This is the online registration and submission site for the
6th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC6).
IMCC6 takes place in Kiel, Germany, 24 - 28 August 2020.

Submission for symposia & workshops
is now OPEN!
Deadline: 18 November 2019

To submit a session proposal, please click "Session submission". 

Important information for proposal submission

Description of IMCC6 session types can be viewed here.
Description of OceansOnline session types can be viewed here.

Abstract format

Abstracts must be submitted electronically; web submission is the only format for submission*. All abstracts are strictly limited to 300 words.
Proposals for symposia, workshop, focus group and OceansOnline sessions must be submitted in abstract format, including:
(1) a synopsis of the session’s goals, purpose, and justification, 
(2) a description of the anticipated outputs of the session, and
(3) organizational structure including format, expected number of participants, and technical requirements.

*Please visit the Accessibility page if you need the submission form in a different format for accessibility reasons.


We are passionate about encouraging diversity at IMCC6. Unfortunately, certain demographics, particularly women and people who identify as female, have been historically underrepresented at scientific conferences. Recent research demonstrated that a conference has more women speakers across the board when more women lead symposia. To support this, we are offering a 20% discount on registration fees to female lead organizers of successful symposium, workshop and focus group submissions. We are also extending this discount to lead organisers from low-income countries.

Review process

Reviewers have access to all information contained in the proposal (with the exception of personal identifiers). Proposals are blind reviewed by at least three individuals. To increase the probability that your proposal will be selected for presentation, please consider the following criteria carefully:

  • Relevance to the overall theme of IMCC6 (Making Marine Science Matter)
  • Application to marine conservation / clear connection to conservation science, policy, management, practice

Quality of the proposal

Outputs - proposals should clearly denote the proposed output for the session e.g., whether it is a published action plan, workshop report, white paper, proposal, journal article/ special collection of articles.
Novelty of the topic – how the subject addresses a new question or problem, or approaches traditional questions from a novel perspective or in a new region. This is not a strict requirement but may give your proposal an advantage when all other criteria are met.

Submission limitations & registration

All organizers of accepted proposals and their invited speakers and attendees must register and be paid in full by the early registration deadline in April 2020. Authors failing to comply with this rule will not be included in the IMCC6 program.
No individual may give more than one presentation in each of the following IMCC6 categories: symposium, contributed paper, contributed poster. However, they may organize a symposium in which they do not present and then present in another category. Symposium organizers may present in their own symposiums. There is no limit on the number of organizers per session, but organizers should play a substantial role in bringing the session together. Individuals may make a submission to OceansOnline in addition to any they have made to IMCC6.

Financial support

It is the responsibility of organizers of symposia, workshops, and discussion groups to obtain funding for their own expenses and those of their invited speakers or invited participants. SCB and the Local Organizing Committee are not responsible for obtaining funds to support speaker travel to the meeting and cannot guarantee that any support will be available. IMCC6 will have some limited travel grants available for delegates from low-income countries. Please follow us on twitter or keep an eye on IMCC6.com, applications for these grants will open in early 2020.

If you have any questions, please visit imcc6.com or contact the IMCC6 Organizing Committee at info@imcc6.com.

The registration and submission for the conference is supported by Converia, a conference management application.