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Call for Abstracts


About the Conference 

The Conservation Symposium is a platform to facilitate the sharing of ideas and lessons, and for the co-creation of solutions to contemporary biodiversity conservation issues in Africa. It serves as a bridge between conservation practitioners, scientists, and policymakers in a conducive environment to solve real-world problems. It integrates a broad range of disciplines in a meaningful way, creating and strengthening connections both within and between disciplines. It provides an effective platform for researchers to demonstrate the relevance of their work in addressing real-world conservation problems, and to identify new applied research opportunities and directions. It also provides a platform for training and skills development for conservation science and monitoring. In other words, this is not a traditional science symposium, but rather is a unique science-policy-practice interface, serving the broader conservation community and society as a whole.

Each year, emerging or ongoing issues identified by the conservation sector are tackled through careful construction of the programme, including providing a selection of leading international keynote speakers, presentation of synthesis papers, and facilitated discussions. It also provides a platform for horizon scanning and exploration of new policy directions. This year, the symposium aims to highlight opportunities, risks and policy frameworks within the Biodiversity Economy which can support effective conservation management. Although the theme is biodiversity economy, we invite all abstracts relevant to the field of conservation and practice that contributes knowledge towards effective conservation.

We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the upcoming Conservation Symposium 2023 based on the guidelines below.

Abstract guidelines: 

  1. Abstracts must be submitted in English via the online submission link.
  2. The title of the abstract should be a brief description of the information that the author wishes to present and the maximum word count is 16 words.
  3. The body of the abstract must include the following: introduction, aim, methods, results and discussion & conclusion.
  4. Maximum word count for the body of the abstract is 300 words.
  5. No graphics, references, photographs or tables included in the abstract.
  6. Submit the presenter’s (submitting author’s) brief biography of no more than 100 words with the abstract.
  7. Enter co-authors details including institutional affiliations in the area provided.
  8. You will be required to choose a theme when you submit an abstract. The themes are:
    • Global change conservation
    • Natural resource economics
    • Natural resource management
    • Policy and frameworks – Global
    • Policy and frameworks – Local
    • Social ecology and conservation
  9. You may also submit to present within the Special Sessions which include:
    • Africa’s Wildlife Economy
    • The One Health: Co-creating a community of practice for the disposable Absorbent hygiene Product (AHP) waste challenge
  10. Choose from the dropdown menu your preferred presentation type i.e. plenary keynote (35 mins), session keynote (25 mins), standard oral (12 mins) or speed talk (5 mins) presentations.
  11. Supply up to five keywords describing your presentation.

Important Information 

  • All abstracts will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee who will accept, reject, or ask for modifications or additional information.
  • The criteria for acceptance of presentations include quality, novelty and relevance to the themes and objectives of the symposium.
  • Final allocation of presentation type is at the discretion of the Scientific Committee.

Key Dates 

  • Abstract submission closes – 29th August 2023
  • Review complete – 8th September 2023
  • Author notified outcome of review – 15th September 2023
  • Registration deadline for inclusion in the programme – 25th September 2023