Call for Workshops

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The call for workshops is closed.
As of 23:59 UTC on Friday, 30 July 2010 we are no longer accepting proposals.

The co-organizers of the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference are currently soliciting workshop proposals for the conference. It is our goal to highlight a range of marine debris topics at this conference.  Objectives of this international conference include sharing lessons learned and best practices to reduce and prevent marine debris impacts; promoting international co-learning; exchanging innovative ideas, such as market incentives and communications strategies; and sharing the latest research initiatives, methods, and results.

Workshops will be held on two days: Sunday, 20 March and Wednesday, 23 March 2011. Workshops will run consecutively throughout both days.

Workshop may be 2, 4, or 8 hours long; classroom only (Sunday or Wednesday) or a combination of classroom and field trip (Wednesday only).

A successful workshop will be action oriented and provide the attendees with information, tools, and techniques to improve addressing marine debris locally and/or worldwide. Below are three examples:

  • Setting up and running a database to log and track marine debris
  • Best practices for organizing volunteers for marine debris cleanup
  • Designing an effective marine debris outreach campaign

Unacceptable workshop content: Commercial advertising of products, organizations, or services.

Workshops will be provided a meeting room at the conference venue, an LCD projector, and a screen. All other needed supplies and equipment must be provided by the workshop organizer/instructor.

English is the official language of the conference.  We encourage proposal submissions for workshop in English to ensure the workshop attains the broadest possible audience at the conference.  However, proposals for workshop in other languages will be considered if the goal is to reach a target audience.  No translation services will be provided.

Proposals should be submitted by individuals prepared to serve as workshop organizer and/or instructor. Workshop organizer/instructor is responsible for organization and execution of workshop as described in proposal form. If applicant is the workshop organizer, they are responsible for finding and ensuring a suitable workshop instructor. Funding for any field trips associated with workshops is not provided by the conference. Workshop organizer/instructor is responsible for all aspects of the workshop and any associated field trip such as needed permits, permissions, equipment, and materials.  Transporation arrangements , if needed, can be arranged with the conference logistics contractor.  If transporation is required, there will be an associated charge per participant to attend the workshop.

Organizer/instructor is also responsible for providing all needed equipment and materials and is asked to prepare a summary report of their workshop. Summary should include the presentations provided, workshop handouts, main discussion items, and lessons learned from this workshop. Guidelines will be provided to selected workshop organizers/instructors. Workshop reports are due on 29 April 2011 and will be included in the conference proceedings.

Workshop proposals will be selected based on:

  • Relevance to the main theme of the conference
  • Usefulness to a wide audience
  • Proven skill and expertise of the instructors to provide a high-quality workshop.

Download the workshop proposal submission form*:

Email completed forms to

PROPOSALS DUE: Coordinated Daylight Time (UTC) 23:59 on Friday, 30 July 2010

Please contact or for any questions regarding workshop proposals.

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