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Join us at #IMCC4 

30 July - 3 August 2016 • St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (YYT)

To conserve the world’s oceans we must go beyond science, and use it to inform policy and management, and ultimately to catalyze change. The Society for Conservation Biology's International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.

Online registration is closed. Please see the announcement below for registration options.

IMCCs are organized by the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology.



Online Schedule

The online schedule of presentations and sessions is ready! You can view presentation times, sessions, highlighted events, search for content, and more in the IMCC4 Online Program. Presenters and session organizers, please review your information in the online program.

Information on the IMCC4 mobile app will be available later this month.

IMCC4 Shuttle

The full IMCC4 Shuttle Schedule (30 July through 4 August) is available. Each day, the schedule is different. Please make note of times under each date. Please also check out maps of the Delta Conference Centre and the Memorial University dorms with the shuttle stops denoted. All IMCC4 shuttles should have a sign in the window denoting it is for our conference. If you do not see a sign, please ask the driver to make sure you are getting on the correct bus. 

Buses will leave each location on time to maintain the schedule.

Remember to Pack...

Thinking about what to bring to IMCC 2016? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Reusable water bottle / travel mug to use throughout the conference. You can also purchase reusable cups locally from the nearby Rocket Bakery.
  • Bag to use throughout the conference
  • Pens/notepad (if you like to use one)
  • Phones and mobile devices: WIFI is free for all delegates in the conference centre and it'll be useful to check the app and website for program updates
  • Plenty of excitement and enthusiasm!

IMCC4 Code of Conduct

All IMCC4 registrants, staff, organizers, exhibitors, and guests are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct. Please review the Code of Conduct prior to the conference.

Submit Questions for Plenaries via Twitter

All questions for the Q&A portions of plenary sessions (July 30, August 3, and August 4) will need to be submitted via Twitter. Tweet questions for plenaries @IMCC2016 and use #IMCC4. Questions will be selected live and moderated by the IMCC4 Communication Chair Edward Hind. You must be registered for OceansOnline to attend plenary talks by Easkey Britton and Andrew David Thaler on August 4.

Upload Your Talk

Instructions on saving and uploading spoken presentations in contributed sessions, speed sessions, and symposia have been added to the Presenter Info page. All talks must be saved according to the instructions and uploaded (prior to or during the Congress) no later than the day before your scheduled presentation. The Speaker Ready Room is in the Fortuna Bay Room in the Delta Conference Centre.


Ellen Hines is organizing an informal "LGBTQ Night" during the 4th International Marine Conservation Congress on Sunday, 31 July 2016. The intent is to provide a space of community for our LGBTQ colleagues and to promote diversity and inclusivity within the Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section. The current plan for the evening is to meet at 7:45pm at Mickey Quinn's, the restaurant at the Delta Conference centre, the IMCC4 conference venue.  As the venue is small, they have requested a limit of 30 attendees. Please rsvp to ehines@sfsu.edu.

Event Accessibility

Please visit the Special Events page for information on getting to IMCC4 Special Events. If you have questions, concerns, or require assistance getting to any of these events or around the conference centre for accessibility reasons, please do not hesitate to contact IMCC4 Diversity Chair Luli Martinzez, IMCC4 Chair Samantha Oester, and IMCC4 Local Chair Brett Favaro. If you have questions about accessible traveling or need assistance listening to talks, please also contact us.

For information on accessibility of various places around St. John's, view the Places To Go – St. John’s NL Accessibility Info pdf.

IMCC4 Gives Back

As part of the initiative to give back to our host community, IMCC4 is organizing a beach cleanup with MI Ocean Net on 27 July 2016. IMCC4 delegates can sign up to help clean up Middle Cove Beach by emailing IMCC4 Communication Co-Chair Keni Rienks.


Registration Options

The online registration system is closed. However, it’s not too late to register for IMCC, OceansOnline, or any of the pre-conference activities! 

If you already registered for IMCC4, but want to add pre-conference field trips, workshops, or focus groups, you can sign up by emailing Mary Lou Scarbrough.

