[Coral-List] FW: International Marine Conservation Congress

Pablo Granados-Dieseldorff pablogd at tamu.edu
Mon Oct 6 16:15:35 EDT 2008

> 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,
>  http://www.conbio.org/IMCC
>  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*
>       -Economics*
> *We are particularly interested in submission 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
>  work.
> *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 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
>  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
>     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
>          policy")
>      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:
>  http://www2.cedarcrest.edu/imcc/travel_award.html
>  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
>  --
>  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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