Submissions are requested for contributed abstracts, which will be presented in oral and poster sessions.
Abstract submission are now open and closes on December 10, 2017 at 23:59 EST (UTC-5). Submission of an abstract implies that the authors are committed to attending the meeting and presenting the work.
All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the WCMB2018 Scientific Committee. Authors will be notified of acceptance by January 26, 2018. Accepted abstracts will only be retained in the program if the submitter/presenting author registers and pays the registration fees by the registration deadline for presenters on February 9, 2018.
Delegates are invited to make one (1) submission of a contributed abstract. The submitting author must be the abstract presenter.
Submissions are accepted via the online form only. With your name and password, you may enter your abstract, save your work and return to edit it later. (See content requirements under Format below.)
Authors may choose one or two themes for their submission:
Session 1: Climate change impacts on marine biodiversity
Session 2: Climate change and highly migratory species
Session 3: Cumulative impacts of human activities on marine biodiversity
Session 4: Role of systematics in understanding ocean change
NEW - Session 5: Sustained observations of life as an integral component of coastal and ocean observing systems
NEW – Session 6: Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program
Session 1: Ecosystem stability and biodiversity
Session 2: Relationship between BD and resilience
Session 3: Plastic marine debris
Session 4: Invasions and the Anthropocene 'natural'
Session 1: Biodiversity restoration
Session 2: High tech for marine conservation (drones, nanosatellites, acoustic arrays)
Session 3: Conservation strategies to protect species to ecosystems
Session 4: Ecologically and biologically significant areas
NEW - Session 5: The Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative
NEW - Session 6: Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative
Session 1: Biodiversity in frontier areas I: Polar regions
Session 2: Biodiversity in frontier areas II: Deep sea
Session 3: Biodiversity in frontier areas III: Atlantic Basin scale
Session 4: Biodiversity in frontier areas IV: The tropics
Session 1: Pharmaceutical & bioproduct discovery
Session 2: Marine natural products & policy
Session 1: Indicators & proxies for biodiversity (development, use & meaning)
Session 2: Connectivities among the deep pelagic, open ocean & coastal waters
Session 3: Biogeography: macroecology, richness, endemicity, gradients & trends
Session 1: Approaches to integrated assessments for fisheries and ecosystem
Session 2: Challenges in moving from single species to ecosystem management
Session 3: Linking biodiversity, ecosystem function, and ecosystem services)
Session 4: Ecological traits & ecosystem function
Session 5: Biodiversity & ecosystem function in the real world
NEW - Session 6: From local to regional scales: New ways to explore benthic ecosystem connectivity and resilience to climate change
Session 1: Ecological insights from beta-diversity
Session 2: Biodiversity indicators
Session 3: Big vs smart data in ocean observation: Making the most of what’s available
Session 4: New technologies for biodiversity observation, data management, analysis & visualisation
Session 5: Balancing the use and misuse of more precise & abundant data
Session 6: Bioinformatics and data access
Session 7: Analytical approaches in marine biodiversity science
Session 8: Reconciling observations in space & time: Methods, models & case studies
Session 1: Marine policy & law
Session 2: Biodiversity in ecosystem state reporting: Ecosystem Stability and Biodiversity
Session 3: Policy & legal needs for the high seas/deep ocean beyond national jurisdiction
Session 4: Transcending the boundary between science & users/management
Session 5: Policy in data poor scenarios
Session 1: Marine biodiversity & society (coastal mega-cities, indigenous peoples, art)
Session 2: Marine biodiversity education & outreach
Session 3: Marine stewardship & society
Session 4: Sorting misinformation & promoting rigour in public perception
NEW - Ocean deep-sea research and management
NEW - Invasive Species
NEW - Ocean basin scale research: ATLAS, MERCES and SponGES
NEW - Marine biodiversity and conservation: A tribute to Dick Haedrich’s lifetime contributions on ocean life
Information required for all submissions:
Language of Submission
Abstracts must be submitted in English only.
To modify, correct or withdraw an abstract you may log back into your online account with email and password. No changes will be possible after the submission deadline of December 10, 2017.
An email confirmation will be sent upon creation of your online account to the email address you provided, specifying your login details for abstract submission and editing. A separate email will be sent when you save & officially submit your abstract.
If you do not receive notification of your account creation or of abstract submission, please follow up immediately with the Conference Secretariat – JPdL.
Review and Notification to Authors
All completed abstracts will be reviewed. You will be informed by email of the acceptance or rejection of your abstract by January 26, 2018. Only the person identified as the Submitter will receive notification, which will be sent to the email address provided upon submission.
After notice of acceptance has been sent, all presenters are also required to register and pay the Conference registration fee in order to be included in the program and to present on site. Registration and payment of registration fee by presenters of accepted abstracts must be completed no later than February 9, 2018.
Accepted abstracts will be published in the conference mobile app. By submitting an abstract, authors agree to publication of same by WCMB.
Oral presentations will be included within topical sessions of the official Conference program. Each presentation will be 12 minutes long, followed by a 3-minute question period. A PowerPoint is normally requested for all oral presentations.
Posters will be on display in dedicated 2-hour poster sessions on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Posters will be in printed format. Poster size will be confirmed with acceptance.
Alternate/creative presentation formats are also invited for both oral and poster sessions, including storytelling, science-dance, poetry, and others.
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