About the conference

History of the Mediterranean Conferences on Marine Turtle

It has been 21 years since the 1st Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles in Rome 2001. We are in the 7th Mediterranean conference on marine turtles. The organisation of a Mediterranean conference on marine turtles was proposed by the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (Bonn Convention) at the RAC/SPA meeting for the revision of the Action Plan for the Conservation of Mediterranean Marine Turtles in Arta, Greece in October 1998. The initiative was endorsed at the RAC/SPA Meeting of Experts for Priority Actions for the above-mentioned Action Plan (Tunis, February 1999), and the proposal was adopted formally by the Fourth Meeting of the National Focal Points for SPAs in the context of the Barcelona Convention (Tunis, April 1999). The Secretariat of the Bern Convention enthusiastically supported the idea, and eventually the above three supra-national Conventions (Barcelona, Bern, Bonn) proceeded in organizing the First Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles, which gathered over 170 registered participants from 18 countries.

The Mediterranean Conferences on Marine Turtles remained supported by the UNEP MAP-RAC/SPA, Bern Convention, Convention on Migratory Species and the IUCN/SSC Marine Turtles Specialist Group, and this tradition continues today. As the previous Conferences, this 7th Conference has the same mission: the conservation of sea turtles in the Mediterranean.

The theme of the 7th Conference is “Sea Turtles Conservation after the Pandemic” for further research in this area. We hope through this conference in Morocco to have more cooperation between actors in all Mediterranean countries. A more intense participation is expected after this period of Covid-19.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Sea turtle researchers and conservation professionals.
  • Large marine vertebrate researchers and conservation professionals.
  • Students interested in research and conservation of marine turtles and biodiversity.
  • Local, regional and national authority representatives and stakeholders, having an interest in marine turtles.
  • Environmentalist and environmental organizations active in the field of marine conservation.

Registration deadlines & Fees

Registration Type Fee (EUR) Payment Deadline Remark
Early Bird 150 10th July 2022 Mandatory for all non-student presenting authors
Regular 200 1st October 2022
Student 100 1st July 2022 Mandatory for all student presenting authors
Accompanying person 100 1st October 2022
Field Trip 50 1st October 2022 Visit to Belyounech fisherie site on Gibraltar Strait

Early bird, Regular and Student registration fees include all conference materials, coffee breaks, attendance to plenary talks, all conference sessions, workshops and social events (Welcome reception, Conference dinner).

Accompanying person registration fee includes attendance to welcome reception and conference dinner.

Attendance to the field trip is optional. Field trip program includes visit to Belyounech fisherie site on Gibraltar Strait and guided tour to Tetouan Medina.

IMPORTANT DATES

Early Bird registration deadline 10th July 2022
Abstract submission deadline 10th July 2022
Registration fee payment deadline for presenting authors 10th July 2022
Travel grant application deadline 10th July 2022
Abstract acceptance notification 15th August 2022
Travel grant awards notification 15th August 2022
Regular registration deadline 1st October 2022
Registration deadlines for accompanying person 1st October 2022

NOTE: In order for abstracts to be accepted, reviewed by the Scientific Committee, and included in the Conference program and the Book of abstracts, the registration fee payment deadline for all presenting authors is July 10th 2022 (student and non-student).

PAYMENTS

Payments should be done of the account of the ATOMM (Association de Protection des Tortues Marines au Maroc):

Bank: CREDIT IMMOBILIER ET HOTELIER BANK

RIB: 230 720 6311088221008600 11

IBAN: MA64 2307 2063 1108 8221 0086 0011

Recipient Name: ATOMM (Association de Protection des Tortues Marines au Maroc)

Recipient Adress: CIH BANK, 086 TETOUAN PRINCIPALE, MOROCCO

BIC/SWIFT: CIHMMAMC

Tel: +212 05 39 96 13 89

Adress: CIH, Avenue Hassan II, 086, Tetouan, Morocco

The type of payment are possible by direct bank transfer.

PRESS PASS
Editors, press reporters and bloggers from verified media outlets will receive free editorial press badges. To obtain a press pass, a reporter should send a formal request to the Organizing Committee (aksissou@gmail.com) at any time, but no later than 3 days before the conference.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
Cancellation and refund request must be received in writing via e-mail (aksissou@gmail.com).

A processing fee of 40 EUROs will be charged for cancellations received until 31st August 2022. Refund requests will not be accepted after 31st August 2022. No refunds will be issued for no-shows. Allow up to four weeks for refunds to be processed.

Guidelines for presenters

Official Conference language is English. All oral presentations and posters are expected to be prepared and presented in English.

ORAL PRESENTATIONS
Oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes: 10-12 minutes for presentation and 3-5 minutes for questions. Oral presentations will be grouped by topic. If your abstract is accepted but cannot be accommodated as an oral presentation, we may offer you the opportunity to present it as a poster and vice versa.

Conference center is equipped with a computer and a projector. The projectors in the Conference center support either 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio and has high resolution output.

Supported software for presentations are Microsoft Office PowerPoint and Prezi. To avoid technical problems, it is recommended that presentations are uploaded to the on-site computer, not streamed from a USB-stick or Cloud.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to support Keynote software on-site. So, in case a presenter uses Apple computers (Mac) and Keynote software to create presentations it is imperative that they convert their presentation(s) into MS PowerPoint or Prezi format prior to the conference. In case of any difficulties with conversion, the presenter should contact the organisers, who will provide the technical assistance.

