2013 was a memorable year for SCB. In addition to welcoming a new president, the Society hosted a highly successful International Congress for Conservation Biology in Baltimore, Maryland that attracted more than 1,500 conservation professionals and students from 60+ nations. As we close the books on 2013, we have a lot to look forward to next year. Today we are busy building the budget for 2014, considering requests from Sections and Chapters as well as the costs of keeping SCB, complete with Conservation Biology and Conservation Letters, strong and growing into the future.
In 2014 SCB will be presenting, with the Sections and local organizing committees four (yes that is right, 4) conferences: Asia (with University of Nottingham in Melaka, Malaysia; 19-22 August, Oceania (with University of the South Pacific in Suva Fiji; 9-11 July), North America (with the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana, USA; 13-17 July), and the third International Marine Conservation Conference in Glasgow, Scotland; 14-19 August.
Together with SCB Executive Office in Washington, DC, each Section is raising sponsorship funds to help support the meetings, providing scientific panels for reviews of sessions, building plenaries, coordinating workshops and field trips, and organizing scholarships. If you have any suggestions for funding sources or sponsorship opportunities please let us know.
We will be work diligently in 2014 to make SCB an organization that works consistently and transparently across all Sections. Through conferences, publications, policy work, fellowships, and building membership opportunities, we will endeavor to define the difference that SCB makes for its members, and the broader conservation community, as well as those dependent upon intact ecosystems and ecological communities. <
For those of you living in the United States now is a perfect time to make a tax deductible donation to SCB. It is also a perfect time to suggest to your colleagues that they should become members of SCB. Also, please remember to vote in the upcoming SCB elections, join committees and let me know if you have great ideas for the future of SCB.
Best wishes for a great holiday season, wherever you are!