Eligibility criteria:

  • You must be the sole or first author of the study to be presented. You must also present the study singly and in person if shortlisted for an oral or poster presentation. Joint presentations are not permitted. Nor are online presentations.
  • You should be an undergraduate, diploma, or graduate student at the time of submitting your abstract. If you are not a student, then you must be an early career researcher or practitioner who completed your last degree within the last four years (calculated as of 1st April 2024).
  • If you hold a faculty position or fall outside of the criteria mentioned above, you are not eligible to submit an abstract. However, we encourage you to register for the conference and participate in discussions, workshops and other activities. We will value your contribution to the conference.
  • You may write to sccs@sccs-bng.org for clarifications.

Things to keep in mind:

  • You may submit only one abstract per person.
  • Your abstract must be original and must not have been published earlier or accepted for publication. If published or presented earlier in any other conference, please make a mention of it at the appropriate place in the abstract submission form.
  • Your abstract must be in English.
  • Your abstract should be a maximum of 470 words in length, and consist of the following sections:
    • Title (Limit: 20 words)
    • Introduction: what conservation issue, problem, or question does your study address? (Limit: 100 words)
    • Methods/ Materials/ Methodology: what were the main research methods you used? (Limit: 125 words)
    • Results/ Findings/ Argument development: what were the main findings or results of your study that form the premise of your argument? (Limit: 125 words)
    • Discussion/Synthesis and how your study findings are relevant to conservation (Limit: 100 words)
  • Please mark your study location on the Google map provided by dragging and dropping the pin. Alternatively, enter the GPS coordinates into the Latitude and Longitude fields provided below the map. If your study was conducted in more than one location then you can mark any one of your field sites. If your study does not have a specific geographical location then you can state “No specific location”.
  • Please indicate your preferred presentation mode: a talk (oral presentation) or a poster. We will do our best to assign you your preferred presentation mode. However, if you prefer to present a talk, please note that with limited available slots for talks, you may be assigned a poster presentation instead.
  • Please indicate whether you wish to apply for a bursary. A limited number of bursaries may be available. Please see the section entitled “Financial aid” under “Registration”.
  • Visual component: In addition to the conventional textual abstract, all participants must submit a visual component, which should typically complement the textual element of your abstract. This single image file can contain information that summarises your results or communicates the main idea captured by your study in the form of graphs, tables, maps, figures, illustrations, flow charts, photographs or other visual elements. Be creative and feel free to depict your work in this space outside of the confines of the abstract format! This image will allow our reviewers to assess your application better, and ensure that your presentation is based on data/information that is indeed collected and understood by you. If you are submitting an abstract for a work-in-progress study, you can share photographs or preliminary findings with us through this visual component. If you require additional guidance on creating the visual component of your abstract, you can contact us at sccs@sccs-bng.org for help with suggestions and additional examples.
  • While oral presentations and posters are an important component of SCCS-Bengaluru there is a lot more to the conference in the form of plenaries, workshops, nature walks, and connecting with peers and senior researchers and practitioners. Do consider availing of the early bird registration fee and registering for the conference in good time. If your abstract is shortlisted but if you do not register within a week of the announcement of the shortlist then the opportunity to present will pass to the next person on the waitlist.