• Talks are 15 minutes (including questions).  Please prepare your slides in 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • Posters are a maximum of 110 cm (44 inches) in either dimension. Please display your abstract number in the top right corner of the poster.
  • Lightning talks are 120 seconds and may include 1 slide. If you have two posters, you will still get only one lightning talk and one slide.
  • Filming of talks is not allowed.

Conference events

  • The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau will be onsite near the registration table providing information about what there is to do in and around Monterey.  They will be there Tuesday from 9:30-11:30 and Wednesday from 8:30-12:30.
  • Directions from the Conference Center to the Student BBQ at Hopkins Marine Station: https://goo.gl/maps/1rdMT8RPHHw
  • Directions to the Monterey Bay Aquarium from the Conference Center: https://goo.gl/maps/7H4yfEGgNwx.  We will have trolley service to and from the banquet on Friday.  The trolleys run every 10 minutes from 18:00 to 22:00.

Venue & Hotel

The 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium will be held at the recently renovated Monterey Conference Center, located in the heart of downtown Monterey, with free WiFi, and parking, restaurants and beaches all within easy walking distance. The new Monterey Conference Center is working toward a LEED Platinum Certification—a green building certification program recognizing best-in-class building strategies and practices.

The Monterey Marriott Hotel—directly across the street from the conference center—has agreed to block rooms for the Symposium at negotiated rates outlined below. Attendees can reserve rooms at the discounted rates until August 13, 2018, provided rooms are still available in the room block.

Rates: $195.00 from Sept 09 – Sept 13 (Sunday – Thursday nights); $259.00 Friday, Sept 14.

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To make reservations by phone, call Marriott reservations at 1-800-228-9290, and mention you are attending the MBARI 15th-Deep Sea Biology Symposium.



Nearby airports include Monterey Regional Airport (MRY), San Jose International Airport (SJC), and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Travelers should note that direct flights into Monterey are limited, and they can be relatively expensive. San Jose and San Francisco International Airports are approximately 75 and 100 miles from Monterey, respectively, and Monterey Airbus has frequent and reasonable shuttles from both airports to and from Monterey.



Monterey is a scenic and historic California coastal city that rises from the pristine Monterey Bay to pine forested hillsides with sweeping bay views. Monterey is a great setting for outdoor activities both on and off the water such as hiking, biking, golf, kayaking, and sailing. Monterey also has several historical sites like California’s Mission Trail, Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row. And no trip to Monterey would be complete without a visit to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Santa Cruz

An hour’s drive up historic Highway 1, on the north side of Monterey Bay, lies Santa Cruz. In addition to world famous surf spots, beaches, and paddle-boarding, Santa Cruz has hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails along coastal terraces, and through mountain meadows and old-growth redwood groves. Santa Cruz also has a lively downtown as well as the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park.

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


email us  (dsbs@dsbs2018.org)

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