OSM 2014 Call for Sessions
2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting - Call for Sessions
The biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting, co-sponsored by AGU, ASLO, and
TOS will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu on
February 23-28, 2014. Increasing evidence of multiple human impacts
on the oceans makes this is a critical time for the largest
international assembly of ocean scientists, engineers, students,
educators, policy makers, and other stake holders to gather and share
their results on research, application of research, and education.
What better place to hold the meeting than an island in the middle of
the Pacific Ocean, where there is emphasis on mauka to makai (ridge
to reef) connection, the ultimate in ecosystem-based management;
where there is interest in combining traditional knowledge with
science-based understanding; where islands are in threat of
disappearing from sea level rise; and where East and West can easily
The site for session nominations is now open:
Call for Sessions
The meeting planning committee seeks assistance from members of ocean
sciences community in designing the meeting. With this first call for
input, we invite nominations for sessions across a broad array of
marine science areas, especially interdisciplinary ones and those
addressing new and emerging ocean topics, including research, science
education, outreach, and public policy.
· Nominations for sessions are due 15 March 2013.
· Sessions should be designed to have a broad appeal and to
invite abstracts from the international community.
· In an effort to promote dialog and integration across the
ocean sciences, we encourage the inclusion of science education,
outreach, and public policy components in presentations within
· Nominations should include a short informative session
title and short description of the session. They should identify a
chair, to be the contact for the meeting committee, and one co-chair.
All session chairs and co-chairs must be members of AGU, ASLO, or
· We strongly encourage nominations for poster-only sessions
as the preferred format for one-on-one interactions. Posters will be
displayed for the entire meeting to maximize opportunities for
viewing. Exclusive poster sessions (outside oral session schedules)
will include one-hour time slots for presentation of the poster.
Guidelines for Session Nominations
· Session nominations are due on 15 March 2013 (any time of
the day, wherever you are). The final set of sessions will be
determined by negotiation among the nominators and the planning
committee and will be announced in the summer of 2013. Abstract
submissions will open 15 August 2013 and close 4 October 2013.
· Session titles should be between 45-180 characters;
session descriptions should be limited to 200 words.
· When submitting a nomination for a session, please include
several keywords (see template for submissions).
· Anticipating a large number of abstract submissions and
thus a nominal 50:50 mix of oral presentations (2-hour blocks with 8
presentations) and posters, a session needs at least 16 submissions
to warrant an oral session. Thus, sessions should not be too narrow
in scope; sessions with a broader appeal and more submissions may
General Information about Sessions
· Chairs of successful sessions must coordinate evaluation
of student presentations for their session (both oral and poster).
· A session may contain only poster presentations or a
combination of oral and poster presentations.
· There will be no “invited” talks except the plenary
talks and award talks. However, conveners should solicit abstract
submissions to their session, without the solicited presentations
receiving additional time (oral) or space (poster) nor being
so-designated in the program.
· Session conveners should avoid promising oral slots to
potential presenters; once a session is organized with a specific set
of presentations, those designated for poster and oral presentations
will be determined.
· There will be a limited number of 30-minute oral tutorials
organized in designated tutorial sessions. These will be solicited
with the call for abstracts. Session conveners may suggest presenters
for tutorials that might be relevant to their sessions; but the
tutorials will be scheduled and presented in the separate tutorial
Oral Session Format
Oral sessions will contain eight 15-minute time slots; suggested 12
minute presentation with time for questions and changeover of
speakers. All presenters must submit an abstract, register and pay
the appropriate fees. More details will be issued in the call for
Poster Session Format
Posters will be on display throughout the meeting, from Monday
through Thursday. Posters will be scheduled for a specific poster
presentation time during the meeting. All presenters must submit an
abstract, register and pay the appropriate fees. More details on
exact poster size will be issued in the call for abstracts.
In response to continued interest in having tutorial talks and to
comments in post-meeting evaluations, tutorial talks will be
highlighted. For this meeting, talks will be grouped in separate
tutorial sessions and should be designed to have a broad appeal to
participants outside the field of the talk to learn or get an update
about new and emerging ocean topics. Each tutorial session (no more
than one a day) will be scheduled as one of the concurrent oral
sessions. Tutorial sessions will contain four 30-minute time slots;
suggested 25 minute presentation with time for questions and for
changeover of speakers.
If you have questions about the scientific program, please contact
the meeting co-chairs:
Jonathan Sharp (ASLO)
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Mel Briscoe (TOS)
- firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Eric Itsweire (AGU)
- firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
For practical and logistical information, contact the conference
Helen Schneider Lemay
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(254) 776-3550 - Phone
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