Call for papers:
The Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology will be hosting
its first stand-alone meeting, the International Marine Conservation
Congress (IMCC), from 20-24 May 2009 at George Mason University near
Washington D.C. This will be an interdisciplinary meeting that will engage
natural and social scientists, managers, policy-makers, and the public. The
goal of the IMCC is to put conservation science into practice through public
and media outreach and the development concrete products (e.g., policy
briefs, blue ribbon position papers) that will be used to drive policy
change and implementation. This meeting will encompass the 2nd International
Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC1 was held in Geelong, Australia in
October 2005). The IMPAC2 component will consist of an organized track
within the IMCC addressing MPAs as a cross-cutting issue through the full
range of posters, papers, workshops and symposia.
IMCC encourages authors to submit papers that apply to the major themes and
tracks below, describing original work, including methods, techniques,
applications, tools, issues, reporting research results and/or indicating
Major themes that will be addressed include:
· Global Climate Change,
· the Land-Sea Interface,
· Ecosystem-based Management, and
· Poverty and Globalization
Cross-cutting issues encompass topics of global relevance and importance to
marine conservation. Each participant can envision the issue they will
address as relating to one or multiple themes. In addition to MPAs, which
will be represented through the organized IMPAC2 track, the following
non-exclusive list of issues havs been identified. Please contact
IMCCprogram@conbio.org to discuss and suggest cross-cutting issue(s) that
you would like to address.
* Marine Protected Areas
* Education & Outreach
* Governance Reform
* Indigenous Issues
* Stakeholder Involvement
* Ocean Resource Use and Planning
* International Instruments and Transboundary Relations
* Networks and System Development
* High Seas Impacts
* Human/Animal Conflicts
In an attempt to tackle the most pressing issues currently facing marine
conservation, IMCC will host exciting plenary talks and solicit creative
submissions for interactive symposia and workshops. The conservation
community will be challenged to go beyond the typical communication of data
and propose symposia and/or workshops where talks will be followed by
lively, participatory discussions to address a controversial topic or
develop innovative solutions to a current conservation challenge.
Individuals are limited to presenting only one symposium, workshop, oral,
speed, or poster presentation. If your name appears on more than one
abstract, make sure you are listed as the presenter for only one of them.
SYMPOSIA ORGANIZERS will be encouraged to invite a select group of speakers
and to devise creative ways to facilitate discussion both within invited
group and the audience.
WORKSHOPS will be held to bring together people with diverse expertise with
the goal of developing a list of recommendations, outlining a publication,
co-writing a policy briefing or white paper on a specific topic. Workshops
can be held for up to 4 consecutive days.
ORAL PRESENTATIONS will be limited to 20 minutes. Contributed oral
presentations will be grouped by theme and topic. Please choose from the
list of themes and general topic areas below. This will assist us in
selecting an appropriate session for your presentation. If your abstract is
accepted but cannot be accommodated as an oral presentation, we may offer
you the opportunity to present a poster.
Poster presenters will receive general instructions on poster format in the
email notification of acceptance. Posters will be displayed prominently and
for the entire meeting; special sessions dedicated to posters will allow
in-depth discussion between authors and attendees.
If your paper topic would be of interest to a wide range of people and you
would like your presentation to lead to an extended conversation with
colleagues who are specifically interested in your work, you may wish to
submit an abstract for a speed presentation. In the first hour of a speed
presentation session, 15 speakers will be given four (4) minutes each to
present their key ideas and results. In the second hour, presenters will
station themselves at separate tables where they can interact with people
who are interested in learning more about their work.
Dr. Daniel Pauly, Dr. Ratana Chuenpangdee, Dr. Rod Fujita, Dorothy Childers
and Alexandra Cousteau.
Dr. Callum Roberts will be giving the Dr. Ransom A. Myers Memorial Lecture
at the evening banquet on May 24th.
PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURES (link)
»1st Call for symposia and workshops (max 250 word abstract + list of
* 1 April – 1 June 2008
»1st Call for oral presentations, speed presentations and posters (max 250
* 1 September – 15 October 2008
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
We encourage proposals from individuals or groups involved in cutting edge
conservation science or practice who can demonstrate an alignment with the
goals of the Society for Conservation Biology and the SCB Marine Section,
* Conservation Science: The scientific research and knowledge needed to
understand and conserve biological diversity is identified, funded,
completed, disseminated and applied to research, management and policy.
* Conservation Management: Conservation practitioners and managers are
provided the scientific information and recommendations needed to conserve
biological diversity at all scales.
* Policy: Policy decisions of major international conventions, governments,
organizations, and foundations, are effectively informed and improved by the
highest quality scientific counsel, analysis, and recommendations so as to
advance the conservation of biological diversity.
* Education: Education, training, and capacity building programs are
identified, strengthened, and developed to inform the public, education
leaders, and support current and future generations of conservation
scientists and practitioners.
Individuals may submit more than one proposal; however, no individual may
give more than one presentation in the following categories: symposium,
workshop, oral presentation, speed presentation, or poster.
There are limited spaces for symposia, workshops and contributed oral
presentations. We will be judging contributed papers in a two tier fashion.
1st abstracts (250 words) will be judged based on criteria below and
allowing for spread of topics across the major themes of the conference.
Abstracts that make the initial first cut will be given the opportunity to
submit an extended abstract. The final list of symposia, workshops and oral
presentations will be chosen from the extended abstracts.
Reviewers have access to the entire abstract except the names of the
presenters. To increase the probability that your abstract will be accepted,
and in your preferred format, please consider the following criteria
1. scientific merit
2. application to marine conservation/management
3. relevance to chosen theme/cross-cutting issue(s)
4. relevance to IMCC theme (³From science to management and policy²)
5. clarity of presentation (e.g. abstract begins with a clear statement of
an issue and ends with a substantive conclusion)
7. Please note: We do require that all presenters register for the IMCC by
the end of early bird registration: 15 February 2009.
To encourage international and student participation, we will offer the
opportunity to apply for grants to offset travel and other expenses. Please
monitor the website for further information.
To encourage participation of members whose first language is not English,
we will offer a mentoring service for participants who wish to submit
abstracts for oral, speed or poster presentations.
If you want to take advantage of this mentoring program, simply submit an
abstract according to the standard guidelines; indicate that English is not
your first language, and that you would like your abstract to be mentored.
Please submit your abstract at least 2 weeks prior to deadline to allow
adequate time to get comments from mentors and subsequent revision.
Instructions will be sent to your email address after you submit your
A mentor will contact you and provide guidance on grammar and clarity of
writing. The mentor also will ensure that the abstract meets the technical
criteria for submission. Note that it is NOT the role of the mentor to
provide scientific guidance, or to write the abstract.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Please email IMCCprogram@conbio.org
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