Call for Abstracts

Notice regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19:

1 June, 2020

Due to the continued uncertainty regarding the global coronavirus pandemic, international travel restrictions, and the biennial schedule of ISBW, the ISBW14 and WSC2020 Conference Team, along with the World Seagrass Association, has made the hard decision to postpone the event again until summer 2022. It is our sincere hope that this decision will maximize participation and allow our international seagrass community the opportunity to focus on their health and safety during these unprecedented times. As soon as we have more information and revised event dates, we will post those here and on social media. If you have any questions, please contact us at and we'll respond as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Please note, the deadline for submitting abstracts has been postponed until further notice.


The WSC and ISBW Scientific Programming Committee is now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the 2020 World Seagrass Conference! We hope that you will consider submitting an abstract for one or more of the proposed sessions. Please forward this announcement to any colleagues who might be interested.Instructions for submitting an abstract

To submit an abstract, you must go to the Registration page and create an account. Once you’ve created an account, you can either register for the event, submit an abstract, or both. Please note that you can submit an abstract now and register for the event later, if necessary. Abstract authors will be notified of acceptance by [TBD].

Abstract submission fees are waived!

Abstracts can be no longer than 250 words.

When submitting an abstract, you will be prompted to select your first and second choice session for which you’d like your presentation considered. Review the list of proposed sessions and their descriptions to determine where your research topic would fit best. There will be two General / Open Call sessions, so if your abstract does not fit into one of the proposed sessions described, select "General / Open Call" as both your first and second choice. If a session does not receive enough abstracts, that session topic will be canceled and your abstract will be considered for your second choice or the General / Open Call sessions.

Our system isn’t set up to receive more than one abstract per account, so if you wish to submit a second abstract for consideration, please email your second abstract to Type “WSC2020 Second Abstract Submission” in the subject line, and include your name, contact information, presentation title, authors and presenting author, first and second session preferences, and your abstract in the body of the email. You may be a co-author on as many presentations as you like, but only two abstracts submitted by the same presenting author will be considered for acceptance. Please only submit second abstracts via email. All other abstracts must be submitted via the online registration site.

Timeline [Please disregard the following timeline - these dates will be updated as soon as possible.]

The call for individual presentation abstracts will be open from 1 February to 1 April. The call for organized sessions and workshops is closed.

1 September 2019: Call for Organized Session and Workshop Proposals

1 December 2019: Submission Deadline for Organized Session and Workshop Proposals

15 December 2019: Extended Submission Deadline for Organized Session and Workshop Proposals

1 February 2020: Announcement of Organized Session and Workshop Topics. Open call for Seagrass/SAV Presentation Abstracts

1 April 2020: Submission Deadline for Presentation Abstracts

1 May 2020: Presentation Selections Announced