Sessions for the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting are available for viewing here, but do not reflect any updates made after the abstract submission deadline and will not reflect the scheduling changes session chairs will make. The final program will be published by 23 November. 

Session Scheduling

Thank you for choosing to chair a session at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting.  Please know that the Abstract Scheduling Tool is now closed and the deadline has passed to schedule your session.

Proposed session schedules should have been entered by Noon EST, 2 November. Access to the scheduling system is not available after this date. If you have any questions regarding your assigned allocations or merged sessions please contact the Program Committee representative immediately.

The tutorial provides you with step-by-step instructions on the scheduling process:

Step 1: Select two (2) – four (4) Session Moderators who will manage the session onsite in New Orleans (can be existing Session Chairs)

Step 2: Select one (1) – two (2) Student Paper Review Liaison(s) (can be existing Session Chairs)

Step 3: Accept abstracts; recommend preliminary rejected abstracts or abstracts for transfer to a more appropriate session, if necessary.

Step 4: Transfer abstracts between the oral and/or poster session(s) that have been allocated.

Step 5: Arrange sequence of abstract presentations within each oral and/or poster session that have been allocated.


Read more about your role as a session chair including the invited poster author instructions.

Session Proposals and Tutorial Sessions

The theme for the 2016 meeting is: Ocean Sciences at the Interface. Complex interactions occur at a variety of interfaces and on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. These interactions are critical for understanding the world around us and implementing informed policies in a global society. The 2016 Ocean Science Meeting will highlight processes at interfaces and how the work at such interfaces advances the study of ocean sciences and shapes the impact of our research on society.

Proposals were invited for tutorial presentations and topical sessions that span a broad array of marine science topics. We encouraged ideas with strong interdisciplinary themes that address new and emerging areas of research. Reference the Tutorial Session page for more information.

Topical Session Proposal Guidelines for Reference

  • Session proposals must include an informative title (45-180 characters) and brief description of the session topic (limit 200 words). The proposal must identify a chair, to serve as the point of contact and at least one additional co-chair. There is a limit of four chairs for each session. All session chairs and co-chairs must be members of AGU, ASLO, or TOS.
  • Session chairs will be responsible for coordinating the evaluation of student papers, both oral and poster, presented in their session. One session co-chair must be identified during the submission process to serve as the point of contact and coordinate the evaluation process.
  • When submitting a session proposal, authors will be asked to select descriptive keywords from a pre-defined list that best describes the session. These keywords will assist the Program Committee in organizing the scientific program thematically and minimizing scheduling conflicts.
  • Because of the large number of papers expected, we are encouraging scientific content to be presented in poster form as much as possible. To that end, we strongly encourage nominations for poster-only sessions. Posters will be displayed for the entire meeting to maximize viewing opportunities. Poster sessions will consist of one-hour time slots for presentation.
  • There will be no “invited” oral presentations and all speakers will be allotted 15 minutes (including time for questions). However, poster session chairs may designate one invited poster presentation per session.
  • Session chairs should not promise oral slots to potential presenters. Once sessions are finalized by the program committee and allotted presentation slots, session co-chairs will then determine poster and oral presentation assignments from the pool of abstracts assigned to their session.
  • Sessions should be designed to have a broad appeal and to engage international participation. The program committee will not approve sessions that it feels are too narrowly focused and such sessions will be merged or declined.
  • In an effort to promote dialogue and integration across the ocean sciences, sessions should encourage the submission of education, outreach, and public policy-oriented topics.
  • The chairs of accepted sessions will need to be available between 26 October 2015 and 1 November 2015 to finalize scheduling of the abstracts within their sessions.