Abstract Submission


Call for abstract submissions is now closed

Abstract submissions are welcome for consideration for the 2nd World Forum on Climate Justice 2021, which is being held virtually from 21-23 September 2021 and organised by the Centre for Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University.

What are we looking for?

We welcome submissions for oral presentations (to be included in a paper session), paper sessions and panel sessions which contribute to furthering climate justice knowledge and praxis. This includes original works that are theoretical, empirical or methodological in their focus.Please see below for a suggested (but by no means exclusive) list of Forum themes and sub-themes.

Submission Details Required


It is clear that in order to achieve a climate-just world, we need to address deep-seated societal challenges through transformative change. This year, the 2nd WFCJ will have two leading themes:

  1. Climate Justice & COP26

On the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, we need to assess whether and how the global climate governance community can reduce the inequities and injustices of climate change across the planet.


  1. Climate Justice & COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all aspects of social life, with significant consequences for climate resilience, vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation at global, national and local levels. What can we learn from the pandemic in the pursuit of climate justice, and has the pandemic affected the lived experiences of climate change?


*If neither of the above themes apply to your abstract, you may select ‘Other’ during the submission process. We are happy to accept submissions that are not directly related to the Conference Themes as long as they are focused on climate justice.

The following are the suggested, but by no means exclusive, cross-cutting sub-themes we invite attendees to consider:

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Human Rights
  • Conflict, Peace, Democracy and Security Studies
  • Climate-just Transformations, including Just Transition, Clean Energy, and Clean Transport
  • Nature-based Solutions for Climate Justice
  • Equitable Resilience and Adaptation
  • Climate Finance
  • Climate Justice, Cities and the Built Environment
  • International Development, including Poverty Alleviation, Food Security, and WaSH
  • Climate Justice Education, Knowledge Exchange, Training and Capacity Building
  • Climate-related Challenges to Physical and Mental health, e.g. Vector-borne Diseases, Eco-anxiety
  • Intersectionality of Social Differences: Racism, Sexism, Classism, Ableism, Homophobia, Transphobia, Xenophobia, and others
  • Legacy of Colonialism in Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Discourse and Practice
  • Behavioural Change for Climate Just decarbonisation
  • Climate Change Litigation, Law and Legislation
  • Intractable Social Challenges: Homelessness, Modern Slavery, Gender-based Violence, Child Labour
  • Climate-related Migration and Displacement
  • Climate justice-based Solutions, Analytical Approaches and Assessment Frameworks
Presentation Type

An abstract can be submitted for presentation at the Conference as one of the following categories:

  • Oral Presentationpresenters submit an abstract to be considered for inclusion in a paper session. The committee will allocate the abstract to a paper session.
  • Paper Session – the session organiser will submit a proposal including a brief overview of the session and a line-up of presenters including abstracts for each presenter.
  • Panel Session – the session organiser will submit a proposal including a brief overview of the session and a line-up of panellists.


Paper Session Format:

Paper sessions will be 80 minutes long. Session organisers can choose from either of the following two formats when submitting:

  • 4 x 15-minute presentations + 5 minutes each Q&A (no discussant)


  • 3 x 15-minute presentations + 5 minutes each Q&A + 20 minutes for discussant at the end

Panel Session Format:

Panel sessions will be 80 minutes long. They will consist of a Chair/Organiser (8 mins) and 4 Panellists (8 minutes each), followed by a Discussion/Q&As with the audience (40 minutes).

A maximum of 1 abstract per presentation type may be submitted by a presenter. For example, a presenter may submit an oral presentation, a paper session and a panel session (or act as a panellist), but is not permitted to submit two abstracts under an oral presentation or participate in more than one panel.

Previously published or presented abstracts

Abstracts that have been previously published will not be considered for presentation and authors will be asked to confirm that the abstract has not previously been published during the submission process. However, abstracts that have been submitted and accepted to another conference are welcome. Please email WFCJ@conferencepartners.com if you are unsure about submitting previously presented work.

Fee Waiver Award

WFCJ will offer 50 conference fee waivers on a first-come, first-served basis to students, academics and employees of NGOs who are based in DAC countries. Apply via the abstract submission portal by submitting a letter of support from your lead supervisor confirming where your workplace or key activity is based OR your student status.


You are eligible to apply for the fee waiver if you:

  • Submit an abstract for oral presentation
  • Submit an abstract for a panel session

Please note – Paper session organisers are not eligible to apply, but they are free to apply for the Award if they also submit an oral presentation.

For a list of DAC countries, please click here (applicants from countries in all 4 groups are eligible for the Fee Waiver Award).

Submission Process

The abstract submission process for WFCJ 2021 is now closed.  


