SCCS is strengthening the careers of young conservation scientists around the world

through events in Cambridge, Australia, Bangalore, Beijing, New York and Hungary.


The Student Conference on Conservation Science series in Cambridge, Australia, Beijing, Bangalore, New York and Hungary 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 20 years, SCCS Cambridge has hosted over 3,400 delegates from 136 countries worldwide.


The 2020 Conference

The twenty first conference in the Cambridge series will be held from 24 - 26 March 2020, in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK. Deadline for applications: Applications to SCCS 2020 will close on Sunday 20 October at 10pm British Summer Time!

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've never thought of SCCS as a student conference, but as a conservation meeting-a very good one- with a healthy age structure"

Professor Carlos Peres, University of East Anglia



"I am inspired by conservation leaders to do more in conservation back home."


Sister conferences:-

If you are currently a undergraduate or graduate student, post-doc, or early career professional in a conservation related field - in the natural or social sciences, or their intersection - we want to include your perspective!

Submit an abstract! If you wish to present your work as a talk, speed talk, or poster you must submit an abstract outlining a research project that you have completed, or are currently conducting. If you plan to present on research that has not yet been conducted, your application will only be considered for the poster session.

October 2018: Abstract Submissions & Registration OPEN

The program is designed for post-graduate students pursuing studies within the field of conservation science, including (but not limited to) ecology, environmental science, resource management, geography, economics, and social sciences. Registration is open to post-graduate students and early career researchers (ECRs) from anywhere in the world, with a focus on Asia-Oceania.

15th April: Registration and abstract submission opens

SCCS Europe provides a unique opportunity for students and early career researchers to present results, exchange ideas, and enjoy the company of others, including brilliant experts.

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, Hungary and the USA

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The SCCS family is growing.The ninth conferences in the sister series of the Student Conference on Conservation Science family were held in Bangalore (India) and New York (USA) in 2018. The next SCCS in New York will be 2-4 October 2019. The second SCCS Australia was held in Brisbane in January 2015. A third one will be held 3-10 July 2019. The third conference in the SCCS-Beijing series was held in 2015. The fourth conference in Hungary was held in September 2018. The fifth SCCS Europe in Hungary will be held on 27-31 August 2019.


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