Thanks for coming

Dear friends,

After the Conference is over let me just say thank you all for coming and making this conference successful. Obviously, we have excellent recruitment of new generation doing some really cool work on sea turtle biology and conservation in the Mediterranean. From our perspective, all the work invested in the organization has totally paid off, and we are glad to see that this conference was what we wanted it to be: the reunion of old friends with the new generation of sea turtle researchers and conservationists,

Thank you all for making this happen!

On behalf of the organizers,


It’s time to migrate to Porec…

Dear all,

It is time to pack your things and start migrating towards Poreč: our conference is about to start!

So, a few last minute announcements and reminders:

Updated conference program is out and available in the Program & Events section of the web. Don’t forget to check session and timing of your presentations and poster ID code, in case you are presenting a poster.

When packing, remember to put in your luggage some cool turtle-related items to donate to the silent auction, so you could help us raising additional money for Travel Grants and Student Awards.

Additional hint regarding packing: the weather forecast for the next week is just great! A lot of sun with daily temperatures up to 20 °C. However, the night temperatures may drop to 10 °C. So, don’t forget to take some warm cloths too.

We invite you all to a welcome cocktail, a social mixer which will take place on Monday the 15th in the lobby of Valamar Diamant Hotel, starting at 20:00 h. The welcome cocktail is a perfect opportunity for all of us to meet before the official start of the conference and to catch up, or to meet new colleagues and friends. So, if you are coming to Porec on Monday, do not miss the welcome cocktail party!

Actually, we prepared some interesting social events, so another packing hint: pack your dancing shoes too! More info on socials is available in the Program & Events section of the web.

We wish you safe trip and looking forward to meet you in Porec!

Organizing Committee

Final Program of the Conference

Dear all,

Updated program of the 6th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles is ready and available for download at the Program & Events section of the web.

It contains precise schedule of oral presentations, hence all presenting authors should check timing of their presentations.

The program also contains updated poster ID numbers, so we kindly ask all poster presenters too check ID of their posters that link each poster to a panel where you will display it.

Looking forward to see you all in Porec soon!
Organizing Committee

Instructions for oral presenters

As the conference is rapidly approaching, here are some important information for oral presenters:

Oral presentations are limited to maximum 15 minutes: 10-12 minutes for presentation and 3-5 minutes for questions. Because the schedule is very busy, the session chairs will be strict with the timing.

Available software for presentations are Microsoft Office PowerPoint (MS Office, version 365) and Prezi. Presentations should be prepared in 4:3 aspect ratio.

Presentations will be uploaded to the on-site computer before the start of the session, including a copy of all photos and videos used in the presentation. Presenters should hand out their files to session chairs in the Magnolia Conference Hall, at least 20 minutes before start of the session

More detailed instructions are available at the Conference website.

Looking forward to see you in Porec!

Organizing Committee

Plenary speakers

A week before the Conference it is our pleasure and honor to reveal our two plenary speakers: Dr. Larry B. Crowder and Dr. Caterina M. Fortuna.

Dr. Crowder is Provostial Professor of Marine Biology and Conservation at Hopkins Marine Station of the Stanford University and Senior Fellow at Stanford Woods Institute of the Environment. He is among the leading authorities in the field of marine conservation and one of the icons of sea turtle research and conservation.

Dr. Fortuna is a senior researcher at the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, and one of the leading experts in the field of cetacean research, with 25 years of work experience in research and conservation management of large marine vertebrates

Our both plenary speakers have impressive background in the interdisciplinary approaches to marine conservation, with expertise in integrative conservation management across different marine taxa.

More info on our plenary speakers is available at the Program & Events section of web.

Call for the president & host of the 7th Conference

Dear friend and colleagues,

In agreement with the secretariats of conventions supporting organization of Mediterranean Marine Turtle Conferences and IUCN/SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group, we are opening a call for the president and host of the next, 7th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles in 2021.

