Our seventh Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York (SCCS-NY) was, again, a huge success. It drew a large number of participants—over 325!—and applications. The 80 presenters in this conference were selected in a competitive process from a pool of 263 applicants from 56 countries and 45 states in the U.S. Plenary speakers this year were Dr. Nalini M. Nadkarni, from the University of Utah, and Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
The conference closed with a public event and panel discussion on System-Wide Approaches to Primate Conservation that focused on social, economic, and cultural factors that impact conservation of apes and other species. It introduced this year’s Whitley Award winner, Farwiza Farhan, and her conservation work in Indonesia to SCCS-NY participants as well as a broader public audience and provided important context for understanding complex issues in species conservation.
In the words of the Conference participants:
“It’s amazing to have a conference based around scientific hopefuls and young professionals.”
“Extremely diverse group of people and great role models, especially for women and minorities.”
“Best conference I have attended. I can’t wait to come again.”