SCCS is strengthening the careers of young conservation scientists around the world
through events in Cambridge, Australia, Bangalore, Beijing and New York.
The Student Conference on Conservation Science series in Cambridge, Australia, Beijing, Bangalore and New York is the only international series of conservation conferences aimed entirely at students. SCCS helps young conservation scientists gain experience, learn new ideas and make contacts that will be valuable for their future careers. Over the past 14 years, we have hosted over 2,300 delegates from 119 countries worldwide.
The 2014 Conference
The fifteenth conference in the Cambridge series will be held from 25 - 27 March 2014, in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK. Deadline for applications: 31 October 2013 at 09:00 GMT.
SCCS is delighted to pass on the good news that one of its plenary lecturers in 2013, Azzam Alwash the CEO of Nature Iraq, has recently been awarded the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize for Asia by the Goldman Environmental Foundation. The prize is given for outstanding leadership in action to protect the environment and communities. SCCS congratulates Azzam Alwash on this well-deserved accolade for his work to conserve and restore ecosystems in Iraq, which he described so vividly at SCCS 2013.
Who can attend?
The conference is designed for young conservation researchers from biological, environmental and geography departments of universities as well as conservation and resource management agencies. If you would like to come to our next conference, please fill in our application form.
"I have been to several conferences during the past few years, including student conferences and this was by far the best. I have met such interesting and interested people and had conversations with people from all over the world, learnt new techniques, heard different opinions and approaches."
Talks and posters
Each day the programme starts with a plenary lecture from a leading conservation scientist, and is followed by around 10 student talks. About 100 students also present their work at the three poster sessions.
Workshops and networking
As well as attending presentations, conference delegates can take part in workshops, which cover skills such as paper-writing, fund-raising, social science tools, and much more. Other events include evening sessions where delegates can meet conservation professionals from leading UK and international conservation bodies.
Bursaries and Internships
If you are from a developing country or eastern European country, you can you use our online application form to apply for a BURSARY to help with the costs of getting to the conference or an INTERNSHIP if you want to both attend the conference and work on a conservation-related project for one month at a UK institution. Please view this table before applying to see whether you qualify. We will consider applicants only from Lower Income (LIC), Lower Middle Income (LMC) and Upper Middle Income (UMC) countries for bursaries and internships. Please note that we are only able to help a small number of applicants for bursaries and internships and cannot help those already based in western Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or North America.
The conference internship scheme enables students to extend their visit to the UK for up to four weeks after the conference to carry out mutually beneficial work with conservation organisations or academic institutions. The internship scheme aims to to help develop the careers of promising conservation scientists and to strengthen and catalyse north-south collaborations.
SCCS in Australia, India, China and the USA
The SCCS family is growing. Sister conferences continue in Bangalore in September 2013 and in New York in October 2013. A new sister conference was held in Australia in January 2013. A new SCCS conference series is to begin in November 2013 in Beijing, China.