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International Marine Conservation Congress -- call for presentations

Subject: International Marine Conservation Congress -- call for presentations
From: Dave Mellinger <>
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008 12:58:04 -0700
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 an organized 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*
      -Governance Arrangements*
      -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
of  them.

 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.


 Please go to


 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


 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
    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.

To increase the probability that your abstract will be
 accepted, and in your preferred format, please consider the following
 criteria carefully:

     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 abstract to
 be mentored.
 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.


 Please email 

Ellen Hines, PhD Chair, Scientific Program, IMCC Associate Professor Department of Geography and Human Environmental Studies San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Ave San Francisco, CA 94132
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