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Society for Conservation Biology, Call for Contributed Presentations due Jan 31, 2014

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Call for Contributed Presentations


We are now accepting contributed oral, poster, and speed presentations for the 2014 North American Congress for Conservation Biology, “Challenging Conservation Boundaries” on July 13-16, in Missoula, Montana. Abstracts must be submitted via the online submission system by January 31, 2014. CLICK HERE to access the online submission system.


The scientific program will include plenary sessions, invited symposia, workshops, organized discussions, short courses, poster sessions, and concurrent sessions of contributed oral presentations and speed presentations. Due to the high level of attendance expected at the meeting and, consequently, limited time and space for oral presentations; poster presentations are strongly encouraged.


Criteria for selection


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


scientific merit

application to conservation management

clarity of presentation (e.g. abstract begins with a clear statement of an issue and ends with a substantive conclusion)

Author registration for the meeting for oral, speed and poster presentations


All presenting authors must register for the meeting by the early registration deadline of April 30, 2014.




Individuals are limited to presenting only ONE presentation. Individuals can present in either a symposium or contributed oral presentation, speed presentation, 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 topic. Please choose from the list of 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 or a speed talk.

All oral presentation rooms will be equipped with AV equipment (computer and projector). Detailed information and instructions on presentations at the meeting will be available to presenters several months before the meeting.



Poster presenters will receive general instructions on poster format in the email notification of acceptance.

Posters will be displayed prominently and special sessions dedicated to posters will allow in-depth discussion between authors and attendees.



If 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.

Speakers will be given four (4) minutes at the beginning of the session to present their key ideas and results. After speakers have presented, the rest of the session will be spent interacting with the audience in different areas of the room.

To participate in the speed presentations, simply submit an abstract according to the standard guidelines and indicate that you would like your abstract to be considered for a speed presentation.

If your abstract is accepted for a speed presentation, you will be notified by the Local Organizing Committee and asked to prepare a four-minute presentation instead of a traditional (15-minute) presentation.

If you abstract is not accepted for a speed presentation, it still will be considered for a traditional oral presentation or poster.



Both oral and poster presentations will be considered for student awards. You need to indicate that you are interested in being considered for a student award at the time of abstract submission. To be considered for a student award, the work presented must have been primarily completed by the student. So the student must be the first author on the presentation and must be the presenter. At time of submission, please also enter the degree pursued or date of defense, for those who already have received a Ph.D. Students currently enrolled in a degree program and very recent graduates (May through August 2014) are eligible to apply.




Abstracts should be submitted for all individuals planning on presenting in any format including, oral, speed, and poster presentations as well as for symposia. Symposia proposals have previously been reviewed. If your abstract is part of an accepted symposia, please indicate this on the submission form.


Please follow the instructions carefully, including all requested information and formatting. After you submit your abstract, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to verify your abstract. It is your responsibility to verify that ALL information submitted is complete and correct. If you notice errors or omissions, please contact Mikel Robinson at mikelrobinson@live.com. No changes will be made after the abstract submission deadline. Early notification of acceptance will give you ample time to take advantage of the early registration rate. Please include the following:


Your preferred presentation format (traditional oral, speed, or poster presentation).

Whether your presentation has been invited for a symposium, if so please indicate which one.

Abstract title: Please do not only use upper case, but use both upper and lower case. Titles are limited to 150 characters.

Abstract: Abstracts may not exceed 1,500 characters (approximately 200 words), including spaces. Begin with a clear statement of the topic or objectives, give brief methods and major results, and end with a substantive conclusion. Do not use vague statements such as “results will be discussed.” It is the responsibility of the author to verify the information submitted and to correct any errors or omissions before the submission deadline.

Student contest: Name, field, type of degrees (MS/PhD), and graduation year.

Topic areas: Choose the topic areas pertaining to your abstract. Topics are listed below:







Communications, outreach and education

Community ecology

Community-driven conservation

Conservation genetics

Disturbance ecology

Environmental or ecological economics

Environmental planning

Environmental politics and policy

Global change

Landscape ecology

Political ecology

Population dynamics

Restoration Ecology

Traditional ecological knowledge

Urban ecology

Watershed science







Freshwater and Wetland

Grassland and Savanna

Land-water interface


Polar and alpine






Alien and invasive species

Applied ethics and values

Climate change

Conservation in hotspots

Institutional and organizational issues

Integrative/interdisciplinary approaches to conservation

Land use




Adaptive management and monitoring

Conservation capacity building

Conservation GIS

Conservation modeling & population viability

Conservation on private lands

Ecological restoration and recovery of endangered species

Ecosystem/conservation area management

Inventory and monitoring

Land use planning for conservation

Protected area planning and design

Risk assessment and uncertainty

Scientists and managers: bridging the gap

Spatial Ecology and Conservation


Website: http://www.xcdsystem.com/scbna/website/callforcontributedpresentations

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