NACCB will accept symposia proposals for 1.5 hours to 2 hours.
Presentation length must be in multiples of 15 minutes. We will accept both ignite talks (two 7-minute slots w/ 1 minute of transition between speakers) and regular length talks (15 minute slots) so that the timing of symposium presentations can be coordinated with contributed paper sessions. We highly recommend leaving time at the end of the symposium open for panel discussion and audience Q&A (in multiples of 15 minutes).
Author Abstract rule: If your proposal is accepted, all symposium speakers will be required to submit an abstract during the call for abstracts; please coordinate with your authors, according to the call for abstracts and early registration deadlines.
Please Note: While we are excited to host our first in-person meeting since 2018, the NACCB 2022 organizing committee is also exploring hybrid options that will allow for some virtual participation. We recognize that 2022 plans are fluid for many folks and that the pandemic and other challenges will influence preferences around virtual and in-person participation at NACCB 2022. At this time, we encourage proposal submissions regardless of format preference, and we will work with organizers of accepted proposals as hybrid planning progresses.
Proposals must contain the following information:
Symposium title (150 character limit)
Organizer(s) name, affiliation and title
Co-organizer(s) if applicable (name and email address)
Desired duration of session: 1.5 hours or 2 hours .
Proposed theme and justification for why the topic is appropriate and significant for this conference with consideration (broad or specific relevance) to the theme, Restoring Connections & Building Resilience in a Changed World (300 word limit)
An abstract describing the session. This abstract will be used to advertise the session. (300 word limit)
Detailed description of the session including overall structure along with a list of proposed talks and confirmed speakers/presenters (with affiliation and field of work)
Confirmation of session moderator(s) with contact information provided
You will be asked to provide 3 keywords to assist in reviewing and placement of proposals
Tweetable abstract (less than 280 characters) (Optional – to help in advertising the session)
List of confirmed speakers in the order they will be presenting
The symposium submission form includes other optional fields for the organizer’s consideration.
Criteria for Selection All proposals will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers selected by the NACCB 2022 Scientific Program Committee. Applicants will be notified about the status of their proposals and any requested revisions by early winter 2021. We encourage proposals that prioritize diversity among invited speakers and organizers, from individuals or groups involved in cutting edge conservation science or practice.
To increase the probability that your proposal will be selected, please consider the following criteria carefully:
Merit of the proposal: contributing to the field of conservation, quality of the work
Overall coherence of the session and logical linkage between the individual presentations
Broad or specific relevance to the meeting theme, Restoring Connections & Building Resilience in a Changed World
Relevance to North American conservation issues
Novelty of the topic
Diversity among invited speakers and organizers
Demonstrated concordance with at least one of the four goals of the Society for Conservation Biology North America: science, management, policy, education, or a coherent linkage among these 4 areas, described below:
Conservation Science – The scientific research and knowledge needed to understand and conserve biological diversity is identified, funded, completed, disseminated and applied to research, management and policy.
Conservation Management – Conservation practitioners and managers are provided the scientific information and recommendations needed to conserve biological diversity at all scales.
Policy – Policy decisions of major international conventions, governments, organizations, and foundations, are effectively informed and improved by the highest quality scientific counsel, analysis, and recommendations so as to advance the conservation of biological diversity.
Education – Education, training, and capacity-building programs, including but not restricted to content focused on communications & behavior change are identified, strengthened, and developed to inform the public, education leaders, and support current and future generations of conservation scientists and practitioners.
We appreciate your flexibility in some cases as we may need to reduce the allocated time of a proposed symposium for scheduling purposes. We will communicate any anticipated changes as soon as possible to session organizers.