Submission for symposia & workshops is now OPEN! Submit here now - deadline 18 November 2019.
13 January 2020 - Call for abstracts for talks and posters opens.
Information for proposal submission
- Relevance to the overall theme of IMCC6 (Making Marine Science Matter)
- Application to marine conservation / clear connection to conservation science, policy, management, practice
- Quality of the proposal
- Outputs - proposals should clearly denote the proposed output for the session e.g., whether it is a published action plan, workshop report, white paper, proposal, journal article/ special collection of articles.
- 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 proposal an advantage when all other criteria are met.
Submission limitations & registration
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 sessions
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.
- Open symposia
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.
Contributed presentation formats
Talks (12 minutes)
These talks will sit under the accepted symposia and other broader topics. If you have an issue you really want to discuss in detail - submit a proposal for a Symposia!
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.
A great opportunity to showcase your topic or work in a creative way and walk people through it. Posters will be presented at a specific event held at IMCC6 and will be available to view at other opportunities over the conference.