Frequently Asked Questions

This is a collection of some of our most frequently asked questions about the Ocean Sciences Meeting. If you can't find an answer to your question, please contact us at [email protected].


OSM24 will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

#OSM24 will be held from 18-23 February.

No, all members of the ocean sciences community are welcome to attend.

The meeting will begin accepting ancillary meeting room requests in August. A fee will apply.

The health and safety of our attendees is top of mind, and we are committed to making #OSM24 as safe as possible. Please keep checking our website for updates.


No, membership is not a requirement.
  • The presenting author must register for and attend OSM24, either during the Wednesday only-online session, or in person.
  • Session chairs and all presenters must pay a registration fee if they are attending and/or presenting at OSM24.
  • Chairs listed on a proposal do not need to register for OSM24 if they will not attend the meeting.

Please cite as:
Author(s) (2024), Title, Abstract (Final paper number, ex: AI14B-1234) presented at OSM24, 18-23 Feb.

The call for abstracts will be open from 12 July to 13 September (23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 UTC).

Authors are notified of the acceptance, format and schedule of their abstracts in early November.

Messages regarding the OSM scientific program are sent via [email protected]. Please check your junk or spam filter. Note: this email address is not monitored.

If you have questions please contact the Scientific Program Team.

Yes. Authors will select either in-person or online as their presentation type during the abstract submission process. The majority of the meeting will take place in-person. There will be one block of online only programming on Wednesday, 21 February 2024. This block of content will include a small group of sessions, including one general contributions session from each topic area, is open for virtual presenters to submit to.

Most sessions will be held in person and will not support virtual presentations, although oral sessions will be recorded for online viewing.

The abstract submission guidelines and link to the submission site can be found here. If you have any questions please contact OSM’s Scientific Program Team.

A first author can submit one abstract to any topic area.

In addition, first authors can submit one additional abstract to sessions in the Education and Public Engagement topic area.

There are no Invited abstracts.

Yes. The abstract submission fee is a required and non-refundable processing fee, separate from meeting registration fees, and is not based on approval of your abstract submission or attendance at the meeting. The abstract submission fees are:

  • Regular submission — $75
  • Student submission — $45

Session Proposals

  • All session moderators and all presenters must pay a registration fee if they are attending and/or presenting at OSM24.
  • Chairs listed on a proposal do not need to register for OSM24 if they will not attend the meeting.

No, membership is not a requirement; however, you will be asked if you are a member of one or more societies.

There is no fee to submit a session or town hall proposal. However, if accepted, town hall organizers will be billed a technology/labor charge.

All first authors who submit an abstract to a session are subject to the abstract submission fee. Presenting authors and session moderators must pay the meeting registration fee.

Session formats will include oral, eLightning, and posters. View more information on session formats here.

Housing & Travel

The housing portal will open for booking in late September and will close 24 January 2024. OSM has partnered with over a dozen hotels to offer discounts within the block.

IMPORTANT: If you are contacted by any company other than Maritz Global Events offering housing, please note that these companies are not authorized to represent OSM nor do they have access to officially contracted Ocean Sciences Meeting 2024 room blocks or rates.

These unauthorized companies often don’t deliver on promises to customers. When customers arrive, reservations are non-existent, or the hotels are not conveniently located. Sometimes the rooms have been cancelled and hefty cancellation fees have been placed on the customer’s credit card. In addition, these companies’ practices make it more difficult for OSM to meet our room block commitments and expose OSM to penalties. If you have questions, contact OSM Housing Team.

OSM will not charge your credit card. OSM/Maritz Global Events will transfer your credit card information to the hotel approximately three weeks prior to the Ocean Sciences Meeting. The credit card provided at the time of booking will only be charged by the hotel if you cancel within 72 hours of arrival or do not arrive on your scheduled date.

Yes. A detailed confirmation is automatically emailed to you once your reservation has been made and all requested reservation nights are available. However, if one or more nights of your reservation cannot be confirmed at the time of booking, you will not immediately receive a confirmation. Maritz Global Events will work with the hotel on your behalf to secure the nights needed to confirm your entire reservation, and you will automatically receive a confirmation at that time.

There is a 72-hour cancellation notice required to avoid a penalty. If your reservation is cancelled less than 72 hours prior to your arrival, you will incur a one-night room and tax penalty from your hotel.

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is the closest airport to New Orleans and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. It was awarded the Best Airport in North America two years in a row by the Airports Council International. MSY provides service from more than 15 airlines, national and international, and over 50 nonstop connections.

New Orleans weather in February can be unpredictable so attendees are advised pack layers including a light jacket.  Average maximum temperatures in February range from 66°F/19°C to 47°F/9°C. The average rainfall is .55”/1.4 cm.


The online registration tool will open in late September. Attendees can register throughout the duration of the conference.

Your registration fee includes access to the virtual event platform, all in-person and online sessions, electronic posters, the in-person trade exhibition, plenaries and award lectures, networking, education and career development opportunities.

All attendees, including presenters and chairs, must register for the Ocean Sciences Meeting to gain access to the virtual platform.

Your registration fee includes access to the virtual event platform, real time access to Wednesday online sessions, recorded oral sessions, recorded plenaries and award lectures, and electronic posters.

All attendees, including presenters and chairs, must register for the Ocean Sciences Meeting to gain access to the virtual platform.

Reduced registration rates are extended to all meeting attendees who register for the meeting prior to the early bird deadline of 10 January 2024. Payment must be received by the noted deadline to receive the early bird rate.

Written requests must be emailed to the OSM Registration Center. Registration cancellations received by 16 January 2024 will receive a complete refund. Cancellations received between 17 and 24 January 2024 will have a $50 USD processing fee deducted from their refund. No refunds will be issued for cancelled registrations or ticketed events after 24 January 2024.

OSM will accept credit card, check and wire transfer payments. All check and wire transfer payments must be received by 15 January 2024.

To process group registration payments, contact the OSM Registration Center.

OSM does not accept purchase orders for registration payment.

A letter of invitation can be obtained by emailing the Scientific Program Team.

A letter of attendance can be obtained by emailing the OSM Meetings Team.

To request a registration receipt, please contact the OSM Registration Center.

Tickets will be available for purchase in the online registration portal in September. Tickets for special events must be purchased online by 10 January 2024.

Registered attendees may purchase guest passes at $150 USD each. A guest is a spouse, friend, or adult child (18 years and older) who is not working in a marine science-related occupation or field. A colleague or associate working in a related scientific field or studying marine science in school may not be registered and attend as a guest.

Registered guests may not attend the oral or poster scientific sessions; however, they may visit the Exhibit Hall, attend the Opening Reception and all keynote lectures. Guests may also purchase tickets to social events at the advertised rates.