From: Ellen Hines <>
Subject: International Marine Conservation Congress, call for
oral presentations, posters, speed presentations
The call for proposals for oral presentations, speed
presentations, and posters for the International Marine Conservation
Congress (incorporating IMPAC2) is open until 15 October 2008.
Details for submission can be found at the conference website:
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
cross cutting issue within the IMCC addressing MPAs though 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 future directions.
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 that relate to the major themes:
-Marine Protected Areas
-Education, Outreach and Capacity Building*
-Fisheries and Aquaculture*
*We are particularly interested in submissions in these themes.
We anticipate that cross-cut issues will result in proposals on a
variety of sub-topics.
Individuals are limited to being the primary presenter for only one
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
ORAL PRESENTATIONS will be limited to 15 minutes: 12 minutes for
presentation and 3 minutes for questions. Contributed oral
presentations will be grouped by theme and topic.
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
*We strongly encourage submissions for speed presentations!
Dr. Daniel Pauly, Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, 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
Please go to www.conbio.org/IMCC
1st Call for oral presentations, speed presentations, and posters:
1 September - 15 October 2008, decisions by 30 November 2008
2nd Call for 1500 word submissions (for submissions accepted at the
first call only):
1 December 2008 - 15 January 2009, decisions by 1 February 2009
Early bird registration:
15 November 2008 ? 15 February 2009
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, which are:
* Conservation Science: The scientific research and knowledge
needed to understand and conserve biological diversity is identified,
funded, completed, disseminated and applied to research, management
* 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
* 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.
To increase the probability that your abstract will be
accepted, and in your preferred format, please consider the following
1. scientific merit
2. application to marine conservation/management
3. relevance to chosen theme/cross-cutting issue(s)
4. relevance to IMCC theme (?From science to management and
5. clarity of presentation (e.g. abstract begins with a clear
statement of an issue and ends with a substantive conclusion)
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 go to the following website:
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
Instructions will be sent to your email address after you submit your
abstract online. 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
Ellen Hines, PhD
Chair, Scientific Program, IMCC
Department of Geography and Human Environmental Studies
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132