Presenters and organizers manage and submit proposals and abstracts via the ICCB Submission Site.
Call for Contributed Presentations
ICCB is accepting abstracts for contributed presentations (oral and speed talks and poster presentations). The submission deadline is 30 April 2021.
Please review the format / structure of contributed presentations before submitting your abstract.
Sign in to the ICCB Submission System to submit your abstract.
Per ICCB's one-talk, one poster rule, individuals are limited to one talk or poster presentation total, including invited talks in accepted symposia.
Questions? Email ICCBTeam@conbio.org.
ICCB 2021 Session Types
ICCB is no longer accepting proposals for symposia, roundtable discussions, training courses and workshops. The Congress is accepting abstracts for contributed presentations through 30 April 2021.
Learn about each of the five scientific / educational sessions at ICCB below and view what information is required for proposals for each session.
- Contributed Presentations
- Roundtable Discussions
- Training Courses
ICCB symposia feature multiple speakers who present their insights, perspectives and research on a focused conservation theme, topic, or issue through scientific talks and audience interaction.
Three types of symposia take place during that main scientific program:
- Regular Symposium (90-minutes): A maximum of five speakers (which may include the organizer) present 12-minute talks, each followed by a 3-minute Q&A with the audience. The final 15-minutes is dedicated to discussion, usually facilitated by the symposium organizer. If there are fewer than five speakers, talks or discussion can be extended beyond 15 mins but must be a multiple of 15 mins (e.g., 30 mins). The most common symposium type at ICCB is 90-minutes.
- Extended Symposium (180-minutes): A maximum of ten speakers (which may include the organizer) present 12-minute talks, each followed by a 3-minute Q&A with the audience. Two 15-minute intervals (separate or back-to-back) are dedicated to discussion. If there are fewer than ten speakers, talks or discussion can be extended beyond 15 mins but must be a multiple of 15 mins (e.g., 30 mins). Extended symposia require a special justification from the organizer.
- Symposium with Roundtable Discussion (180-minutes): A Symposium with Roundtable Discussion features two 90-minute sessions, scheduled back-to-back whenever possible. The first 90-minutes is a regular symposium (see above) and the second 90-minutes is a roundtable discussion to allow for a deep and broad discussion of the symposium topic to develop tangible and actionable outputs.
Organizers may download the Guidelines and Expectations for ICCB 2021 Symposium Organizers.
Along with symosia, contributed presentations (oral and speed talks and poster presentations) make up the bulk of the ICCB scientific program. Contributed sessions are group abstracts by topic. Sessions last 90-minutes.
ICCB will provide format specifications for oral and speed talks and poster presentations (i.e. poster board size, projector screen size and aspect ratios, optimal PPT formats, video formats, etc) after the early bird registration deadline (August 2021).
- Oral Talks
Oral presentations share your research with participants in your contributed session and include an opportunity to interact with the audience. Oral presentations demonstrate why your research is valid and matters for conservation and explain the outcomes or expected outcomes of your research.
Oral presentations are scheduled in 15-minute increments and include a three-minute audience Q&A. The 15-minute increment is precise and strictly enforced so that the talk, three-minute Q&A and transition to the next speaker is finished in 15-minutes.
- Speed Talks
Like oral presentations, speed talks aim to inform and convey to the audience why your research matters for conservation. They provide a rapid and intense overview of your research.
Speed presentations are 5-minutes in length. Contributed sessions with speed talks include an audience Q&A at the end of the session.
- 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. Since a poster format is best when your material can easily be communicated visually, text should be limited to brief statements. Each presentation should make a unified, coherent statement. Materials, both textual and visual, should be of professional quality and be clearly legible from a distance.
Roundtable Discussions bring together people with diverse expertise to develop tangible and actionable outputs — such as a list of recommendations, a publication, a policy briefing or a white paper — on a specific conservation issue. Roundtable Discussions are meant for discussion, collaboration, brainstorming, etc. They are not meant to consist of a series of presentations.
Roundtable Discussions can be held for a maximum of two days, for a duration between 1.5 and 8 hours. Roundtable Discussions of greater than three hours will be scheduled before the main scientific program.Roundtable Discussions of 1.5 or 3 hours (double session) will be scheduled during the main scientific program in dedicated time periods that do not conflict with symposia or contributed paper sessions. Roundtable Discussions typically have a smaller number of participants (10-30 maximum) than training courses or workshops. Pre and post-congress Roundtable Discussions may require a separate fee for participants in addition to the congress registration fee to offset the additional costs of running the session.
Training Courses provide opportunities for registered delegates to receive expert-led education and training on topics relevant for biodiversity conservation, including strategy and project management. ICCB 2021 prioritizes training courses that advance capacity for conservation action in Africa, though topics may be broadly applicable for global conservation solution / capacity building.
Training Courses may last up to two full days (8 hours each day) and will take place before the Congress on 11-12 December or after ICCB on 17 December. ICCB 2021 will consider training courses that include a virtual component whereby delegates can receive instruction online prior to arriving in Kigali.
Training session attendees pay a fee in addition to the conference registration fee. The fee is determined according to the cost of renting the room and the equipment required.
Workshops, whether geared toward students or professionals, are more interactive than symposia and often have an educational / technical component. Workshops share an approach, scientific finding, or technology that provides practical solutions for conservation challenges.
Workshops scheduled before or after the main scientific program and can vary in length from 4-to-16 hours. Lunchtime workshops are scheduled (90-minutes) are scheduled during the main scientific meeting.