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CREA Contest

CREA Contest - From the Latin creare which means to CREATE.

Create new forms to communicate and spread your research to wider audiences. In a more connected world we need to explore and expand the ways we tell our story. Go beyond your comfort zone, think outside the box and participate in the CREA contest at the 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2017) by presenting your research in a creative, non-traditional way.  Dance, song, poem, acting, storytelling, photography, illustrations or paintings are welcome! Please note that paintings and illustrations must be hand held as easels may not be available.  Performance space is limited to 10m x 4m aprox.  Due to audiovisual limitations we will not be able to accommodate video displays or work that needs to be mounted. If you have any questions regarding your presentation, please email the ICCB 2017 Diversity Committee (iccbdivcom@conbio.org).


  • Spread your scientific research to wider audiences

  • Inspire others to communicate in innovative ways

  • Prompt people to take actions for conservation

Why participate:

  • To showcase your research to your peers, potential partners and inspire others

  • To strengthen your communication skills

  • To explore how to integrate conservation with other disciplines

  • To win a year membership to the Society for Conservation Biology

Time Schedule:

  1. Announcement of contest: April 4, 2017

  2. Deadline to send proposal: May 8, 2017 by 5:00 pm GMT

  3. Announcement of selected proposals: May 18, 2017

  4. Contest held at ICCB 2017

Who can participate:

Students of any nationality conducting research on conservation biology and attending ICCB (students presenting at ICCB can also participate ).

How to participate:

Send your proposal in pdf format in English or Spanish and saved with your surname in the filename  and creative presentation type (eg. Ramirez_poem.pdf) to the ICCB 2017 Diversity Committee.

The proposal should include:

  • Name of participant(s)

  • Program and University

  • Creative proposal title

  • E-mail

  • Language of presentation (English or Spanish)

  • Two short abstracts

  • Scientific research: Describe your research including topic, goals, stage of research, methodology and expected results (600 characters maximum).

  • Creative proposal: Describe how you plan to present your research and what technique you will use (600 characters maximum).

*Note that all presentations / performing acts should be 5 minutes maximum.

Rating criteria:

Projects will be selected based on the aggregate of three scores: scientific merit, artistic merit, and creative combination of the conservation science and art. Thus, the best representations not only insightfully reveal the scientific and conservation content of their project and show artistry to create a compelling spectacle, but also creatively combine and successfully execute all these aspects.

Terms and Conditions:

By submitting any proposal to Crea Contest, participants hereby represent and warrant that the information will not and shall not infringe on any copyright or other right of any third party.

Information provided to enter the contest will not be sold to third parties but may be shared as may be necessary for the purposes of conducting, judging and communicating about the contest and awards.

By submitting any proposal to the contest, the entrant acknowledges and agrees that any content submitted may be used in promotional publications and displayed on web sites maintained by SCB and transmitted to related contest sponsor and media outlets for distribution (without further compensation or authorization). We always strive to present individuals in a complementary and appropriate manner.

SCB reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the contest or the site, to be acting in violation of these Terms and Conditions, or who otherwise takes actions that do or are intended to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the contest.

SCB also reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry containing any obscene, offensive or otherwise inappropriate comments or other matter.