Contributed Presentations

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Submission of abstracts for oral, poster, and speed presentations is now open for the 2016 North America Congress for Conservation Biology, the theme of which is, Communicating Science for Conservation Action. The conference will be held in Madison, Wisconsin July 17-20, 2016. 

The scientific program will include plenary sessions, invited symposia, workshops, organized discussions, short courses, poster sessions, and concurrent sessions of contributed oral presentations and speed presentations.  Due to the high level of attendance expected at the meeting and, consequently, limited time and space for oral presentations; poster and speed presentations are strongly encouraged.

Criteria for selection

To increase the probability that your abstract will be accepted in your preferred presentation format, please consider the following criteria carefully:

  1. Scientific merit
  2. Application to conservation biology
  3. Clarity of presentation (e.g. abstract begins with a clear statement of an issue and ends with a substantive conclusion)

All presenting authors must register for the meeting by the early registration deadline of April 25, 2016

All presenters are responsble for following NACCB participation policies



  • Individuals are limited to presenting only ONE presentation.  Individuals can present in either a symposium or contributed oral presentation, speed presentation, or poster presentation. If your name appears on more than one abstract, make sure you are listed as the presenter for only one of them. Oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes: 12 minutes for presentation and 3 minutes for questions.
  • Contributed oral presentations will be grouped by topic. Please choose from the list of general topic areas below.  This will assist us in selecting an appropriate session for your presentation.
  • If your abstract is accepted but cannot be accommodated as an oral presentation, we may offer you the opportunity to present a poster or a speed talk.
  • All oral presentation rooms will be equipped with AV equipment (computer and projector). Detailed information and instructions on presentations at the meeting will be available to presenters in advance of the meeting.


  • Poster presenters will receive general instructions on poster format in the email notification of acceptance.
  • Posters will be displayed prominently and special sessions dedicated to posters will allow in-depth discussion between authors and attendees.


  • If you would like your presentation to lead to an extended conversation with colleagues who are specifically interested in your work, you may wish to submit an abstract for a speed presentation.
  • Speakers will be given four (4) minutes at the beginning of the session to present their key ideas and results.  After speakers have presented, the rest of the session will be spent interacting with the audience in different areas of the room.
  • To participate in the speed presentations, simply submit an abstract according to the standard guidelines and indicate that you would like your abstract to be considered for a speed presentation.
  • If your abstract is accepted for a speed presentation, you will be notified by the Local Organizing Committee and asked to prepare a four-minute presentation instead of a traditional (15-minute) presentation.
  • If your abstract is not accepted for a speed presentation, it still will be considered for a traditional oral presentation or poster.

Guidelines for Abstract Submission

Abstracts should be submitted for all individuals planning on presenting in any format including, oral, speed, and poster presentations as well as for symposia.  Symposia proposals have previously been reviewed.  If your abstract is part of an accepted symposium, please indicate this on the submission form. (Decisions on accepted symposia will be made in December 2015).

Please follow the instructions carefully, including all requested information and formatting. After you submit your abstract, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to verify your abstract. It is your responsibility to verify that ALL information submitted is complete and correct. If you notice errors or omissions, please contact Tricia Fry at   No changes will be made after the abstract submission deadline.  You will be asked to include the following during the submission process:

  1. Your preferred presentation format (traditional oral, speed, or poster presentation).
  2. Whether your presentation has been invited for a symposium, if so please indicate which one.
  3. Abstract title: Please do not only use upper case, but use both upper and lower case.  Titles are limited to 150 characters.
  4. Abstract:  Abstracts may not exceed 1,000 characters (approximately 150 words), including spaces.  Begin with a clear statement of the topic or objectives, give brief methods and major results, and end with a substantive conclusion.  Do not use vague statements such as “results will be discussed.”  It is the responsibility of the author to verify the information submitted and to correct any errors or omissions before the submission deadline.
  5. If appropriate, please note if you are participating in the student award contest (details below): Name, field, type of degrees (MS/PhD), and graduation year.

Topic areas: Choose up to two topics from each of the areas pertaining to your abstract.  Topics are listed below:

 Abstract Review and Notice of Decision

Abstracts will be evaluated on timeliness of the subject, importance to the profession and/or contribution to science, and the overall quality of the written abstract.  Applicants will be notified whether their abstracts have been accepted or deferred by mid March 2015.

Please direct any questions related to Tricia Fry,



SCB Student Awards recognize the best of the best in student presentations. Both oral and poster presentations are eligible for this award. Student award candidates (restricted to 15-minute oral presentations and posters; no speed presentations) must submit two (2) abstracts. The first abstract is the same as the general call for contributed papers.  The second abstract is an extended abstract (details below). Extended abstract reviewers will determine nominations for live judging of presentations based on scientific merit, overall clarity of the abstract, and fulfillment of the requirements/instructions described below.

BOTH abstracts should be submitted online by January 20th, 2016 and formatted according to the instructions provided.

Extended abstracts that are not submitted according to the guidelines below will not be accepted. In recent years, the rejection rate has been approximately 85%. Abstracts have been rejected simply because these instructions were not followed. Extended abstract instructions are as follows:

  • Presentation title
  • Names and complete contact information for all authors and the roles of each author if you have two or more authors on the abstract you are submitting
  • Length should be between 500 and 800 words
  • The abstract should have one key figure or table.  No more than 1 figure or table is allowed.  The figure or table legend may not exceed 50 words.
  • Expected date of MS or PhD degree to be earned 
  • Current students and students with a graduation date of July 10, 2016 or later are eligible to apply.

For additional questions, contact:

*We recommend working offline and pasting your abstract text into the submission form when you are ready to submit.  This form does not auto-save.


Important Dates

June 17, 2016

Field tripShort course & Workshop reg. closes 

April 26 - June 30, 2016

Late registration 

July 17 - 20, 2016

NACCB 2016! (on-site registration opens) 


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