Call for abstract

The Scientific Committee invites you to submit abstracts to the 19th International Conference on Harmful Algae.

  • Abstracts received after the deadline (7th of May 2021) will not be accepted and will therefore not be considered for the programme or for publication.
  • Pre-register and submit abstract electronically via the Conference web site following the step-by-step instructions. 

  • Abstracts submitted by email will not be reviewed.
  • All abstracts must be written in English.
  • Abstracts must contain work that has not been previously presented at any international meeting.
  • The authors’ conclusions should be clearly stated. General statements such as “the significance of these findings will be discussed” will be regarded unfavourably and will generally lead to a lower classification of the abstracts.
  • Initials and abbreviations which are not in common use should be avoided unless they are essential.
  • Remember to check spelling and grammar carefully. Your electronically submitted abstract text will be reproduced as submitted.
  • All selected abstracts will be reproduced, as sent, on the virtual platform.
  • Submission of an abstract does not constitute registration for the conference. Submission of an abstract implies the commitment that the presenting author will participate in the meeting and the expectation that financial resources to participate are available.
  • Only one abstract will be accepted for each presenting author.


Review process

  • Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by members of the ICHA 2021 Scientific Committee/ IAC / session chairs.
  • Acceptance or rejection of an abstract is based on the average grade awarded by the reviewers.
  • Selected abstracts will be presented as oral presentations, speed talks, or as posters. A preference for the presentation type can be indicated although the Scientific Committee / IAC / session chairs will make the final decision as to how the abstract will be presented.
  • Authors will be notified of the selection results by email on June 2021.


The deadline for abstract submission is the 7th of May, 2021

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The scientific program is being planned to be a 100% virtual ICHA meeting. All oral presentations will be recorded. The program will have plenary talks, oral presentations and posters. We expect and encourage worldwide contributions from all topics related to harmful algae from marine and freshwater systems. 


The ICHA official language is English



Presentation types

Oral presentations. Plenary talks, oral presentations and speed talks.

Poster presentations.  

Speaking time
 
Plenary talks: 20 minute presentation time with 10 minutes for questions
 
Oral presentations: 12 minute presentation time with 3 minutes for questions
 
Speed talk (best posters): 5 minute presentation time (no questions)

Please make sure that the total audio length does not exceed the allocated speaking time.
 

Oral presentations



Talks need to be prepared as a Power Point in landscape format (16:9)(mandatory), usingMS PowerPoint 2013, 2016, 2020, or 365. Taped presentations will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual platform by the conference organizers. 
 
Speed talks


Speed talks are selected posters that are allocated a 5 minute presentation time (no questions). Your talk needs to be prepared as a power point, in landscape format (16:9) MS Power Point 2013, 2016, 2020, or 365. Taped presentations and posters will uploaded to the virtual platform by the conference organizers. 
 
Posters 
Posters will be displayed in areas close to the rooms where the oral sessions will be held and will be available for viewing at all times for the duration of the conference. Authors will be required to be available at designated times during poster sessions to discuss their poster with other delegates. Posters will be uploaded to the virtual platform by the conference organizers.
  
Oral presentations
A power point template will be uploaded for your convenience in case you decide to use it.
Your talk needs to be prepared as Power Point file that includes both your presentation slides and the audio within the same document. See below for the technical details.
To make the virtual meeting more interactive and exciting for participants, you are kindly asked to be present during the session in which your talk is scheduled to answer questions from the audience. Questions will be monitored by the session moderators in the session chat and will be directed to you at the end of your presentation. In case you are not able to be present during the live session (e.g., because you are in a different time zone), please let us know in advance so that the moderators of your session are aware and can prepare accordingly. Your presentation will not be withdrawn.
If you are unable to record your presentation, you are kindly requested to contact the organizing office.
 
Where to upload your presentation? 
Your presentation will be uploaded to the virtual platform.
 
Technical guidelines
It is mandatory to add the audio of your talk within your Power Point/Zoom presentation. Please see below for instructions on how to add audio to your presentation.
Presentation files will be accepted in MS PowerPoint format only versions 2013, 2016, 2020, or 365. Macintosh presentations (i.e. Keynote) and pdf can also be accommodated.
The size of your presentation should not exceed 500 MB.
Make sure that all of your audios and videos are embedded into the Power Point/Zoom file.
Videos and animations are supported but will be automatically started with the slide.
Do not use special fonts which are not part of the standard PowerPoint package, as this will cause problems while uploading your file.

File name: The name of the presentation file should include the presenter’s last name and the presentation number. In addition, it should have a maximum of 40 characters. To avoid any compatibility problems, please do not use special characters to name your presentation.
Do not use any passwords or encryption for your presentation.
Please note that macros should not be used and flash-animations are not supported.
Aspect ratio of your presentation should be 16:9 landscape (mandatory).

