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Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York

The Marshall M. Weinberg SCCS-NY goes virtual, October 7–9, 2020!
SCCS-NY 2018 Group Photo

The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and its partners invite students, postdocs, and early-career professionals to take part in the 11th annual Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York (SCCS-NY), which will be an entirely virtual meeting.

As a part of the only international series of conservation conferences featuring students, SCCS-NY provides opportunities for emerging scientists to professionally network, gain experience, and present and get feedback on their work. Interactions with peers as well as leaders in science, policy, and management will encourage collaborations, inspire further research, and create lasting professional connections.

“This is the only conference where I’ve seen mentorship being provided to students, and this is absolutely amazing. The feedback is very helpful and a chance to talk to mentors during lunches and during breaks is extremely valuable.”                 - Ph.D. Student

SCCS-NY 2018 presenter

Who Should Attend?

If you're currently an undergraduate or graduate student, postdoc, or have worked in conservation for three years or less since finishing your last degree, we encourage you to participate! Whatever your focus—biology, social sciences, medicine, economics, architecture, law—if it has relevance to conservation, we want to include your perspective!

The 2020 Conference

SCCS-NY is committed to hosting an exciting and inclusive conference this October. The health and safety of conference participants and our staff are of highest priority to us. Therefore, SCCS-NY 2020 will be an entirely virtual meeting. We are committed to bringing you an exciting, engaging, and inclusive conference despite the change in format for this year. We will maintain all of the key aspects that make SCCS-NY a unique conference, including:

  • Plenaries with Q&A sessions
  • Talk and speed talk sessions
  • Virtual poster session
  • Mentor feedback on presentations
  • Mentor-hosted "lunches"
  • Opportunities to network with peers and mentors
  • Workshops

Application and Registration

The application window to present a talk, speed talk, or poster has closed, but registration to attend the virtual SCCS-NY will remain open until October 6. Attendees will be able to enjoy all aspects of the conference, including watching the plenaries and talks, attending mentor-hosted virtual lunches, and participating in online workshops. 

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Conference Agenda - Overview

*note all times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)


The registration fee for the virtual SCCS-NY is $40 and includes access to all presentations and events during the conference dates, as well as any materials and content available online afterwards.

Important Dates

  • March 2nd: applications open for talks, speed talks, and posters
  • May 1st: applications close 
  • Mid-June: notifications sent to applicants
  • July 15th: deadline for presenters to confirm
  • Oct. 7–9: conference in session

SCCS Sister Conferences

SCCS-New York is a sister conference to the highly successful SCCS-Cambridge. Begun in 2000, the conference series now includes SCCS-NY, SCCS-BengaluruSCCS-Australia, SCCS-Beijing, and SCCS-Hungary.

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Major funding for the 2020 Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York (SCCS-NY) has been provided by Marshall M. Weinberg. In grateful recognition of his longstanding generosity toward the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, this year’s SCCS-NY is presented in his honor.

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

Logos for Princeton University and Yale School of the Environment

and conference contributors:

Pace University