Sessions are held in the Exhibition Hall, Mon-Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. A special session for late-breaking research results meets Friday morning, 8:30 am to noon.

Workshops: interactive programs to teach special skills and knowledge.

Special Sessions: a grab bag of discussion groups and hands-on activities. 

Field Trips: local members of the Ecological Society take visitors on guided ecological tours out of the convention center. ESA does not waive field trip fees for media, but public affairs may be able to make special arrangements for reporters with a serious interest in covering the trip. Please get in touch with us if you want to report on a field trip.