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.