The Call for Abstracts is now closed !

Interactions between the oceans and human health are numerous, complex and yet largely unknown to most of the public, stakeholders and the scientific community.

That is why, the Scientific Center of Monaco (CSM), the Principality of Monaco’s scientific research agency, and the Prince Albert II Foundation will organize an International Scientific Symposium « Human Health and the Ocean in a Changing World », from the 2nd to the 4th of December 2020, in Monaco (One Monte Carlo Conference Centre), under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II and in partnership with many International Institutions and Stakeholders (WHO, CNRS, Boston College, Scripps Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,…).

This symposium will highlight the risks that the oceans can represent for human health, and their increase due to environmental changes (emergence of new marine pathogens, contamination of seafood, various types of pollution, etc…) but also the benefits that they will continue to bring to human health.

We are expecting 200 to 250 people to attend the symposium and we want the symposium to be addressed to scientists/researchers/physicians, but journalists, policy makers and other stakeholders (international organisations, NGOs,…) will also be present.

The Human Health and the Ocean in a changing world symposium will include keynotes and mini-reviews, but also open communications and poster presentations we would like you to submit to the Scientific Committee

The conference is multidisciplinary and we encourage abstracts submitted from every fields or disciplines, as long as they have a connection with human health, e.g. harmful algal blooms, waterborne diseases, benefits of outdoor blue spaces to health and well-being, climate change, ocean pollution, marine natural products, aquatic animal models, marine food resources, blue technologies, …

  • Abstracts must be written in English and the complete abstract must not exceed the box space (500 words). Abstracts could contain formulas, pictures or graph.
  • For each abstract a presenting author must be identified.
  • All the communications concerning the abstract will be sent to the submitter who will be responsible for informing the other authors of the status of the abstract.
  • Submitting an abstract you should select the appropriate category (“Short Communication” or “Poster”)
  • Submitting an abstract you should select the appropriate topic among the ones identified for the congress. If you think that your communication does not fit into one of the six proposed themes, or if you are unable to choose, do not hesitate to contact the organizing secretariat for guidance.
  • Structured abstracts are mandatory stating clearly the Background/Aims, Methods, Results and Conclusions.
  • We recommend that you prepare your text in a word processing programme (e.g. Microsoft Word) and then copy-paste the final text into the online abstract submission form.
  • Abstracts must be submitted on or before the closing date September 16th 2020 .
  • The organizers reserve the right to reject any abstract for failure to comply with submission instructions mentioned on the congress website.
  • It is possible to submit more than one abstract.
  • Please ensure that your abstract does not contain spelling, grammatical or scientific errors. No corrections are possible after the submission deadline. The abstract will be reproduced exactly as submitted. No proofreading will be done.
  • The presenting author must accept full responsibility for the content, submission and presentation of the abstract, and retain full copyright of their abstract and presentation. By submitting an abstract, authors give consent and authorize the organizers to publish or submit for publication their abstract, presentation, picture and biography, and to include them in any congress printed or electronic publications.
  • Submitters can go back and make changes to an abstract submitted when it is as a draft copy until the deadline. However, please note that finalized abstracts cannot be edited after approving the drafts.
  • Conflict of Interest/Disclosure: Abstracts must include an acknowledgement of any commercial funding sources. Authors should declare all commercial interests.
  • All studies must have been approved by institutional committees on ethics of experimental and human investigations.

In order to participate in the selection process, please present before September 16th 2020 the following documents:

  • Complete abstract of the original work you would like to present during the congress.
  • Abstracts must be submitted exclusively online via the congress website before September 16th
  • Select the abstract category: ‘Short Communication” or “Poster”
  • Selected abstracts would allow for a 10’ communication (followed by questions) in the plenary room
  • Oral communication must be given in English by one of the authors of the abstract
  • The speaker would be given a free full registration to the symposium
  • Accepted poster presenters will have the opportunity to:
  • Present orally their work during the strolling poster sessions as detailed in the Scientific Program
  • Receive the personal feedback of the Presidents and Chairmen of the congress.
  • One poster of each topic will be selected for a short communication in the plenary room (communication must be made in English)
  • Among those 6 selected posters, one would be elected as the Best Poster Presentation and granted a Prize
  • Authors presenting a poster should be registered participants (e.g. at least one author must be registered)
  • Posters from unregistered authors will be not be displayed during the congress

Please note that to have their work included in the Scientific Program, Poster presenter have to register and pay for the fee before October 2nd 2020

In order to be able to present your poster during the Poster Session, please follow the instructions below:

Poster Format

  • Suggested format for poster: A0 (width 80 x height 100 cm) or similar
  • Orientation: vertical | Portrait Layout


  • Posters can be set up on December 1st, 14h00, and must be dismantled on December 4th, by 18h00.
  • Please refer to the registration desk to know your emplacement.
  • The poster presenters are requested to stay beside their poster in order to illustrate it to the Committee and to reply to participants’ questions during the strolling poster sessions.