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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. Please note that Early bird registration deadline has been extended until 23rd March 2018!

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.

To find your personal ID number, kindly log into SCB's website (member login button on topright corner of the page). After your payment, the membership will be processed within one day.


  • Important dates 
  • Participation categories and registration fees 
  • Corporate stakeholder day registration fees
  • Visa application
  • What congress fee includes 
  • Complimentary carbon offset 
  • Student presentation competition 
  • Payment methods 
  • Personal data
  • Receipt of payment
  • Cancellation policy 
  • Link to Registration form

Important dates 

  • Early bird registration until 23rd March 2018  
  • Regular registration 24th March – 11th May 2018 
  • Late registration 12th May 2018 onwards 
  • Deadline for study excursion and course registration 23th March 2018 
  • Deadline for symposium organizers 23th March2018 
  • Deadline for those with an oral presentation or poster 23th 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.

Please note that "invited" category is exclusively for keynotes, congress organizers/assistants, and agreed participants such as participation support receivers. Symposium/workshop organizers and presenters do have to pay the registration fee.

SCB Members

Registration type Early bird until 23rd of March Regular 24th 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 23rd of March Regular 24th 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 23rd of March Regular 24th March - 11th May Late 12th May onwards
Invited (password required) 0 0 0
Accompanying person 175 225 275
One day 175 225 275

Corporate stakeholder day registration fees: We envision ECCB2018 as a place to advance creativity, innovation and knowledge sharing across diverse expertise to overcome challenges faced with sustaining planetary wellbeing. As part of the outreach and developing dialog with the society and in particular businesses exploiting natural resources, we have planned a special stakeholder day with a focus on ecological compensations and biodiversity offsetting. We invite all corporations and other stakeholders who find biodiversity offsetting relevant to a discussion about the pros and cons, as well as ways of implementing offsetting.

Corporation registration fees are based on the size of the company, measured as the number of employees. In the below table, the corporate fees (EUR) 1, 2 and 3 apply to corporates with 1-3, 4-10 and 10+ employees respectively. If you are interested in participating, please contact for instructions and opportunities.


Registration type Early bird until 23rd of March Regular 24th March -  11th May Late 12th May onwards
Corporate fee 1* 500 600 700
Corporate fee 2** 1500 1700 1900
Corporate fee 3*** 3000 3300 3600

* Includes registration for one person, extra persons 500 EUR each,

** Includes registration for two persons, extra persons 650 EUR each

*** Includes registration for three persons, extra persons 800 EUR each

Visa application

Finland is part of the Schengen area. The Schengen states have jointly agreed which countries' citizens are required to present a visa. Each Schengen state decides which passports and travel documents it accepts from different countries' citizens.

Even if you did not need a visa to visit Finland, you need a valid passport or some other travel document accepted by Finland. It must be valid for at least ninety days after your intended date of departure from the Schengen area. To check the visa requirement and travel documents accepted by Finland, please visit:
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Visa requirement.

Should you require a formal invitation letter to support a visa application, we will provide this to those who have had his/her presentation accepted for the conference and have paid the conference registration fee. Please send a request to the Organizing Committee via email: with the following:

Full name:
Date of birth:
Passport number:
Dates of travel to Finland:
Title(s) of paper(s) submitted and/or conference booking number:

Please note that the conference organizers, nor any of its partners, do not accept any responsibility for any financial loss relating to inability of an individual to obtain the required travel documents. 

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,

Receipt of payment

After the payment, the receipt of payment will be automatically sent to the e-mail address provided at the time of registration. Kindly also check the spam folder if you cannot easily find the receipt from your mailbox. Please note that we cannot modify the receipt of payments afterwards.

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 23rd 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