Call for Organized Sessions & Workshop Proposals

ANNOUNCEMENT!

Organized Session and Workshop Proposal Deadline EXTENDED until midnight on 15 December 2019! Please also note that Organized Session and Workshop Proposal submission guidelines have been updated below.

General Information

The World Seagrass Conference and International Seagrass Biology Workshop are flagship events for the global seagrass community. They are official World Seagrass Association events and are the only international meetings specifically tailored to seagrass scientists, professionals, students, and NGOs.

The 14th International Seagrass Biology Workshop (ISBW14) and the World Seagrass Conference 2020 (WSC2020) will be held in Annapolis, MD, USA from 9 to 14 August 2020. The two will be combined into one week-long event, with two days of conference style talks (10-11 August) and two days of workshops (13–14 August) separated by one day of field trips (12 August).

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit organized session proposals for WSC 2020 and workshop proposals for ISBW14 at this time. Organized sessions and workshops should be seen as a unique opportunity to foster collaborations, advance seagrass science, and to disseminate and/or teach new skills. We welcome all proposals that are relevant to seagrass/submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) science, conservation, and management, but applications that demonstrate a tie-in with the overall theme of the conference – Signs of Success: Reversing the Course of Degradation – will be prioritized. The theme is motivated by the recent resurgence of SAV in the Chesapeake Bay, USA, and the global need for bold and sustained management actions to propel other coastal ecosystems along a similar trajectory. “Signs of Success” should not be limited to restored ecosystems, but also include those successfully preserved from human impacts.

Please submit your organized session and workshop proposals to isbw14abstracts@gmail.com by midnight on 15 December 2019. All organized session and workshop proposals will be reviewed by the ISBW14 Scientific Committee. Please ensure you include all of the required information (see below for submission guidelines) in your session or workshop proposal and submit everything in a single, attached word or pdf document. The subject line of your email submission should begin with either "Organized Session Proposal" or "Workshop Proposal".

Organized Sessions

WSC2020 sessions will be 90 minutes and may include standard 15-minute presentations, lightning talks, and poster presentations (posters will be presented during an evening Poster Session). Sessions will be held on 10 and 11 August, 2020.

Organized Session proposals must be submitted, via email, to isbw14abstracts@gmail.com by midnight on 15 December 2019. Please submit all of the required information in an attached word or pdf document, and begin your email subject line with "Organized Session Proposal". Please note that the Organized Session Convener will be responsible for facilitating the proposed Organized Session if that session is approved for inclusion in the WSC 2020 program. Session Conveners are also expected to recruit speakers for their session, although session speakers/presenters do not need to be identified at this time. Once approved, the Program Committee will work with Organized Session Conveners to assure that speakers are being recruited and if necessary, pull abstracts from the pool of open call abstract submissions.

Organized Session proposal applications must include:

  • Organized Session Title
  • Point of Contact name, title, institution, email address, phone number, and address
  • Name, title, institution, email address, phone number, and address for all session conveners/facilitators
  • Name, title, institution of session speakers/presenters IF speakers have been identified at this time. It is not required that speakers be identified at this time.
  • Session Abstract (maximum 250 words)
  • Session teaser (optional, maximum 3 sentences, may be posted on the website or used in conference publications)
  • Links to conference theme, “Signs of Success: Reversing the Course of Seagrass Degradation” (optional, maximum 250 words, sessions with identified links to the conference theme will be prioritized)
  • Session tweet (optional, maximum 280 characters, optional, may be used to advertise your session on social media)

Workshops

ISBW14 workshops will take place during 90-minute timeslots, and you may propose multiple, consecutive time slots. For example, there will be three workshop sessions on 13 August and two sessions on 14 August, with time slots separated by coffee breaks and lunch. You may propose to hold your workshop during one, two, or three consecutive time slots in one day, or up the 5 time slots across both days.

The format of each workshop will be determined by the workshop proposers. To benefit participants, all workshops should be interactive, participative, and enable participants to learn new skills and acquire knowledge. To this end, we recommend that the number of Powerpoint presentations be limited.

Any type of workshop will be considered for ISBW14, with examples including: training workshops, writing workshops, and data mining workshops. Workshops are, however, subject to availability of resources and facilities. The facilities available for ISBW14 are seminar/classroom style rooms that can accommodate between 35 and 80 people, depending on room configuration. These rooms allow for flexible configurations with movable tables and chairs, and each room can be equipped with projectors and computers for presentations.

All workshops should aim for practical outputs that could advance seagrass science and research capacity, and foster deeper collaborations on research, conservation and communication (e.g., peer-reviewed paper, learning new skills, policy statement, new initiatives, media output).

Workshop proposals must be submitted, via email, to isbw14abstracts@gmail.com by midnight 15 December 2019. Please submit all of the required information (listed below) in an attached word or pdf document. Please begin the subject line of your email with "Workshop Proposal".

Workshop proposal applications must include:

  • Workshop Title/Topic
  • Point of Contact name, title, institution, email address, phone number, and address
  • Name, title, institution, email address, phone number, and address for all workshop leaders
  • Workshop Abstract (maximum 500 words) which should include your proposed workshop outputs and/or goals (e.g. peer-reviewed paper, skills development, policy statement, new initiatives, media output)
  • Qualifications to lead proposed workshop (maximum 250 words)
  • Number of 90-minute sessions needed
  • Maximum number of attendees
  • Equipment required (beyond basic audio-visual equipment)
  • Preferred setup (e.g. classroom style, round tables)
  • Workshop teaser (optional, maximum 3 sentences, may be posted on the website or used in conference publications)
  • Links to conference theme, “Signs of Success: Reversing the Course of Seagrass Degradation”(optional, maximum 250 words, workshops with identified links to the conference theme will be prioritized)
  • Workshop tweet (optional, maximum 280 characters, optional, may be used to promote your workshop on social media)

Timeline

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