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University of Nottingham academic organises international conservation conference

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The global not-for-profit Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) will be organising the 29th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) in Kuala Lumpur from 21 to 25 July 2019.  This will be the first time that Malaysia is hosting this global conference, and only the second time that it has been held in Asia since its conception in 1987.

The Chair of the Local Organising Committee is Dr Wong Ee Phin, an Assistant Professor from the University of Nottingham Malaysia, School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences. Dr Wong is also currently the President for the Malaysian Chapter of the society.

“SCB-Malaysia Chapter is a platform for sharing news and to foster collaboration. We are connecting conservation professionals in Malaysia from all sectors including academia, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations and we are encouraging professionals working with the government to join the society as well,” explained Dr Wong.

Recently, Dr Wong and Reef Check Malaysia Project Manager Edmund Lau Chai Ming accompanied  actress Maya Karin to meet with Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim. They discussed conservation issues in Malaysia and how positive engagement between the government and conservation organisations can help advance Malaysia’s progress in achieving its United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). The upcoming congress in Kuala Lumpur, ICCB, is an example of an event that can help foster cross-sectoral discussion about biodiversity with other non-traditional conservation communities.

The Society of Conservation Biology is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of conserving Earth's biological diversity, where new conservation trends and science-based knowledge unites with community resources. The ICCB event is expected to attract between 1700 and 1800 delegates from more than 70 countries.

University of Nottingham Malaysia academics will be represented in various committees during ICCB 2019.  Dr Christopher Gibbins, Dr Alex Lechner and Dr Tapan Kumar Nath are involved in the Scientific Committee and Dr Lee Jiin Woei is a member of the Local Committee’s Equity, Inclusiveness and Diversity (EID) subcommittee.

For more information on the conference and call for abstracts, please consult the conference website.


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Posted on 28th November 2018

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