News Updates

Cranes at the Port of LA Long Beach alongside a ship

Photo by Luz Quiñones

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Calling all SciArt Printmakers!

    The Altered Environments portfolio program is complete. Visit our Art Program page to find out more about the selected artists and artworks.

    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 ICMB XI Artist April Flanders' website (archived link).

  • 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