Abstract & Workshop Submission

Abstract & Workshop Submissions OPEN

April 2022

Abstracts OPEN

Abstract & Workshop Submissions CLOSE

29 July 2022

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Abstract & Workshop Acceptances ADVISED

16 Sept 2022


Early Registration CLOSES

21 Nov 2022

Early Rates FINISH 

Learn, innovate and share with colleagues by being a part of what will be an engaging and memorable 2023 ISS program.

The International Seaweed Association is hosting its 24th International Seaweed Symposium. The ISA is an international organisation dedicated to the encouragement of research and development of seaweed and seaweed products.

The Organising Committee invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2023 ISS. The symposium is calling for:

  • oral presentations
  • posters

Papers from oral and poster presentations will again be published as a Special Issue of the Journal of Applied Phycology (the Proceedings). Submissions of manuscripts will be via the Journal Web portal.  Details on submission can be found HERE. 

We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us in Hobart but for those unable to travel you can attend and present as an online delegate.

Pre and post symposium workshops are also being called for and can be submitted via the workshop portal above.


We invite oral and poster submissions to one of the themes listed below:

Submit your abstract to this section for presentations on topics including but not limited to:

1a. Phycolloids and Bioactives 1b. Applications 1c. Seaweed farming, harvesting and downstream processing
  • New applications of phycocolloids
  • Cosmetics
  • Biostimulants
  • Feed ingredients
  • Bioactives and human health
  • Seaweed extracts in agriculture
  • Functional foods
  • Seaweed standards & regulations incl QA and QC
  • Extraction and purification
  • ‘Intellectual property’
  • Other topic not listed above
  • Asparagopsis (and other seaweeds) & ruminants
  • Seaweeds as animal feed
  • Seaweeds as fish/crustacean etc feed ingredient
  • Seaweeds and wastewater treatment
  • Seaweeds as biofilters
  • Other topic not listed above
  • Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture (IMTA)
  • Offshore, open ocean and land-based culture
  • Impacts of aquaculture on natural seaweed populations/ invasive species
  • Sustainable harvesting of wild populations
  • Area-based management, governance and socio-economics
  • Breeding, elite strain development, and seedstock production
  • Storage, processing and biorefinery
  • Major farmed seaweeds including Kappaphycus, Pyropia/Porphyra, Gracilaria, Hypnea, Asparagopsis, Sargassum, Laminarian kelps
  • Pathogens and disease
  • Biofuels
  • Other topic not listed above

2. Ecology 

Submit your abstract to this section for presentations on topics including but not limited to:

  • Population and community ecology
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Introduced seaweeds
  • Macroalgal blooms (green tides, Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt etc)
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Microbiome/Holobiome
  • Seaweed-herbivore interactions
  • Pathogens/disease in natural and farmed systems
  • Chemical ecology including allelopathy
  • Fertilization and dispersal
  • Other topic not listed above

3. Ocean change and climate mitigation

Submit your abstract to this section for presentations on topics including but not limited to:

  • Blue carbon and carbon sequestration
  • Climate-driven changes in seaweed distribution/biogeography
  • Physiological and molecular responses to global change
  • Mechanisms of acclimation and adaptation to global change
  • Genomics and breeding to enhance e.g. thermal tolerance
  • Refugia from climate change
  • Ocean acidification
  • Temperature
  • Multiple drivers of change – interactions between local and global drivers (e.g. warming, acidification, eutrophication, pollution)
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Local environmental change (e.g. eutrophication, pollution)
  • Other topic not listed above

4. Physiology and ‘omics’

Submit your abstract to this section for presentations on topics including but not limited to:

  • Photosynthesis/efficient light use
  • Nutrient acquisition
  • Environmental regulation of reproduction
  • Salinity and temperature tolerance
  • Carbon uptake and allocation
  • Molecular mechanisms underpinning physiological responses to environmental stress
  • Other topic not listed above

5. Taxonomy, diversity and evolution

Submit your abstract to this section for presentations on topics including but not limited to:

  • Developing ‘seed banks’ to protect seaweed diversity in vulnerable systems
  • Coralline algae
  • Biogeography
  • Ancestral character state reconstruction from multi-gene phylogenies; evolution of novelties in seaweeds
  • Phylogenomics of the seaweeds, and the evolution of organelles
  • The diversity and physiological challenges of cryptic seaweed species
  • Diversity of seaweeds in ancient Gondwana: the connections in the southern hemisphere
  • Other topic not listed above


Presentation Types

Oral Presentation

Oral presentations will be allocated a 12 minute presentation with a panel question and answer discussion at the end of the session.

Mini symposium presentations will be selected from the submitted oral presentations.


Posters will be A0 size (84.1 cm wide x 118.9 cm high) in portrait format and displayed for the duration of the symposium onsite and online.


  • Title  – 15 words.
  • Abstract – 250 words.

