Call for Workshop Proposals

The WSC2018 (11 to 14 June) will consist of four days of conference style talks, followed by ISBW13 (15-17 June), which consists of three days of workshops. Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit workshop proposals for ISBW13. These three-day workshop sessions should be seen as a unique opportunity to foster collaborations, advance seagrass science, and to disseminate and/or teach new skills. A similar format was previously pioneered in 2004 during ISBW6, which proved to be successful and resulted in concrete research outputs.


“Translating Science into Action” is the overarching theme for WSC2018 and ISBW13. The theme is motivated by the important need for effective communication of seagrass science amongst scientists, managers and practitioners, to better develop and implement science-based seagrass conservation, management and restoration policies.

Workshop Formats

Any format of workshops will be considered for ISBW13, some examples include: training workshops, writing workshops, short experiments (field and/or tank), data mining, and are only subject to availability of resources and facilities.

Depending on the format of your workshop, you may require different facilities to run the activities you have planned for your workshop. To help you plan, we have listed the facilities available that you can book to run your workshop.

Facilities available at UTown, NUS

ISBW13 will be held at the new University Town (UTown) on the campus of the National University of Singapore. UTown is a collection of residential colleges, teaching facilities and study spaces are integrated to create a lively environment for intellectual, social and cultural interactions. Facilities available for use at workshops at UTown include:

  • Seminar rooms: These seminar rooms allow for flexible configurations with movable tables, chairs and collapsible. Each room is equipped with projectors and computers for presentations.
    NUS UTown
  • Multimedia hub: The Multimedia Hub provides a myriad of resources like audio-video editing workstations at the Visualisation Suite to develop multimedia audio and video projects in a professional setting.
    NUS UTown
  • Global and Active learning rooms: The Active Learning Room promotes exchange and collaboration within as well as amongst groups with the enhanced audio/visual equipment while the Global Learning Room is designed to facilitate interactive lectures and discussions across other local and overseas sites through video-conferencing equipment.
    NUS UTown

Offshore research facility – St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory

St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory (SJINML) is a research station located offshore in the Singapore Straits. The facility serves as a focal point for marine science research locally and is equipped for both lab- and aquaria-based research. The island itself has healthy remnants of a coastal forest, natural rocky shores, as well as small patches of seagrasses. Many of these habitats are semi-pristine and are potential sites for studying tropical organisms and ecosystems. Facilities at SJINML include:

  • Indoor and outdoor aquaria area for tank experiments.
  • Laboratories to support biodiversity, ecology and biotechnology research.
  • Seminar and meeting rooms.
  • Accommodation facilities including dormitories, laundry and a fully equipped kitchen.
  • R/V Galaxea, a 12m-long vessel, with dedicated crew.

Interested individuals or groups who are interested in using SJINML’s facilities have to contact ISBW13 organisers before submitting their proposals so that we can advise on and plan the resources required to run your workshops. Please note that bench fees and costs for using specialised equipment apply, and spaces are on a first-come-first-served basis.

Workshop proposals

We welcome proposals that are relevant to seagrass science, conservation and management. However, proposals that can demonstrate how their workshop, or focus group, tie-in with “translating science into action” will be prioritized. The format of the workshop will be determined by the workshop proposers, but to benefit participants, all workshops should be interactive, participative and enable participants to learn new skills and acquire knowledge. To this end, we recommend that the number of presentations be limited.

All workshops and focus groups should aim for practical outputs that could advance seagrass science and research capacity, and foster deeper collaborations on research, conservation and communication (e.g., peer-reviewed paper, learning new skills, policy statement, new initiatives, media output). A closing session on the last day will be held and each workshop organiser will be able to share the outcomes of the workshops they conducted.

Submissions of workshop proposals have to reach the organisers by 31st December 2017. All workshop proposals will be reviewed by the ISBW13 Scientific Committee.

Important Dates

  • Call for submission: 10 March 2017
  • Submission deadline: 31 December 2017
  • Notification of outcome of submission: Early February 2018

Submission requirements

  • ISBW13 workshops will be from 15 to mid-day 17 June 2018. While there are no restrictions on the duration of sessions, proposers have to be realistic with regards to what is achievable in these 3 days.
  • Workshop proposals should not exceed 1 page (A4) and must include:
    • Title
    • Introduction on the topic covered
    • Proposed format
    • Proposed output(s) of workshop or focus group
    • Facilities/equipment required (except basic audio-visual equipment)
  • While a range of facilities that can cater to a variety of workshop formats and size are available, interested individuals and groups are strongly encouraged to communicate with ISBW13 organisers early for booking and logistics planning.
  • Please note that for certain facilities, bench or rental fees are involved and these costs have to be factored in by the workshop proposers. If you think you require such facilities, please contact the ISBW13 organisers as soon as possible.