Marine issues will be on the table in Montpellier at ICCB/ECCB 2015

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An underwater scene from Marseille, France, just east of Montpellier (©Ifremer/Valérie Baty )

An underwater scene from Marseille, France, just east of Montpellier (©Ifremer/Valérie Baty )

by Edd Hind

August 2-6, 2015, the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) (held in conjunction with the 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology) will be in Montpellier, France. A meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), it’s going to have common points with the International Marine Conservation Congresses (IMCCs) that I know many of you have attended. Many previous IMCC delegates and members of SCB’s Marine Section will be in attendance and many important conservation issues are going to be discussed by the world’s leading marine experts.

In the months running up to the 27th ICCB, and during the week in Montpellier, this blog is going to bring you marine-themed content related to the meeting. We’ll be bringing you many of the meeting’s marine highlights, including this potential top 5:

  • Previews of conformed symposia on marine connectivity and marine spatial planning.
  • Tips on how to get the best from the thematic poster session on tropical coastal conservation.
  • Features on field trips into the famous coastal parks around Montpellier to see seahorses, flamingos, and Cuvier’s beaked whale.
  • Details of an aquatic-themed social with SCBMarine and the Freshwater Working Group!
  • Wine tasting notes (not strictly marine, but clearly of important interdisciplinary focus).
Pirate social held jointly with SCBMarine and the Oceania Sections from the 2013 ICCB in Baltimore, Maryland, US. Picture are SCBMarine President John Cigliano, Past-President Chris Parsons, President-Elect Samantha Oester and members Katheryn Patterson, David Shiffman and Christine Gleason., as well as Oceania Past-President Carolyn Lundquist.

Pirate social held jointly with SCB Marine and Oceania Sections from the 2013 ICCB in Baltimore, Maryland, US. Pictured are SCBMarine President John Cigliano, Past-President Chris Parsons, President-Elect Samantha Oester and members Katheryn Patterson, David Shiffman and Christine Gleason, as well as Oceania Past-President Carolyn Lundquist.

So we encourage you to read, share, and engage. ICCB is a great chance for SCB marine experts to learn from their terrestrial colleagues and vice versa. Also, many of the issues that are discussed in Montpellier will be central to marine conservation efforts in the next couple of years. Not only can the 27th ICCB be an important marine conservation meeting, it can be an important springboard for IMCC4. We can make sure that is the case by documenting its lessons as fully as possible.

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If you are attending ICCB, we’d love to feature a session you are running or are contributing to on the blog. Please email us at scbmarinecomms@gmail.com about writing a guest post.

Edward Hind is the Communications Officer of the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is also the Communications Chair of IMCC4. You can contact him on Twitter @edd_hind

Follow @SCBMarine for marine-related live-Tweeting from the conference and @ICCB_ECCB for general conference content. The official hashtag is #ICCB2015.

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