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The 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB2018), to be organized 12th-15th June 2018 in Jyväskylä, Finland, will focus on planetary wellbeing – a concept that captures the wellbeing of people as well as the integrity and sustainability of Earth’s ecosystems.   

Before you register, please read this page carefully. You will find here all necessary information and instructions on how to complete your registration. Registration forms will be available in December before Christmas holidays. You can find more information and the study excursion registration form from Study Excursions page.  

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct

Not a member of SCB? We encourage you to join our community and save on your ECCB2018 registration fee, enhance your chance to get SCB congress participation support, and enjoy other great member benefits like discounted publishing fees, networking opportunities, and more. The membership is valid for one year starting on the day of payment. Join now on SCB website.


  • Important dates 
  • Participation categories and registration fees 
  • What congress fee includes 
  • Complimentary carbon offset 
  • Student presentation competition 
  • Payment methods 
  • Cancellation policy 
  • Link to Registration form

Important dates 

  • Early bird registration until 8th March 2018  
  • Regular registration 9th March – 11th May 2018 
  • Late registration 12th May 2018 onwards 
  • Deadline for study excursion and course registration 8th March 2018 
  • Deadline for symposium organizers 16th March2018 
  • Deadline for those with an oral presentation or poster 16th March 2018 

See the list of countries eligible for developing country fees here.

Participation categories and registration fees

All fees are in EUR (taxes included). 

If registering as a Student/PhD Student, proof of student status (e.g. student ID card or statement from an academic supervisor) must be presented in person at the congress.  

Please note that you need to provide your SCB membership ID to pay the members registration fee.

SCB Members

Registration type Early bird until 8th of March Regular 9th March - 11th May Late 12th May onwards
Developed country SCB member 350 450 550
Developing country SCB member 175 225 275
Student/retired SCB member 175 225 275


Registration type Early bird until 8th of March Regular 9th March - 11th May Late 12th May onwards
Developed country non-member 500 600 700
Developing country non-member 250 325 400
Student non-member 250 325 400


Registration type Early bird until 8th of March Regular 9th March - 11th May Late 12th May onwards
Invited (password required) 0 0 0
Accompanying person 175 225 275
One day 175 225 275

Early Bird Registration and Grants: If you are waiting on results of a grant proposal and thus cannot make the Early Bird Registration deadline (8th of March), please email as soon as possible and before the Early Bird Deadline. Your email should detail why you cannot make the deadline and when you expect to hear from the organization you've applied to for a grant.

If you need a formal invitation letter to get visa, please send a request to the Organizing Committee via email: Please note that an invitation letter can be sent to you only if your abstract is accepted or you have registered and paid the registration fee. To check the visa requirement and travel documents accepted by Finland, please visit the website of Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Congress fee (taxes incl.) includes:  

  • Access to the congress sessions on 12th-15th June.  
  • Electronic congress material  
  • Refreshments during the scheduled breaks  
  • Ice-breaking welcome reception on Monday 11th June   
  • Opening reception on Tuesday 12th June 
  • Optional social program, Wednesday 13th June: Society jams in Poppari 
  • Optional social program, Thursday 14th June: evening run around the lake, documentary night 
  • Various discounts for accompanying persons and participants activities
  • Significant support for congress dinner 

Reductions in the congress fee will not be made for any part of the participation package that is not used.  

The fee does not include the following:  

  • Printed abstract book. Abstracts will be available online - if you wish to get a printed Abstract book, you can buy it separately upon online registration 
  • Lunches - A 4-day lunch package can be ordered upon online registration
  • Congress dinner: Buffet & Music - Tickets available upon online registration
  • Study courses - Bookings upon online registration
  • Thematic sauna boat cruises on Lake Jyväsjärvi - Bookings upon online registration. 
  • Study excursions – Booking by 1st March via a separate registration form
  • Accompanying person tours – you can register for the tours upon participant online registration 
  • Congress t-shirt - special congress t-shirt can be ordered upon online registration. See the design here.
  • Personal insurance – it is recommended that you have travel insurance  
  • Accommodation. Accommodation need to be booked separately from the conference-adjacent hotel or the many hotels in the city center of Jyväskylä

Lunch package

We strongly encourage the delegates to choose the optional 4-day lunch package at the time of registration. Delegates who have taken the lunch option will have a separate restaurant inside the venue, and can choose between two high-quality sustainable options - vegetarian and local fish. A smaller restaurant is located within the venue for those who didn't pre-buy the lunch package, but we cannot ensure a lunch possibility for everyone. There are some restaurants within short walking distance from the venue, but the ECCB lunch package is certainly both time and cost-effective option.

Complimentary carbon offset: 

ECCBs have contributed to a carbon offset project in order to offset greenhouse gas emissions due to ECCB meetings. All congress registrations include a contribution to the carbon offset project (opt-out available upon registration). The default contribution for delegates is 15€ but you can choose to contribute more (50€ or 100€).  

ECCB2018 has set up a peatland restoration project where offset funds will be used. Follow the process of the project in Instagram account “biodiversity_offsets”.

Industrial exhibition or sponsor participation:

Companies are very welcome to participate
More information is available here

Following payment methods are available:

  • Most common credit cards
  • MobilePay
  • Online bank payment for Finnish customers

Please note that it is not possible to save data in the registration form, and that registration and payment must be completed in one session. Therefore, please ensure that you are ready to make your payment immediately upon completion of the registration form.  Should you proceed to the payment but cancel it, you have to fill in the registration details from the beginning again

Receipts for credit card and online bank payments are automatically issued to the email address given upon registration. There is no invoicing possibility and we do not accept direct bank transfers. 

Personal Data 

The personal information you provide when you register for the event will be used by the hosting organizations (University of Jyväskylä and SCB) in connection with the administration of the event and may be shared with the service providers when necessary. The participant list with affiliation and e-mail will be made available for registered congress participants. Please inform the congress secretary if you wish your information to be removed from the participant list,

Cancellation policy    

Cancellations with requests for registration refunds must be received in writing before the 1st of May 2018, the deadline for course participation and study excursion cancellations is however already the 8th of March 2018. A EUR 50 processing fee will be applied to refund requests received by the deadline given, eventual bank charges will also be deducted. The refunds will not be given for cancellations received after the given deadlines nor will they be given for failure to attend any events. Refunds will be issued via the original payment method used and will be processed within 30 days if the refund is approved. Please contact the secretariat at regarding all cancellations.

Link to registration form

ECCB2018 Registration form