Conference Topics

Conference topics include the science of optics across all aquatic environments, research, and applications, including (but not limited to) biogeochemistry, environmental management and applications, instruments, techniques and observational systems, remote sensing, phytoplankton ecology, radiative transfer and optical theory, global change, and benthic processes.

To review the type of abstracts submitted, please view the 2018 Ocean Optics website.


Abstract Instructions

Please access the abstract submission system by following this link. Conference registration is not required in order to submit an abstract. Conference registration will open in late summer 2020.


June 1, 2020: Abstracts submitted for consideration as an oral or poster presentation are due June 1, 2020edits are allowed until 23:59 EDT (3:59 UTC) on that date.

September 10, 2020: Abstracts submitted for presentation specifically as a poster will be accepted until September 10, 2020. 


Primary Author: The participant submitting the abstract is considered the primary (presenting) author. Each conference participant is limited to submitting one abstract as the primary author but may be listed as a co-author on an unlimited number of abstracts.

Additional Authors: Up to 20 additional authors’ names and institutions may be included in the abstract submission.

Abstract Text Format: Abstract text should be typed into the text box using the WYSIWYG editor. Avoid using Greek letters or equations because those elements may not export properly to the conference program and mobile app.

Word Limit: 500 words.

Edits: Abstracts may be edited after submission up until June 1, 2020, 23:59 EDT (3:59 UTC).


After June 1, the Planning Committee will conduct a “blind” review of abstracts submitted for consideration as an oral or poster presentation. The reviewers will not see the author(s) names or institutional affiliations. There are a limited number of oral slots available, and to maintain a degree of balance and interest in the program, it will not be possible to accommodate some requests for oral presentation. Therefore, abstracts not assigned for an oral presentation will be presented as posters. It is important to keep in mind that the Ocean Optics Conference views all presentations with equal value. Poster sessions are very well attended and provide a venue to discuss research in detail. Posters will remain on display throughout the conference. Notification of assignment as an oral or poster presentation will be sent by the end of June.

Abstracts submitted for consideration as an oral presentation will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. State of Completion (maximum 5 points): The abstract shows substantial results indicating that the work has been or is nearly completed.
  2. Novelty (maximum 5 points): The abstract shows innovative laboratory or data analysis techniques or presents a new topic or application in ocean optics.
  3. Advancement of Field (maximum 5 points): The abstract presents a significant contribution to the field.
  4. Quality (maximum 5 points): The abstract is well written and organized. The scope of the work can be clearly understood.
  5. Relevance (maximum 5 points): The abstract addresses topical areas requested for the conference.


If you have questions about the abstract submission process, please contact Jenny Ramarui, Conference Coordinator.

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