[Coral-List] International Marine Conservation Congress
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Wed May 28 14:21:44 EDT 2008
INTERNATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION CONGRESS (20-24 May 2009)
CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE APPROACHING
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.
Cross cutting issues include:
Marine Protected Areas
Education, Outreach and Capacity Building
Fisheries and Aquaculture
We anticipate that cross-cut issues will result in proposals on a
variety of sub-topics. Potential topics include but are not limited
to: networks and system development, MPA and MPA network monitoring
and evaluation, high seas impacts, ocean resource use and planning,
international instruments and trans-boundary relations, human/animal
impacts, ecological impacts of ocean acidification, technology,
stakeholder involvement, indigenous issues, improving public ocean
knowledge, incorporating traditional and local knowledge into decision
making, and valuing marine ecosystem services.
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 15 minutes: 12 minutes for
presentation and 3 minutes for questions. 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
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
Symposia and workshops:
1st Call: 3 April - 1 June 2008, decisions by 15 July 2008
2nd Call for 1500 word submissions: 1 August - 15 September 2008,
decisions by 30 October 2008
Oral presentations, speed presentations, and posters:
1st Call:1 September - 15 October 2008, decisions by 30 November 2008
2nd Call for 1500 word submissions: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 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
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.
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
application to marine conservation/management
relevance to chosen theme/cross-cutting issue(s)
relevance to IMCC theme (“From science to management and policy”)
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 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.
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 at conbio.org
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