International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB)

The Society for Conservation Biology's International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) is recognized as the most important international meeting for conservation professionals and students.

ICCBs are a forum for addressing conservation challenges. They are the global venue for presenting and discussing new research and developments in conservation science and practice. Most importantly, they connect our global community of conservation professionals and serve as the major networking outlook for anyone interested in conservation. ICCB attendance ranges from 1,500 - 2,200. 

ICCB is a biennial congress. ICCB 2019 took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ICCB 2021 took place December 12-16, 2021, virtually, after being rescheduled from July 2021. Our next conference, ICCB 2023, will take place in Kigali, Rwanda. 

The first ICCB was held in 1988 in Bozeman, Montana, USA. Since then, SCB Global congresses have been held in Africa, Oceania, Europe, Asia and North and South America. Plenary sessions are presented by conservation leaders and visionaries - speakers have included Richard Cowling, Peter Kareiva, Gustavo Fonseca, Jeremy Jackson, Jane Lubchenco, Sir Robert May, EJ Milner-Gulland, Arun Agrawal, Brigitte Baptiste and Michael Soulé, just to name a few.

Each year the congress features numerous symposia, concurrent sessions, workshops, short courses and field trips. Past symposia have included such diverse topics as: the population biology of invasive species; global amphibian decline; how to integrate conservation research into policy; indigenous communities and conservation; comparing marine and terrestrial ecosystems–implications for conservation theory and practice; the application of top predator distribution to the design and efficacy of reserves; conservation marketing; and real-world social and economic solutions to preserve biodiversity.

Our attendees are concerned with the science and practice of conserving biological diversity. The ICCB is always global in scope, bringing together conservation professionals and students from every sector of the field including the biological and social sciences, management, policy and planning. Attendees work for universities, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, private foundations and organizations and publications. They are scientists, students, managers, policy-makers, writers, educators and other conservation professionals from throughout the world. Some come to present, others come for the incredible networking opportunities of the congress, so join us!

Please be aware: The Society for Conservation Biology and Conservation Biology journal are not associated with the WASET congress called ICCB: International Conference on Conservation Biology. The congress has been reported to the International Congress and Convention Association.

SCB Group Congresses

The Society for Conservation Biology's various regional, local and topical groups may also sponsor their own meeting on off-years of SCB Global Meetings.  Learn more about these meetings here.

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