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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.




Regular Registration Rates Extended!

IMCC4 regular registration rates have been extended to 6 July 2016. 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. Online registration closes 6 July 2016—all registrations after that time will be completed on-site at the conference. Onsite registrations will receive late registration rates

Online Schedule is Ready!

The online schedule of presentations and sessions is ready! You can view presentation times, sessions, highlighted events, search for content, and more in the IMCC4 Online Program. We apologize for the delay. Presenters and session organizers, please review your information in the online program.

Information on the IMCC4 mobile app will be available later this month.

Presenter Info

Information for presenters, including presentation lengths and tips, can be found on the IMCC4 Presenter Information page. Information on the poster session and poster dimensions can be found here, as well.

An annoucement will be posted here when the online schedule of presentations is available.

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.


Field Trips

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


Program & Events Information

Descriptions of many IMCC4 sessions are available. You can view symposia, focus groups, workshopsshort coursespanel discussions, and marine movies.

The IMCC4 General Schedule pdf is also available for download. The general schedule can be viewed on the Program & Events page. The conference center floor plan is available here.



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. Online pre-orders have closed for merchandise. Pre-ordered merchandise may be picked up on site at the Delta Conference Centre IMCC4 merchandise desk during the conference. Merchandise may be purchased onsite, as well.


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.


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.


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.


Plenary speakers

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. 


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 to register for delegates with an accepted abstract during the Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts: 30 June 2016
Deadline for regular registration: 6 July 2016
Start of late registration: On-site

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