Thursday, 18 September 2008

Call for proposals for the International Marine Conservation Congress

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).

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 future directions.

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.

IMPORTANT DATES

»1st Call for oral presentations, speed presentations and posters (max 250 word abstract)
1 September - 15 October 2008
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON SUBMITTING SYMPOSIA/WORKSHOP PROPOSALS AND PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS GO TO WWW.CONBIO.ORG/IMCC OR SEND AN EMAIL TO IMCCprogram@conbio.org