Abstracts are due by 29 July 2022. The abstracts will be peer reviewed. The receipt of submissions will be confirmed by an acknowledgement email. All applicants, successful or otherwise, will be notified by 16 September 2022. 

Please use the template to prepare your abstract.  It should be uploaded as a Word document.


Abstract Submission Procedure

1. Prepare your abstract
Prepare your abstract according to the template Word document, maximum 250 words.

2. Enter your contact details
Click on the Submit Abstract Here button (above) to enter your contact details.

3. Select Presentation Type
Select whether you wish to submit for an Oral Presentation or Poster.

4. Select Theme
Select which theme you wish to submit your abstract under.

5.  Indicate whether you are a student 

6. Enter Presenter and Author details
Enter names and affiliations of the presenter and authors.

7. Upload your abstract
Upload your Word document.

Presenter Registration

All presenters will be required to register at the relevant rate for the symposium. Presenters will also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs if attending onsite.


Please provide the following information when submitting a workshop proposal:

  • Your contact details
  • Maximum number of people to attend
  • Preferred date/s, pre or post symposium (12, 13, 19 or 20 February).
  • If it is a half day or full day workshop
  • Any facilities required
  • An overview of the workshop

Submission of workshop proposals close on 29 July 2022.  The proposals will be reviewed and you will be notified on 16 September 2022 if your workshop proposal has been accepted or not. 


Availability of presentations
Presentations will be made available to registered delegates for viewing in the ISS Online Portal. Any additional files authors choose to share, as well as any live Q & A/panel discussions will also be available to view during and after the presentation. Access to the Portal will be password protected and limited to ISS registrants.

If presentations are to be used or published in any other format or forum, your specific consent will be requested. Please ensure you have permission to use any images, music or content within your presentation. If you do not have copyright permission, your presentation will not be able to be used or published. Do not include any images copied from the internet. Getty Images and other image agencies crawl the internet looking for images that have been copied without the appropriate licences.

Copyright ownership
Consenting to have your presentation available in the portal or used in an alternative publication will not affect your ownership rights. The symposium committee, the ISS or Conference Design will not acquire the ownership rights of your presentation should you agree for it to be included or used.

Will people be able to record or download my presentation?
During the registration process, delegates must acknowledge and agree to the virtual convention Terms & Conditions, which include strict rules around unauthorised photography and recording of convention material. While these measures can be taken, we cannot enforce this rule in an online environment. The assumption should be made that participants may indeed take unauthorised photographs, screenshots, audio, or video recordings, therefore you may wish to adjust the content of your presentation accordingly.

Presentations in the portal are available only to view and cannot be downloaded.


For assistance with recording your presentation and guide to presenting online please visit the Presenter Toolkit.


You will not need to download specific software to participate in the event.

We’ll send you a web-link prior to the commencement of the event which gives you access to our online conference system called OnAIR, which is where you’ll watch and participate in the symposium.


  • Works most effectively when using the Google Chrome internet browser.
  • Integrates with Zoom which is fully embedded in a personal and secured environment.
  • Provides full online support before and during the event for attendees, speakers, session chairs and exhibitors.

It is recommended for optimal use of the platform to access the OnAIR portal on a desktop computer or laptop and in Google Chrome.

Click the below image to install Chrome.

Please ensure your connection speed is 2 Mbps upload, 4 Mbps download or better.

You can test your Internet connection speed at SpeedTest.net.

If you have any technical questions prior to your session, please contact mail@conferencedesign.com.au.

Our policy stipulates that at least one (1) presenter for each accepted abstract must be registered as a delegate for the symposium.

If presenters remain unregistered, the presentation may be removed from the program.

If multiple co-authors are planning to attend the symposium, each co-author must register individually. For panel presentations, all panellists are required to register.

If you have submitted an abstract and wish to withdraw your submission, please contact mail@conferencedesign.com.au.

During the Symposium

You will need to use a laptop or desktop computer to present online, DO NOT use a mobile device or tablet.

Your presentation must end within your allotted time. If you run overtime, your presentation will automatically end, and your audio will be muted. All sessions will be moderated and you will be warned that your time is almost up and then the sessions will be stopped at the end time.

For those submitting a pre-recorded session, video duration must be no longer than the time specified in the submission process. You will be asked to submit an edited video to suit the prescribed time if what you have supplied is too long.

We strongly encourage you to test your camera and microphone settings prior to the start date of the symposium. You can reset/review your internet browser permissions for your camera and microphone. For example, in Chrome, you can click on the small lock icon to the right of the URL to check on these settings. Make sure you know where to find these settings before the first day of the symposium.

When you share your screen during your presentation, attendees will see exactly what you see. This means you will not be able to use the presenter view setting in PowerPoint unless you have multiple monitors and can manage the screen sharing settings easily. For ease, we recommend you have your notes printed or a separate device.

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