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Call for Symposia, Workshops, Roundtable Discussions and Training Courses

ICCB is now accepting proposals for symposia, workshops, roundtable discussions and training courses. The deadline to submit your proposal is 16 March 2021

Login to the ICCB Proposal Submission Site to submit your proposal. 

Per ICCB's one-proposal rule, individuals are limited to one proposal submission total (pick one between symposia, workshops, training courses, or roundtable discussions).  

Call for Contributed Presentations

ICCB will open the call for abstracts for contributed presentations (oral and speed talks and poster presentations) in February with a submission deadline of mid-April 2020. 

Per ICCB's one-talk, one poster rule, individuals are limited to one talk or poster presentation total, including invited talks in accepted symposia. 

ICCB 2021 Session Types

Learn about each of the five scientific / educational sessions at ICCB below and view what information is required for proposals for each session.

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 Symposia (90-minutes), Extended Symposia (180-minutes), and Symposia with Roundtable Discussion (180-minutes).

Regular and Extended Symposia are divided into six or twelve 15-minute intervals; respectively, for scientific talks, Q&A, and discussion. Symposia with Roundtable Discussion are divided in two 90-minute sessions. The first 90-minutes follow the format of a Regular Symposium. The second 90-minutes follows the format of a roundtable discussion where participants engage in deep discussion of the symposium topic. ICCB will host up to 80 symposia. 

Submitting a symposium? Download the Guidelines and Expectations for ICCB 2021 Symposium Organizers.

Contributed Presentations

Along with symosia, contributed presentations make up the bulk of the ICCB scientific program. Sessions last 90-minutes and feature oral and speed talks or poster presentations. Oral talks are 12-minutes in length, followed by a 3-minute audience Q&A. Speed talks are 5-minutes in length. Poster presentations are a visual and concise way to showcase conservation science and projects that provide opportunities to interact with a wide audience. ICCB hosts up to four poster sessions. 

Roundtable Discussions
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
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.