Pre-Conference Module On Conservation Science and Practice

The Student Conference on Conservation Science – Bengaluru (SCCS-Bng) is a conference that aims to facilitate interaction and exchange of research ideas and methods, and build contacts and capacity of young researchers in all aspects of conservation science. SCCS is an equal opportunity and an inclusive conference. SCCS-Bng is actively working to reach students in more regions and from all sections of Indian society.

Since its inception in 2010, one of the most important aspects of SCCS-Bng has been its strong emphasis on workshops and other capacity-building activities. As part of the conference’s continued efforts in this direction, the 2019 edition will continue to host “Pre-conference module on conservation science and practice” for selected students that was introduced in 2018. This module is targeted at students from underrepresented groups and/or from rural colleges and institutions in India that have not been represented in SCCS in earlier years. We aim to take about 15 students this year.

Who can apply?

We invite applications from students, especially from underrepresented groups (economic, social, religious, gender, physical ability, language of education) from across India to apply to this pre-conference training module. In order to apply, please read the instructions and information given below carefully.


  1. The module is scheduled for five days (8-12 October 2019), preceding the conference and will cover a range of topics in conservation sciences.
  2. The costs for this module, including train/bus fares will be covered by SCCS-Bengaluru for the selected students.
  3. Students selected for this module will get a full waiver on registration fees to attend SCCS-Bengaluru 2019.
  4. The module will cover introduction and discussion around topics pertinent to conservation, such as biodiversity conservation, conservation ethics, human-animal conflict, political ecology, local community participation in conservation, pros- and cons- of using market-based conservation tools, current environmental, developmental agendas, sustainability, and gender and conservation among others.
  5. APPLICATION PROCEDURE / Instructions:
    1. Application process –
      1. Download the word document (*.doc/.docx) attached below
      2. Fill up the application form on your computer.
      3. Check that you have all the supporting documents requested as part of the application (see application form for document details).
      4. Scan your supporting documents. Please check that you have all documents.
      5. Upload the completed application form (*.doc/.docx) along with all supporting files and email to SCCS admin at AND Krishnapriya Tamma at, with the subject line – ‘SCCS pre-conference module APPLICATION’.
    1. Timeline / deadline for application

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    1. WORD DOC provided. Please do not convert to pdf.

    Menu item: Screen your film

Film screenings


We’d like to invite student and amateur filmmakers to screen their short films during this year’s SCCS. All films have to be directly related to conservation science or practice.

Steps for submitting your film:

If you are a student or an amateur film-maker, and are keen to screen your film, please fill up the following Google Form

If you have more than one film submission, please fill out a separate form for each submission.

We will close the call on 25th August 2019 (1700 IST).

Following a review process by a jury, we will write back to you by mid-September if your film has been shortlisted for screening.

Looking forward to your film submissions!

Menu item: Student presentation schedule

Student presentation schedule

List of selected student talks & posters

Note: These sessions are restricted only to registered participants

Student Talk Presentations


Student Poster Presentations


Menu item: Submit a presentation abstract


The deadline for submitting abstracts is 8th May 2019, 1700h (IST). Decisions regarding abstracts will be communicated to participants by JUNE-end.

Steps for submitting your abstract:

Step 1: Before submitting an abstract, you first need to create your login account and pay the registration fees (see Registration Instructions).

Step 2: Next login to your account on the SCCS website, click on ‘My Overview’ in the bottom-left corner and enter your abstract information in the form provided. Please read our guidelines on abstract writing before submitting your abstract.

Step 3: In addition to a conventional textual abstract, all participants also have to submit a visual component, which should typically complement the textual element of your abstract. This single image file could be either in the form of graphs, tables, maps, figures, illustrations, flow charts, photographs and other visual elements illustrating the main results, the study design, or the main idea that is captured by the study.

This is mainly to aid the abstract reviewers in better understanding the work that is being presented and ensure that presentations are based on data/information that has been collected by the student. We would like to clarify that the visual component being made mandatory does NOT mean that the conference is only accepting completed work. The conference organisers welcome and encourage the submission of work-in-progress for presentation (talks & posters) at the conference. Work-in-progress might be depicted visually in the form of figures showing preliminary results, flowcharts depicting study design and the like. We would also like to emphasize that SCCS-Bengaluru strongly encourages and wants to see more participation of social science students and researchers working in the field of conservation and would like to ensure that the requirement of a visual element in the abstract does not discourage them from participating. We believe that work in the social sciences can be presented in the form of visuals. Please see guidelines on abstract writing for more information.

Students who are unsure about how to create the visual component of their abstract can also contact us at and we will help with suggestions and additional examples. It would be ideal for the text and the graphic parts of the abstract to speak to each other and not be stand alone.

Step 4: Mark your study location on the Google map provided by dragging and dropping the pin. Alternatively, enter GPS coordinates in the Latitude and Longitude fields provided below the map.

Step 5: Enter details of authorship and institutional affiliations, and whether or not you have attended the conference before.

Step 6: Indicate whether you prefer to present a talk, a poster, or if you have no preference. Please note that we have only limited slots for talks, and therefore it is possible that you might not get your choice of presentation mode, i.e. if you have opted for a talk, you might be asked to present a poster instead. Our choice of abstracts for talks is based on multiple criteria including the diversity of themes that will be represented, the completeness of the work being presented as well as reviewers’ opinions on whether a particular piece of work will be more effective as a talk or poster. We would like to emphasize that differences in quality of abstracts have little bearing on our decision of the presentation mode. Also, while we aim to provide space for as many presenters as we can, it is possible that we might have to reject abstracts that the reviewers think are unsuitable for the conference. The final decision regarding the acceptance of abstracts rests with the conference organisers.

Step 7: Finally, indicate whether you wish to apply for a bursary (see Fees and Bursaries).

Please note that once you have clicked on the “Submit” button you cannot make any changes to this form. There is also a link provided for you to view a copy of your submitted abstract. Each participant is allowed to submit only one abstract to the conference.

Looking forward to your abstract submissions!