The Latin American & Caribbean Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), invites you to be part of our online sessions in the LACA congress 2020. This occasion theme is safeguarding biodiversity in the Anthropocene. There are different ways for you to participate, so please check below to find the category that best suits you.

Choosing a category 

Please think carefully about the category that best meets your goals. Your proposal will only be considered for the category you choose.

We appreciate your flexibility in some cases as we may need to reduce the allocated time of a proposed session for scheduling purposes.

We will communicate any anticipated changes as soon as possible to session organizers.

About submition

  • Anyone or any organization working on conservation or related fields may submit their information for calls.

  • Submissions and presentations during congress can be either in English or Spanish 

  • To ensure that the congress is as diverse as possible, individuals may not submit more than two abstracts, and no individual may give more than one presentation in the following categories: symposium, contributed paper, contributed poster.

About acceptance

The Scientific Committee will review abstracts. Acceptance will be based on scientific accuracy and arrangement with the congress theme. Only abstracts submitted electronically through the corresponding submission application will be considered.


In order to be included in the program of LACA 2020, presenters of accepted presentations must be registered and paid in full by the early deadline. Authors failing to comply with this rule will not be included in the Congress programme.​


Community projects

 Application dates 

 September 10th, 2020 - October 31st, 2020 

LACA 2020 is looking for community conservation project members that are willing to let more people to know about their work. As a participant, you can see other communities' experiences, contact with people that could be working in something similar, and participate in a forum about communities and conservation. Also, you will get a diploma for your participation.

What to send for the application?

If you are interested send up to 5 pictures, it can be you, your community, the species or the place where you work, and a video between
3-5 minutes that includes:

  • Name

  • Community, state and country

  • Whats does environment mean for you and your community?

  • What's your project name? What is it about?

  • Why is it important?

  • What has been the impact of the project?

  • Why did you decided to participate in conservation biology?

  • Do you have an advice for other communities that are willing to do similar things?

  • Do you have any advice for people willing to work with communities?

When sending it include your contact information so that people interested in knowing more may be able to reach you.



 Application dates 

 June 22nd, 2020 - October 31st, 2020 

We look forward to increasing interest in conservation and promote connections among different organizations in the region in this pioneering event. If you are interested in joining and sharing your projects with our network, we invite you to submit your organization details, a small paragraph (100 words) of your work, keywords of your organization and if you want to increase your visibility, you can upload a small video of

up to 3 minutes.

Is there a cost for sending my information?

No, there is no cost to be included in our networking event but, you need to be part of the conference to have access to the networking session. If you would like to have more presence during the conference you can become a collaborator to have your logo between talks. 

What type of videos are eligible for submission? 

You can include all the information you consider necessary to let others know about your work. It can be your crew describing your activities, videos of your fieldwork, etc. Think on what key points are important when you describe your organization and your work.



 Application dates: 

 December 26th, 2019 - February 30th, 2020 

Below you will find the different categories of proposals we are accepting in this call. 

After the abstract submission deadline, completed abstracts will be peer-reviewed. Incomplete abstracts cannot be processed and will not be reviewed. To ensure the integrity of the review process, revisions will not be accepted after the submission deadline – no exceptions. LACA will only notify the abstract submitter of the status of their abstract. It is the abstract submitter’s responsibility to then notify all co-authors.  IMPORTANT: The abstract submitter is the sole point of contact for all co-authors. LACA will direct all co-author inquiries to the contributed session abstract submitter.

Creative presentations

(3 - 5 minutes)

Designed to present research projects in new and creative ways to reach wider audiences. You can present by using dance, costume design, visual arts, song, poem, play, video, storytelling, art, all forms are welcome. Describe how you plan to present your research, what technique you will use, be sure to explain all the details. 


Video presentations should last no more than 3 minutes,

all other presentations/performing activities should be

5 minutes. If you need a few more minutes for your presentation you should let us know in the abstract. 

Speed talks

(5 minutes)

Following the presentations, there will be time for presenters to talk one-on-one to delegates about their project. Perfect if your paper topic would be of interest to a wide range of people and you would like your presentation to lead to an extended conversation with colleagues who are specifically interested in your work.


Please choose from the list of themes and subthemes and choose Important Information the ones that are most appropriate for your presentation. This will assist us in selecting an appropriate session for your presentation.

Contributed oral presentations

(12 – 15 minutes)

Short talk based in a specific topic that will be followed by 3 minutes of questions.

Please choose from the list of themes and subthemes and choose the ones that are most appropriate for your presentation. This will assist us in selecting an appropriate session for your presentation.

Poster presentations

(3 minutes)

Poster Presentations are a visual and concise way to showcase conservation science and projects that provide opportunities to interact with a wide audience.


Courses and symposia

 Application dates: 

 October 18th, 2019 - January 31st, 2020 

We encourage proposals that prioritize diversity and collaboration among invited speakers and organizers, from individuals or groups involved in innovative conservation science or practice. Below you will find the different categories of proposals we are accepting in this call. To increase the probability that your proposal will be selected, please consider the following criteria carefully:

  • Scientific merit of the proposal: Timeliness and quality of science

  • Application to conservation

  • The overall coherence of the session and logical linkage between the individual presentations

  • A clear focus on any of the following; science, management, policy, education, or a coherent linkage among these 4 areas

  • Relevance to the meeting theme, “Strengthening Conservation Connections Between the   Caribbean and The Americas”

  • Relevance to the Caribbean and Latin American conservation issues

  • The novelty of the topic

  • Diversity among invited speakers and organizers


(75 minutes – 2 hours)

Consist of a series of formal presentations on a common theme, often followed by a panel discussion. They enable an in-depth exploration of a key question or problem in conservation biology research, management, or policy. Organizers propose a specific topic, select and invite speakers, and moderate their sessions. Although they may include a forum for discussion, symposia are generally less interactive than workshops and discussion sessions.

Interactive sessions

(60 minutes – 2 hours)

Do not conform to any single structure, and may, for example, include a series of brief presentations, break-out groups, film, story-telling, open-ended or facilitated discussion, or any combination of these. They may span a variety of topics and are designed to give organizers flexibility to craft a unique session that will provide meaningful results, and carry forward work beyond the conference. They emphasize shared learning among facilitators, speakers, and attendees, and take place during the main scientific program.


(75 minutes – 16 hours)

Whether geared toward students or professionals, workshops are more interactive than symposia and often have an educational component. To minimize conflict with symposia and contributed paper sessions, workshops will usually be scheduled for the days before or after the main scientific program.

Short courses

(75 minutes – 2 hours)

This kind of courses offer training in topics of key relevance to the practice of conservation for students or any other professionals. Preference will be given to proposals that address tools or concepts that course participants can easily share with others. Short Courses will be scheduled for the days before or after the main scientific program.