The 11th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions (ICMB XI) will be in held in Annapolis, Maryland, USA in 2023. This will be the first time in over a decade that this important international conference on invasive marine pests has been held on the North American east coast and is poised to be the largest of such gatherings in the Society's history.

The ICMB operates on a not-for-profit basis under the Society for the Study of Marine Bioinvasions, Inc., with conference organization and administration managed solely by voluntary members of the SSC and Local Organization Committee (LOC). Society conferences facilitate the exchange of ideas and research results among scientists and policy makers from around the world about marine invasive species, which can have widespread and detrimental ecological and economic effects. These exchanges are intended to inform scientists and policy makers about the patterns of invasions, their effects, and how to reduce or control them.

We rely heavily on contributions from stakeholder organizations to offset conference costs. The rental of meeting facilities, conference reception, catering, travel for invited speakers, as well as scholarships, are significant expenses. Contributions ensure that registration fees can be kept as low as possible to encourage broad participation by international scientists and, especially, early career scientists. Additionally, the ICMB team can help coordinate workshops before and after the conference to meet your organizations needs and objectives.

Please see the Sponsorship Menu for details on sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

Accordingly, your sponsorship would be noted prominently on our website and all conference materials. The ICMB offers many benefits for sponsors and there are many areas that need support including student scholarships and accessibility.

Organizations supporting the ICMB are designated as follows:

  • Gold Lionfish Level (≥ $10,000)
  • Silver Slipper Shell Level (≥ $5,000 - $9,999)
  • Bronze Mitten Crab Level (< $5,000)

The ICMB is the principal forum in which scientists and policy makers from around the world meet to review current challenges in the global management of invasive marine organisms and to share new developments in science and policy. Recent conferences in Puerto Madryn, Argentina (2018), Sydney, Australia (2016), Vancouver, Canada (2013), and Barcelona, Spain (2011) have been attended by between 140 to 200 delegates from up to 25 countries across six continents. All conferences were very successful, and we received positive feedback directly to SSC members and from anonymous evaluations. Furthermore, the conferences are an excellent forum for discussion—both formal and informal—among leaders in the field (many of whom routinely attend) and the next generation of researchers and policy makers.

Recent themes included:

  • Understanding the ecosystem and evolutionary impacts of non-native, invasive marine organisms
  • Predicting how changing global environments will influence bioinvasions
  • Evaluating global and regional vectors for the transport of marine invaders (including ballast water and vessel biofouling) and their management
  • Methods for detection, identification, and tracking-to-origin
  • Management, rapid response, eradication and control of invaders
  • Efforts to restore natural ecosystems from the effects of invaders
  • Connected World: advances through international networks
  • Citizen science: communication, social involvement and media

We sincerely hope you will consider supporting ICMB XI. If you would like to make a donation, please reach out an ICMB representative below or contact a member of the LOC at marinebioinvasions@gmail.com. We will follow up with you to discuss the opportunities for support.

Very respectfully,

Chela Zabin

Co-President Scientific Steering Committee

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center


Jeff Crooks

Co-President Scientific Steering Committee

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve


ICMB XI Local Organizing Committee Co-Chairs: Gregory Ruiz, Whitman Miller, Katherine Newcomer - Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Society for the Study of Marine Bioinvasions are recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions may be tax deductible. Itemized receipts are available.