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By Lisa Elby, posted on September 19, 2013

NACCB 2014: Challenging Conservation Boundaries

As conservation biologists develop new techniques, improve our understanding of biological questions, tackle novel problems, and work to solve continuing issues, we have to challenge some of the traditional boundaries that can impede effective conservation in an ever-changing world. Conservationists need to reach across cultural, ownership, political, and disciplinary boundaries to work together to address conservation challenges at appropriate scales.
    
Our goal for NACCB 2014: Challenging Conservation Boundaries is to bring together people for plenary panels to highlight areas where conservation biologists are challenging traditional conservation boundaries and working across cultural boundaries, landownership, national boundaries and moving our conservation science into action. Panels will highlight lessons learned from successes and failures in their experiences to start the dialogue.  Specific case studies and approaches will be highlighted in subsequent symposia.  
 
In addition, this Congress will feature numerous symposia, concurrent sessions, workshops, trainings/short courses, field trips, and social events. Symposia topics will include such diverse topics as these: The role for genomics in conservation; Communicating across cultural boundaries; Changing demographics of North America: implications for conservation; The role of private lands in imperiled species management; Conservation and energy development; and Science and social change: promoting transformation.
 
We are currently accepting proposals for Workshops, Short Courses, and Symposia. We will begin accepting proposal submissions on September 16, 2013. Proposals must be submitted by October 31, 2013.  The call for abstracts will be out this fall and abstract submissions and registration will open in mid-December.
 
Visit our website and find out more about the meetings and the location. We have blocks of rooms booked at local hotels that are walking distance to the meeting and downtown for $114/night.  If you are really on a budget, stay in the dorms for $27 to 40/night and be right on campus where the meeting is happening and walking distance to downtown events. 
 
Montana is a great place to vacation, so plan to spend some extra time here and see our countries treasures – Glacier and Yellowstone National Park!
 
To learn more about the meeting please visit the NACCB 2014 website - www.scbnacongress.org