Deep-Sea Biology Symposium

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The Symposium is the main event for the Deep-Sea Biology Society, and takes place every three years. It brings together leaders from the fields of research, exploration, marine operations, conservation, and management for the deep ocean environment, including benthic, vents and seeps, and water-column biology and oceanography.

Returning to the United States for the first time since 2003, the 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium will be held September 9-14, 2018 in Monterey, California. This 5-day conference will feature plenary speakers and two daily concurrent sessions. There will be an opening reception, a poster session on Tuesday night, and a concluding symposium dinner on Friday night at the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Meeting registration includes a membership in the  Deep-Sea Biology Society and all are invited to the Society meeting held on the evening of Wednesday, September 12th.

There is a limited number of specially discounted rooms available at the conference hotel. Book through the link on this page to receive these special rates.

The 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium is supported by the Deep-Sea Biology Society and co-hosted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


Important dates

  • 9-Sept: DOSI workshop to discuss deep-ocean science priorities for global health, to be held at the Middlebury Institution of International Studies in the Irvine Auditorium. (map)
  • 9-Sept: Check in and reception: 16:45 – 19:00, Ferrante’s Bayview – Marriott
  • 10-Sept: Student social mixer
  • 11-Sept: Lightning talks and poster session
  • 12-Sept: Society’s General Meeting
  • 13-Sept: Student BBQ at Hopkins Marine Station
  • 14-Sept: Banquet dinner at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Meeting information

Monterey Conference Center
1 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
September 9-14, 2018
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The Monterey Marriott
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Host institutions

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Society

Deep-Sea Biology Society


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