If you need to register for IMCC4 before July 30, please complete the IMCC4 Registration pdf and email it to Mary Lou Scarbrough. Delegates who register between July 6 and on-site registration will receive late registration rates. To receive the registration discount for being a member of the Society for Conservation Biology, you will need to provide your SCB member number. This can be found by logging in to the member area of conbio.org. If you have not yet become a member of SCB, you can sign up online.

All other delegates who need to register after the online registration system has closed can register on-site at the Delta Conference starting July 30. For information on on-site registration fees, please see the Meeting Registration page. 

Presenter Info

Information for presenters, including presentation lengths and tips, can be found on the IMCC4 Presenter Information page. Information on the poster session, poster dimensions, and the local option for printing posters can be found here, as well.

OceansOnline Program Posted

Through hands-on training workshops for beginners and discussion panels aimed at experts, we will discuss how internet tools can help ocean scientists and conservationists with research, education and outreach in this optional add-on day to IMCC4 registration. OceansOnline will be held 4 August 2016. The program for can be found at the OceansOnline program page.


IMCC4 Code of Conduct

All IMCC4 registrants, staff, organizers, exhibitors, and guests are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct. Please review the Code of Conduct prior to the conference.


Special Events

Check out the IMCC4 Special Events, including event dates, times, descriptions, locations, and fees.  A full schedule of special events have been organized for socializing, learning, networking, and fun.


Field Trips

IMCC4 field trips include whale-watching, puffin-watching, and walking tours. For trip descirptions, visit the Field Trips page.


Program & Events Information

Descriptions of many IMCC4 sessions are available. You can view symposia, focus groups, workshopsshort coursespanel discussions, and marine movies.

The IMCC4 General Schedule pdf is also available for download. The general schedule can be viewed on the Program & Events page. The conference center floor plan is available here.


IMCC4 Commemorative Merchandise

Merchandise options are available to view on the IMCC4 Merchandise page. Online pre-orders have closed for merchandise. Pre-ordered merchandise may be picked up on site at the Delta Conference Centre IMCC4 merchandise desk during the conference. Merchandise may be purchased onsite, as well.


Canada Entry Requirements

Citizens of certain countries and territories need a visa to visit or transit Canada. Others may need an electronic travel authorization. Please be sure you are up-to-date on Canada's entry requirements, as some laws have recently changed. For more information, visit the Canada Entry page.


Bringing the Family

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, is a great spot for a family trip. History, culture, nature, the ocean—what more could you ask for? We're striving to make IMCC4 as family-friendly as possible. For general information, check out the Bringing the Family page.


Student Activities

The IMCC4 Student Activities Committee has planned several activities for students, including lunch events, workshops, social events, and a hiking fied trip. Students should also check out the rest of the program for other great content for students.


IMCC4 Blog

The IMCC4 Blog is accepting guest posts. Want to expand on the importance of your symposium, workshop, focus group, or facilitated discussion? Want to exclaim how much you love IMCCs? Want to discuss a featured theme of IMCC4? Write a guest blog post!

If you'd like to contribute to the IMCC4 blog, contact the IMCC4 Communication Committee.

The full blog can be viewed at the IMCC2016 WordPress site.


IMCC Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about abstract submission, presentations, and registration can be found on the IMCC FAQs page. More questions and answers will be added as we get closer to the dates of IMCC4.


IMCC4 Key Dates

Call for proposals opened: 30 September 2015
Call for proposals closed: 21 November 2015
Decisions on proposals: mid-December 2015

Call for abstracts opens: 5 January 2016
Call for abstracts closes: 14 March 2016
Decisions on abstracts: 11 April 2016

Early bird registration starts: 2 April 2016
Deadline for early bird registration: 8 May 2016
Deadline to register for delegates with an accepted abstract or proposal prior to the Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts: 8 May 2016
Start of regular registration: 9 May 2016
Deadline to register for delegates with an accepted abstract during the Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts: 30 June 2016
Deadline for regular registration: 6 July 2016
Start of late registration: 7 July 2016

Call for late-breaking news and abstracts: 1-22 May 2016

Pre-Congress workshops and activities: 28-29 July 2016

4th International Marine Conservation Congress: 30 July - 3 August 2016
IMCC4 presents OceansOnline: 4 August 2016

Post-Congress workshops and activities: 4-6 August 2016

*Dates are approximate and subject to change