19th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration & Shellfish Reef Restoration Network Meeting

19th – 21st February 2018 at The University of Adelaide, SA, Australia

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Please plan on joining shellfish restoration experts, resource managers, shellfish growers, community groups, NGOs and others in the ‘City of Churches’ Adelaide for a joint conference between International Conference on Shellfish Restoration (ICSR) and the Australian Shellfish Reef Restoration Network (SRRN).

This three day conference will provide a forum that fosters partnerships, initiatives and exchanges of information necessary to further the science and practice of shellfish restoration efforts around the world. Attendees include representatives from the shellfish aquaculture industry, government, academia, NGO, community groups, practitioners and other restoration supporters.

The conference will feature invited speakers, panel sessions, contributed oral and poster sessions and interactive workshops. The venue will be the historic University of Adelaide campus located in the heart of the City of Adelaide. The schedule will allow for social interactions and collaborations in a relaxed atmosphere. The City of Adelaide is known for its historical churches, bustling market place and fresh seafood and is a stones through away from world class wine regions such as the Barrossa, Claire Valley and Adelaide Hills.

Further information on the conference program, venue, travel and accommodation details will be updated regularly on this website.

| Key Dates | Conference Themes | Abstracts | Registration | Field Trips |

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Key dates

  • Friday 18th August, 2017: Registration and call for abstract open;
  • Friday 15th December, 2017: Early bird registration closes Early bird registration closes;
  • 30th October, 2017: Call for abstract submission closed;
  • 15th November, 2017: Notification of abstract acceptance;

19th-21st February 2018:  SRRN/ICSR conference.

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Conference themes and sub-themes

The theme for the combined SRRN/ICSR conference is: Globalizing the recovery of shellfish habitats in recognition of the recent growth of shellfish restoration in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia. Whilst all abstracts will be considered, the conference program will be structured around the following sub-themes:

  • Engaging communities in shellfish restoration (e.g. community projects, citizen science, education);
    Industry collaborations (e.g. hatcheries, aquaculture farms, fisheries);
  • Historical ecology (e.g. baselines, oral histories, traditional ecological knowledge);
  • Enabling restoration (e.g. policy, regulation, finance, biosecurity);
  • Research and development (e.g. oyster ecology, disease management, ecosystem services, husbandry, genetics);
  • Restoration practice and case studies;
  • Communication (e.g. networks, website, videos, social media);

’How to’ technical sessions.;

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Presentation formats

The combined meeting of the Australian Shellfish Reef Restoration Network and the International Conference on Shellfish Restoration is pleased to accept presentation abstracts through the abstracts submission portal. The conference organisers have established a number of different formats to accommodate a range of different styles and talks, these include:

  • Oral Presentations (12 min oral presentations + 8 min question time). Standard format oral presentations given during plenary sessions. Emphasis on disseminating results from restoration projects, new research, industry collaborations, etc.;
  • Speed Talks (5 min speed talk + 5 min question time) Shorter format oral presentations  during plenary sessions with emphasis on project and/or research updates, upcoming projects, new ideas, etc.;
  • Technical Talks (12 min ‘how to’ technical talks + 8 min question time). This format is designed to be more interactive and will allow the speaker an opportunity to present a method or process that supports shellfish restoration (e.g. shoot a video in the field on your mobile phone, design a shell recycling program, engage community groups in monitoring);
  • Poster Presentations (A1 sized poster). Standard posters will be displayed throughout the duration of the conference. Note, presenters should be prepared to give a 2 min ‘marketing talk’ in the plenary sessions on why delegates should visit your poster;
  • Videos (5 mins max, to be played during break times). If you would like to show a video of your work or project, monitors showing these videos will be displayed at meal times and if time allows, these may also be shown during the plenary sessions.

All presentation types require an abstract to be submitted via the abstract submission portal (see below).

Format of Abstract

Please use this template when formatting your abstract.

How to Submit an Abstract

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To be selected to present at the conference, you are required to submit an abstract via the abstract submission websitehttp://easyabstracts.com.au/register/icsr-srrn-2017-conference

All abstracts must be submitted electronically.

