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Presenter Slides

Several presenters have made their slides available for delegates. Click on the PDF icon beside the presenter's presentation title/name to view their slides.

Plenary Global Range Resources: A Perspective on Their Use | Yingjun Zhang
Waters-Bayer Pastoralists of the 21st Century: "lo-tech" meets "hi-tech" |
Ann Waters-Bayer
Foggin Sustainable Rangelands, Sustainable Pastoralism in Yak Herding Areas of the Tibetan Plateau & Central Asia | Marc J. Foggin
Downing Plenary Rangelands of Subarctic and Arctic North America and Europe: Ecosystems, Wildlife and Management | Dave Downing
Plenary The Rangeland Tool Kit | Barry Adams
Plenary Closing Session Comments - Themes 4, 5 & 6 |Maria Fernández-Giménez
Plenary Closing Session Comments - Theme 7 | Don Burnside
Executive Summary Executive Summary | Ray Smith, Maria Fernández-Giménez and Don Burnside
Concurrent Oral Soil Types and Vegetation on a Grassland Ecosystem in Uruguay (1.1-3) | Valeria Cejas Pena
Concurrent Oral The Territory Conservation Agreements Program: Promoting Integrated Conservation Management in Australia's Northern Territory (1.3-2) |
Jon Hodgetts
Concurrent Oral Degradation of Natural Rangelands in Saudi Arabia (1.3-3) |
Nasser Al-Ghumaiz
Concurrent Oral Efforts for sustainable Pasture Management in Kyrgyzstan high mountains (1.4-2) | Otto Kaufmann
Concurrent Oral Improvement of Cattle Grazing Distribution through Genetic Selection: Opportunities and Changes (1.4-6) | Derek W. Bailey
Concurrent Oral Canadian milkvetch: A range species of concern and curiosity (1.5-3) | Nityananda Khanal
Concurrent Oral Evaluation of a Bermudagrass Core Collection (1.5-5) | William Anderson
Concurrent Oral Evaluation and Utilization of Leymus chinensis (Sheepgrass) germplasm resources (1.5-6) | Gongshe Liu
Concurrent Oral Estimating Rangeland Runoff, Soil Erosion and Salt Mobility and Transport Processes (2.3-2) | Mark Weltz
Concurrent Oral Integrated Lentic Riparian Grazing Management | Sherman Swanson
Concurrent Oral Multiple Approaches to Habitat Conservation:Finding the Right Fit Encourages Producers to Manage for Species at Risk Habitat (2.4-3) | Tom Harrison
Concurrent Oral Multi-stakeholder Approach to Piloting a Conservation Offset Tool in Southeastern Alberta (2.4-5) | Karen Raven
Concurrent Oral Spinescence and the Keystone Plant Acacia tortilis ssp. tortilis in the arid Middle East (2.5-2) | A.K. Hegazy
Concurrent Oral Litter Retention - some is good, but can there be too much of a good thing? (2.5-3) | Eric Lamb
Concurrent Oral Vulnerability and adaptation of Borana pastoralists to socio-ecological change in southern Ethiopia (3.1-2) | James Bennett
Concurrent Oral Publicly Owned Rangelands in Saskatchewan (3.2-4) | Brant Kirychuk
Concurrent Oral The Shift from Pastoral to Agro-Pastoral Livelihoods: Current Challenges and Future Research Priorities (3.3-1) | Shinan Kassam
Concurrent Oral Farmers' knowledge of livestock and rangelands management in the Gauteng Province, South Africa (3.5-5) | Lukas Letsoalo
Concurrent Oral Factors Regulating Long-term Large-Scale Grassland Community Assembly (4.1-2) | Matt Rinella
Concurrent Oral Range Supply Review: A Management Strategy for a Landscape with Multiple Users (4.1-5) | Tyler Morhart
Concurrent Oral Restoring Fire to Grasslands: An Overview (4.2-1) | Don Thompson
Concurrent Oral Fire Seasonality and Return Interval Effects in Northern Mixed Prairie (4.2-2) | Lance Vermeire
Concurrent Oral The Need for Grazing Fine Fuels After Wet Periods (4.2-3) | Sherman Swanson
Concurrent Oral Fire as a Management Ecological Tool for the Restoriation of Degraded Rangeland Ecosystems for Livestock Grazing in Uganda (4.2-6) | Elly Sabiiti
Concurrent Oral Maasai Pastoralists' livelihoods threatened: The case of Pastoralist Field Schools in controlling Impomoea spp in Kajiado County, Kenya (4.4-5) | Hedwig Nenkari
Concurrent Oral Adapting to Climatic Variability for Livestock Operations: Flexible stocking strategies (6.2-1) | Justin Derner
Concurrent Oral Rangeland Database to develop a Livestock Early Warning System in the Puna region of Peru (6.2-5) | Javier Naupari
Concurrent Oral Water from Rangelands: Climate and Responsive Management (6.3-1) |
Terry Booth
Concurrent Oral Mountain Grazing on Alpine Summer Farms in Switzerland: Ecosystem Services of a Pasture Landscape (6.5-1) | Felix Herzog
Concurrent Oral A Community-Based Approach to Identifying Grazing Pressure and Land Use Management Structures among Herders in the Altay Mountains, Mongolia (6.5-5) | Brianne Altmann
Concurrent Oral Exploring dynamics of evapotranspiration in a semi-arid grassland of South Africa (7.2-3) | Onalenna Gwate
Concurrent Oral Rangeland Data Acquisition: Lessons Learned from Mobile Tool Development (7.2-4) | Nancy Elliot
Concurrent Oral A Prototype Application of State and Transition Simulation Modeling in Support of Grassland Management (7.2-6) | Matt Reeves
Concurrent Oral Extension Priorities Guide Ranch Stewardship Mapping Cirriculum (7.4-4) |
Will Boyer
Concurrent Oral From Famers to Farmers and from Researchers to the Public at Large: Films for Communicating Best Practices and Research Findings (7.4-5) | Felix Herzog
Concurrent Oral Holistic Management in a Semiarid Patagonian Sheep Station: Slow Grassland Improvement with Animal Production Complications (7.5-1) | Gabriel Oliva
Concurrent Oral Living Sky Beef | Leanne Thompson
YouTube Video Counting Grass in Northern Australia: From Little Measurements, Big Decisions are Made | Australia DAF/ Stewart Taylor
YouTube Video Exclusion Fence to Maintain Grazing Outcomes | Australia DAF/ Peter Clark
YouTube Video The Grasslands Project - A Rancher's View | National Film Board/ Miles Anderson


