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ICCB 2017 Abstract Formats


These sessions are organized to address a critical or cutting edge conservation topic proposed by a facilitator. Symposia will have 5 to 6 talks, talks must be in 10 or 12 minute slots and time must be reserved at the end of the symposium for discussion. Symposia organizers must submit a proposal explaining the topic of the symposia and listing talk titles of expected contributors. Presenters of accepted symposia will be required to submit an individual abstract after the acceptance of the symposium and up until 17 February 2017. A symposium ID will be provided to organizers in the acceptance letter and this ID must also be included in the individual abstract submission to ensure placement in the appropriate symposium. All symposium organizers and speakers must register by the early registration deadline.


Do you want to share an approach, scientific finding or technology can provide practical solutions to a variety of challenges? These 60-minute workshops are a fun way of engaging your audience and sharing your knowledge. Workshops may also have an educational component. Proposals for workshops should be as brief as possible and include the following: (1) a synopsis composed of a title, goal or purpose and justification, (2) organizational structure including format, expected number of participants, and technical requirements. Workshops will occur during lunch break so that they have minimal conflict with paper sessions.

Short Courses

Short courses will provide opportunities for registered delegates to receive expert tuition on a topic relevant for conservation. Proposals for short courses should be as brief as possible and include the following: (1) a synopsis composed of a title, suggested tutor(s), goal or purpose and justification of the suggested course, (2) organizational structure including format, duration, expected (or maximum) number of participants, and equipment necessary. Training sessions will be pre-congress events (post-congress event may be considered but are not preferred as it would directly compete with field trips) and may last up to two days (22nd and 23rd of July). All short course organizers, tutors and speakers must be registered for the meeting (as early bird registrants). There will be a fee with the short course that each participant will pay in addition to the conference registration fee. The costs will be determined according to the cost of renting the room, possible catering and the equipment required. The organizers reserve the right to cancel any course which one month before the conference will not have sufficient participants to cover the costs. There is no economic support from ICCB to training courses organizers.

Oral Presentations

Contributed talks will be grouped into session of up to 7 talks. Talks are scheduled for 12-minute time slots. Presentation should be no more than 10 minutes to allow two minutes for questions from the audience and changeover. The time limit will be strictly enforced to facilitate movement between sessions. All computers will be running Windows 10; the projector aspect ratio is 16:9. Personal laptops cannot be used in the session rooms. Advice from SCB on giving an oral presentation can be found here.

Speed Presentations

Speed sessions are composed of a group of 5-minute presentations summarizing research or studies in process in a particular field. They provide the audience with rapid and intensive overview of research and also allows for discussion among presenters and the audience. There will be a 20-minute interactive discussion following presentations. All computers will be running Windows 10; the projector aspect ratio is 16:9. Personal laptops cannot be used in the session rooms.

Posters Presentations

Posters are exhibited for informal browsing. They are a visual and concise way to showcase conservation science and projects and they provide opportunities to interact with your audience. Posters should be printed at AO size (841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation.  Since a poster format is best when your material can easily be communicated visually, text should be limited to brief statements. Each presentation should make a unified, coherent statement. Materials, both textual and visual, should be of professional quality and be clearly legible from a distance. Good tips for your poster design can be found here.

Knowledge Cafés

Are you looking to engage in meaningful dialogue with a small group of people to foster mutual understanding or create new partnerships around a certain issue? These roundtable discussions or Knowledge Cafés will explore common areas of interest, how to build on each other’s experience and discuss possible partnerships or joint ventures. Abstract proposals for Knowledge Cafés are the same format as those for contributed talks. Up to 12 congress participants will be able to join you for an open and creative conversation on a topic of mutual interest. Good tips for your knowledge cafe design can be found here.

All sessions (except Workshops - 60 minutes and Short Course - up to 2 days)
are 90 minutes long!