Indo-Pacific Fish Conference and the Australian Society for Fish Biology

20-24 November 2023, Auckland, New Zealand
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Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission will be open on 10 February 2023.
 
Any enquiries related to abstract submission, please contact us ipfc11-asfb@auckland.ac.nz

 

Click Here to download the Abstract Template

Submission Guidelines – IPFC11-ASFB

  1. Conference Aims and Themes
  2. Presentation types
  3. Abstract selection criteria
  4. Abstract submission
  5. Abstract template
  6. Abstract notification

 

  1. Conference Aims and Themes

The Indo-Pacific Fish Conference (IPFC), held every four years, is undoubtedly one of the world’s premier ichthyological conferences and is eagerly anticipated by marine, estuarine and freshwater fish enthusiasts alike.

The Australian Society for Fish Biology (ASFB), founded in 1971, aims to promote research, education and management of fish and fisheries across the Indo-Pacific.

We are excited to bring these two conferences together in a joint meeting that will reflect the extraordinary biological, environmental and cultural diversity of the vast Indo-Pacific region.

The Organising Committee look forward to welcoming you to the 11th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference (IPFC) and Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Fish Biology, to be held 20-24 November 2023 at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

The 11th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference and the Australian Society for Fish Biology 2023 aims to:

  • promote best practice and innovative approaches
  • highlight current and emerging research priorities and trends
  • draw on experience from other regions
  • share work in progress and project outcomes.

Themes

To assist the 11th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference and the Australian Society for Fish Biology 2023 Organising Committee with their task of grouping related presentations, authors of abstracts for are requested to categorise their abstract into the conference themes across the following:

  • Evolution of Indo-Pacific Fishes
  • Ecology and Behaviour of Indo-Pacific Fishes
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Indo-Pacific
  • Traditional Knowledge and Fish Biology
  • Sharks and Top-predators
  • Conservation of Indo-Pacific fishes
  • Monitoring of Indo-Pacific Fishes
  • Barriers to Fish Movement
  • New Ways to Study Fish
  • General Session

 

  1. Presentation types

There will be TWO presentation types (Oral or Poster) at 11th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference and the Australian Society for Fish Biology 2023. All are equally valued contributions. Different presentation formats may be best suited to different kinds of content. Authors are required to choose their preferred presentation format. However, the final presentation type will be determined by the 11th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference and the Australian Society for Fish Biology 2023 Review and Programme Committee.

Please note that if your abstract is accepted, the presenting author will be expected to register as a conference delegate by the due date. Failure to register will result in removal of your presentation from the conference programme.

Posters will be on display in the 11th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference and the Australian Society for Fish Biology 2023 Exhibition and Networking area and will provide opportunities for relaxed discussion throughout the entire conference. There will also be a dedicated poster session.

Prizes will be awarded to the best Poster presentations during the conference closing ceremony. There will be a prizes for the best student Oral presentations.

Oral presentation (15 minutes total, comprising: 10-12 minute talk + 3-5 minute Q&A)

Typically, oral presentations will be complete stories or largely finished research projects, with clear outcomes and conclusions. They should be placed in a broad ecological context and therefore be of general interest beyond the immediate subject area. They may be studies with complex hypotheses or study designs that require explication. If applicable, authors should outline potential or existing collaboration(s) with industry, academia, and other research organisations in New Zealand or internationally, and also summarise the (potential) value of the work in an industrial context.

Presentations should aim to engage the audience, to create interest, seek feedback and encourage further enquiry.  Presentations are approximately 10-12 minute long, followed by 3-5 minutes for further discussion/question time and change-over, for a total of 15 minutes.

Posters (A0 portrait display)

Poster presentations are suited for work in progress and preliminary results and are also useful for reporting new methods and techniques that might be of relatively narrow interest to researchers or industry development persons in particular fields. Studies that seem ideal for Oral presentations can also be presented very effectively as Posters.

Posters encourage direct engagement between those with interesting work to share and a wide audience, in a personal setting.  Posters will be displayed in the conference space available to attendees during breaks.  Poster session times will be announced in the conference program. Unattended posters will not be accepted.

Authors should bring their posters to the Conference ready for display.

 

  1. Abstract selection criteria

The 11th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference and the Australian Society for Fish Biology 2023 Programme Committee will attempt to accommodate the preferred presentation type for all authors. The number of 15-minute Oral presentations that can be accommodated in the programme is limited, hence the number of authors requesting Oral presentations may exceed the places available. If the demand for Oral presentations exceeds the available time slots, the 11th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference and the Australian Society for Fish Biology 2023 Programme Committee will review all abstracts for 15-minute presentations offering some delegates, who request Oral presentations, the option of presenting a Poster. We do not anticipate exceeding the limitation on space for Posters.

All submissions will be reviewed by the 11th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference and the Australian Society for Fish Biology 2023 panel committee members and academics.

All submissions will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • relevance to the conference
  • relevance to the conference themes and objectives of ASFB
  • relevance to contemporary professional practice
  • presents key issues to a broader interest to the general Fish Biology community
  • quality & novel of the abstract
  • scientific merit, originality and interest;
  • compliance with the word count and format requirements for abstracts (as per template).

All submitters will receive an email confirming the outcome of their abstracts.  All of these criteria are key considerations in the acceptance of all submissions.  We reserve the right to discuss your submission with you as part of the process of assembling the programme.

Please note: Abstracts for 15 minute Oral presentations may be submitted before all analyses and interpretations of the results have been finalised, but authors must at least report some preliminary results. Vague statements, such as ‘results will be discussed’, will not be accepted.

 

  1. Abstract submission

When submitting an Abstract, you will be required to provide the following information in the Portal and in your Abstract respectively.

Portal (instructions within the Portal are clear and self-explanatory)

  • Abstract title (should reflect the content of the presentation)
  • Name, affiliation and contact details of the corresponding (presenting) Author
  • Preferred presentation type (Oral presentation or Poster)
  • Permission to publish your Abstract in the conference handbook which will be available online
  • Acknowledgement that the presenting Author will register and attend the 11th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference and the Australian Society for Fish Biology 2023

Abstract (details are specified in the Template)

  • Abstract title (same as in the portal)
  • Names, affiliations and email addresses of the presenting Author and any Co-author(s)
  • Abstract text (max. length 250 words, excluding Title, Authors and Biography)
  • The completed Abstract in prescribed Template format should be uploaded as a Word document

Early submission of abstracts is recommended. The closing date is 11 June 2023.

Once your Abstract has been accepted for a presentation at the 11th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference and the Australian Society for Fish Biology 2023, you are required to register and pay to attend before Author registration deadline to avoid being removed from the programme.

Please note: Early Bird Registrations close on 12 September 2023.

 

  1. Abstract template

Authors are required to download and use the 11th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference and the Australian Society for Fish Biology 2023 Abstract Template to format their Abstracts.

Please note

  • The format of, and instructions for, the Template will need to be followed for the Abstract to be considered for review
  • Abstracts must be submitted in Word format only.

 

  1. Abstract notification

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process by or before 12 July 2023.