8 December 2017 – 16 January 2018, midnight SAST

Adaptation Futures 2018 is now open for abstracts. We invite you to submit an abstract based in either research, policy or practice that supports the conference aim of Dialogues for Solutions. You can submit your abstract to a General Session or a Special Session.

General Sessions

A general session will be formed by the SteerCom from the accepted abstracts that fit together around a topic or theme.

Special Sessions

A special session has been proposed and will be facilitated by an institution around a topic of their choice. (To see the open special sessions, please click here)

All abstracts will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the AF18 Review Panel. Those that are accepted will be forwarded to the SteerCom, to be arranged into General Sessions, or to the organiser of a Special Session, to be incorporated into that session.


Submission of abstracts:
8 December 2017 – 15 January 2018

Early Bird Registration:
15 January 2018 – 31 March 2018

Notifications of acceptance:
15 February 2018

Applications for Attendance Grants:
16 -28 February 2018

If there is sufficient interest in having extended abstracts published in conference proceedings, we will invite submissions from 15 – 30 April 2018.


The procedure for the submission of the abstracts is the same for all contributions – namely, through the online submission process.

If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please click here

Before starting the submission of your abstract please read carefully the criteria, online questions and conditions below.


Reviewers will focus on the following criteria when they evaluate an abstract:

  • Is the work clearly expressed? Authors should make every effort to craft a well written abstract without grammar or spelling errors. Sentences should be simple. Spell out any abbreviations or acronyms. This will make the abstract easier to read and understand.
  • Is the work timely and important in terms of current issues in the field of adaptation?

Questions in the online submission form

Abstract Title:

Abstract title (max 20 words)

Presentation type:

Oral presentation or poster

Area of interest:

Choose from the drop-down list [This will be used to allocate the abstract to a reviewer with the same interest]

 Agriculture

 Biodiversity and ecosystems

 Cities and urban areas

 Climate services

 Coastal zones and Deltas

 Community based adaptation

 Drylands

 Ecosystem based Adaptation

 Finance

 Fisheries

 Food security

 Gender

 Governance

 Health

 Infrastructure (including green infrastructure)

 Migration

 Monitoring and Evaluation

 Mountain areas

 Planning

 Rural areas

 Tropical areas

 Water resources and water security

 Wetlands

 Other

Authors and affiliations:

Provide main author details and, if any, co-authors’ details (name and affiliation).

Abstract text (no figures, images or references):

The abstract needs to contain five paragraphs under the following headings:

  1. Introduction (100 words)
  2. Objectives (100 words)
  3. Method (100 words)
  4. Findings (100 words)
  5. Significance of the work for policy and practice (100 words)

General or Special Session:

If you are submitting to a General Session, please choose a conference theme from the drop-down menu.

If you are submitting to Special Sessions, please list 3 session IDs, in order of preference. The sessions that are open to accepting abstracts can be found here.

Geographical focus of the work:

Choose from a drop-down list of continents or regions

  • Africa
  • Antarctica
  • Artic
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America
  • Global North
  • Global South
  • International


Funding declaration:

Is your research funded by any organisation? If yes, please indicate the name of the organisation.

Option for inclusion in peer-reviewed conference proceedings

Would you be interested in submitting an extended abstract to be published in the conference proceedings? If there is sufficient interest in this proposition, we will notify you and invite you to be part of the peer-review system. A small fee will be attached to fund this process.


All abstracts, whether for Special or General Sessions, will be assessed by the AF18 Review Panel.

By submitting an abstract, authors agree to publication of the abstract, if accepted, on the conference website and in other conference materials such as the Programme Book. Authors also agree to publication of photos, video recordings or live streaming of the presentations.

The Steering Committee is the final arbiter of:

  • whether the abstract is accepted or rejected
  • whether it will be an oral or a poster presentation
  • the session in which the abstract will be placed
  • the date and time that the presentations will take place.

All accepted oral and poster presenters are required to register and pay the conference registration fees. However, if you are from a Low or Lower Middle Income country or an African country, or if you are a student, and your abstract is accepted, you will be eligible to apply for one of the Attendance Grants.