The call for abstracts is now OPEN! Submit here.
The deadline for submission will be 24 February '20.
Information for abstract submission
Reviewers have access to all information contained in the abstract (with the exception of personal identifiers). Abstracts are blind reviewed by at least three individuals. To increase the probability that your abstract will be selected for presentation, please consider the following criteria carefully:
- Relevance to the overall theme of IMCC6 (Making Marine Science Matter)
- Application to marine conservation / clear connection to conservation science, policy, management, practice
- Relevance to the session theme, where applicable
- Novelty of the topic – how the subject addresses a new question or problem, or approaches traditional questions from a novel perspective or in a new region. This is not a strict requirement but may give your abstract an advantage when all other criteria are met.
Submission limitations & registration
Contributed presentation formats
Oral presentations (12 minutes)
These talks will sit under the accepted special symposia and other general topics. Oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes: 12 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions. Abstracts for oral presentations can be submitted to accepted special symposia (open or closed*), or to the general call. The latter will be grouped by topic during the conference. Please choose from the list of general topic areas when you submit your abstract to facilitate this process. If your abstract is accepted but cannot be accommodated as an oral presentation, we may offer you the opportunity to present a speed talk or a poster.
* Abstracts submitted to Special Symposia (closed) must be accompanied by the session code provided by the organizer.
Speed talks (4 minutes)
If your topic is of interest to a wide range of people and you would like your presentation to lead to an extended conversation with colleagues, you may wish to submit an abstract for a speed presentation. The speed talks will be grouped into an exciting, fast-paced session and the time limit will be strictly enforced.
Posters are a great opportunity to showcase your topic or work in a creative, visual way and to have conversations with the other delegates about your topic. Abstracts for posters can be submitted to accepted special symposia (open or closed*), or to the general call.Posters will be presented at a special evening event held during IMCC6 and will be available to view at other times during the conference.
Do you have a technical skill useful for ocean conservation? Teach it to colleagues from around the world! Proposals for short courses should be submitted in abstract format, including a brief description of the workshop topic, the expected outcomes, and how it will be run. Further details will be obtained for successful proposals at a later date.
Workshops will be help pre-congress on the 22-23 August and can be of a duration from a half to two full days. There will be a fee for delegates to attend workshops to cover overhead costs, equipment and catering. Unfortunately SCB Marine are unable to provide financial support for the organizers of workshops. All workshop attendees will be required to register for IMCC6.
- Special Symposium (closed)
An abstract is submitted with a list of expected contributors. The symposium organizer curate a range of talks to focus on a very specific issue.
- Special Symposium (open)
An abstract is submitted without a list of expected contributors. This topic is then opened to the marine conservation community to submit their proposed talks for the organizer to review and curate. This is a great way to explore an emerging issue or to bring a range of global practitioners together.
One thing to remember is that both of these options require that the organizer curates their session. If a session does not have enough interest or sufficient contributed talks to make it viable it may be cancelled.
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. Proposals for Focus groups should be brief 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.
They can be held over a range of durations from an hour to two days. They will be held outside of the main program, either pre-conference (22-23 August), at lunch, or before/after the main conferrence program or post conference (28 August). For focus groups held pre- or post- conference there will be fee for attendees to cover overhead costs, equipment and catering. All attendees will be required to register for IMCC6.