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EMBS54 – abstract  deadline approaching

EMBS54 – abstract deadline approaching

EMBS54, Dublin, 25-29 August 2019

In addition to the great speakers, we are working on a great programme of social events and excursions for the 54th European Marie Biology Symposium in Dublin on 25-29 August this year. Options will include a cruise around Dublin Bay, a visit to scenic Glendalough and its ancient monastic settlement, and canoe excursions on the Liffey in Dublin itself or out on Dublin Bay. The Yellow Submarine competition will have its roots in Irish traditions and there will be a ceilidh after the conference dinner.

The April 3rd deadline for abstract submission is approaching and abstracts are being accepted via the website –

As well as a general session on any aspect of marine biology, the themes this year will focus on blue growth, rapid change, fundamental traits and movement and redistribution of species.

Details of registration are also available on the website. We have aimed to keep the costs low and flexible and really hope that you will be tempted to join us in Dublin this August!

Best regards,


On behalf of the organising and scientific steering commitees

Prof. Tasman Crowe
UCD Earth Institute
School of Biology and Environmental Science Science Centre West University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4 Ireland

EMBS54, Dublin, 25-29 August 2019 – abstract submission open

EMBS54, Dublin, 25-29 August 2019 – abstract submission open

Dear all,

A great line up of keynote speakers is now confirmed for EMBS 54, to be held in Dublin on 25-29 August2019. Details are available at the website.

We hope you will consider joining us for what should be an excellent symposium, with sessions on Blue Growth, Rapid Change, Movement and Redistribution of Species and Fundamental Biological Traits, as well as a General Session on any aspect of marine biology (visit for details).

The EMBS series has been running annually since 1966. It attracts delegates from all over the world, who come to discuss high quality marine biological research in a friendly and sociable atmosphere. EMBS54 is organized by University College Dublin.

Abstract submission is now open!

Click here

The deadline for submissions is 3 April 2019. You will receive a notification as to whether your abstract submission has been accepted by 1 May 2019.

For more information, contact

Best regards,


Professor Tasman Crowe
Director, UCD Earth Institute
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Science Centre West
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4



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.

More information:
Don’t hesitate to share this event with your network. Thank you.

Leen Vandepitte
On behalf of the EMBS53 Organizing Committee

EMBS53 is organized by Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and LifeWatch Belgium


EMBS 53: Belgium, 17-21 September 2018

EMBS 53: Belgium, 17-21 September 2018

53rd European Marine Biology Symposium

Venue: De Grote Post @ Ostend, Belgium
Date: 17-21 September 2018
Local organisation: VLIZ




Submission opened: January 15, 2018
Deadline abstract submission: April 15, 2018 (no extension)
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


Flanders Marine Institute – VLIZ
InnovOcean site – Wandelaarkaai 7
8400 Oostende | E-mail:
T: +32 59 34 21 30 |


52nd EMBS Portorož (Slovenia), 25-29 September 2017

52nd EMBS Portorož (Slovenia), 25-29 September 2017

The 52nd EMBS will take place at PortoRož, Slovenia (25-29 September 2017) organized by the National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station Piran


  • Marine symbiosis
  • Advanced microscopy and imaging in biology
  • Benthic-pelagic coupling
  • Marine metagenomics
  • General session

Important dates

  • 15 May 2017 – New deadline for submission of abstracts
  • 31 May 2017 – New notification of abstract acceptance
  • 15 June 2017 – New end of early bird registration rate
  • 31 August 2017 – Deadline for late registration
  • 25-29 September 2017 – 52nd EMBS
More information can be found here.


Online registration is still open!



