Welcome

The WCMB welcomes presentations on all aspects of marine biodiversity, both fundamental and applied sciences. The year 2020 is significant in being a deadline for both Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Targets and UN Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 14 on the oceans, and is a starting point for 2030 goals and the UN Decade of the Oceans. Thus we ask contributors to link their talks and posters to these events where possible. Our focus will be to prioritise contributions that are of general appeal and wide interest and, to minimise the number of parallel sessions and maximise inclusivity, participants can expect to be restricted to one presentation per speaker.

We look forward to hosting you at the 5th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity at the University of Auckland on the 13 – 16 December 2020.

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Key Dates

Deadline for proposals for special sessions and Workshops: 1 December 2019
Call for abstracts / portal open: 2 March 2020
Registration opens: 2 March 2020
Abstract submissions close: 11 May 2020
Abstract acceptance notification sent: 1 July 2020
Early-bird Registration closes: 1 September 2020
Late Registration starts: 1 December 2020
Conference commences: 14 December 2020

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