News Updates

Cranes at the Port of LA Long Beach alongside a ship

Photo by Luz Quiñones

  • Final Days of Registration

    Full-conference registration for ICMB XI will close on April 1, 2023. Register today!

    Only a few weeks left to register — don't miss your chance to attend all three days of stimulating and informative conference programming.

    Special pricing for students and early-career scientists

    Current students and early-career scientists (highest degree received within the past 3 years) are still eligible for a special discount on conference fees. But hurry — this discount will also end on April 1, 2023.

  • Reserve Field Trip Tickets & Conference Souvenirs

    Field Trip Registration is Open

    We're pleased to announce a fun slate of field trip itineraries for ICMB XI attendees and their guests. Whether you're interested in a full-day odyssey or a brief and entertaining jaunt, we've got options for you!

    Visit a once-lost island, being saved via innovative habitat restoration. Get an insider's tour of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (boat trip included!). Talk ballast water management as you view the Port of Baltimore by water. Or explore the harbor conservation projects right on the conference's doorstep with the quirky and hilarious Mr. Trash Wheel crew.

    All field trips will be held Friday, May 19, 2023. Space is limited — reserve your spot now!

    T-Shirts and Souvenirs, too!

    We are delighted to offer exclusive conference souvenirs featuring the artwork of ICMB XI partner artist April Flanders. Even better, souvenir sales help fund travel awards for the next ICMB.

    In keeping with our environmental pledge, we will not have a large stock of conference souvenirs on hand during the conference. Instead, we invite registered attendees to place a pre-order reservation for any souvenirs you'd like to purchase. We'll have them ready and waiting for you at check-in.

    Take a bit of ICMB XI home with you, and help support future conferences at the same time!

  • Single-Day Tickets Now Available

    Single-day tickets are a flexible and affordable way to experience ICMB XI. Your single-day ticket is valid for all conference events on the day you check in at registration — no need to pick days in advance.

    Get your ticket today, and join scientists and policy-makers from around the world as they share new developments and debate current challenges in global marine bioinvasions research and management. We can't wait to see you in Baltimore!

  • Abstract Submissions Are Closed

    The Scientific Steering Committee and the ICMB XI Local Organizing Committee thank everyone who participated in our second call for abstracts during January. All abstract submissions are now closed. Reviews are underway, and participants can expect a decision by February 24, 2023.

    We're looking forward to a fantastic conference! Look out for more news coming soon on field trip options and our program of contributed sessions. To stay in the know, sign up for our email list or follow us on social media.

  • Second Call for Abstracts

    In response to continued interest from our community, the ICMB XI Scientific Steering Committee is happy to once again invite researchers and students to submit abstracts for poster or oral presentation at the 11th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions, May 15–19, 2023.

    Submissions for the second call for abstracts are due January 31, 2023.

    Find out how to submit, and tell all your colleagues!

    When will January submitters hear back about acceptance?

    Participants submitting as part of the January call can expect a decision notification by February 24, 2023. Please note that this is after the end of the early registration period.

    Is this a call for “late-breaking” abstracts of exceptional interest?

    No, we are interested in the same kind of work as in the initial call for abstracts.

    However, due to the strong response to our initial call for abstracts, space for oral presentations is likely to be limited for participants submitting in January. Committee members may offer acceptance for a poster to some submitters who request an oral presentation.

    I submitted an abstract during the initial call. Am I welcome to submit another one in January?

    You are welcome to submit a new abstract during the second call. Abstracts that already received a decision during the initial call will not be reconsidered. In case of space constraints, the committee will give priority to submitters who did not participate in the initial call.

    Are there any submission limits during the second call?

    You may submit multiple abstracts during the second call, but please keep in mind that space for talks is likely to be limited. Additional oral presentation submissions may be offered acceptance as posters. If there is a topic that you would especially like to present as a talk, we advise you to make that your only oral presentation submission.

    Are travel scholarship applications also open again during January?

    No, the January call is for abstract submissions only. Unfortunately, it is not feasible for us to offer a second Travel Award application period.

  • Second Call for Abstracts to Open in January

    ICMB XI's initial call for abstracts ran from September 7–December 4, 2022, and is now closed. Thanks to a strong response from the global marine bioinvasions community, we're looking forward to a fantastic conference.

    But we've heard loud and clear that there are still more of you who would like to participate. In response to this interest, we are happy to announce that we will hold a second call for abstracts during the month of January, 2023.

    We are also announcing an extension of the early registration discount through the end of January. We hope that together, these measures will broaden participation in ICMB XI to help make this the best ICMB yet.

    Find out all the details, and tell all your colleagues!

  • Abstract Submissions & Travel Award Applications Are Closed

    The Scientific Steering Committee and the ICMB XI Local Organizing Committee are grateful for the strong response from the global marine bioinvasions community to our call for abstracts and Travel Award applications! Submissions arrived from over 26 countries across 6 continents, representing exciting new work on topics relating to our conference theme areas, and beyond.

    Abstract reviews are underway, and participants can expect a decision by January 3, 2023. We're looking forward to a fantastic conference!

  • Submission Deadlines Extended

    The ICMB XI organizers are delighted with the strong response to our Call for Abstracts and our Travel Award program. Many thanks to everyone who has submitted. We are looking forward to a meeting that is truly international in scope, and exciting in its breadth of discussion.

    To encourage broad participation across the global marine bioinvasions community, especially among students and early-career scientists, we are extending submissions for 2 more weeks.

    New deadline for abstracts and Travel Award applications: December 4, 2022.

    If you have already submitted an abstract or Travel Award application, thank you! There's one more thing you can do: share the news of this extension widely. Please help spread the word to colleagues, students, fellows, and anyone else interested in marine non-native species research and policy. With your help, we can make this the best ICMB yet!

  • Marine Bioinvasions Meets SciArt

    The conference may have been postponed last year, but the artists kept on creating! On October 14th, ICMB XI partner artist and university professor April Flanders installed Altered Environments at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, MD, USA, where it will be displayed through Sunday, November 13th before moving on to another venue.

    This curated printmaking portfolio that responds to the issue of marine bioinvasions will be displayed at ICMB XI along with a gallery talk by April Flanders.

    Learn more about Altered Environments, and find out how to view the online gallery.

  • Call for Abstracts

    The ICMB XI Scientific Steering Committee invites the submission of abstracts for oral presentations and posters reporting new science and approaches across the field of marine bioinvasions. Our conference program will be organized around six core themes. Presentation of work aligning with our themes is encouraged, and we also welcome submissions on other topics.

    Abstracts are due by November 20, 2022. Learn more, and submit here.

    Submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected based on the quality and rigor of the abstract and the novelty of the work. If an abstract is accepted, at least one co-author will be expected to register for and attend the conference to present the work.

    Student or Early-Career Scientist?

    If you are a current student or early-career scientist (highest degree received within the past 3 years), we strongly encourage you to apply for a Travel Award to help cover your conference fees and travel costs.

    To apply for a Travel Award, please submit your application materials along with your abstract.

    Learn more about eligibility and application requirements on our Travel Award page.


    An e-book of accepted abstracts will be published on the ICMB website.

    In addition, we are happy to announce that the International Association for Open Knowledge on Invasive Species (INVASIVESNET) has agreed to publish two special issues in INVASIVESNET journals to highlight research presented at ICMB XI.

    Learn more about this excellent publication opportunity.