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Photo View of St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

View of St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Photo Marine invertebrates found near St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Marine invertebrates found near St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Photo Humpback whales can be seen near St. John's, along with sea ice and icebergs originat

Humpback whales can be seen near St. John's, along with sea ice and icebergs originat

Photo Conception Bay near Port de Grave, Newfoundland and Labrador

Conception Bay near Port de Grave, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Join us at #IMCC4 

30 July - 3 August 2016 • St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (YYT)

To conserve the world’s oceans we must go beyond science, and use it to inform policy and management, and ultimately to catalyze change. The Society for Conservation Biology's International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.

Regular registration is open!

IMCCs are organized by the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology.



Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts

The IMCC4 Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts is open. The deadline will not be extended past 22 May 2016—all abstracts need to be submitted by this date to be considered for inclusion in the program. For more information, please see the Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts page.

Delegates who do not register for IMCC4 by 8 May 2016 will miss the early registration discount; the discount will not be extended for those who submit abstracts during the Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts. Regular registration fees begin 9 May 2016 for all delegates. Anyone with an accepted abstract or proposal prior to the Call for Late-Breaking abstracts needs to register by 8 May 2016.

OceansOnline Program Posted

Through hands-on training workshops for beginners and discussion panels aimed at experts, we will discuss how internet tools can help ocean scientists and conservationists with research, education and outreach in this optional add-on day to IMCC4 registration. OceansOnline will be held 4 August 2016. The program for can be found at the OceansOnline program page.

Student Best Talk Finalists Announced

The finalists for the Student Best Talk Awards have been announced. Their presentations will be given during the Student Best Talk Finalist Session on July 31. To view the winners, see the Student Activities Page.


IMCC4 Code of Conduct

All IMCC4 registrants, staff, organizers, exhibitors, and guests are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct. Please review the Code of Conduct prior to the conference.


Special Events

Check out the IMCC4 Special Events, including event dates, times, descriptions, locations, and fees.  A full schedule of special events have been organized for socializing, learning, networking, and fun.


IMCC4 Registration Open

IMCC4 regular registration is open. Register at the Meeting Registration page. To receive the registration discount for being a member of the Society for Conservation Biology, delegates will first need to login at conbio.org. The deadline for discounted early registration was 8 May 2016. Late registration, with an increased fee, begins 1 July 2016.


Field Trips

IMCC4 field trips include hiking, whale-watching, puffin-watching, walking tours, and more. For trip descirptions, visit the Field Trips page.



Information on the two main accommodations options—the Delta Hotel & Conference Center and Memorial University dorms—for IMCC4 and instructions for booking at discounted rates have been posted on the Accommodations page.

Rooms at the Delta Hotel in the IMCC4 block of rooms are not full. If you need to book your room for an extended stay, you may receive an error message when you try to book using the IMCC4 reservations link. If you experience this or have other issues booking, please contact the hotel using the phone number or email address listed on the Accommodations page. The Delta will work with you to ensure you receive the discount included in the IMCC4 room block. The Delta is the most convenient accommodations option for IMCC4 activities.


IMCC4 Commemorative Merchandise

Merchandise options are available to view on the IMCC4 Merchandise page. Merchandise may be pre-ordered through registration and picked up onsite at the Delta Conference Centre IMCC4 merchandise desk during the conference. Merchandise may be purchased onsite, as well, but quantities will be limited. To ensure you get the souvenirs you would like to take home, pre-ordering is strongly encouraged.


Canada Entry Requirements

Citizens of certain countries and territories need a visa to visit or transit Canada. Others may need an electronic travel authorization. Please be sure you are up-to-date on Canada's entry requirements, as some laws have recently changed. For more information, visit the Canada Entry page.


Abstract Decision Emails Sent

The IMCC4 Call for Abstracts closed 14 March 2016. Decision emails have been sent. If you missed the decision email and are unsure of the status of your abstract, or if you have any questions, please email IMCC_Program@conbio.org.


Bringing the Family

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, is a great spot for a family trip. History, culture, nature, the ocean—what more could you ask for? We're striving to make IMCC4 as family-friendly as possible. For general information, check out the Bringing the Family page.


Student Activities

The IMCC4 Student Activities Committee has planned several activities for students, including lunch events, workshops, social events, and a hiking fied trip. Students should also check out the rest of the program for other great content for students.


Diversity Travel Grant Awards Competition Closed

IMCC4 and SCB Marine are offering new Diversity Travel Grants as part of our Diversity Initiatives. The application period closed March 22. Award recipients will be announced in April.

For help with acquiring IMCC4 travel funding from other sources, visit our External Travel Grants page.


IMCC4 Blog

The IMCC4 Blog is accepting guest posts. Want to expand on the importance of your symposium, workshop, focus group, or facilitated discussion? Want to exclaim how much you love IMCCs? Want to discuss a featured theme of IMCC4? Write a guest blog post!

If you'd like to contribute to the IMCC4 blog, contact the IMCC4 Communication Committee.

The full blog can be viewed at the IMCC2016 WordPress site.


IMCC Frequently Asked Questions

Freqently asked questions about abstract submission, presentations, and registration can be found on the IMCC FAQs page. More questions and answers will be added as we get closer to the dates of IMCC4.


Program & Events Information

Descriptions of some IMCC sessions are available. You can view symposia, focus groups, workshopsshort coursespanel discussions, and marine movies. A tentative schedule of sessions will be available soon!


Diversity Sponsorships

You have the opportunity to sponsor travel and registration costs for delegates from developing countries and other underserved to enable their participation in IMCC4.  If you are interested, please see the Sponsor IMCC4 page for more details and email Meeting Manager Lori Strong.


Plenary speakers announced!

The IMCC4 plenary speakers have been announced, including those for the welcome evening, the Ransom A. Myers Memorial Lecture and the OceansOnline inaugural event. Read about our plenaries on the Plenary Talks page. (Topics of plenary speeches coming soon!)


The IMCC4 General Schedule is posted!

View the tentative general schedule on the Program & Events page. The general schedule shows designated times for sessions, plenary addresses, receptions and more. Some times, dates and events are subject to change. More will be added once details become available.

The IMCC4 General Schedule pdf is subject to change at this time. 


Download the IMCC4 Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus

Sponsor, exhibit and advertise at IMCC4 and get your name, products and services in front of more than 1,200 marine conservation professionals and students from science, management, policy and public sectors.

IMCC4 Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus


IMCC4 Key Dates

Call for proposals opened: 30 September 2015
Call for proposals closed: 21 November 2015
Decisions on proposals: mid-December 2015

Call for abstracts opens: 5 January 2016
Call for abstracts closes: 14 March 2016
Decisions on abstracts: 11 April 2016

Early bird registration starts: 2 April 2016
Deadline for early bird registration: 8 May 2016
Deadline to register for delegates with an accepted abstract or proposal prior to the Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts: 8 May 2016
Start of regular registration: 9 May 2016
Deadline for regular registration: 30 June 2016
Deadline to register for delegates with an accepted abstract during the Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts: 30 June 2016
Start of late registration: 1 July 2016

Call for late-breaking news and abstracts: 1-22 May 2016

Pre-Congress workshops and activities: 28-29 July 2016

4th International Marine Conservation Congress: 30 July - 3 August 2016
IMCC4 presents OceansOnline: 4 August 2016

Post-Congress workshops and activities: 4-6 August 2016

*Dates are approximate and subject to change