[Coral-List] IMCC Call for Papers

John Cigliano jaciglia at cedarcrest.edu
Mon Oct 6 18:35:38 EDT 2008

Dear All,

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 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 (opening reception), 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   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.

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

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


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 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

John A. Cigliano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
Cedar Crest College

Chair, International Marine Conservation Congress

(V) 610.606.4666, X3702
(F) 610.606.4616

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