Submissions have now closed.

The congress program will be shaped by the latest research across a variety of disciplines.

We welcome submissions from two streams:

  • Scientific Stream

The scientific abstract stream is indented for professional researchers submitting an overview of a scientific paper, case study or any in-depth analysis of topics related to ocean plastics.

All scientific abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee before acceptance into the program.

The congress will be accepting both Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations.

  • Community Science Stream

Are you a member of the community interested in the issue of plastic pollution in the oceans? Do you want to contribute to the congress program by presenting on a topic you are passionate about? If you answered yes to both of these questions we want you to submit an abstract!

Many community groups do valuable work and make a huge contribution to measuring and resolving the ocean plastics pollution problem. For example, you might have conducted a clean up day at your local beach and audited the waste you found. You can write a summary (abstract) of what you did, why you did it, and what you found. If your abstract is accepted you can present your work as either a poster or oral presentation.

Submissions in the community science stream are not held to the same standard of literature references and analysis as the scientific stream, however, all data presented must be original.


Five categories will shape our program


Action at the Source

Eliminating waste, stopping pollution and improving product lifecycle management


into the environment

The journey of plastic pollution to the ocean

Impacts on marine life & habitats

The damage being done

Human health & behavioural changes

Why and how people should take action to manage the problem

Policy & legislation


Where should the Government target its efforts?




Means of Submission - Online:

By clicking on the submission buttons above, you will be taken to a web portal, which is in conjunction with the registration system, where you can cut and paste your abstract in several simple steps. The benefits of this system are many but include:

Allowing you to preview your submission and make modifications to your satisfaction. Ensuring you know your lodgement is completed as you will receive an immediate email confirmation Ensuring accurate indexing of all authors in the conference book Ensuring consistent presentation of all submissions in the proceedings (overarching formatting is imposed)

You do not need to register in order to submit your work. Accepted submissions will be conditional on a valid registration.


  • Ensure you are using one of the following browsers: INTERNET EXPLORER (ver 11 or newer) MOZILLA FIREFOX (ver 44 or newer) SAFARI (ver 5 or newer)

  • Alert for Mac Users, if you are having trouble submitting your abstract/synopsis, try submitting from a PC. If you are still having trouble, please contact the secretariat.

  • Alert for Mozilla Users, the security policy in Mozilla often precludes the pasting from the clipboard without using the menu commands. You can still cut and paste your abstract/synopsis into the submission; you will have to use the menu command rather than ‘control v’ shortcut.

    • Is your research abstract text less than 300 words – it will not allow you to paste larger submissions. The word count does NOT include your title, authoring or cited references

    • Do you have your abstract/synopsis open and running on your own computer? – You need to be able to cut and paste it onto the submission system.


  1. Acknowledge that you understand that for your abstract to be accepted into the program you must be a registered and fully paid delegate once it has been accepted. You must also consent to your abstract being published.
  2. Select presentation type and category (only applicable to some submission types
  3. Provide some keywords to assist in categorisation of your abstract
  4. Next, you will able to cut and paste or type the title of your abstract/submission in (Please write the title of your abstract in sentence case (that is lowercase with only the first letter or the first word in capitals) and without any punctuation. A correctly formatted example follows: Title of my presentation for the conference)
  5. Input the authors, organisations and indicate the presenting author by ticking the box.
  6. Type or cut and paste your abstract/synopsis text in. Please ensure the abstract is no more than the above mentioned word limit. (Does not include title, authoring or cited references)
  7. If submitting a photo or video (gallery submission), you will be able to do so after contents has been entered
  8. Agree to releases policy
  9. Preview abstract, once satisfied, you will be able to finalise your abstract submission and return to your dashboard


As long as you haven't filled your own email address incorrectly, you will get an immediate confirmation of your abstract being submitted. Please check your email junk filter in case it has been captured there.


Should you wish to make changes to your abstract after you have submitted it, please log into your online registration dashboard. Click the button “manage” for the conference you would like to edit the abstract for. Under the abstract heading you will be able to view, edit or submit a new abstract.

**Please note you will only be able to make changes to your abstract until the submission deadline, after such time, any changes required will need to be sent to the conference secretariat Alycia Manuel


Notification of programming decisions will come from the secretariat shortly after the expiry of deadlines and the working program will be posted to the web site. The notification will include specific presentation instructions.