Creating an author account and uploading an abstract

Prepare your abstract according to the submission guidelines and click the Submit Abstract button below these.

  1. Create an author account with EasyAbstracts
  2. Complete the online submission form
  3. Upload your abstract

EasyAbstracts will automatically append an ID number to your file name for identification.

How will I know that I have successfully uploaded my abstract?

Submitting an abstract involves two steps. Completion of the submission form and the upload of the abstract. Advice that your submission and file upload have been successful, will appear on your screen as “Your submission was saved successfully” and “The file was successfully uploaded”. You will also receive a confirmation email.

For further information including how to amend or withdraw your submission follow this link.

If you have questions please email the Conference Manager events@plevin.com.au

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Register for the SRRN and ICSR 2018 Conference here.

Complete the online form and print off a copy for your records. Payment is by cheque, direct bank transfer or credit card (Visa and MasterCard). A confirmation of registration will be emailed in the following few days.

Online Payment Security

Online credit card payments are processed through a PCI DSS compliant payment page using SecurePay’s SecureFrame.

Please note, this transaction will appear on your credit card statements as Plevin and Associates Pty Ltd. Any queries regarding registration, contact our conference secretariat by emailing Plevin and Associates Pty Ltd.

Updating or Amending Information?

If you have already registered and wish to update or amend any information, follow the link below, check the box “Already Registered” and add your name together with updated information into the form. You can include further instructions in the “Additional Information” section at the bottom of the form.

Update or amend SRRN and ICSR 2018 Conference registration here:


Registration fees include GST.

Early bird closes 15 December 2017; Standard closes 9 February 2018; Late after 9 February 2018.

Conference Registration $AUD including GST.


Category Early bird Standard Late

(incl. dinner + fieldtrip)

$490 $535 $585
Additional dinner ticket $90 $90 $90



The Full registration fees include all Conference sessions and morning/afternoon teas and lunch Monday 19 February 2018 and Wednesday 21 February 2018, field trip Tuesday 20 February 2018 including all transfers and light meals and Conference Dinner Wednesday evening 21 February 2018.

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Terms and Conditions


All cancellations must be submitted in writing. Cancellations of registration received on or before 9 February 2018 will incur a fee of $50. No registration refunds will be made for cancellations received after this date.


Insurance, including medical cover and expenses incurred in the event the Conference is cancelled, is your responsibility. We recommend you discuss your insurance cover with your travel agent. The policy should include loss of fees/deposits through cancellation of your participation in the Conference or through the cancellation of the Conference itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property and additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The Conference Secretariat will take no responsibility for any participant failing to insure.


In the event of industrial disruptions, the Conference Organisers cannot be held responsible for any losses incurred by delegates. The program is correct at the time of printing, but the Conference Organisers reserve the right to alter the program if and as is deemed necessary.


The Organising Committee and/or Conference Organiser shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered delegates of the Conference. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.

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Field trips

Field trips are included as part of the conference fee and will occur on Tuesday 20th February. Two options are being provided on a first come first served (registration) basis. Please nominate your preferred trip during registration. These trips are :

    1. Gulf St Vincent Shellfish restoration site visit (capped at 40 people): This field trip to Yorke Peninsula includes visits to the rural towns of Ardrossan, where just offshore Australia’s largest shellfish restoration project is located, and to Oyster Bay at Stansbury, the primary oyster growing town on the Peninsula. You will hear from local managers of the shellfish restoration site, learn about local oyster aquaculture from the farmers, and enjoy the freshest oysters in South Australia shucked right on the beach (approx. 4 hours return from Adelaide).
    2. Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, Dolphin Sanctuary and Saltfields (uncapped):  This field trip will visit the newly created Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, nearby salt field wetlands and then get on board a dolphin river cruise down the historic industrial Port Adelaide region. Kaurna indigenous elders will share their interpretation of the area and hear from experts about the significance of the sanctuaries, environmental management issues facing the northern Adelaide region and conservation opportunities for the decommissioning of Australia’s oldest salt mine. (approx. 30 min drive from Adelaide).
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