Whether geared toward students or professionals, workshops are more interactive than symposia and often have a co-learning, educational component. To minimize conflict with symposia and contributed paper sessions, workshops will usually be scheduled for the days before or after the main scientific program (July 16, 17, & 21, 2022)(scheduling as per logistics and travel constraints, but dates finalized on session acceptance), but there is some limited availability for short workshops during lunch breaks of the main program days (July 18-20, 2022). Sessions should be aimed at development of professional skills in topics of key relevance to the practice of conservation.
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:
Workshop title (150 character limit)
Organizer(s) name, affiliation and title
Duration – between 1.25 hours – 16 hours
Preferred Day(s) for hosting workshop
Proposed theme and justification for why the topic is appropriate and significant for a workshop (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 a list of proposed topics and a list of confirmed speakers/presenters (with affiliation and field of work) and contact information. (850 word limit)
Maximum number of participants
Tweetable abstract (less than 240 characters) (optional – to help us in advertising your session)
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. Applicants in the 2nd ‘bonus’ round will be notified in March 2022. We encourage proposals that prioritize diversity among invited speakers and organizers, from individuals or groups involved in cutting edge conservation science or practice. Broad or specific relevance to the conference theme, Restoring Connections and Building Resilience in a Changed World, is encouraged but not a selection criterion for workshops.
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
Opportunity for professional skills development in key conservation topics
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.
Important: Session organizers will be provided with AV package options and pricing upon acceptance of a proposal. Organizers are responsible for covering all AV, catering, and additional equipment/printing costs. Organizers can cover catering and AV costs (orders will be placed by SCBNA) by charging a registration fee for the workshop. SCBNA will not be able to distribute remaining funds to organizers. The conference committee will work with organizers to determine an appropriate price level for registration, and minimum number of attendees. Organizers may instead choose to cover these costs via sponsorship or other means if obtained. Costs beyond AV and catering must be covered in a manner separate from registration fees. If a workshop does not obtain the minimum number of attendees required to cover costs, the session may need to be cancelled. The conference committee will inform organizers of such an event in a timely manner.