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ECCB 2024

7th European Congress of Conservation Biology

“Biodiversity positive by 2030”

17-21 June 2024 – Bologna, Italy


Unfortunately, due to unforeseen structural problems that have occurred in the Aula Magna Santa Lucia, this room is no longer usable for plenary sessions. The safety and comfort of our participants remain our utmost priority, and we have found the Belmeloro buildings as the final location.

The Belmeloro Complex, also owned by the University of Bologna is located 15 minutes’ walk from Santa Lucia. All sessions and plenaries from Tuesday to Friday will take place there. The complex is newly built, and all classrooms are equipped with air conditioning (which is not a trivial provision in Bologna in June!).

At the nearby Zoology Museum, attendees will have the opportunity to present their posters amidst the stunning array of diverse animal exhibits. Additionally, the registration desk, childcare facilities, and sponsor booths will be conveniently situated within this venue.

The opening ceremony, scheduled for Monday, will unfold at the esteemed Arena Del Sole theatre, serving as an elegant backdrop for both the opening ceremony and the welcoming cocktail reception held within its picturesque cloisters.

While our scientific committee has been diligently working to finalize the program, the building change has necessitated adjustments to the schedule and logistics. We’re taking every measure to ensure that the program accurately reflects the new buildings’ layout and facilities, as well as any updates to session timings or arrangements. We understand the importance of having the program available in advance to help you plan your participation effectively. Please don’t worry- we’re prioritizing the swift finalization of the program and aim to publish it as soon.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We can’t wait to welcome you to Bologna!

The Local Organizing Committee of ECCB2024

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The European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB) is a series of professional meetings organized by the Europe Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB). ECCB aims to facilitate the exchange of conservation science and nature conservation practice and policy to promote the conservation of biological diversity in Europe.

Our Theme

The 7th ECCB will focus on biodiversity positive by 2030.  This theme presents a positive message and a call to action towards the conservation of our planet’s biodiversity.

Despite the challenges we face in preserving our natural world, we have made significant strides in recent years toward achieving our goals. We have seen the establishment of new protected areas, the reduction of carbon emissions, and a growing awareness of the importance of biodiversity for our survival and its intrinsic value.

This congress provides a platform for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and collaborate toward achieving a sustainable future. By working together and taking action, we can make significant progress in conserving our planet’s biodiversity and achieving a positive biodiversity world by 2030.

Join us in this journey, and read more on our website.

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Bologna, Italy

La Dotta, la Grassa e la Rossa (The Erudite, the Fat and the Red)

These nicknames describe the city of Bologna in all its important aspects, such as history, cuisine, and beauty.

La Dotta – The Erudite: The city has been a major urban centre for centuries, and it was here that the oldest University (as we know them today) was founded, in 1088. Here studied an illustrious list of alumni, such as Dante, Petrarch, and also contemporary personalities such as Umberto Eco.

La Grassa – The Fat: in Italy, every region, every city, and every house has its tradition and typical dishes. And Bologna is often considered an Italian culinary capital for its unique cuisine, which grew and still grows, not only thanks to the local tradition but also because of the constant exchange with other cultures thanks to the big number of students who attend the University.

La Rossa – The Red: surrounded by nature, Bologna’s red roofs are characteristic. Moreover, the red refers also to the 900s history of Bologna, which is famous for the anti-fascist resistance of its citizens.



  • July 2023 – Call for Symposia, Workshops and Training Courses opening

  • September 30th, 2023 (23.59 CEST): Call for Symposia, Workshops and Training Courses closing

  • October 25th, 2023 – Notification of acceptance for symposia, workshops and training courses

  • November 3rd, 2023 – Call for abstracts opening

  • postponed to January 29th (23.59 CEST) – Call for abstracts closing

  • March 5th, 2024Notification of acceptance for abstracts


  • December 22, 2023 – Registration open

  • Postponed to March 28th, 2024 (midnight CET) – Presenting authors’ registration closing
    (for abstracts’ presenting authors, trainers, chairs of workshops and symposia)

  • April 4th, 2024 (midnight CET) Early bird registration closing

  • June 3rd, 2024 (midnight CET) Regular registration closing

  • During the Conference – Late/On-site registration

  • June 17 – 21, 2024 – ECCB 2024 Conference dates

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