Dear future delegates,
Welcome back to the official blog of the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC). Over the next year, we’ll be using this outlet to share everything from logistical information for attending the fifth iteration of the congress, to research on issues that will be in focus at the meeting, to how you can get a traditional Bornean tattoo as part of your attendance experience!
As your extremely honored Congress Chair, I’m more than excited to be part of the Organizing Committee for the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) that will be welcoming you to the wonderful city of Kuching, Malaysia in June 2018. We have a huge responsibility to make the meeting every bit as productive for you as the first four IMCCs. That’s something we’re all working very hard on and that you’ll undoubtedly hear more about on this blog over the coming months.
The IMCC5 Congress Chair moderating IMCC4 plenary questions (Image: Keni Rienks)
We’re also entering new era where it is expected that scientific conferences focus on making an impact beyond the walls of a convention center. That is a challenge we want, and intend, to rise to. In addition to working on initiatives to increase the range of delegates attending IMCC5 , we’ve appointed our first ever IMCC Impact Chair. They will be working on making sure the congress has a local impact above the money you spend on hotels, food, and drink. You will here more about our impact work on this blog in the very near future.
And, don’t worry. Our new initiatives will not come at the expense of what you already like about IMCCs. Plenary speakers selection is well under way, our scientific program will be as diverse and as extensive as ever, and creating a safe, welcoming, and friendly conference space is our top priority. They’ll probably also be karaoke…
But, as I said, we are not here to build the conference that we want. Please do contact us with your ideas on how to maintain and improve the quality of IMCC. We can be reached on email and over Twitter. You can follow all congress developments on our congress hasthtag (#IMCC5) and by subscribing to this blog.
With the warmest regards,
Edward Hind-Ozan is the Congress Chair for the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress. He was Deputy Chair of IMCC4 and is also the Vice President of the Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section. Currently, he works as a Research Associate in marine social science at Cardiff University in the UK. His daughter accompanied him on an IMCC5 planning trip to Kuching when she was 3 months old. She loved it!