Presentation Format

There were over 500 papers submitted to IRC 2016, with over 320 offered for oral presentation, however, only 160 oral presentation speaking spots are available. The Scientific Committee together with the Program Committee finalized who will present orally.

PDF Oral and Poster Selections
PDF IRC 2016 Daily Schedule PDF Delegate Handbook


Oral Presenters
Authors who have papers accepted for oral presentation need to prepare Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx) slides. Five concurrent oral sessions will follow the plenary presentations for each theme area. Each concurrent session lasts 90 minutes with each oral presenter given 12 minutes to present plus 3 minutes for audience questions and discussion for a maximum of six presenters per concurrent session. Full instructions are provided below as well as a complimentary PowerPoint template.

PDF Oral Presentation Instructions
IRC PowerPoint Template


Poster Presenters
Authors who have papers accepted for poster presentation need to prepare a poster with dimensions not exceeding 4 feet high (121.92 cm) x 3 feet wide (91.44 cm). Posters need to be in portrait (vertical) orientation to be able to fit on the poster display boards. Poster boards are double-sided with two posters per side for a total of four posters per poster board. Push pins will be provided to hang your poster. Poster viewing sessions are held from 4:30 to 6:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening. Ideally, hang your poster on your asigned board during the morning networking break or lunch break. Full instructions are provided below as well as a complimentary PowerPoint template

