Questions and Answers about NACCB2016

NACCB2016 Chair Jamie Hogberg answers questions about the upcoming conference:

What’s in store for next year’s NACCB in Madison, Wisconsin (especially for those who have never been to one)?

We have a great lineup of events and speakers for NACCB 2016, and are excited to receive proposals for symposia, workshops, and short courses. We’re focused on content related to conservation science, management, policy, and education, and this year we will especially highlight the importance of communicating science to achieve conservation goals.  We want this conference to be an open platform to grow and foster collaborative relationships among conservation professionals, journalists, researchers, and students.

Why was Wisconsin picked for the conference?

Wisconsin has deep roots in conservation, once home to pioneers like Aldo Leopold, John Muir, and Gaylord Nelson. Today, we expand on this foundation with high impact research coming from the University of Wisconsin, collaboration with communities, non-profit, and governmental partnerships to support conservation initiatives in our state, and promote the Wisconsin Idea inside and beyond state & national borders.  We have some noteworthy SCB benchmarks to celebrate in 2016 too, being 25 years since the international meeting was hosted here in Madison, and 30 years since the incorporation of SCB as a Society!

Who should come to these meetings? What is the conference’s main themes and what are you hoping to accomplish with the NACCB?

Anyone and everyone interested in learning and building networks in conservation in North America and beyond!  Many conference attendees will present on research and work from all over the globe, and we look forward to hearing from a diversity of scientists, practitioners, students, and teachers working in conservation biology.  Our theme this year is “Communicating Science for Conservation Action.” For us, that means many things, and includes identifying and advancing skills in scientific communication. How do we develop and engage with a broader and more inclusive audience? How do we promote behavior change that protects and sustains natural resources within the context of a community? How do we reach policy-makers and put positive change into action? Our theme also celebrates the longstanding SCB tradition of communicating ideas and building partnerships within the congress, around a variety of conservation-related issues. We hope to see attendees walk away feeling empowered, inspired, and ready to put new skill sets into action in their own work.

Can you give us a sneak peek into speakers, field trips and any other surprises?

I certainly can. Thanks to all for your patience as we release this info on our website and social media. It takes more than a village to plan and run a conference! A few of many highlights to look forward to include our keynote and plenary sessions that will span multiple topics and conservation disciplines, while converging on our theme of science communications, to name a few of the speakers: Dietram Scheufele, Drew Lanham, and Francis Beineke.

In addition to scientific content at the congress, we encourage folks to get here early on Saturday before the conference to enjoy the nation’s largest farmers’ market around the capitol square, one block from the conference venue, Monona Terrace.  In addition to all of the fun things to do in Madison, we’ll have field trips to the famous Aldo Leopold Shack and International Crane Foundation in the Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin, opportunities to kayak, paddle board, and canoe in Madison’s Lakes and Rivers, (not to mention sunset boat cruises just outside the conference venue), a yoga, mindfulness, and sustainability-inspired field trip, visits to the UW Arboretum (home to the world’s first restored prairie), and lots more to come!

SCBNA and Smith Fellows statement on danger of microbeads helps in passage of law banning their use

A recent policy statement written by SCB’s Smith Fellows, and endorsed by SCB North America, on the risks that microbeads (plastic particles commonly found in cosmetics) pose to biota and the environment, has helped achieve passage of a bill (AB888) restricting use of microbeads in California.  More on the story here.


A few news items from SCBNA

News from the North America Section of SCB

  • North America Section to Sponsor Conference on Science and Management
    The North America Section is proud to sponsor the 13th Biennial Conference of Science & Management on the Colorado Plateau & Southwest Region. The meeting theme is Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Assess and Respond to Climatic, Social and Technological Changes. The meeting runs from October 5-8. Click here to register and to learn more about the meeting.
  • Bring NACCB 2018 to Your Area
    Interested in bringing the next North America Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) to your neck of the woods? Contact us to learn how to prepare a bid. NACCBs require a venue that can hold 1,200 attendees. We prioritize meetings in cities that have active SCB Chapters or who are interested in forming a Chapter. Hosting a meeting is a great way to further development of the science and practice of conservation biology in your region.
  • Strength in Numbers: Join SCB NA
    Did you know that all members of SCB can join up to two Sections for free? If you’re not already in the North America Section, please join us. It’s easy to do. You’ll get access to our newsletter and opportunities available to Section members and elevate the voice of conservation science in North America. Join today!
  • SCB NA Board Welcomes New Board Members 
    As of the 2015 Section election, SCB NA has added a greater variety of expertise to our board as well as more representation from Canadian members. See who is on the board here.
  • SCB NA Wants your input on the Section’s Strategic Plan
    SCB NA is preparing it’s first-ever Section strategic plan to guide its work through 2020. Section leaders are seeking comments from SCB NA membership on the draft plan. View the plan here. Submit your feedback via the email forumon the NA Section Blog.

NACCB 2016: Call for Proposals

Check out new information of NACCB 2016’s Call for Proposals at NACCB 2016: Call for Proposals

SCB and ESA receive NSF Award to seed new Network for Next Generation Careers

The Ecological Society of America, in partnership with the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), will create a new network of prospective employers, faculty and professional societies over the next eighteen months with a $48,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The Next Generation Careers – Innovation in Environmental Biology Education (NGC) incubator project will explore undergraduate college career progression into environmental biology, including fields such as ecology, evolution, conservation, and natural resource management. Source: ESA receives NSF Award to seed new Network for Next Generation Careers | Ecological Society of America

Peer review, preprints and the speed of science

Stephen Curry: Peer review, supposedly the guarantor of the quality of scientific papers, is in trouble. Preprints offer a way out

Source: Peer review, preprints and the speed of science

Call for proposals now open for SCBNA’s 2016 conference!

As scientists and practitioners working to address the conservation challenges facing the planet, we know it is not enough to engage in groundbreaking research. We also have the responsibility to communicate beyond our field in ways that inspire action, change policy, and engage diverse communities. We are faced with the challenge of developing innovative solutions to environmental and social issues that will translate across disciplines within and outside of the scientific community. The 2016 North American congress will highlight the importance of integrating successful communication strategies into our work. In order to move from research to action, we must communicate across boundaries to encourage and empower diverse communities working to sustain the Earth’s biological and cultural diversity, and to implement the policy changes that make this possible.

Through numerous plenaries, symposia, concurrent sessions, workshops, short courses and field trips, we will advance discourse in many conservation disciplines, from biological to social sciences. The 2016 congress will provide an open platform to foster collaborative partnerships, and to create and adapt emerging ideas, technologies, and methods in conservation science.

The third North American Congress for Conservation Biology will play an important role in advancing science and stimulating conservation action through effective dialogue and far-reaching engagement. This bi-annual Congress in North America is critical to our success as conservation professionals.

We are currently accepting proposals for Workshops, Short Courses, and Symposia. Proposals must be submitted by November 6, 2015.  The call for abstracts will go out this fall, open for submissions in November. Conference registration will open in early winter.

Visit our website and find out more about the meeting and the location. Please stay tuned as we update the site with details on the congress. We have blocks of rooms booked at local hotels that are walking, bussing, and biking distance to the meeting and downtown. For those on a tighter budget, we will have dorm options available until filled.  UW-Madison dorms are also a short walk, bus, or bike ride away from the Monona Community and Convention Center, where the conference will be held.

Wisconsin living in the summertime is tough to beat. Plan to spend some extra time here and see our state’s plethora of parks, state natural areas, and summer time traditions. To learn more about the meeting please visit the NACCB 2016 website at

The Monona Conference Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Monona Conference Center in Madison, Wisconsin.