Symposia, Short Courses, and Workshops


This call is now closed.  Organizers will be notified if their proposal is accepted during the week of December 14-18.  All speakers within accepted symposia must submit an abstract by the January 20th Close of the Call for Presentations.  Details will follow.

Short Courses & Workshop abstract updates are now closed. 

Accepted Symposia abstract updates are now closed. 


Proposals for Symposia, Short Courses, and Workshops are now invited for the 3rd North American Congress for Conservation Biology meeting, the theme of which is, Communicating Science for Conservation Action. The conference will be held in Madison, Wisconsin July 17-20, 2016, with associated short courses, workshops, and events occurring on July 16, 17, & 21.  You will be updated on the status of your proposal by mid-December 2015.

Choosing a Category for your Proposal

Please think carefully about the category that best meets your goals. Your proposal will only be considered for the category you choose. When you have chosen a category, click on the corresponding linked description below to learn more about the submission process.

SYMPOSIA consist of a series of formal presentations on a common theme, sometimes followed by a panel discussion, with more limited opportunity for interaction with the audience. Symposia are generally included in the three primary days of the meeting (main scientific program) and are scheduled concurrent with contributed papers.

WORKSHOPS, whether geared toward students or professionals, are more interactive than symposia and often have an educational component. To minimize conflict with symposia and contributed paper sessions, workshops will be scheduled for the days before or after the main scientific program.

SHORT COURSES offer training in topics of key relevance to the practice of conservation for students or any other professionals. Preference will be given to proposals that address tools or concepts that course participants can easily share with others.


Criteria for Selection


We encourage proposals that prioritize diversity among invited speakers and organizers, from individuals or groups involved in cutting edge conservation science or practice. Proposals should demonstrate concordance with the goals of the Society for Conservation Biology, which are:

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.

To increase the probability that your proposal will be selected, please consider the following criteria carefully: 

  • Scientific merit of the proposal:  cutting edge conservation science and quality of science
  • Application to conservation
  • Overall coherence of the session and logical linkage between the individual presentations
  • Clear focus on any of the following; science, management, policy, education, or a coherent linkage among these 4 areas
  • Broad or specific relevance to the meeting theme, Communicating Science for Conservation Action
  • Relevance to North American conservation issues
  • Novelty of the topic
  • Diversity among invited speakers and organizers

Responsibilities of Session Organizers


Organizers for all session types are responsible for coordinating with the Program Committee, planning their sessions, selecting instructors/presenters, moderating their sessions, and meeting all deadlines. Presenters in accepted symposia sessions must submit abstracts through the Call for Abstracts (November 6, 2015-January 20, 2016). Please mark these dates on your calendar! 

Individuals may not submit more than one proposal for a symposium, short course, or workshop.  Each proposal will be reviewed by at least two individuals who will have access to all information contained in the proposal.

Author registration deadline: All organizers, instructors, invited speakers, and attendees of accepted proposals must register for the conference by the early registration deadline.

Financial support: It is the responsibility of organizers of symposia, short courses, and workshops to ensure any expenses are covered, including invited speakers or invited participants. NACCB and the Local Organizing Committee are not responsible for obtaining funds to support speaker travel to the meeting. Short courses and workshops can include a registration fee for participants to cover expenses.  Preference may be given to proposals for which organizers can demonstrate that funds are likely to be available.

Proposal Submission and Requirements


All proposals must be submitted through the online submission site hosted by XCD. Requirements of each session type are noted in the corresponding links to Symposia, Shortcourses, and Workshops above.

Important Dates

April 25 2016

Early Bird reg closes & Final Call for LaRoe award nominees 

May 6 2016

Exhibitor registration 50-word abstract due for the program! 

May 31 2016

Field trip, Short course & Workshop reg closes 

June 13 - June 17, 2016

BONUS WEEK! Field tripShort course & Workshop reopens

April 26 - June 30, 2016

Late registration

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