PDF Poster Presentation Instructions
IRC PowerPoint Poster Template


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many topic areas are there to choose from and where can I find the list?
    Papers can be offered for oral or poster presentation in one of thirty-one (31) topic areas. A full list of the topic areas can be found in the here.
  2. Is there a standard format to follow when preparing my 2-page paper?
    All offered paper submissions must follow the standard format described in the Paper Submission Guidelines.
  3. If my paper is accepted for the IRC 2016 Congress Proceedings can I still submit it to a journal after the Congress?
    It is acceptable to develop a paper that appears in the IRC 2016 proceedings into a full-length journal manuscript. It is generally understood, that papers presented at conferences show preliminary analysis and provide an opportunity for the researcher(s) to inform people about their research, as well as gain feedback which can improve the methodology and be incorporated into the full paper for submission to a journal at a later date. It is very important that when you submit your manuscript to a journal, you disclose that you have published an earlier version of the research in the IRC 2016 proceedings. Depending on the journal you are submitting to, some request that there be a certain percentage of new material from what was published in the proceedings.
  4. If I have already published the research in a refereed journal or another conference’s proceedings, can I submit it as a paper to the IRC 2016 Congress?
    Any papers submitted for consideration to be published in the IRC 2016 proceedings should not be previously published in refereed journals or other conference proceedings. If you published the research previously, it is not considered new, plus resubmitting the same paper is considered self-plagiarism.

    You are welcomed and encouraged to reference your published works in the introduction of your paper, but PAPERS SUBMITTED TO IRC 2016 MUST BE DIFFERENT from previously published works. You simply cannot share a simplified version of your already published research. To be different from the published work, you could include additional years of data, different studies, different (novel) objectives, different statistical analysis, different results and/or conclusions.
  5. How do I submit a paper to IRC 2016?
    An online submission system will be used for paper submissions to the 2016 International Rangeland Congress. Submissions were accepted until March 15, 2016.
  6. How many papers am I allowed to submit?
    You can be an author on as many papers as you want, however, you can only be the corresponding author on a maximum of two papers.
  7. How does the Review Process work?
    The Scientific Committee assigns submitted papers to its pool of Reviewers. Reviewers have 14 calendar days to review a paper and provide feedback. Papers can either be Accepted AS IS (no revisions required), require MINOR revisions, require MAJOR revisions or be REJECTED. Correspondence between the Reviewer and Corresponding Author will be managed by the Scientific Committee via email.
  8. How do I know if my paper has been accepted?
    If your paper has been accepted, you will receive an email from the Scientific Committee indicating that your paper has been accepted. If you are unsure to your paper's status, email info@irc2016canada.ca and reference your Paper Submission ID number in the email subject line.
  9. Do I have to attend IRC 2016?
    Atleast one author from an accepted paper must attend IRC 2016 as a Registered Delegate (Full or Student Registration). Registration needs to be completed by May 31, 2016 (extension from April 15 made given the extended deadline to submit papers) in order to have the paper included in the Congress Proceedings. All expenses incurred are the responsibility of the authors.
  10. Is there financial support available for authors to attend IRC 2016?
  11. There is a limited amount of financial support available to individuals having difficulty securing funds to travel to Saskatoon for IRC 2016. Applications for sponsorship were accepted until March 15, 2016. A Committee reviews the applications and makes decisions on support levels. Financial Support decisions were sent out via email to applicants during the week of April 18-22.
  12. I indicated I wanted to give an oral presentation at IRC 2016, do I get to?
    When submitting a paper, authors get to indicate their preference for oral or poster presentation. However, the Program Committee retains the right to decide whether the paper is more suited for oral or poster presentation. There are a limited number of oral presentation spots for each concurrent session. The majority of paper submissions requested to present orally. To see if your paper was selected for oral presentation, click here.

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Peer-Review Process

The Scientific Committee assigns papers submitted through the online system to its pool of Reviewers. Reviewers are given 14 calendar days to review a paper and provide feedback and recommended revisions.

Upon initial review, a Reviewer can either:

  • accept a paper AS IS (no revisions required and the paper is accepted into the IRC 2016 Proceedings)
  • require MINOR revisions to the paper
  • require MAJOR revisions to the paper, or;
  • REJECT the paper

Correspondence between the Reviewer and Corresponding Author will be managed by the Scientific Committee via email. If revisions are required, the Corresponding Author will be notified via email and given 10 calendar days to revise the paper and submit the revised paper via email to the Scientific Committee.

The revised paper is then forwarded on to the Reviewer for additional reviews. This process continues until the Reviewer is satisfied that the paper meets the standards to be published in the IRC 2016 Conference Proceedings and is accepted or until the paper is rejected because the Corresponding Author did not sufficiently address the Reviewer's recommended revisions or because the Corresponding Author did not provide revisions within the allotted timeframe.

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