[Coral-List] International Marine Conservation Congress

John Cigliano jaciglia at cedarcrest.edu
Wed May 28 14:21:44 EDT 2008



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
Governance Arrangements
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  
their work.


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 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


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  
criteria carefully:

scientific merit
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  
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 IMCCprogram at conbio.org

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