For presentations including videos or photos, presenters should use the video and photo integration format built into PowerPoint or Prezi in order to create a seamless presentation with minimal delays. Please keep a copy of all photos and videos used in your presentation in a folder with the presentation to reduce the risk that the presentation is unable to fetch the photo or video data. For videos, use standard formats such as .MP4, .MOV, .AVI, and .WMA with high resolution (i.e. 720p or 1080p.)

POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Poster presentations are a visual, concise way to showcase research and projects, exhibited for informal browsing. In this way the presenter has the opportunity to interact with their audience.

To create an appealing poster, sufficently large fonts should be used and text should be limited to brief statements. Altogether, the poster should present the main results of your work. Large images and graphic representations of your data are recommended. Remember, that a presenter will have enough time to explain his/her work next to the poster, but the poster itself is the key to bringing the audience closer.

Posters will be displayed on the poster boards, that fit posters with maximum dimensions of 80cm x 110cm, portrait orientation.

Poster session will not overlap with any other session, so the presenter should plan and be present at poster(s) throughout the session.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POSTER PRESENTERS

  • TITLE
    The title of the poster should be short but descriptive. Font size should be sufficient that it can be read from 10 feet (3m). 72 point is suggested.
  • TEXT SIZE
    The main text of the poster should be in a font large enough to be read from 1m distance. A font size between 18 and 24 point (6-8mm) is recommended; secondary text (such as acknowledgements and literature cited) may be slightly smaller but no text should be smaller than 14 point (5mm).
  • FIGURES
    Posters should include figures that illustrate key methods, findings or examples from the study. All text within figures, graphs, charts and tables should be large enough to be read from 3 feet (1m). Use graphs or charts instead of tables whenever possible to make your data easier to “get” at a glance. Remember to use standard deviation/error bars in your graphs and scale bars in your photographs/micrographs. Use arrows to draw attention to specific details in images.
  • TOPIC
    Stick to only one idea/topic in your poster. Including too much information not directly related to your central idea often confuses and frustrates readers.
  • FLOW
    Organize your poster into sections and arrange those sections so that it is easy to follow the “flow” of your presentation. If you refer to figures, make it easy to find those figures and return to the starting point in the text quickly.

STUDENT AWARDS
The Scientific Committee will choose among all oral and poster presentations, and award the best three student presentations.

Nominations for president of the 8th Conference

Call for President of the 8th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles

Dear colleagues and friends,

In agreement with the secretariats of the conventions supporting the organization of the Mediterranean Marine Turtle Conferences and IUCN/SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group, we are opening a call for the selection of the President and principal organizer of the 8th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles.

The Mediterranean conference on Marine Turtles is an important event held every 3 years, where experts from across the region get together to present their research and network new synergies for sea turtle conservation. The President is responsible for the preparation, organization and running of the Conference, in collaboration with the Secretariats of the conventions. Therefore, we invite all of those interested in organizing this important event to submit their proposal for president and host of the 8th Mediterranean Marine Turtle Conference.

To be eligible, the candidate President should at minimum:

  1. 1) Be an established and well-known expert within the Mediterranean sea community, willing to undertake all responsibilities related to organization and realization of the conference, including fundraising, preparation of the conference program and proceedings, and communication.
  2. 2) Have attended at least one previous conference.
  3. 3) Have adequate institutional backing (e.g., University, NGO), with the capacity to receive funds and clear up the finances of the conference, in compliance with the accounting procedures and financial laws in the respective country.
  4. 4) Indicate the location of the conference and confirm availability of appropriate facilities (i.e. conference venue, accommodation), and of accessibility (proximity to international airport, access to alternative routes, etc).

Each proposal should contain the following information:

  1. 1) Name, surname, institution position and CV of a candidate for the conference president;
  2. 2) Description of the institution background and available organizational support, including fundraising possibilities;
  3. 3) Description of organizing plans, location, travel possibilities and available venues.

Proposals should be sent by e-mail to 7medconf@gmail.com, no later than October 19th 2022, 12:00 h, CET. All applications will be uploaded to the web page of the 7th Conference (www.7medconf.atomm.net). The next president will be selected by secret ballot voting by registered participants of the 7th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles in Tetouan, Morocco, 17 – 21 October 2022. Results of the vote will be officially announced during the last day of the Conference (October 20th), and after through the MedTurtle list server.

We encourage all of you interested in organizing this important event to submit your proposals within the above deadline. As examples, see the hosting proposal for the 7th Conference at the website of the 6th conference (https://marine-turtles.eu).

If you have any questions, we will be happy to assist. On behalf of the organizers & supporters of the 7th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtle,

Mustapha Aksissou

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President, 7th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles

Head Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, PO Box 2121 Tetouan 93002 Morocco

Tel: +212 661 953689, Fax: +212 539 994500, Email: aksissou@yahoo.fr

Nominations for president of the 8th Conference on Marine Turtles (download)

Flyer of the conference

Flyer about the Conference

Flyer about the Conference

Flyer of the conference can be downloaded here.

Nominations for president of the 8th Conference

Call for proposals for a President and host of the 8th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles

Applications containing all requested information should be sent by e-mail to aksissou@yahoo.fr.

Simon Demetropoulos: Proposal for hosting 8th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles (download)

ALIKI PANAGOPOULOU: Proposal for hosting 8th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles (download)