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  • ICMB XI 2023: New Dates, New Location

    The Society for the Study of Marine Bioinvasions and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's Marine Invasions Research Lab invite you to join us for the 11th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions.

    ICMB XI will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA from May 15 to 19, 2023.

    We are thrilled to convene our community at long last, and we are pleased to announce the conference's new location: the University System of Maryland's Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET), housed in the distinctive Columbus Center in the heart of Baltimore's historic and vibrant Inner Harbor.

    Details on new timelines for abstract submission, registration, and scholarships will be rolling out soon, so please make sure you are subscribed to our email list or follow us on our social media channels. We can't wait to see you in Charm City!

  • ICMB 2022 Postponed

    We regret to announce that the 11th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions (ICMB) must once again be postponed. Ongoing developments in the global COVID-19 pandemic have made it impossible to move forward with our plans for an in-person conference in the spring of 2022, since recent restrictions and disruptions will reduce both participation and access, undermining the purpose of the meeting.

    We are now working to identify new dates for ICMB XI in 2023, when we hope people can travel more reliably and safely to attend the conference. We still plan to convene in Annapolis, Maryland, USA, and will be announcing the new dates soon.

    This is disappointing news, but we continue to believe that the heart of ICMB is an experience of rich intellectual exchange and collegial interaction that depends on a fully in-person setting. We are committed to continuing this tradition and we hope you will join us in Annapolis, Maryland, USA in 2023.

    We recognize that the unprecedented gap since the last conference (in 2018) falls especially hard on students and early career scientists, who have missed key opportunities to connect with professional communities. The Society for the Study of Marine Bioinvasions is now developing plans to convene some new virtual symposia in 2022 and 2023 that focus on emerging topics in marine bioinvasions research, policy, and management. While not a replacement for ICMB, we hope these smaller events will help spark productive new connections and provide an additional opportunity — especially for students and early career scientists — to showcase their work and engage our community.

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  • Registration is Open

    The Society for the Study of Marine Bioinvasions and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's Marine Invasions Research Lab are delighted to invite you to join us in Annapolis, Maryland, USA from May 16 to 20, 2022 for the 11th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions.

    We are excited to reconnect in-person with old colleagues and welcome new ones, all while offering a stimulating and productive program of invited speakers, research talks, posters, special events and field trips. We hope to see you there!

    Register Here!

    Help us make this the best ICMB yet by sharing this announcement widely with collaborators, students, coworkers, fellows, and anyone interested in marine non-native species research, management and policy. You can also follow along on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

    Code of conduct

    The SSMB has established a code of conduct to ensure that ICMB XI provides a safe, inclusive and engaging platform for all conference-goers. The code of conduct applies to everyone associated with the conference, including attendees, volunteers, staff, speakers, organizers, and local vendors and service providers.


    We are committed to making this event as safe as possible for attendees and for the surrounding community. Vaccination will be required for conference participants and we will follow all state and local health guidelines. We are actively monitoring recommendations for mitigating risk associated with indoor events of this type. Look for further details as the conference gets closer.

  • Calling all SciArt Printmakers!

    Altered Environments is a curated printmaking portfolio that responds to the issue of marine bioinvasions. The portfolio will include 20 artists from diverse backgrounds, utilizing a wide range of styles and print techniques. Each artist will receive one full set of prints, housed within a sturdy portfolio. One full set will be donated to the collection at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD and one set will be kept for traveling exhibitions. This project is co-sponsored by the Marine Bioinvasions Lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD and Pyramid Atlantic in Hyattsville, MD. There is no cost for participation. A limited number of accepted artists may additionally be provided ten hours of studio time at Pyramid Atlantic (housing not provided). Artists who take advantage of this opportunity will need to be or become certified in community print shop practices and procedures. Application deadline is September 30, 2021.

    For the full prospectus please visit:

  • Save the Date for ICMB 2022

    Greetings from the beautiful Chesapeake Bay!

    We are excited for the upcoming 11th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions (ICMB) in Annapolis, Maryland, USA hosted by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's Marine Invasions Lab. The meeting dates will be May 16-20th, 2022, including any associated activities.

    We are working with the SSMB Scientific Steering Committee to create a stimulating and productive program. Information on meeting themes, guest speakers, special events, student travel funds, and local attractions will be posted on our website over the coming months. You can also follow along on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    We have been working hard to make sure ICMB XI reflects diverse voices in our field. So please share this invite widely to interested collaborators, students, coworkers, fellows, and anyone interested in marine non-native species research. We've posted the new conference Code of Conduct and one can view the abstract books for past conferences Here.

    Although travel may still be disrupted for some time, with future uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, we are hopeful that this situation will improve sufficiently for the conference to proceed in 2022. We will be providing updates and let you know if our plans for the conference change, as we move forward. We are also considering virtual methods of participation if travel will be impossible for some potential attendees.

    Any questions can be directed to us via our contact page or by emailing us at

    We look forward to seeing you on our shores or screens next May for the 11th International Marine Bioinvasions Conference!

    Best Regards,

    The Local Organizing Committee

  • ICMB XI Postponed

    Dear ICMB community,

    After much deliberation, the ICMB Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) have decided to postpone ICMB XI until May 2022.

    We decided to postpone the meeting first and foremost to ensure the safety and health of participants and our community. We simply do not know whether large gatherings or international travel will be safe and feasible in May 2021, and we have made this decision to postpone with the hope that future meetings can occur safely.

    In addition, the general uncertainty around international travel, including airline itineraries, travel bans, and isolation guidelines have convinced us that COVID regulations would result in uneven opportunity and participation based on country of origin. Such restrictions would undermine our goal for a diverse and inclusive conference. Even if travel restrictions and safety issues are resolved before May 2021, inequities among prospective attendees, organizations, and countries in the level of financial disruption and uncertainty would prevent attendance for many.

    While we considered transforming ICMB XI into a virtual conference, we feel strongly that the interpersonal connections and development of the marine invasions community are a fundamental aspect of ICMB meetings and that this is difficult to recreate online. Moreover, there would be significant logistical challenges associated with a full, multi-day virtual meeting attended by people from all over the world in different time zones. Thus, having a fully virtual meeting replace the next in-person meeting does not provide a good alternative.

    We recognize that the postponement of the conference means that some students won't be able to present or participate in a meeting of our community, since the last conference was in 2018. We are now considering additional ways to engage these students and highlight the work of the 2018-2021 cohort, including smaller focused virtual talks, workshops, publications, or seminars. News on these efforts will come later this year.

    We now have scheduled the ICMB XI to occur from 15-19 May 2022 and have reserved the same venue in Annapolis, Maryland. We are hopeful that this delay will allow us to hold the in-person conference and provide opportunity for our entire community to participate. We hope you all stay well and are able to join us!

    We urge you to stay up to date with ICMB XI updates by subscribing to the email listserv or following us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

    Best regards,

    Greg Ruiz, Chela Zabin, and Jeff Crooks

  • ICMB XI Statement on Recent Events

    As a group of international scientists, we strive to ensure that all people feel welcome at SSMB meetings and events, and we recognize the great amount of work that needs to be done to increase the diversity of our attendees and our field. We know that part of that work is to call out racism and inequality that black scientists face in the world, creating unsafe environments both in nature and in our cities. We value you, support you, and condemn the acts of violence against black people committed in recent weeks and centuries before. We stand with you during this emotional time and express deepest sympathy to the families and communities of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and far too many preceding them.

    - SSMB Leadership for ICMB XI, Scientific Steering Committee, and Local Organzing Committee