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 19 years, SCCS Cambridge has hosted over 3,200 delegates from 133 countries worldwide.


The 2019 Conference

The twentieth conference in the Cambridge series will be held from 26 - 28 March 2019, in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK. Deadline for applications: Applications to SCCS 2019 will close on 19 October at 10am UK time!

Download our 2019 poster here.

From a 2017 delegate: It was truly an amazing experience. I'm sharing with you what I wrote in my hopes to convey my appreciation. Read the blog here and from another delegate 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 been inspired to fulfil a career in conservation."



"I made friends and connections world wide."


Sister conferences:-

500 of Africa and Asia's brightest conservation researchers and practitioners.

If you are a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, or early career professional pursuing or considering a career in conservation science, you won't want to miss SCCS-NY 2018!

October 2018: Abstract Submissions & Registration OPEN

Scholarship applications for the 3rd Student Conference on Conservation Science – Australia close October 31st

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.The eighth conferences in the sister series of the Student Conference on Conservation Science family were held in Bangalore (India) and New York (USA) in 2017. The next SCCS in Bangalore will be 27–30 September 2018. In New York it will be 24-26 October 2018. The second SCCS Australia was held in Brisbane in January 2015. A third one will be held 3-10 July 2019. The third conference in the SCCS-Beijing series was held in 2015. The fourth conference in Hungary was held in September 2018.


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