1st INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SUN BEAR
CONSERVATION & MANAGEMENT
4th - 6th September 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Free the Bears, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia and the IUCN Bear Specialist Group are pleased to announce that the first international symposium dedicated to the conservation and management of the world’s smallest ursid - the Sun bear - will be held from the 4th to 6th September 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The symposium will bring together field researchers, conservation managers, environmental educators and conservation breeding specialists, as well as government and industry representatives to share experiences and create a coordinated plan for the conservation of one of Southeast Asia’s least known large mammals.
The symposium will be designed to encourage presentations and discussions that will contribute towards a range-wide conservation strategy for Sun bears which will be developed during a conservation planning workshop to be held on the 7th and 8th September, immediately after the symposium.
(Note: Due to limited availability, participation in the Conservation Planning Workshop will be by invitation only. Only those who attend the Sun Bear Symposium will be eligible to participate in the conservation planning workshop.)
Call for Abstracts: 26 May 2017
Open Registration: 1 June 2017
Abstract submission deadline: 25 June 2017
Decision Letter: 10 July 2017
Early Registration Deadline: 21 July 2017
Sun Bear Symposium: 4-6 September 2017
Sun Bear Conservation Planning (invite only): 7-8 September 2017
Online registration for the symposium will open on 1 June 2017. Fees will be payable online.
Early Registration Fee (before 21 July 2017): 100USD
Standard Registration Fee (after 21 July 2017): 150USD
(Note: Accommodation is not included. Participants will have to arrange their own accommodation. Recommendations will be provided at a later date.)
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Abstracts are now being accepted for consideration as oral presentations in the first international symposium dedicated to the conservation and management of the Sun bear. The symposium will run from the 4th to 6th September 2017, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and will bring together field researchers, conservation managers, environmental educators and conservation breeding specialists, as well as government and industry representatives to share experiences and create a coordinated plan for the conservation of one of Southeast Asia’s least known large mammals.
Oral presentations will be organised into 5 sessions:
1. Status and distribution
3. Ecology & biology
4. Ex-situ research and management
Presentations that provide new understanding, methodologies, solutions, and innovative ideas are particularly welcomed. We are striving for a broad range of topics and broad geographical coverage. We are seeking new material, not papers that have already been published or presented in previous conferences. Presentations that help inform an improved conservation strategy are strongly encouraged.
We are planning lengthy Q&A for each session to allow time for a lively interchange of ideas. If you submit an abstract, it means that you are willing to make an oral presentation, and also participate in the Q&A session.
Abstract Submission Guidelines
· All abstracts must be submitted electronically (see below).
· Abstracts must be prepared in English, following Ursus journal format.
· All co-authors should be listed with affiliation details and contact information. All co-authors must agree with the abstract.
· Titles should be informative, and NOT include the scientific name of the Sun bear.
· Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should not include Tables or Figures.
· The abstract should concisely present recent developments in research, management and/or conservation of the Sun bear. Research abstracts should clearly state the goals, methods, principal results, and major conclusions. Non-research-related abstracts may deviate from this structure. Do not use incomplete and uninformative descriptions (e.g. "a new method of analysis was given"). Use only well recognised acronyms (e.g. GIS, DNA, CITES); otherwise define them at first use. Avoid detailed results of statistical tests.
In submitting your abstract, please indicate in which session you wish to present. Session topic choices are not guaranteed; your talk may be allocated to a different session based on the topic or availability of space.
The Organising Committee will try to accommodate as many submissions as possible, but will also strive to ensure that the programme is balanced, diverse, fresh, and of interest to a broad range of participants.
Special attention will be given to authors of abstracts who wish to pursue publication of their paper in Ursus. We plan to submit a group of papers for a special section of Ursus. They will undergo normal peer review. Authors interested in this option will be asked to indicate this upon submission of their abstract, noting that their paper has not been published or under consideration for publication in another journal.
Download abstract submission form here.