SCCS is strengthening the careers of young conservation scientists around the world

through events in Cambridge, Australia, Bangalore, Beijing, New York and Hungary.


The Student Conference on Conservation Science series in Cambridge, Australia, Beijing, Bangalore, New York and Hungary is the only international series of conservation conferences aimed entirely at students. SCCS helps young conservation scientists gain experience, learn new ideas and make contacts that will be valuable for their future careers. Over the past 15 years, SCCS Cambridge has hosted over 2,500 delegates from 124 countries worldwide.


The 2015 Conference

The sixteenth conference in the Cambridge series will be held from 24 - 26 March 2015, in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK. NEW Deadline for applications: Friday 24 October 2014 at 10:00 AM GMT.

Download our 2015 poster here

Who can attend?

The conference is designed for young conservation researchers from biological, environmental and geography departments of universities as well as conservation and resource management agencies. If you would like to come to our next conference, please fill in our application form.




" I have participated in several conferences before this, in Europe. Among them this is the best."















Talks and posters

Each day the programme starts with a plenary lecture from a leading conservation scientist, and is followed by around 10 student talks. About 100 students also present their work at the three poster sessions.

Workshops and networking

As well as attending presentations, conference delegates can take part in workshops, which cover skills such as paper-writing, fund-raising, social science tools, and much more. Other events include evening sessions where delegates can meet conservation professionals from leading UK and international conservation bodies.

Bursaries and Internships

If you are from a developing country or eastern European country, you can you use our online application form to apply for a BURSARY to help with the costs of getting to the conference or an INTERNSHIP if you want to both attend the conference and work on a conservation-related project for one month at a UK institution. Please view this table before applying to see whether you qualify. We will consider applicants only from Lower Income (LIC), Lower Middle Income (LMC) and Upper Middle Income (UMC) countries for bursaries and internships. Please note that we are only able to help a small number of applicants for bursaries and internships and cannot help those already based in western Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or North America.

The conference internship scheme enables students to extend their visit to the UK for up to four weeks after the conference to carry out mutually beneficial work with conservation organisations or academic institutions. The internship scheme aims to to help develop the careers of promising conservation scientists and to strengthen and catalyse north-south collaborations.

SCCS in Australia, India, China, Hungary and the USA

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The SCCS family is growing. A sister conference continued in Beijing on 7-10 November 2014 and a sister conference was held in Australia on 19-29 January 2015. A new SCCS conference series is to held in Hungary on 1-5 September 2015. The next sister conference in Bangalore is on 8-11 September 2015 and in New York it will be held on 7-9 October 2015.

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