Paper information

20/02/2021 until 15/04/2021

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION (including for SYMPOSIUM abstracts)


- Abstracts sent from october 15, 2019 to january 31, 2020 will be evaluated for the Virtual Edition of IAL9.
- If you want to make changes and/or delete the abstract from the event, please send an email to


A) General Guidelines

  • Abstracts will be received until 15-April-2021;
  • What you need to submit your abstract: (1) a title, (2) names, emails and affiliations of ALL authors, and (3) the abstract text.
  • The first author may submit a maximum of 02 (two) abstracts for evaluation; but only one 20-min oral presentation is allowed per speaker, including invited symposium talks. For example, if you are giving a talk in a symposium, you cannot also give an oral presentation. You may however, submit a lightning talk.
  • Abstracts may include up to 10 co-authors (if required more, you need to contact the organizing agency at;
  • For regular abstract submission, please choose between: Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation, or Lightning Talk
  • If you were invited as a speaker for a specific symposium, please select the second tab under abstract submission, namely symposium presentation, for submitting your abstract ( The general preparation guidelines are the same.
  • There will be a total of 18 symposia, each lasting two hours and with six speakers. They are structured as follows:
    • 12 symposia selected from proposals submitted earlier this year. The list is available here: Four speakers were invited for each one of these 12 symposia. The other two speakers for each symposium (or 24 more speakers in total) will be selected from the regular abstract submission and based on the suitability of the topics.
    • Additional 6 symposia will be entirely organized based on the regular abstract submission.
  • The Scientific Committee will evaluate the work, confirming or not its acceptance and type of presentation by e-mail.
  • Abstracts will not be returned for edits.
  • Only one certificate will be provided per abstract presented, which will include the names of all authors.


B) Abstract preparation – READ CAREFULLY

** Please download the template available to prepare your abstract**

•  The abstract – NOT including the title, author names, first author email or institutions – should contain a maximum of 300 words whith funding.

•  The title should be in UPPERCASE (except scientific names), bold, centered.

  • The text formatting should be in Times New Roman, size 12, 1.15 spacing, justified.
  • The text should be a continuous paragraph, without indentations, subheadings, tables or images.
  • All scientific names must be italicized.
  • Funding may be added at the end, if required by your institution or funding agency.
  • For author names, do not include titles and do not put everything in upper case.
  • Keep in mind that author emails are needed for the online form, but you do not need to add them to your abstract template. It is required in the form so the system can notify ALL authors of its submission, ensuring all included authors are aware of its submission.
  • Abstracts that do not meet the requirements will not be accepted.


C) Abstract submission:

You have to upload your abstract following the template provided here, but you will also need to fill out the form online. The easiest way to do this is to keep your file open and copy the information in the required boxes. The online form will generate certificates including only author names and title as well as it will create an online platform for searching presentations. The uploaded abstract will generate the printed book of abstracts.

1) To start, click on the Abstract Submission website (

2) Select the type of abstract you are submitting:

First tab: Abstract Submission (under here, you need to select the presentation type: Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation, or Lightning Talk) OR

Second tab: Symposium Presentation (for invited speakers ONLY)


3) If submitting a REGULAR ABSTRACT, choose a subject area you think most appropriate:

  • applied lichenology
  • borderline and optional lichens
  • chemistry
  • conservation biology/climate change
  • ecology
  • environmental microbiology
  • fungal phylogeny/taxonomy
  • genomics/ proteomics
  • interactions
  • habitat modelling
  • lichenicolous fungi
  • lichens in extreme environments
  • photobionts
  • physiology
  • population genetics
  • *other

If submitting a SYMPOSIOUM ABSTRACT, choose the symposium you were invited to participate:

  • Eco-evolutionary dynamics of symbiotic interactions
  • Ecology, evolution and diversity of lichen algae
  • Genomics and bioinformatics
  • New approaches to harness genetic data from herbarium specimens
  • Biodiversity of Neotropical Lichens
  • New developments in the taxonomy of the Lecanoraceae
  • Lichen-associated microorganisms
  • Lichens and Climate Change: A Multi-Scale Challenge
  • Macroevolution of lichens
  • Paleotropical Lichens
  • Progress in classical and genomic aspects of lichen secondary chemistry
  • Lichens as invaders of rocks and control strategies


4) Then copy the title in upper case in “Presentation Title”, as well as the body of the abstract in “Abstract Text”. Then also upload your abstract prepared by clicking on the box “choose file”.

5) Lastly, include the names and emails for all authors by adding co-authors (+). Make sure to select the right presenter.

6) When everything is filled and the file uploaded simply click on submit.


Summary of symposia structure

2h Symposium (18 total)

6 speakers each

20 min time slot per speaker (15−17-min talk + 3−5-min Q&A)

Total: 108 unique speakers


1h Lightning Talks (6 total)

6 speakers each

10 min time slot per speaker (7−8-min talk + 2−3-min Q&A)

Total: 36 speakers

Maximum words: 300(Typed: 0 | Remaining: 300)

Author information

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