UPDATE – April 27, 2020

The Ocean Optics XXV Planning Committee and The Oceanography Society (TOS) continue to monitor the evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). We prioritize the health and safety of conference participants and are monitoring public health directives from local, federal, and international authorities. As we learn more, we’ll update the community through email and announcements on the conference home page.

Several changes have been implemented to provide flexibility for conference participants while also keeping the planning process on track. A summary appears below; please visit this page for more details.  

Abstracts Submission Deadline

The submission deadline for abstracts to be considered for oral presentation has been changed to June 1, 2020. Follow this link to learn more and to submit your abstract. There is no fee required to submit an abstract and registration is not required at this time.

The Planning Committee will conduct the blind review of abstracts and will schedule the oral presentation program in late June. Abstracts not selected for oral presentation will be assigned as poster presentations.

Posters Only Abstracts Submission Deadline

Abstracts submitted for presentation only as posters may be submitted until September 10, 2020. 


The conference registration system will reopen in late summer, and the early registration rate will be available through September 10, 2020. 

Community Announcements

Invitation to Submit to Smart Spectral Sensors for Aquatic Environments” in Sensors (MDPI)

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts for a special issue on “Smart Spectral Sensors for Aquatic Environments” in Sensors (published by MDPI). To submit a manuscript, send an email with a draft title to Oliver Zielinkski ( Sensors is open-access journal and it is anticipated that this issue will also be published as a book. Follow this link for more information. The deadline for submissions is 11 May 2020.

DIY Oceanography: Call for Contributions

Guest editors Melissa Omand and Emmanuel Boss are seeking contributions to a new Oceanography section called DIY Oceanography, which will be launched in the March 2020 issue. These peer-reviewed articles will include all of the relevant information on a homemade sensor or instrument so that others can build, or build upon, it. The articles will also showcase how this technology was used successfully in the field. Contributions should include a list of the materials and costs, instructions on how to build, and any blueprints and codes (those could be deposited elsewhere). See Oceanography’s Author Guidelines page for detailed information on submission requirements..

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