CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - GUIDELINES AND INSTRUCTIONS

 

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.

 

Submission

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.)

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Themes

Authors may choose one or two themes for their submission:

 

THEME: BIODIVERSITY IN A CHANGING OCEAN

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

 

THEME: MARINE BIODIVERSITY IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

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'

 

THEME: STRATEGIES FOR CONSERVATION OF MARINE BIODIVERSITY

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

 

THEME: BIODIVERSITY DISCOVERY AND PREDICTION

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

 

THEME: BLUE BIOTECHNOLOGY & MARINE GENETIC RESOURCES

Session 1: Pharmaceutical & bioproduct discovery

Session 2: Marine natural products & policy

 

THEME: INTEGRATIVE FRAMEWORKS TO LINK ENVIRONMENTAL & BIOLOGICAL DRIVERS OF BIODIVERSITY

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

 

THEME: LINKING BIODIVERSITY TO ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION AND SERVICES

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

 

THEME: BIODIVERSITY TOOLS & DATA

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

 

THEME: APPLICATION OF BIODIVERSITY KNOWLEDGE

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

 

THEME: THE HUMAN ELEMENT

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

 

OTHER THEMES

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

 

Format

Information required for all submissions:

  • Title (max 20 words)
  • Theme 1 + Theme 2 + Theme 3
  • Presentation Format (see Presentation below)
  • Abstract (max 200 words, text only, no images, tables or special characters)
  • Key words (4)
  • Short description (120 characters)
  • Abstract presenter & co-authors (full name, organization, city, country)

 

Language of Submission

Abstracts must be submitted in English only.

 

Abstract Modifications

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.

 

Confirmation

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.

 

Registration

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.

 

Publication

Accepted abstracts will be published in the conference mobile app. By submitting an abstract, authors agree to publication of same by WCMB.

 

Presentation

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.

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

May 13-16, 2018 |  Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Important Dates

December 1, 2017

 

 

January 26, 2018

 

February 9, 2018

 

Submission deadline for abstracts

Notification of acceptance

Deadline for registration and payment by presenters of accepted abstracts