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Submission Timeline

12 October - 19 November: Call for proposals for symposia, short courses, workshops and discussion group
Mid-January: Proposal Notifications Sent
14 January - 11 February: Call for contributing session abstracts for oral presentations, speed talks, and poster presentations
Late-March: Abstract Notifications Sent
25 March - 4 April: Last Call for contributing session abstracts for oral presentations, speed talks, and poster presentations
Late April: Abstract Notifications Sent



The 29th International Congress for Conservation Biology will be held from 21-25 July 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Contributed Session Abstracts for oral presentations, speed talks, and poster presentations are now beginning accepted. 

DEADLINE: All proposals must be submitted electronically 4 April 2019, 23:59 CET (UTC/ GMT + 1 hours).

Only abstracts submitted electronically through the submission site will be considered. Decisions will be made by late-April 2019. Complete instructions for submitting proposals are available ICCB 2019 Contributed Session Abstract Submission Guide. The selection process is highly competitive. Please read and follow the information carefully.

Types of Contributed Session Abstracts

Oral Presentations
Oral Presentations are limited to 15 minutes: 12 minutes for presentation and 3 minutes for questions.  Contributed oral presentations will be grouped by theme/subtheme. Please choose from the list of themes and subthemes and choose the ones that are most appropriate for your presentation.  This will assist us in selecting an appropriate session for your presentation.  If your abstract is accepted but cannot be accommodated as an oral presentation, we may offer you the opportunity to present a speed presentation or poster.

Speed Talk Presentations 
Speed Talk Presentations are 5-minute presentations summarizing research or studies in process in a particular field that are grouped together by theme. Following the presentations, there will be time for presenters to talk one-on-one to delegates about their project. If your paper topic would be of interest to a wide range of people and you would like your presentation to lead to an extended conversation with colleagues who are specifically interested in your work, you may wish to submit an abstract for a speed presentation. Please choose from the list of themes and subthemes and choose the ones that are most appropriate for your presentation. This will assist us in selecting an appropriate session for your presentation. If your abstract is accepted but cannot be accommodated as a speed presentation, we may offer you the opportunity to present a poster presentation.

Poster Presentations 
Poster Presentations are a visual and concise way to showcase conservation science and projects that provide opportunities to interact with a wide audience and will take place during one of the four poster sessions.


These sessions are organized to address a critical or cutting edge conservation topic proposed by a facilitator. Symposia talks will be in 15-minute slots (10 minutes for presentation, 2 minutes for questions, and 3 minutes for transition between speakers) and time must be reserved at the end of the symposium for discussion. Symposia organizers must submit a proposal explaining the topic of the symposia and listing talk titles of expected contributors. Presenters of accepted symposia will be required to submit an individual abstract after the acceptance of the symposium by 16 January 2019. A symposium ID will be provided to organizers in the acceptance letter and this ID must also be included in the individual abstract submission to ensure placement in the appropriate symposium. All symposium organizers and speakers must register by the early registration deadline.

Short Courses
Short courses will provide opportunities for registered delegates to receive expert instruction on a topic relevant for conservation. Training sessions will be pre-congress events and may be a half (4 hours), full day (8 hours) or day and half (12 hours) on 20 and/or 21 July. All short course organizers, tutors and speakers must be registered for the Congress by the early registration deadline. There will be a fee with the short course that each participant will pay in addition to the Congress registration fee. The costs will be determined according to the cost of renting the room, possible catering and the equipment required. The SCB reserve the right to cancel any course two months before the Congress if the course does have sufficient participants to cover the costs. There is no financial support from ICCB to training courses organizers.

Do you want to share an approach, scientific finding or technology can provide practical solutions to a variety of challenges? Whether geared toward students or professionals, these 60-minute workshops are more interactive than symposia and often have an educational / technical component. Workshops will occur during lunch break.

Discussion Groups
Discussion Groups are an opportunity to bring together people with diverse expertise to develop tangible and actionable outputs, such as a list of recommendations, publication, policy briefing or white paper, on a specific conservation issue. They are 1.5 hours in duration and typically have a smaller number of participants than workshops (i.e. 10-30 maximum).