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Please see below for some of the most frequently asked questions about ICCB 2021. 
 

Is ICCB still planned for Kigali or is it more likely to be virtual?
We're preparing for an in-person event in Kigali, but we will decide in July per the ICCB Covid-19 Contingency Plan whether the congress must pivot to a virtual format.

Should I submit an abstract if I know that I cannot attend ICCB in-person? 
We encourage individuals who would like to participate in ICCB to submit an abstract since accepted abstracts will be valid for both congress formats. If ICCB pivots to a virtual event, you will already have an abstract in the system and reviewed. As in years past, ICCB may issue a late breaking call for abstracts at the Early Bird Registration deadline (mid-September). If the timing is not right for you to submit an abstract now given the uncertainty about an online meeting, you can wait for a potential call for late breaking abstracts. There is some risk with this approach since a second call is not guaranteed, but we will be as accommodating as possible.  
 
If ICCB happens in-person, will there be an online component for individuals who cannot travel to Rwanda due to Covid-19 travel restrictions or other concerns?
ICCB will include on online component that allows for limited virtual participation. We are researching and considering the scope and framework of virtual participation and will define the parameters when a final decision is made in July about the format of ICCB. 
 
When is the registration deadline, what is the cost, and where does one register? 
The early bird registration deadline will be in mid September. Registration will happen via the ICCB website. We have not posted final registration rates given the uncertainty about the congress format. Rates for an in-person event will track with past ICCBs and thus range from $200 - $500 (with a special lower rate for local attendees). The rate you pay will be based on your attendee type (i.e. SCB member vs non member, student vs professional, attendee from developed country vs developing country). Students and individuals from developing countries will register in the $200-$300 range. Professionals in developed countries pay the higher rate.  The uncertainty presented by Covid-19 on the congress format (in-person vs virtual) and its potential impact on in-person attendance (we cannot rely on historical figures) has made it difficult to publish detailed rates right now. The pricing structure for a virtual congress would be based on different factors and reflect a new range of rates. 
 
What are the accommodation options in Kigali, what is the cost, and where does one book them?
An in-person event will feature a range of suitable accommodation options that range in price from $40 - $200 per night. You will book your accommodation directly with your preferred hotel / AirBnB. We expect to partner with some hotels so that ICCB attendees can receive a small discount on room bookings, but many attendees arrange accommodations that work best for them and there is no requirement to book with hotels that are affiliated with the congress. 
 
When will the field trips / tours (e.g. mountain gorillas) be announced?
Tours will be announced in July. The ICCB LOC is planning on organizing gorilla trekking tours and other social, cultural and natural history options so that ICCB attendees will have exciting options to choose from!