International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB)

The International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) is hosted by the Society for Conservation Biology.  Since in 2011, ICCB has been held biennially in odd years.  Although the conference has usually held in July, more recently is has been held in other months (e.g. December 2011, August 2015).  Check their website for details about upcoming conference dates.

Description: The interdisciplinary ICCB is recognized as one of the most important international meetings for conservation professionals and students; ICCB meetings connect the global community of conservation professionals and serve as a major networking event for anyone interested in conservation.  Past symposia have included such diverse topics as: the population biology of invasive species; global amphibian decline; how to integrate conservation research into policy; indigenous communities and conservation; comparing marine and terrestrial ecosystems–implications for conservation theory and practice; the application of top predator distribution to the design and efficacy of reserves; and real-world social and economic solutions to preserve biodiversity. 

SCB also hosts regional section meetings in even years (when the full ICCB is not being held); these can be a more cost-efficient solution for students unable to attend an international ICCB meeting.  Some of the working groups within SCB are of particular interest: the Social Science Working Group and the Working Group for Ecological Economics and Sustainability Science.

World Congress of Rural Sociology, hosted by the International Rural Sociology Association

The conference is usually in June or August, approximately every four years.  Check their website for upcoming conference dates. 

Description: The objectives of IRSA include fostering the development of rural sociology, furthering the application of sociological inquiry to the improvement of the quality of rural life, and providing a mechanism whereby rural sociologists can generate dialogue and useful exchange.  The theme of the 2016 XIV World Congress is the connections and complexities shaping the prospects for sustainable and just rural transitions in the present era of crisis and change.


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