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Photo A poster session at ICCB 2015 in Montpellier, France.

A poster session at ICCB 2015 in Montpellier, France.

Photo A discussion on post conflict conservation in Colombia during ICCB 2017.

A discussion on post conflict conservation in Colombia during ICCB 2017.

Photo ICCB will feature over 140 sessions during the main scientific program.

ICCB will feature over 140 sessions during the main scientific program.

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Open Calls 

Call for Symposia, Forums, Workshops and Training Courses

The call for symposia, forums, workshops and training courses is now open! The deadline to submit is 15 October, 2024. The call for abstracts will open in October 2024 and close in January 2025. 

To submit your proposals, please log in hereYou can sign in to the ICCB 2025 submission site using your SCB credentials. You have SCB credentials if you are a current or former member of the Society, or if you've previously created an account with SCB to submit an abstract or to register for ICCB 2021 / 2023. New to SCB? Create an account, and then you'll then be redirected to the ICCB site to submit.

Questions? Send an email to ICCBteam@conbio.org. 

ICCB 2025 Sessions Types

ICCB 2025 Program Schedule

  • 14-15 June (Saturday-Sunday): Pre-congress Sessions
  • 15 June (Sunday): Opening Keynote / Opening Ceremony
  • 16-19 June (Monday-Thursday): Main Scientific Program 
  • 20-21 June (Friday-Saturday): Post-congress sessions

Symposium Organizers

See our Frequently Asked Questions here. 


ICCB 2025 Presentation Sessions
ICCB 2025 Presentation Types
ICCB 2025 Pre-and-Post Congress and Lunchtime Interactive Sessions
Definitions of the Different Presentation Sessions
Symposia

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 the main scientific program:

  • Regular Symposia are 60-minute sessions that feature four 10-minute oral presentations, each followed by 2-minute question and answer, and include a 12-minute general discussion period (4x12 + 12 = 60). 
  • Speed talk Symposia are 60-minute sessions that feature ten 3-minute speed talks (3 + 1 mins question/turnover) with 20 minutes discussion at the end at separate breakout spaces/tables (10 x 4 + 20 = 60).
  • Extended Symposia are 120-minute sessions and require a special justification. They feature eight 10-minute oral presentations, each followed by 2-minute question and answer, and include a 24-minute general discussion period at the end (8x12 + 24 = 120).

To reduce language barriers for participants, we also accept proposals for bi-/multilingual symposia. This may include, for example, presentations in a non-English language, but we request that all presentations be accompanied by explanations in English (e.g., by providing English subtitles).

Contributed Sessions

Contributed sessions feature oral and/or speed talks that are grouped into 60-minute sessions by topic. Abstracts for contributed presentations should be no more than 250 words.

Definitions of the Different Presentation Types: 
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 10-minutes in length, followed by a 2-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 3-minutes with one minute for questions/changeover.  At the end of the session there is 20 minutes for breakout discussions at tables.

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. 


Language Accessibility

To reduce language barriers for participants, we are currently exploring a number of measures, including:

  • Setting up a mentoring scheme to find a mentor to help you prepare for your presentation
  • Developing guidelines for linguistically inclusive presentations
  • Providing a subscription to an AI English editing tool for conference participants
  • Live English subtitles for some oral presentations
  • Contributed sessions for presentations in any non-English language withinthe same session, with English captioning (as needed)

If you have specific requirements related to language accessibility, please get in touch with us as early as possible so we can work together to facilitate your participation.

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 on abstract submission and the one-talk, one poster rule. 

Proposal Rule 

You may submit a maximum of two proposals across four ICCB session types (symposia, workshops, training courses, forums). However, you may only submit one proposal per category. For example, you can submit one proposal for a symposium and one for a workshop, but not two proposals for symposia. 

Definitions of the Different Interactive Sessions
Forums

Forums 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. Forums are meant for discussion, collaboration, brainstorming, etc. They are not meant to consist of a series of presentations.

Forums typically have a smaller number of participants (10-30 maximum) than training courses or workshops. Forums immediately before or after ICCB  (14-15; 20-22) and at lunchtime during the main scientific program (16-19 June). They may require a separate fee for participants in addition to the congress registration fee.  These will be held at universities in Brisbane.

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 2025 prioritizes training courses that advance capacity for conservation action in Oceania, 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 place before and after the main scientific program or at lunchtime during the main scientific program (16-19 June). They may require a separate fee for participants in addition to the congress registration fee. These will be held at universities in Brisbane.

Workshops

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 (8 hours each day) and take place before and after the main scientific program or at lunchtime during the main scientific program (16-19 June). They may require a separate fee for participants in addition to the congress registration fee. These will be held at universities in Brisbane.

FAQ 

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. You can give a talk and a poster, but only if the topics are different. 

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.