The call for abstracts is now closed.

Thank you to all those who submitted.

 

LINK TO ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: 

https://www.iopan.pl/CommOCEAN/r/index.php

Deadline for abstract submission – 9 October

Thank you that you want to submit an abstract to deliver a presentation/workshop/exhibition at CommOCEAN2020, we are very happy you will be joining us!

To help you as you finalise your attend, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the objectives of the conference, and what will interest the audience most. 

Our delegates all have one thing in common, a passion for talking about the ocean. Some are employed as communicators at organisations across the globe, some are scientists who communicate their own research and some work in education. CommOCEAN is an opportunity for these people to come together, share best practice, inspire each other and make new connections.

CommOCEAN is primarily a science communication conference, but we welcome abstract submissions from researchers about their current marine science research, especially if they are able to show the ways it is being communicated. This could be the perfect opportunity to test a presentation on a public audience. We will be particularly interested to see presentations delivered in novel ways.

 

We are seeking abstract submissions within the following categories:

  • 12 min oral online presentation on (marine) science communication activities, 
  • 1-hour interactive online training/ workshop on (advanced) communication skills building or on (marine) science communication, 
  • “Show and Tell” visuals presenting (marine) science communication activities.

About CommOCEAN2020 as a Virtual Conference

In order to offer the very best virtual conference experience for delegates, we are currently considering a number of different hosting platforms, however we did not want to delay the opening of registration and abstract submissions further while this review takes place. While some elements may need to be adjusted to suit a specific platform, we are confident that the abstract submission categories will remain the same.

 

Online Oral Presentations

Submit an abstract for a 12-minute presentation on (marine) science communication activities, such as an example of effective communications in practice. 

The format for these presentations is under review following the change to a virtual conference.  Participants may be asked to deliver their presentation via a live video link, or to pre-record their presentation and submit it in advance.

Non-successful submissions will be invited to present their activities at the “Show and Tell” exhibition.

Please note:
CommOCEAN is primarily a science communication conference, but we welcome abstract submissions from researchers about their current marine science research, especially if they are able to show the ways it is being communicated. This could be the perfect opportunity to test a presentation on a public audience. We will be particularly interested to see presentations delivered in novel ways.  

Presentation Category

  • Communications Skills Building – Presentation about a specific communication skill or technique such as blogging, video making or infographics.
  • Communication insights – A presentation looking at the broader landscape of communications such as influencing behavior change, social media habits by different generations or using research to influence objectives.
  • Marine Science communication in practice – Case studies of marine science communication activities and their outcomes, marine science themes and how to approach communicating them, working with journalists and programme makers.


Online interactive Workshop or Training Session

We welcome submissions for 1 hour ‘hands-on’, interactive, sessions involving from 12 to several hundred participants. You may specify within your submission the maximum number of delegates that your workshop can accommodate and we are happy to work with you to achieve the best results for your workshop, so please do submit ideas, even if you do not know exactly how it might work best online.

We are looking for workshops and interactive training sessions which help delegates build new skills, put ideas or techniques into practice there and then, or achieve a shared outcome at the end. Interactivity is the key to these sessions, with all delegates participating live in some way.

As an example, at COMMOCEAN2018 a World Café style workshop, titled Using the Plastic Debate as a Catalyst for Ocean Literacy had a defined outcome to produce a list of ‘commandments’ resulting in the production of a graphic created by the conference artist.

 

“Show and Tell” exhibition

An online exhibition space will provide an opportunity to share communications case studies which are primarily visual and do not require much explanation, such as graphics, presentations or videos. More traditional posters will also be accepted.

The more creative, the better!

These should be either:

  • A visual presenting the outcomes of a research (or other) project or initiative in a creative way (as part of a communication campaign)
  • A poster showing the evaluation of a communications campaign containing information about what was done, and how effective it was.

There will be an award for the best example of each, as voted by the conference delegates.

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