This year four of SCB's seven regional sections will convene congresses on conservation biology:
- Oceania: Suva, Fiji - 9-11 July
- North America: Missoula, Montana, USA - 13-16 July
- Marine: Glasgow, Scotland, UK - 14-19 August
- Asia: Melaka, Malaysia - 19-22 August
At these meetings, conservation professionals and students address regional biodiversity challenges, advance the communication of conservation science, and bridge the gap between science and policy at the local, regional, and international level.
"Resilient Island Ecosystems and Communities" is the theme for the Oceania meeting, which will be organized around topics like vulnerable ecosystems, communities and species; adaptive and community-based management of socio-ecological systems, and conservation in a changing Oceania.
The North America meeting is organized around the theme of "Challenging Conservation Boundaries" and will feature more than 50 symposia, workshops, short courses and trainings.
Making Science Matter is the theme for the Marine Section meeting, which will convene more than 1,000 marine conservation professionals and students to advance the science and practice of marine conservation and inform marine policy and management.
Finally, the Asia Section meeting is organized around issues like hunting and wildlife trade, ecosystem services, climate change, and the role of heritage management in nature conservation.
SCB encourages you to make these section congresses yours. By this we mean participate, not only by attending but also by assisting in the organization of the meetings. This can take the form of reviewing session requests, volunteering your time to offer workshops to students in technical and leadership subjects, fundraising, and promoting the meeting to your friends and colleagues.
SCB has proposals pending to many foundations to underwrite scholarships, workshops for students and early career professionals, and general operating support. The SCB Executive Office and the Local Organizing Committees are all trying to raise funds for these meetings. Please let us know in the Executive Office if you have ideas that will help in fundraising. SCB is trying to coordinate all fundraising efforts to maximize effectiveness.