2017 - 10th World Sponge Conference, June 25-30


The World Sponge Conference, hosted every 3-4 years, brings together international scientists from all over the globe to present their latest research findings and to network with colleagues both old and new. It has been a long wait but the time for the next International Sponge Conference is almost upon us!

This year we invite you to the National University of Ireland, Galway on the West Coast of Ireland for a stimulating and exciting meeting. We plan to mix the traditional approach with newer ideas. There will be one single session and no parallel sessions. However, we will incorporate speed talks to facilitate more oral presentations and the meeting will also include a number of workshops and discussion fora to address topics of particular interest or which are developing at speed, such as systematics, natural products and genomics. It will be an important venue for early stage researchers to communicate their work and meet with established international researchers.

The topics of this conference reflects the main areas in which sponge biology is developing at present, as well as traditional research categories. We also provide a platform to bring together industry and sponge science and explore how to further develop sponge natural products.
We invite all who are interested in sponge science to join us for stimulating conference to be held in a collaborative atmosphere in the vibrant and welcoming city of Galway on Europe’s western margin.

We are very grateful to our sponsors SFI, NUI Galway and Fáilte Ireland for their support in bringing this event to Galway.

We look forward to welcoming you to Galway in June!

Grace McCormack
Conference Chair

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Key Dates
* August, 2016 - Conference website open for abstract submission
* January 31st, 2017 - Deadline for submission of abstracts - Submissions Closed
* April 30th, 2017 – Early bird deadline - Extended to May 5th
* June 25th-30th 2017 - Conference - Galway, Ireland