IMCC7 in Cape Town, South Africa: Call for Proposals & Plenary Speakers

The Society for Conservation Biology Marine Program (SCBMarine) is excited to announce that IMCC7 will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from October 13-18, 2024. Join us to help Make Marine Science Matter !

To conserve our oceans, we need all hands-on deck – a vibrant research community connected to and collaborating with policymakers, ocean users, and resource managers. At the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC), scientists and practitioners come together to share research, tools, and lessons learned that further our understanding of marine science and policy. With over 800 delegates in attendance, IMCC is the single largest gathering of ocean conservationists in the world. The meeting brings together those from many walks of life, including but not limited to researchers, regulators, fishers, educators, artists, students and journalists.

To submit, please visit this website, where Society for Conservation Biology members can log in, or you can submit without being an SCB member.

Plenary Speaker Nominations

IMCC7 is accepting nominations for Plenary Speakers!

The International Marine Conservation Congress has a rich tradition of thought-provoking and dynamic plenary talks. For the upcoming 7th International Marine Conservation Congress, we are giving the marine conservation community the chance to nominate possible plenary speakers. We are looking for speakers who have made a major contribution to the science or practice of ocean conservation and have insights to share with the global marine conservation community in an engaging way. Talks that are broadly relevant to a global audience of scientists and practitioners, and especially contributions in an African context, will be given priority. Speakers can be at any career stage. Self-nominations are permitted.

Submit your nominations here.

Proposal submissions and plenary nominations are due Friday, February 9th, and regular talk submissions will open soon after.


IMCC7 Submission Deadline Extended for Symposia, Workshops, and Focus Groups

The deadline for submitting proposals for workshops, focus groups, and symposia has been extended to February 22nd.

Workshops are meant to teach participants a professional development skill, and focus groups are meant to gather a team of experts together for a focused discussion. Both occur before the main IMCC meeting. Symposia are thematically focused groups of talks about the same general topic that take place during the main IMCC meeting. Learn more about workshops, focus groups, and symposia here.

To submit your proposals, please go here. You can sign in to IMCC7 using your SCB credentials. You have SCB credentials if you are a current or former member of the Society, or if you’ve previously created an account with SCB to submit an abstract or to register for ICCB 2021 / 2023. New to SCB? Create an account, and you’ll then be redirected to the IMCC site to submit.

Questions? Please email SCB Marine President and IMCC7 Co-Chair Shaili JohriScience Officer and IMCC7 Co-Chair David Shiffman or Secretary and IMCC7 Co-Chair Heather Penney




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