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ICCB 2023 Session Types 

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ICCB 2023 Program Schedule

  • 22 - 23 July: Pre-congress sessions
  • 23 July: Opening keynote / ceremony
  • 24 - 27 July: Main scientific program 
Open Calls
  • Invited Speakers: If you have not already submitted your talk to your symposium, please do so ASAP. The deadline was 20 April, 2023.  

ICCB may open a late breaking Call for Abstracts before the early bird registration deadline. Login to your ICCB Profile Page to access the modules to submit your proposal / abstract for ICCB 2023. 

ICCB One-Talk, One Poster Rule

Attendees may present one talk and one poster. This rule applies to contributed sessions and invited talks in symposia. For example, an invited speaker in a symposium may not present an oral or speed talk in a contributed session, and vice versa. If you give a poster presentation and a talk, the presentations must be on different, unrelated research projects. You may not submit more than two abstracts total (one for a talk and one for a poster). Questions? See the FAQ below on abstract submission and the one-talk, one poster rule. 

ICCB also follows a one-proposal rule. You may not submit more than one proposal total (ie select one category between symposia, roundtable discussion, training course, or workshop).

ICCB 2023 Session Types

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 are 90-minutes and the most common session type at ICCB. Regular symposia feature five 12-minute talks, each followed by three-minute question and answer, and include a 15-minute general discussion period.  
  • Extended Symposia are 180-minutes and require a special justification. Extended symposia break after 90-minutes and regroup at the start of the next parallel session. They feature ten 12-minute talks, each followed by a three-minute question and answer, and include a 30-minute general discussion period. The symposium organizer decides on how to schedule the 30-minutes of general discussion (i.e. split evenly between the first and second part of the symposium or held entirely within the first or second part of the symposium, etc)
  • Symposia with Roundtable Discussion are 180-minutes and combine a regular symposium (part 1) with a roundtable discussion (part 2). Symposia with roundtable discussion allow for a deep and broad introduction of a topic in the first 90-minutes (structured like a regular symposium) followed by the development of tangible and actionable outputs in the 90-minute roundtable discussion period. 

Download the Guidelines and Expectations for ICCB 2023 Symposium Organizers.

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 typically have a smaller number of participants (10-30 maximum) than training courses or workshops. Roundtable Discussions take place 22-23 July and at lunchtime during the main scientific program (24-27 July). They may require a separate fee for participants in addition to the congress registration fee.

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 2023 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 three full days (8 hours each day) and take 22-23 July and at lunchtime during the main scientific program (24-27 July). They may require a separate fee for participants in addition to the congress registration fee.

Workshops, whether geared toward students or professionals, are more interactive than training courses and often have an educational / technical component. Workshops share an approach, scientific finding, or technology that provides practical solutions for conservation challenges.

Workshops may last up to three full days and take place  22-23 July and at lunchtime during the main scientific program (24-27 July). They may require a separate fee for participants in addition to the congress registration fee.

Contributed Presentations
Contributed presentations are grouped into sessions by topic and are scheduled in 90-minute sessions. Abstracts for contributed presentations should be no more than 250 words. 

  • 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 presented in 12-minutes in length, followed by a three-minute question and answer period with the audience.  
  • 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 conducted in 5-minutes or less and feature a brief audience Q&A.  
  • 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. 

FAQ on the One-Talk, One-Poster Rule / Abstract Submission Limit

What is the One-Talk, One-Poster Rule? 
Attendees are limited to one talk total (this includes oral and speed talks in contributed sessions and invited talks in symposia) and one poster presentation total. 

How many abstracts may I submit for ICCB? 
You may submit one abstract for a contributed talk (select between oral or speed talk) and one abstract for a poster (provided the research in your abstract for the talk and poster are from different research projects - see next FAQ).

I'm presenting a talk and a poster at ICCB. Can I use the same research for both presentations? 
No. If you present a talk and a poster, the research presented must be from different research projects. 

I'm an invited speaker in a symposium. May I also present an oral or speed talk in a contributed session? 
No. An invited speaker in a symposium is not allowed to present a talk in a contributed session (and vice versa).

May I submit an abstract for an oral talk and a speed talk? 
No. Please select the type of talk that works best for you. See the difference between an oral and speed talk here.