The 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology was organized in Montpellier, France in August 2015. John Piccolo was present at the conference together with over 2000 attendees that presented research on conservation efforts worldwide – the largest meeting ever for the Society of Conservation Biology (SCB). Important topics included, among others, citizen science, social-ecological science, roadless area protection, and river connectivity. Plenary speakers included Peter Kareiva, Clive Spash, Anne Larigauderie, Ana Rodrigues, and Carl Jones. John Piccolo joined the SCB Freshwater working group and also presented a poster on the Land Ethic in conservation biology.