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17-21 September 2018 (Ostend, Belgium)

From 17 till 21 September 2018, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and LifeWatch Belgium will be organizing the 53rd edition of the European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS53) in Ostend, Belgium.

The EMBS53 Organizing & Scientific Committee are pleased to welcome your abstract submissions for oral papers and scientific posters. We particularly welcome papers on ‘Marine Biology from a Historical Perspective', ‘Science in a Modern Era', ‘Marine and Coastal Citizen Science' and ‘Science in the North Sea'. Submission can take place from 15 January till 15 April 2018.

Please note that no extensions to the deadline will be granted and that presenting authors are responsible for registration, travel and accommodation costs. Presenters who are unable to attend should arrange for another qualified individual to present the paper or poster in question (with notification to the Organizing Committee). All abstract submissions should be submitted via our abstract submission form (

We are glad to announce that the Journal of the Marine Biological Association (JMBA) kindly offers to publishing a special issue of the EMBS53 conference (October 2019). Everyone who contributes a poster or an oral presentation at the EMBS53 is invited to submit a manuscript by December 7, 2018. All manuscripts will go through a peer-review process.

Important dates

Registration & abstract submission opened: January 15, 2018
Deadline abstract submission (there will be NO extension of the deadlines): April 15, 2018
Notification on abstract acceptance: May 15, 2018
Deadline early bird registration: May 31, 2018
Deadline late registration: August 31, 2018
EMBS53: September 17-21, 2018


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