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Since 2005, the SER World Conference has been the premier venue for those interested in connecting with the international restoration community. Our World Conferences are an exciting biennial gathering of experts in the scientific, technical, and socio-economic dimensions of restoring damaged and degraded ecosystems all biomes and on all continents. Conference attendees are passionate about discussing and debating big picture issues and broad trends, as well as specific tools, techniques, research, and policies for restoration.

We are proud to host our next World Conference in Quebec City, Quebec, June 19 - 24, 2021. SER2021 will be the Society's 9th World Conference since 2005 and 25th meeting since our founding in 1988. 

"This was genuinely one of the best conferences I have attended. Both in terms of the technical quality of the presentations and discussions, and the extremely nice atmosphere and friendly interactions of the participants." 

--Lucy Emerton, Conservation Economics and Finance Director of the Environmental Management Group


 The SER World Conference brings delegates from every continent representing a range of professional backgrounds including natural and social sciences, environmental engineering, urban and regional planning, public policy, landscape architecture, natural resource management, and more. Attendees include:

  • Professors, researchers, and students
  • Staff scientists from research institutes and governmental agencies specializing in restoration, conservation, and land management
  • Environmental consultants and contractors ranging from independently owned small business to national and multinational companies 
  • Local, national, and international nonprofit organizations
  • Staff from botanic gardens, zoos, engineering and landscape firms, and mining and extraction industries
  • Individuals and entities from the financial sector

We always feature Make a Difference field trips as part of the conference program, giving participants a chance to learn about local management challenges and have hands-on participation in restoration implementation. 

Our conferences are hosted around the world to highlight the diverse landscapes our community work in and facilitate the exchange of knowledge among our 3000+ members. We hope to see you soon!

Year Attendees  Location
 2021  Quebec City, Quebec
 2019  845  Cape Town, South Africa
 2017  1,100  Igassu Falls, Brazil
 2015  800  Manchester, England
 2013  1,200  Madison, Wisconsin
 2011  1,000  Merida, Mexico
 2009  750  Perth, Australia
 2007  4,500  San Jose, California (joint with ESA)
 2005  1,000  Zaragoza, Spain