Congress Topic: Biodiversity crisis in a changing world

Scientific Programme

The current biodiversity crisis have led to a call for transformative change globally and in Europe - a change in how we interact with Nature that reduces pressure on biodiversity and secure Natures’ Benefits to People. This challenges how we perform conservation science, and calls for science-based practices that put humans and nature on a track that takes us out of the current crisis.

Scientific Committee

With primary responsibility for the scientific program of the conference. Including abstract reviewing.

Chair of Scientific Committee:           András Báldi   (Hungary, Centre for Ecological Research)

  • Jonas Geldmann (Denmark)
  • Gábor Lövei   (Denmark/Hungary)
  • Michela Pacifici   (Italy, Sapienza Universita di Roma)
  • John Piccolo   (Sweden, Karlstad University)
  • Jiří Reif   (Czech Republic, Institute for Environmental Studies, Charles University Prague)


Scientific programme

Practitioners, consultants, politicians, conservation and scientists and students are welcomed to discuss and to design new guidelines, tools and strategies in order to meet new challenges in times of biodiversity crisis.

The scientific program will features contributed talks, poster, and speed presentations as well as dozens of workshops and short courses.

 More information will be available soon on the ECCB plenary speakers and the ECCB scientific programme.

The nearest key date: 15th June with Call for Symposia & Workshops & Training Courses

Call for Symposia, Workshops and Training Courses Proposals

Deadline extended: 15th October 2021.

Notification of the results will be given prior to November 15th 2021.

We are pleased to announce the call for symposia, workshops, and training courses for the 6th European Congress for Conservation Biology (ECCB), to be held in Prague, Czech Republic in 22-26 August, 2022.

The central theme of the congress is “Biodiversity Crisis in a Changing World”, highlighting the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary nature of the grand challenge of conserving nature. We welcome delegates and students from a range of sectors, and disciplines. We intend ECCB2022 to be an opportunity for scientists and practitioners to learn about and discuss the latest advances in conservation science, policy, and technology, so that they can study and conserve biodiversity better.

We particularly encourage suggestions for symposia, workshops, and courses from conservation practitioners and policy makers, as well as those focused on new policies, methods, and tools that can be directly applied to conservation.

Special attention will be given to proposals addressing science-policy initiatives such as Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the European Green Deal, aspects of the Common Agricultural Policy. The Scientific Committee will also prioritise courses on methodological developments, e.g. in citizen science, and in technologies for collecting and analysing data.

The Scientific Committee invites proposals for Symposia, Workshops and Training Courses as follows.


Symposia present thematic information to the audience, in the format of regular presentations. A typical symposium will be a 2-hour long, single-session event. Exceptionally symposia of 2+2 hours will be considered. Presentations should be in multiples of 15 minutes (10 min for presentation+ 3 min for discussion+ 2 min for the audience to move between rooms) so that the timing of symposia follows that of the contributed talk sessions. Symposia can (and are encouraged to) include a dedicated discussion time, also in multiples of 15 minutes. Priority will be given to symposia related to the central theme of the conference but high-quality proposals addressing emerging topics or significant syntheses will be also considered. All symposium organisers and speakers must be registered participants (as early bird registrants).

Please note that we cannot provide economic support to symposium organisers or participants for their attendance to the conference.


Workshops are aimed at encouraging interaction and dialogue between a smaller group of speakers and the broader audience. The format of workshops is flexible. As an example, a workshop might consist of a few short talks providing an overview followed by a facilitated discussion, or they may be a focused, round-table type discussions to synthesize participants’ insights of a particular challenge for humanity. The duration of a workshop can be up to 2 hours, and will be scheduled in parallel with symposia and contributed sessions. All workshop organisers and speakers must be registered participants (as early bird registrants).

Pre-conference Training Courses

Training courses will provide opportunities for registered delegates to receive expert training on a topic relevant for conservation. Courses will take place before the start of the congress: on day 0 (22nd August 2022, Monday) for 1 day long courses, and on day -1 and 0 (Sunday and Monday) for two day long courses. All training session organisers, tutors and participants must be registered for the meeting (as early bird registrants). There will be an additional fee for attending a training session in addition to the conference registration fee. The costs will be determined according to the cost of renting the room and the equipment required. The organizers reserve the right to cancel any course which, one month before the conference, will not have enough participants to cover the costs.

The ECCB 2022 cannot provide financial support for organisers and speakers at symposia or workshops. Preference will be given to proposals for which organisers can demonstrate that financial support is likely to be available. Participation at the training courses will be enabled against extra payment.

Proposal content
1. Title

2. Type of event: symposium, workshop or course, including the proposed length, preferred time for workshops (lunch break or evening)

3. Equipment required

4. A list of the proposed speakers (tutor(s) for courses), including a brief statement about how their work fits into the topic or theme proposed for the symposium/workshop/course, and indicate which of the proposed speakers have agreed to participate if the proposal is accepted.

5. A sentence or two to answer each of the following:

1. What is the goal or objective of the proposed symposium/workshop/course?

2. How will the proposed session contributes to the central theme of the conference: Biodiversity Crisis in a Changing World?

3. How will the proposed session ensure a creative approach or accommodate for different points-of-view about a topic (how the course will promote conservation)?

4. What is the expected number of participants of your session (minimum and maximum number for courses)?

6. Abstract of maximum 300 words with a maximum of 6 numbered key references. References are excluded from the word count.

7. Name(s) and affiliation(s) of session Organizer(s), indicating the contact person.

Note: Please be aware that the ECCB2022 Scientific Committee may suggest revisions to proposals to ensure representation and diversity within proposed sessions. Efforts may also be taken to combine proposals to ensure that excessive duplication of topics is reduced, and to work to ensure a diverse set of topics and perspectives are present at ECCB2022. Please do not make commitments to speakers regarding financial support.

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