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Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York

Eleventh Annual Conference - 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).

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

  • Student talks, speed talks, and poster presentations
  • Plenary addresses by leading conservation practitioners
  • A range of engaging multi-disciplinary workshops
  • Personalized feedback from mentors and reviewers
  • Mentor-hosted lunchtime discussions
  • Resource & Career Fair with representatives from NGOs, governmental agencies, universities, and more
  • Special evening programs, panels and receptions
  • Awards for outstanding presentations   

Application and Registration

Applications to present a talk, speed talk, or poster will open March 2, 2020. Stay tuned for more information on how to apply.


The registration fee is $150 USD, or register by July 1st to get the $125 USD early bird registration rate! Fee 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. 

Please note: We can not guarantee funds to assist participants with travel or registration costs.

Important Dates

  • March 2nd: applications open for talks, speed talks, and posters
  • April 3rd: applications close 
  • Week of May 11th: notifications sent to applicants
  • July 1st: early bird registration deadline
  • 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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