CommOCEAN 2016

CommOcean 2016Whether you're a marine scientist keen to be speed-trained in modern ocean science communication skills or a communicator, working for a marine institute, NGO or governmental body, this CommOCEAN International Marine Science Communication event is for you.

Following on from the successful IMSCC-1, organized by CIIMAR, Ciencia Viva & EMBCP in 2014, the Bruges-Ostend CommOCEAN event is a unique opportunity to make a major leap forward in communicating your ocean knowledge. The organizers (VLIZ, EMB, EMBCP, UNESCO-IOC-IODE) are developing an inspiring, innovative and interactive programme consisting of two separate events: a 2-day conference in Bruges (6-7 December 2016), followed by a 1-day high-level training program at the InnovOcean facilities in Ostend (8 December 2016).

Read more about the venues, the scope and the tentative program here:

The call for contributions (orals, poster, workshop) is now open for the 2-day conference. We encourage the submission of abstracts from all areas of science communication with a special focus on the ocean, marine and estuarine realm.

The four major sessions of the conference comprise:
1. the fundamentals of science communication/reaching out to the public;
2. optimizing impact;
3. social media & graphics;
4. think out of the box; new formats & creativity.

In terms of ocean topics, there will be a special (but not restrictive) focus on 'Marine climate change', 'Ocean plankton/microbiota', 'Deep sea exploration' and 'Ocean observation'.


Three presentation formats are applicable for CommOCEAN 2016:
1. Oral presentation in the main plenary program (12'+3' Q/A)
2. Workshop interactive sessions in parallel groups (60')
3. Poster presentation, displayed at a central location

Submission guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted in English to, according to the guidelines and the template provided here.

Please make sure that you indicate your preference for one or more of the three suggested formats: oral, poster, workshop. If submitting an abstract for a workshop please indicate the planned format and content, including any logistical requirements.

Deadline for submission

Abstracts can be submitted until 1 June 2016 at the latest.

Questions regarding abstract submisson?

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