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2nd ICES/PICES Conference for Early Career Scientists (24-27 April 2012, Majorca Island, Spain)

2nd ICES/PICES Conference for Early Career Scientists (24-27 April 2012, Majorca Island, Spain)



  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES),
  • the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES),
  • the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from USA (NOAA).

Location and dates

The 4-day conference and meeting will take place in Majorca Island, Spain, from April 24th to April 27th 2012, and will be locally hosted by the Mediterranean Institute for Marine Science (IMEDEA, CSIC/UIB). The conference will be at Son Caliu Gran Spa Oasis (Calviá, Majorca, Spain), close to Palma city, the capital of the Balearic Islands.

Background and Objectives

The objective of the meeting is to encourage greater involvement of young scientists in international scientific investigations and to foster their involvement in the management of marine ecosystems. , This meeting builds on the success of ICES/PICES Early Career Scientists Meeting held in Baltimore, MD, USA in 2007 and the ICES Young Scientist Conference in Denmark in 1999. 

Conference Structure

The conference will be held from April 24th to April 27th at Son Caliu Gran Spa Oasis but will be preceded by a welcome mixer on the afternoon of April 23rd at the Palma Aquarium. Each day of the conference will begin with an invited plenary address followed by two parallel sessions. On the afternoons of April 25th and April 27th there will be workshop breakout sessions to provide career advice for research scientists (e.g. proposal writing, communication, attracting funding) and promote new collaborations. Several outing activities are planned, including the welcoming mixer at the Palma Aquarium, a conference dinner, and a visit to the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Participation and Eligibility Criteria

All interested early career marine scientists must apply for an invitation from the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC). Applicants should be under 35 years in age or have completed a PhD after 2007. Room and board expenses will be covered for successful applicants and travel expenses will be covered for a portion of attendees (based on financial need and scientific potential). Applicants will be evaluated on their productivity, potential for novel science, and relevance of their research to the session themes. Details of financial status will be requested in the application process.

All applicants must indicate the session theme (1 of the 9 listed above) to which they are applying and declare a preference for an oral or a poster presentation.

Deadlines and Important Dates

  • Call for abstracts deadline 31 October 2011
  • Application for financial assistance deadline 31 October 2011
  • Applicants notified of decisions December 2011
  • Invitees to confirm participation January 2011

Registration Fee

There is no registration fee.

Scientific Steering Committee

Bryan Black (USA)
Ignacio Catalán (Spain)
Helen Findlay (UK)
Hanna Na (Korea)
Nina Overgaard Therkildsen (Denmark)
Marta Varela (Spain)
Naoki Yoshie (Japan)


Sukyung Kang (Korea)
Julie Keister (USA)
Franz J. Mueter (USA)
Elizabeth W. North (USA)


Adi Kellermann (ICES), Skip McKinnell (PICES