Call for future World Conferences on Marine Biodiversity

We here call for bids to host the 2023 and 2026, 6th and 7th World Conferences on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB). Bids must be submitted by 1st March 2020 to the conference email: wcmb2020@auckland.ac.nz 

Bids should contain:

  1. Lead scientific convenors and scientific committee members (names, institution, country)
  2. Venue – capability for 700 delegates and 4-8 parallel sessions
  3. Proposed registration fee and any sponsorship obtained to minimise it

Bids will be evaluated by a committee of the International Association of Biological Oceanography. The committee will consider the quality and comprehensiveness of bids, and how they complement the geographic locations of previous WCMB locations as follows:

Proposed Venue and datesOutline proposed venue including country/city information (e.g. surrounding area, transport links, range of accommodation styles/prices) as well as conference venue capacity, flexibility, etc. Please include a justification of why the conference should come to this country/region./35
Committee structureScientific convenors, local and proposed scientific committee including information about previous conference experience./20
Progression How will the conference build on the previous conferences? E.g. themes, outreach, link with local organisations. /10
Financial PlanPlease provide an outline budget and information re underwriting the event. Please include indicative registration fees. Do you intend to offer funding to encourage participation from delegates based in developing countries?/25
InnovationsDetail any proposed innovative elements of the event./10

The last winning bid can be downloaded here

Previous WCMB were held in Montreal, Canada in 2018; Qingdao, China; Aberdeen, Scotland; and Valencia, Spain.

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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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