Submit Abstracts

Abstract submissions are now closed.

A second call for abstracts will open January 1, with submissions due by January 31, 2023.

ICMB XI's initial call for abstracts ran from September 7–December 4, 2022, and is now closed. We are grateful for the strong response we received from the global marine bioinvasions community! Submissions arrived from over 26 countries across 6 continents, representing exciting new work on topics relating to our conference theme areas, and beyond.

Due to continued interest from our community, we are happy to announce that we will hold a second call for abstracts during the month of January, 2023.

Abstract submissions will open again on January 1, 2023.

FAQ: Second Call for Abstracts, January 2023

What are the dates of ICMB XI's second call for abstracts?

Submissions will open on January 1 and close on January 31, 2023.

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.

If you anticipate needing a letter verifying acceptance of your abstract in order to obtain a visa, please plan to submit your abstract as soon as possible after January 1. Instructions for contacting us to request expedited review will appear here once submissions are open.

Will travel scholarship applications also re-open in January?

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

The ICMB XI Scientific Steering Committee invites researchers and students to submit abstracts for poster or oral presentation at the 11th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions, May 15–19, 2023. We are seeking presentations reporting new science and approaches across the field of marine bioinvasions. The 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.

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 requested 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 again during the second call. However, in case of space constraints, the committee will give priority to new submitters.

Will there be 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 there any changes to the review process?

The review process for the second call for abstracts is unchanged. 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.

Abstract Requirements

To be considered for acceptance, abstracts must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Language of submission: English
  • Abstract title: maximum of 100 characters
  • Abstract body: maximum of 200 words
  • Co-authors: (UPDATED) No limit on total number of co-authors
  • Submissions relating to a commercial product or service must include at least one academic co-author

Have the following information ready before you submit:

  • For each co-author: Full name, affiliation (institution/organization), country
  • The presenting author's full name and email address
  • Preferred presentation format: oral or poster
  • Does the work presented align with any of ICMB XI's core themes?

For further guidance in preparing a high-quality abstract, we invite you to study these examples from the previous conference.

For comprehensive details on presentation formats and specifications, please consult our guide for presenters.

Prizes for Student Presentations

Students may opt to have their oral or poster presentation evaluated for a chance to win a cash prize. If you are a current student, or were a student at any time during 2022, look for the sign-up option when you're submitting your abstract.

Members of the Scientific Steering and Local Organizing Committees will evaluate presentations of all students who opt to have their work considered. To guide students in preparing a high-quality presentation, we suggest studying the prize evaluation rubric and our guide for presenters.

All students who opt in will receive a copy of their evaluation by the end of the conference, whether or not they have won a prize. This is a great way for novice presenters to get valuable feedback!