Special Sessions, Workshops and Interactive Sessions

Proposals for special sessions, workshops, interactive events

The 2018 Ecoacoustics Congress will include one day of interactive sessions and workshops in both the scientific and interdisciplinary streams.
Workshops can range from 90 minute discussion sessions to half-day courses, including custom workshop formats, such as listening rooms, technical demonstrations or software courses.

For special sessions, list a minimum of 5 confirmed presenters together with a synopsis and a short summary of the contribution of each presenter to the session. A minimum of 5 presenters will have to be registered by the early registration deadline for the session to go ahead. (see example below)

We will give priority to sessions and workshops that are co-led by multiple institutions.

Please submit proposals for workshops or interactive sessions to the workshop chair Simon Linke at Griffith University (s.linke@griffith.edu.au)

Deadline for proposals for workshops or interactive sessions is 4th February 2018.

Deadline for proposals for workshops or interactive sessions is now extended to 11th February 2018.

Proposal Guidelines

Please use Arial 11 point font with 1.5 line spacing and format your abstract using the following headings and order:

  • Title (max 20 words)
  • Format (Short description – eg. panel discussion, technical demonstration, listening demo)
  • Workshop lead and institution
  • Other participants
  • Abstract (max 300 words)
  • Technical requirements (projector, AV equipment)


Ecoacoustics methods for continuous freshwater monitoring

Organisers: Simon Linke (Griffith University), Camille Desjonqueres (Paris National History Museum), Ben Gottesman (Purdue University)

Keywords: continuous monitoring, assessment, new methods, bioacoustics, ecoacoustics

Traditional aquatic survey techniques a) often bear risks to the health of the organisms, b) introduce fright bias and c) only asses populations at single times instead of continuously and d) incur high costs, particularly in remote areas. All of these disadvantages can be dealt with by modern methods of remote observation, such as passive acoustic surveys.

This special session will discuss conceptual advances and case studies on how sound enables continuous observation in environments such as rivers, lakes and wetlands where populations are notoriously hard to monitor. Simple underwater microphones can be used to detect species of interest, and track ecosystem health through sounds produced by fish, invertebrates or the physical habitat. Sound can also be used to detect human disturbance through mechanical noises in the water.

In this session we cover the conceptual basis of ecoacoustics, followed by an introduction to freshwater applications. The following talk will cover study design, followed by three examples of applications.

Speakers include Emeritus Professor Stuart Gage (MSU), one of the founders of the discipline of ecoacoustics, as well as five ecoacoustics researchers at the forefront of freshwater applications.

List of presentations:

  • Stuart Gage (Michigan State University, USA) – Ecoacoustics as a modern monitoring tool
  • Camille Desjonquères (Paris Natural History Museum, France) – Linking sounds and ecology in freshwater environments: perspective for monitoring
  • Simon Linke (Griffith University, Australia) – Study design in freshwater ecoacoustics – choice of indicators and sampling schedule
  • Ben Gottesman (Purdue University, USA) – Relationship between different freshwater habitats and their soundscapes: a case study from Myanmar
  • Jo Wood (Goulburn Broken CMA, Australia) – Using ecoacoustics to monitor wetland faunal response to environmental water delivery
  • Emilia Decker (Griffith University, Australia) – Aquatic insect sounds as possible indicator for river health