Call for Abstracts for Youth Conservation Innovation Poster Competition(The deadline is 23 July 2018)

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Kwita Izina

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Call for Abstracts for Youth Conservation Innovation Poster Competition

Conversation on Conservation

04-05 September 2018

The Conversation on Conservation (COC) is a two-day annual conference with delegates attending from all over the world. This important forum brings together leading experts to debate Africa’s conservation challenges and find solutions to preserve ecosystems for future generations. This year’s COC topics are:

Theme: Conservation and sustainable tourism – a foundation for future generations

Sub-theme: Advancing Conservation with Technology

Cross-Cutting Theme: Engaging Youth in Conservation Innovation

As an important aspect of the scientific/educational component of the Conversation on Conservation, this third annual poster competition is being launched. Different categories of youth are invited to submit an abstract representing an innovation project for conservation related to the use of technology in biodiversity conservation.


  1. Three main categories of youth will be considered: secondary school students (CATEGORY 1), university students in Bachelors programs (CATEGORY 2), and postgraduate students (CATEGORY 3)
  2. Only abstracts related to the themes will be selected
  3. Once the abstract is selected, the candidate will be invited to make a poster which will be displayed during the Conversation on Conservation event
  4. Only one abstract is allowed per applicant
  5. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 23 July 2018
  6. The display of selected posters begins on 03 September 2018 in Kigali


  • The conservation project should be your property (designed yourself) and should link conservation and technology. Technology can refer to any device or tool used in your project in interesting, innovative or new ways that show how technological tools can be applied for conservation (for example, apps, drones, camera traps, measuring, monitoring or recording devices, etc).
  • If you are a secondary school student, you must be a current or recent graduate within one year of secondary school/high school (S.6) in Rwanda (CATEGORY 1)
  • If you are a bachelor student you must be currently registered in a Bachelors program at any university in Rwanda or other higher learning institutions or be a recent graduate within one year from the university (CATEGORY 2).
  • If you are a postgraduate student you must be a currently registered student in a Master or PhD program or be a recent graduate within one year (CATEGORY 3) in any higher learning institution.
  • You may submit an abstract until midnight on 23 July 2018
  • You must follow all instructions carefully to have your abstract considered; only one abstract allowed per applicant.

Instructions for Writing and Submitting an Abstract for Posters:

Below are the guidelines for writing and submitting the abstract. In addition to the abstract, you must complete the form below and submit it with your abstract attached. 

  1. You must title the file you send by email as follows: Your Name_COC Abstract Example:   Nsabimana_COC Abstract
  2. Submit the abstract to
  3. Abstracts must be 300 words or less written in one paragraph and should:
  • State the purpose of the project and how it links technology and conservation
  • Describe the innovation or relevance of the project for conservation
  • Explain the problem that motivated the project
  • Describe the methods or approach used in the project
  • Describe the results, or if the project is in progress (not completed yet) what the preliminary results or outcomes from the project suggest
  • The significance of the project. Why are the outcomes or results useful? What is innovative or new to our understanding as the result of your project?
  • Indicate conclusions, next steps

Abstract submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Abstracts should be single-spaced in 12pt Times New Roman font, aligned to the left.
  • Complete the form below and copy and paste your abstract on this page.
  • Title of the abstract should be capitalized in bold and placed at the top of the abstract.
  • Names and affiliations of all authors should be listed in italics below the title and before the abstract.
  • If you have co-authors, all co-authors must be informed before you submit the abstract.
  • You must indicate what category you are in, Category 1 (S6 youth), Category 2 (BS student) or Category 3 (postgraduate student).
  • The title of your submission should not be included in the 300-word abstract.
  • Only one abstract is allowed per author.

Abstract Evaluations

  • Abstracts will be evaluated for technical content, innovation, and quality of a project, writing quality, and relevance to the use of technology in conservation.
  • Depending on the number of abstracts received, time and space may not allow acceptance of all submissions. A maximum of 30 abstracts will be accepted.
  • Abstracts will be evaluated by a committee composed of nodes of the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB) at the College of Science and Technology, the University of Rwanda in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) who manages the CoC.

Notice of Decision

  • Decisions will be made and authors will be notified by email by 30 July 2018.
  • If your abstract is selected, you will be sent guidelines for preparing the poster, and your poster will be entered into a contest for best poster awards in each category.

The best posters in each category will be awarded prizes.

Important dates

Questions?   Email: and put ‘COC Abstract question’ in the Subject line or call 0786 470049 (CoEB office).

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