How to add audio to your slides
For power point presentations you need to add an audio track to each slide of your presentation. Please note that it is of utmost importance that the total audio length does not exceed the allocated speaking time for your session type, see below for more information.
To include audio in your presentation, please follow these instructions:

  • On a given slide, select in the tabs: Insert > Multimedia > Audio
  • Select Record Audio
  • Type in a name for your audio file, select Record, and record the desired description of the slide.
  • Important: Your device must have a microphone enabled in order to record audio. It is strongly advised to use a headset for the recording as the built-in microphone may not provide sufficient quality.
  • To review your recording, select Stop and then select Play 
  • Select Record to re‐record your clip, or select OK to use the recording
  • To move your clip, select and drag the audio icon to an adequate area on the slide. (Note: If you are using one audio file for each slide, it is advisable to put the audio icon in the same spot on each slide to make it easy to find)
  • Select Play to listen to your audio

Speed talks
Speed talks are selected posters that are allocated a 5 minute presentation time (no questions). Please follow instructions for oral presentations and posters. 

Posters
Poster should be presented in a single PDF file in vertical format. A poster template will be uploaded for your convenience in case you decide to use it.
The poster will be uploaded to the virtual conference plataform. 
Presenters are required to be present in the online poster -room- during the corresponding session. During this time attendees can enter your poster room to discuss your poster.
If you are not able to present your Poster, you are kindly requested to contact the organizing office as soon as possible to withdraw your abstract from the system.
In case of a change of presenter, please nominate a co-author who is not presenter of another abstract (Note: One person can only present one poster) and send us the full name and e-mail address of the co-author who will present the paper.

Technical guidelines for uploading your poster
Posters should be in a pdf file, in vertical layout.
The size of your Poster should not exceed 500 MB.
Do not use special fonts which are not part of the standard Power Point package, as this will cause problems for uploading your file.
The name of the presentation file should include the presenter’s name and the presentation number. To avoid any compatibility problems, please do not use special characters to name your presentation.
Do not use any passwords or encryption for your presentation.
Please note that macros should not be used and flash-animations are not supported.

Photographs
Note that your presentation will be converted to HTML5 making a download of the Poster or Presentation impossible. However, it is possible for the viewer to make photographs of your online Poster. If you do not wish any scientific content of your presentation to be photographed, please indicate this on the according slide(s) in a visible way.

Poster guidelines
A poster should be self-contained and self-explanatory, allowing different viewers to proceed on their own while the author is free to supplement or discuss particular points raised in inquiry. Presentations should be kept simple and clear, minimize text. Use large type in short, separated paragraphs. A mixture of text and graphics is recommended. Poster layout should be in columns rather than rows. Organize the presentation so it is clear, orderly, and self-explanatory. Use squares, rectangles, circles, etc., to group similar ideas. Avoid cluttering your poster with too much text. Label different elements as I, II, III; or 1, 2, 3; or A, B, C; making it easier for a viewer to follow your display. Leave enough space around the border of your poster and between sections so your poster feel less cramped. We recommend to present your methods as an illustration and your results in a in a graph instead of a table. Figures should be clear, graphics visible, with large type. Each figure or table should have a heading of one or two lines. Additional essential information should be provided below in a legend. Photographs should have good contrast, sharp focus and, if necessary, an indication of scale. Titles and Fonts Titles and captions should be short and easy to read. Use large lettering, allowing attendees to easily read the information presented. Minimum recommended text sizes are: Headings 50 point size, 36 pt for subheadings, 24 pt for body text, and 18 pt for captions. Be creative by using different font sizes, styles, and colors. We recommend to caption your poster with the following components: title, names and affiliations of authors, introduction or background, objectives, methods or study design, results, discussion, main conclusion(s), acknowledgements, email of presenting and profile photo of presenting author in the upper right corner. 

Oral presentation guidelines
In order to give a successful oral presentation, please consider following guidelines: Minimum recommended font size for easy viewing is 20 points. Avoid slides with too much information. The text should be concise and to the point, key facts should be highlighted. Limits words, use visuals. Use colors sparingly. Choose color combinations that make your text easy to read (preferably dark background – light fonts or light background -dark fonts). Avoid using red-green colors. Keep data on the slides simple. Ensure a logical order of the content. A clear and well-structured arrangement is the most attractive and easiest to view on screen. Refrain from selecting too many images and movies. Concentrate on those which emphasize your key points and conclusions optimally. Avoid overlying images on one slide as they cannot be visualized on the final version of your presentation. Remember that the vast majority of the audience are not native English speakers – speak slowly and clearly (whether or not English is your native tongue).  Consider including the following components in your presentation: title, names and affiliations of authors, introduction or background, objectives, methods or study design, results, discussion, main conclusion(s), acknowledgements, email of presenting and profile photo of presenting author.

 

ICHA 2021 will be a virtual meeting

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