[MARMAM] International Marine Conservation Congress

Sarah Wilson swilson at ocean-institute.org
Wed Mar 26 14:00:16 PDT 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
*	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
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

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 symposia and workshops:

1 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

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:

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
*	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
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 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
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
Sarah Wilson  
IMCC Communciations Committee
Sarah Wilson

Ocean Institute                                               
Manager, Cooperation in Research and Education
(949) 496-2274 ext. 337
www.ocean-institute.org <http://www.ocean-institute.org/> 
Web Coordinator
Thank You Ocean Campaign
National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation
sarahw-thankyouocean at hotmail.com
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