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All early career marine scientists who can contribute to the conference topics are encouraged to apply for an invitation from the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC). The procedures are described under “Abstract submission and Application for Invitation”. Approximately 100 early career scientists will be invited by the SSC. There is no explicit age limit, but the conference is intended to attract individuals with research experience ranging from advanced stages of a Ph.D. program up to postdoctoral researchers (with priority given to those with no more than 5 years since obtaining a Ph.D.).

Participants must have an invitation from the SSC to attend the conference. To apply to the SSC for an invitation, applicants must:

pre-register for the conference
submit an abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae (Abstract and CV in one file)
Participants will be selected according to criteria established by the SSC. The criteria for selection will include the relevance of the abstract to the topic session and the scientific results described in the abstract.  
In addition to an invitation from the SSC, participants who are citizens of countries requiring a U.S. visa must obtain a letter of invitation from the U.S. Government. The names of successful applicants will be provided to the U.S. State Department by the SSC. The State Department is responsible for issuing letters of invitation to applicants to attend this conference in the United States.  

January 15, 2007
  • Pre-registration
  • Abstract and CV submission
  • Application for Financial support
    February 28, 2007
  • Notification of abstract acceptance
  • Notification of invitation
  • Notification of financial support grant
    March 20, 2007
  • Invitees must confirm participation
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