  1. The Presenting Author must submit the abstract and is required to be the corresponding author for that abstract
  2. You do not need to register for the conference in order to submit the abstract
  3. All abstracts must be received by the submission deadline to be included in the review.
  4. Accepted abstract presenters must register by 18 August.
  5. Abstracts must be submitted in English


Submission Guidelines and Terms

It is ESSENTIAL that you read the guidelines below before you submit. Abstracts which do not adhere to the guidelines will not be reviewed.

Who submits the abstract?
The Presenting Author
must submit the abstract and will act as the main point of contact for the abstract with organisers. 

Once you enter the online submission portal, start by creating an account. Please keep a record of the account details you use to set up the account as you will require them to log into both the WFCJ 2021 abstract submission portal and Conference registration portal. Upon successful submission of the abstract a confirmation email will be sent to the Presenting Author. 

If you have not received a confirmation email, please check that your abstract is not left in draft and is fully submitted by logging back into the portal and checking on the View/Edit Abstracts page.

How to edit a submitted abstract? 

You can save your submission as a draft and return to edit the submission at a later point. It is important to note that once it has been submitted the abstract cannot be edited after the abstract submission deadline. Ensure that your abstract is not left in draft as it will not be reviewed. 

Submission Details Required

The online abstract submission is a simple step-by-step process and will ask you to input the following details:

  • Abstract title – word limit is 15
  • Presentation type – Oral Presentation, Paper Session, Panel Session
  • Theme – chosen from the theme list above
  • Presenting Author – Name, affiliation, and job title of presenting author (this person must be listed as the first author)
  • Co-Authors – Name, affiliation, and job title of co-author(s)
  • Abstract document – Abstract word limit is 300, use abstract template (word limit includes: graphs/tables/references; excludes: title, authors and affiliations) 
  • Additional information 
    • What is your academic discipline? 
    • What is your level of seniority? 
    • Would you like to apply for the Bursary Award? 
    • What is your country of residence? 
    • Data consent agreement
    • Publication of abstract on website/portal/app agreement 
    • Alternative contact for abstract
    • How did you hear about WFCJ 2021?
    • Would you like to be added to the GCU Centre for Climate Justice mailing list?
    • Previously Published Consent 


All abstracts will go through a peer-review carried out by reviewers selected by the WFCJ 2021 Programme Committee.

Notification of acceptance or rejection of your abstract and the fee waiver award decision (if applicable) will be sent to the submitter on 10 August.


Registration of the Abstract Presenter

When notified of acceptance, the Presenting Author is required to accept the offer by registering for the conference and paying in full by 23 August. You will be provided with a link to register at this rate in your acceptance email.


If a presenter fails to register by 23 August, they:

Will be removed from the programme
Will be removed from all WFCJ 2021 related publications

World Forum organisers will reach out to Fee Waiver Award recipients directly with instructions on how to register.

Withdrawal Conditions & Change of Presenter

If you need to withdraw the abstract or change the presenting author contact WFCJ@conferencepartners.com by 23 August.


Oral, Paper & Panel Session submissions must be formatted using the WFCJ 2021 templates. 

Download the relevant template below and save as a Word file to upload to the system. Only WORD files will be accepted for upload. Please ensure that all grammar and spelling is correct and remove all instructions from the template before submitting.. The submitted document will not be edited and will be added to the conference website, online platform and/or conference app as submitted.



Call for Abstracts

17 May 2021


Abstract Submission Ends

12 July 2021 – CLOSED

Notification of Review Outcome

10 August 2021


Accepted Authors to Register to Confirm Attendance

23 August 2021


Final Programme Available Online


Terms & conditions

  •   The abstract submitted adheres to the abstract submission guidelines outlined on the Conference Website.
  • The abstract submitted is in English.
  • This abstract has only been submitted once for WFCJ 2021. 
  • It is the responsibility of the presenting author to submit the abstract. They are the main contact whose responsibility it is to communicate with other co-authors.
  • The presenting author is available to present virtually at the conference between 21-23 September 2021     
  • The presenting author must register and pay in full by the deadline indicated in the abstract review outcome email. If they do not register and pay in full, the abstract will be removed from the programme and any associated publications.
  • The text of the abstract along with the names and affiliations, and additional documents as requested will be published on the conference app, online platform, abstract document and/or website, and that this will not raise any copyright issues.
  • A submission as a particular presentation type or theme may be changed to a different type following review in order to be accepted and included in the programme.
  • Presenters may be recorded for live streaming. A recording of the presentation and a copy of the slides may be published online after the conference.

If you have any queries regarding the above, please contact the WFCJ 2021 Programme Team WFCJ@conferencepartners.com 

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