8-9 September 2014

Submission of Abstracts


Marine Science Communication: Citizen Science and Community Learning

Abstracts related to this theme will introduce innovative/inventive marine science communication projects at national and global level which involve schools and university students, the community; policy makers and the general public, in order to support marine science outreach. We would preferably accept mobilization and mutual learning projects and projects involving hands-on science, field trips, scientific films/videos, photos, among others. Theoretical studies on the subject as well as the evaluation of past projects will also be considered.

Marine Science Communication projects: the Internet Era

Abstracts related to this theme will introduce marine science communication projects at national and global level specifically based on internet tools including social media, blogs, video, multimedia projects, crowdfunding, among others. Science Communication projects/campaigns involving the general public will be considered an advantage (eg. distribution of online data collected by the general public). Theoretical studies on the subject as well as evaluation of past projects will also be considered.


Proposers are asked to choose a presentation format from the list below. The final decision regarding the presentation format of each proposal will be made by the Scientific Committee of the Conference, which will inform the author in due course. Each individual may submit in their own name or as part of a group no more than two proposals in total.

  • Oral presentations: Oral presentations lasting 12 minutes. After all presentations, the chair will open for questions and debate with the audience. Preference will be given to proposals based on original demonstrations and/or descriptions of marine science communication practices. Substantial case studies of significant original innovations may also be presented orally.
  • Pechakucha talks: Oral presentations lasting maximum 7 minutes followed by a 10-minute questions session at the end of all the presentations session. These talks will normally report an exploratory or small/large scale innovation and case studies in marine science communication. PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where the speaker shows 20 images, each one during 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and the speaker should talk along the images. For further information please visit the following website: www.pechakucha.org
  • Poster presentation: Posters reporting innovations or specific projects will be exhibited.

General information

Before submitting a proposal, participants must register on the conference website. It is not necessary to pay the registration fee for the congress at the time of submission of the proposals. Reduced fees will be available for early registrants.

The official language of the conference is English therefore, all the proposals should be submitted in English. The presentations/posters will also be in English.

All abstracts should be submitted online and each abstract should be prepared in advance as a doc or docx file using the following format:

  • Page format: A4
  • Page length: total length of abstract not to exceed 300 – 400 words
  • Text format: Title (in bold); Authors; Affiliation
  • Font: Please use Times New Roman 12 point regular font
  • Please do NOT include any figures or tables

Proposals must be submitted through the congress website up to 11:59 pm (GMT) on 30 of June, 2014 and will be accepted for consideration only if written in accordance with the text formatting described. Authors can revise proposals until the last day of submission.

All successful proposers will be notified by 14 of July, 2014.

Note: each abstract should be submitted individually.