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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 www.scbnacongress.org.
SCB North America is co-sponsoring the Biennial Conference on Science in the Colorado Plateau, which occurs Oct 6-8 in Flagstaff Arizona. This is a great opportunity for learning about the latest conservation science in the southwest and meeting conservation practitioners from many sectors (agency, academia, and non-profits).
The 13th Biennial Conference Agenda is now available and includes sessions organized by SCBNA.
REGISTRATION: Discounted Early Registration ends September 15, 2015! Special discount for students. REGISTER NOW!
MONDAY EVENING SPEAKER: Curt Stager, author of Deep Future and more recently Your Atomic Self, will give the long-term view of climate change impacts in his talk, “Climate Whiplash: What Happens After Global Warming?”– An evening with Curt Stager is made possible by the generous support of the NAU School of Forestry (Admission is free and the public is welcome)! PRESENTATION
MONDAY WORKSHOP: Fighting Drought with Fire. Organized by Phillip van Mantgem, USGS, and Donald Falk, University of Arizona, this workshop will provide information on current and planned research, gather manager research on planned projects, and identify key knowledge gaps ! WORKSHOP
COLORADO RIVER FIELD TRIP: Learn about the Colorado River & adaptive management while enjoying the company of experts on a float trip! FIELD TRIP
COME SAY HI: If you attend the conference, please drop by the SCBNA booth to say hello!
This is shaping up to be the BEST Biennial Conference yet and we hope to see YOU in October!