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2014 SCCS-NY

AMNH/R. Mickens

AMNH/R. Mickens


The American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and its partners invite graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early-career professionals to take part in the fifth annual Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York (SCCS-NY). Interactions with established conservationists will encourage collaborations, inspire further research, and launch lasting associations.

Be among the emerging generation of conservation professionals networking and exchanging ideas with leaders in science, policy, academia, and management at one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions.

SCCS-NY is a sister conference to the highly successful SCCS-Cambridge, begun in 2000 by the University of Cambridge, SCCS-Bangalore, and the newly developed SCCS-Australia.

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The Conference

  • Student presentations: talks, speed talks, posters
  • Plenary addresses by leading conservation practitioners
  • Multi-disciplinary workshops
  • Mentors and reviewers offering personalized feedback
  • Mentor-hosted lunchtime discussions
  • Resource fair with NGOs, governmental agencies, universities, and more
  • Professional networking opportunities
  • Special evening programs and receptions
  • Awards for outstanding presentations

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Who Can Attend?

If you’re a grad student, post-doc, or have worked in conservation for three years or less, we encourage you to participate!  Whatever your focus – biology, social sciences, medicine, economics, architecture, the law – if it has a relevance to conservation, we want to include your perspective!

Important Dates

March 3 Abstract submission and application opens
April 4 Abstract submission deadline for potential presenters
May 1 Abstract selection notifications sent out
July 1 Deadline for invited presenters to confirm involvement
September 20 Registration deadline for all attendees
September 26 Workshop & Museum Collection Tour registration goes live at 9:00 a.m. EDT
October 15-17 SCCS-NY conference in session


Conference Program Overview

Times and events listed here are approximate and subject to change

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

"Questions for a Resilient Future" presented by the Center for Humans and Nature and the American Museum of Natural History. This event is free and open to the public.

Join us from 4:00-8:00pm for an evening of fascinating dialogue exploring the questions: How far should we go to bring back lost species? and Mind and morality: where do they meet?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

8:00AM Registration
9:00AM Plenary Address by Dr. John Cigliano: How Can You Best Contribute to Conservation? Insights from Marine Conservation, Citizen Science, and the Liberal Arts
10:00AM Talk Sessions
1:00PM Mentor-Hosted Lunch
2:20PM Speed Talk Session
4:00PM Talk Session
5:10PM Poster Session and Reception


Thursday, October 16th, 2014

8:00AM  Registration
9:00AM Plenary Address by Dr. Lekelia (Kiki) Jenkins: Keys for Inventing Technologies that Protect the Environment: Lessons from Marine Conservation
10:00AM Talk Sessions
1:00PM Mentor-Hosted Lunch
2:00PM Group Photo
2:20PM Speed Talk Session
4:00PM Mack Lipkin Man and Nature Series Panel Discussion: This Year in Conservation
5:15PM Resource & Career Fair, Closing Reception pizza party & Conference Awards 


Friday, October 17th, 2014

9:00AM - 5:00PM Workshops & Museum Collection Tours                                                                                                                


We have a great selection of workshops this year, including:

  • Making Decision Makers Do the Right Thing
  • What am I Going to Do with the Rest of My Life?! Exploring Careers in Conservation
  • Discovering your Leadership Style
  • A Biocultural Approach to Conservation
  • Making your Work Matter: Engaging Stakeholders for Conservation Outcomes
  • DIY: Crafting Academic Research for Conservation 
  • Expanding Your Teaching Toolbox: An Introduction to Active and Scientific Teaching Approaches
  • Present Your Work...Visually!


The registration fee is $125 USD, which includes admission to three full days of presentations, workshops, poster session and reception, resource fair, special events, daily lunches, morning and afternoon refreshments, access to American Museum of Natural History exhibitions, and discounts in Museum shops.


Contact us.

The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation thanks our SCCS-NY partners:

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Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, University of Cambridge, and Princeton University

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

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