[MARMAM] First call for proposals for IMCC presentations/posters (apologies for cross postings)

Ellen Hines ehines at sfsu.edu
Wed Aug 27 20:08:47 PDT 2008

The first call for proposals for "oral presentations, speed 
presentations, and posters" for the International Marine Conservation 
Congress (incorporating IMPAC2) opens September 1, 2008.   This call 
will be opened from 1 September - 15 October  2008.   Details for 
submittal 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.

Cross cutting issues include:

     * Marine Protected Areas
     * Education, Outreach and Capacity Building
     * Governance Arrangements
     * Fisheries and Aquaculture
     * Economics

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 

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


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 
     * 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.

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:

    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: 


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 
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
ehines at sfsu.edu

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