National Seminar

Fourth Indian Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2017)
10-12 March 2017
Venue: Pondicherry University Convention Centre

The UN General Assembly declared the period 2011-2020 as United Nations Decade on Biodiversity to promote the implementation of a strategic plan on biodiversity and its overall vision of living in harmony with nature. There is a better realisation now that sustainable development for our growing human family depends on biological diversity. The vital goods and services it offers forms the key stone for preserving and properly managing its richness for the current and future generations. It is also a period in which the government has to take concerted efforts to achieve “Aichi Target” or the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity for addressing the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, reduce the pressures on biodiversity, safeguard biodiversity at all levels, enhance the benefits provided by biodiversity.

The fourth Indian Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2017) is being organised at Pondicherry University, Puducherry from 10 to 12 March 2017. Focal theme for seminar is “Climate Change and Biodiversity”. It is now widely recognised that climate change and biodiversity are interconnected. The earth climate is changing rapidly and the impacts are already being felt on biodiversity and wildlife habitats across the planet. Though biodiversity is affected by climate change with negative consequences of human well-being but through the ecosystem services it supports, also makes an important contribution to both climate change mitigation and adaptation. Specific biodiversity and climate change related measures and targets need to be integrated on biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilisation. Societies need to develop and implement appropriate strategies to risk associated with changing climate to ensure that the changing climate resources are appropriately exploited and that the adverse impacts are minimised.

IBC 2017 : Focal theme

“Climate Change and Biodiversity”


    1. Biodiversity characterisation and documentation (survey, taxonomic studies in     different groups, characterisation of specific groups and to overcome taxonomic impediment, innovations, DNA barcoding, databases , flora, fauna and microbial biodiversity etc).
    1. Marine Biodiversity (survey, characterisation, conservation and sustainable development).
    1. Biodiversity of Puducherry ( Plant, animal, heritage and other related status report on biodiversity).
    1. Agro- biodiversity and poverty alleviation (indigenous cultivars, under-utilized legumes, fruits, tubers and vegetables for food, nutritional security and food safety).
    1. Ecosystem services and development ( environmental services by biodiversity, eco-economics and social implications, responsible tourism).
    2. Livestock biodiversity (Documentation, evaluation and characterization, climate change and adaptability).
    3. Biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization through technology (Biodiversity informatics, in-situ and ex-situ conservation strategies, modern techniques both in science and engineering for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, GIS,GPS and remote sensing. Bio prospecting and product development, biomass and energy production).
    4. Medicinal plant conservation and sustainable utilization (Documentation, agro-technology development, multiplication, cultivation and product development etc).
    5. Biodiversity education & extension ( awareness campaigns, communication techniques related to biodiversity, success cases at grass root level role of NGOs, People’s participation in Biodiversity Management Committees).
    6. Culture, indigenous technical knowledge and local traditional practices related to biodiversity. Biodiversity linked to genetic resources associated traditional/tribal knowledge and cultural expressions.
    7. Policy legislature and biodiversity strategies (IPR and biodiversity issues, biopiracy legal and policy issues).
    8. Urban and landscaping (Documentation and case studies related to urban biodiversity, benefits, role of landscaping and planning to conserve urban biodiversity).



Call for papers

The Congress includes keynote address, plenary lectures and oral/poster presentations. The focal theme will have only invited presentations and panel discussion by experts. Papers can be submitted for all the other themes. Oral presentations of contributed papers are limited to 10 minutes including discussion.

Though the presenters can opt for oral and poster presentations and the theme, the review committee will decide the mode and theme of presentation. The abstract(s) should be submitted for both forms of presentations. The number of abstract per presenting author is limited to one in each theme.

All meeting rooms are equipped with LCD projectors and Windows-based PCs. Presentations can be saved on a CD-ROM disk or a USB memory stick. Please test your presentation and bring a backup. Presenters must use the host computers for PowerPoint presentations.


The abstract(s) should not have more than 500 words and should be uploaded through the website on or before 15 January 2017. The following information may kindly be noted while preparing the abstract:

  • The title of the paper centered with bold capital letters (14 font Times New Roman).
  • Name of the author(s) centered in normal letters (12 font Times New Roman).
  • Address(es) of the author(s) with pin code, phone and fax numbers and e mail. The name of the corresponding and presenting authors should be specifically mentioned (12 font Times New Roman- normal).
  • A 500 word abstract must contain precise information including brief introduction, methodology, highlights of results and conclusion (12 font Times New Roman- normal, justified).
  • At least one author should register by paying the required registration fee.

Poster presentation 

  • Posters must be in portrait, DIN A0 format (84 cm wide x 119 cm high).
  • Include the title and authors of the poster as listed in your abstract.
  • Information on the poster should flow from left to right and from top to bottom.
  • Keep your poster simple – avoid too much information, stick to two or three main points.
  • Double space all text, using left justification.
  • Use short sentences, simple words and bullets.
  • All information should be large enough to be read easily from at least one metre distance, suggested text size is at least 24 point; author(s) and affiliation(s) should be at least 42 point; subheadings should be at least 60 point.
  • Self-explanatory graphics should dominate the poster; keep captions brief.

Submission of Full papers

The completed camera-ready paper should be received not later than 15 February 2017. This should include a cover page containing title, authors, address, affiliation, e-mail address, phone number, fax number and topic area of the paper. The second page should start with paper title, authors, abstract, keywords, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion including conclusions and references. Paper should be on A4 (8.25″ x 10.75″), using Time New Roman 12 point. The paper must not exceed 10 pages excluding references. The photographs and graphs should be of higher resolution (min. 300 dpi) for printing separate JPEG/TIFF images should be supplied. One hard copy and soft copy in CD should be submitted. The format for submitting full papers will be intimated to the authors on selection of the paper for presentation.


All accepted full length papers will be published as conference proceedings with ISBN.

Registration                                                               Upto 15th Feb            16th onwards &Spot

Faculty/Scientist                                                       2500                3000

NGOs                                                                           1500                2000

Research students(having fellowship)*                     1500                2000

Research students ( without fellowship)*

and graduates & post graduates *                            1000                1500

Accompanying person                                                            1500                2000


*Certificate from HoD or Guide is mandatory.

Concession for bulk registration, please contact the organisers

Mode of Payment

The payment should be made through bankers cheque/DD in the name of “Indian Biodiversity Congress” payable at Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) or by bank transfer to.

Account Holder:         Indian Biodiversity Congress

Bank                :           State Bank of Travancore, Vellayambalam branch, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Branch code   :           70308

Account No     :           67291769565

IFSC Code       :           SBT R 0000 308

Fees for participants and students will cover admittance to all symposium sessions, conference materials, abstract book, snacks & lunch.

How to submit the abstract?

The paper may be submitted online (http:// or sent to the email :

Important deadlines

Registration & submission of abstracts       : 15 January 2017

Communication of acceptance of papers     : 25 January 2017

Submission of full papers                           : 15 February 2017


Registration of one of the authors is mandatory before 15th February 2017 for inclusion of the accepted abstract in book of abstracts. There will not be any spot registration for paper presentation.


The organizing committee will assist in booking accommodations on request and advance payment. The tariff rates of hotels and dormitories will be provided on request.

Address for Communication

IBC Secretariat
Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA)
T.C. 15/603, USRA -153, Udarasiromani Road,
Vellayambalam, Thiruvananthapuram – 695010, Kerala, India
Tele/fax: +91 471 2722151, Email: