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Focus Groups

The call for symposia proposals is now open until 16 October 2017. 
To submit a symposia proposal click HERE


Lunchtime workshops and focus groups will be held at the Waterfront Hotel Kuching from 1:15 - 14:45 every day from 25 June to 28 June 2018. Lunchtime workshops are free to attend, but there is limited capacity.

Lunchtime Focus groups  are open to all delegates, unless designated "by invitation only." Focus groups that require pre-registration are marked "pre-registration is required." Lunchtime focus groups are free to attend, but there is a limited capacity.

Focus Groups bring together people with diverse expertise to develop tangible and actionable outputs — such as a list of recommendations, a publication, a policy briefing or a white paper — on a specific marine conservation issue. Focus groups can be held over the course of two days, for a duration between 2 and 8 hours. To minimize conflict with symposia and contributed paper sessions, focus groups of greater than two hours (max. eight hours) will be scheduled before or after the main scientific program. Focus groups of two hours in duration will generally be scheduled during the main scientific program. Focus groups typically have a smaller number of participants (10-30 maximum). Pre-meeting and post-meeting focus groups will require a separate fee for participants in addition to the congress registration fee to offset the additional costs of running the focus group. Any special needs or equipment might incur additional costs. Proposals for focus groups should be submitted in abstract format and include the following: (1) a synopsis composed of the goal or purpose, justification and outcome for the focus group (2) organizational structure including duration, format, expected number of participants, and technical requirements. Please contact the IMCC Program Committee with any questions.