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MARS increases support to EMBS

MARS increases support to EMBS

During the last years a stronger link between the EMBS and the MARS network has been established. Firstly the support was restricted to some announcements of the next conference in the MARS Newsletter. At this moment a few dedicated EMBS pages can be found at the MARS website. For the near future, the EMBS Committee has agreed to accept the offer of the MARS foundation to host the EMBS website, thereby mutually increasing the traceability and visibility of MARS and the EMBS conference series. Moreover, MARS supports the EMBS by promoting participation and increasing interest, through MARS poster awards (of about 100 to 250 €) at each EMBS meeting. New activities to be developed jointly are the installation of an archive on earlier symposia webpages, the maintenance of a database on (potentially/earlier) EMBS participants (facilitating on-line changes of addresses of (potential) participants, and electronic registration), and a strengthened outreach and fund raising.
Herman Hummel, President of MARS


New President of the EMBS

New President of the EMBS

At the end of this year the term of appointment of the present chair of the EMBS, Prof. Dr. Herman Hummel (NIOZ, NL) will expire. After an additional year (4 years instead of the regular 3 years term) he will pass from January 2017 his tasks to the new EMBS President.

Herman Hummel: “EMBS has faced some difficulties in the past but is alive and kicking at the moment. I am glad that the EMBS managed to survive the economic crisis, and kept its audience despite the vast amount of other scientific events that are being offered each Autumn. I hope the stronger links with the MARS network will contribute to the continuity of the EMBS in the future.
To my opinion the EMBS always has been, and still is, an excellent setting for the presentation of marine biological research (in it broadest sense) to an audience with a perfect mix of senior and early career scientists.
There is ample time for discussions in an open, almost informal, atmosphere. Not only after the presentations, but also during lunches, dinners, and social events (the ‘Yellow Submarine Contest’ turned out to be an important instrument for this).
I thank all the local organizers of the events that have made each individual EMBS a success!
It is now the time, and timely, to hand over the organization to ‘the next generation’ of scientists to keep this valuable symposium series, with a tradition of more than 50 years, ongoing. “


During the last EMBS symposium (Rhodes, Greece, 26-30 September 2016) Assoc Professor Tasman Crowe BSc, PhD (UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science) has been elected as the new President of the EMBS.


EMBS51: MBA – MARS Poster Contest

EMBS51: MBA – MARS Poster Contest

During the 51st EMBS Rhodes (Greece) 25-30 September 2016, the MARS and MBA contests for the best posters have been combined.

The winning contributions of the MBA – MARS Poster contest were:

– 1st prize: Paul Kotterba, Thünen lnstitute of Baltic Research, Rostock, Germany: Predator impacts on inshare Baltic herring (Clupea harengus) larvae: Lions, tigers and bears – but where?

– 2nd prize: Nikoletta Digka, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Anavissos, Greece: Microplastic ingestion in marine biota: A case study in the northern lonian Sea.

– 2nd prize: Daniela de Abreu, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique: Tropical seascapes as feeding grounds for juvenile penaeid shrimps in southern Mozambique revealed by stable isotopes approach.

– 3rd prize: Merli Pärnoja, Estonian Marine lnstitute, Tallinn, Estonia: Relating ambient environment to the growth rate of Mytilus trossulus in the northern Baltic Sea.

– 3rd prize: Laura Bray, Marine lnstitute, Plymouth University, UK: Can offshore structures operate as artificial reefs in the Mediterranean?

– 3rd prize: Giorgos Apostolopoulos, University of Athens, Section of Zoology, Marine Biology, Athens, Greece: Effects of winter phytoplankton bloom on the meiobenthic community of Maliakos Gulf.


51st EMBS Rhodes, 26-30 September 2016

51st EMBS Rhodes, 26-30 September 2016

The 51st EMBS will take place at Rodos Palace, a Deluxe Resort Complex set on a singular location on one of the most alluring destinations of the Mediterranean, the island of Rhodes.

Organized by: Hellenic Centre for Marine Research and the University of Athens.

New registration deadline: 12 September 2016.


  • Climate change Session
  • Marine invasions
  • indicators
  • Transitional Waters
  • Open session
More information can be found here.