Details on the call, including instructions for proposal submission are available here.

Applications containing all requested information should be sent by e-mail to

The application deadline is October 17th 2018, 12:00 h, CET.

The next president will be elected through secret ballot voting by all registered participants of the 6th Conference, on October 18th. The election process will be supervised by the conference Steering Committee. The president and host of the next, 7th conference will be officially announced at the banquet dinner on the same day, and through the MedTurtle list server.

We encourage all of you interested in organizing this important event to submit your proposals within the above deadline.

On behalf of the organizers & supporters of the 6th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtle,

Bojan Lazar

Silen auction reminder

Dear friends, colleagues and participants,

As the beginning of the conference approaches I would like to remind you about special event that will take place in Poreč, for the first time – a “Silent Auction”.

So, while organizing your trip remember to put in your luggage some amazing turtle related items to donate to the auction and help us raising money for Travel Grants and Student Awards.

See you there!

Marina Zucchini
Silent Auction Coordinator

Croatian Natural History Museum: A new supporting institution to the conference

Dear friends,

It is my pleasure to present a new institution which joined the supporters of the 6th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles: the Croatian Natural History Museum.

Founded in 1848, the Croatian Natural History Museum is one of the largest museums in Croatia. Beside activities in the field of culture and education, the Museum carries out numerous research projects related to natural history. Actually, the first studies on marine turtles in the Adriatic have been initiated by the Museum 25 years ago. Today, the Croatian Natural History Museum coordinates the LIFE EUROTURTES project and it is actively involved in research and conservation of sea turtles in the Adriatic Sea.

Since 1992, the Museum also publishes an international scientific journal Natura Croatica, with Q3 ranking in the field of Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour and Systematics. The Museum offered to publish full, peer-reviewed papers from the Conference in a special issue of the Natura Croatica.

Therefore, all participating authors at the Conference are invited to submit full papers for publishing in Natura Croatica until March the 1st, 2019. Instructions for authors and submission instructions are available here.


Bojan Lazar
President of the 6th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles

Bio-logging workshop: update

The Bio-logging Workshop will take place on Tuesday, October 16th in the main conference room (Magnolia Hall) from 14:30 to 16:30h. For this edition of the workshop a number of experts have been invited who will share their experience with you and introduce you to the following 4 topics:

  1. Overview on Bio-logging studies on marine turtles in the Mediterranean – Sandra Hochscheid, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy
  2. Ethical implications and impact of attaching devices on marine turtles – Robin Snape, University of Exeter, UK
  3. BIG DATA – handling, storing, analysing and sharing – Marianna Chimienti, Aarhus University, Denmark
  4. Emerging new technologies – Paolo Luschi, University of Pisa, Italy

After each presentation there will be a round table discussions during which bio-logging beginners will have the chance to talk to the experts and those already applying bio-logging techniques can update with current studies and exchange experiences, express concerns and suggest improvements.

Don’t forget,  you need to be registered for the workshop in order to participate. Detailed description of the workshop is available on the Program & Events section of the web. For more info you can contact me directly.

Your workshop organizer,
Sandra Hochscheid (

MTSG Meeting Announcement

The Mediterranean Conferences on Marine Turtles is an excellent occasion to gather with all members of the IUCN/SSC Marine Turtle Specialists Group of the Mediterranean Region. Mediterranean MTSG meeting will be held on Tuesday the 16th from 19.30 to 21.00 hrs in the “Magnolia” room of the Valamar Diamant Conference Centre. More info and meeting agenda is available in the Program & Events section of the web.

The Mediterranean MTSG Vice Chairs

Sandra Hochscheid, Yakup Kaska, Aliki Panagopoulou

Silent auction announcement

Dear friends,

We are happy to announce the “Silent Auction”, a social and fund-raising event which will be organized during the Conference for the first time! The funds raised at the auction will be primary directed to co-financing of travel grants and Student Awards.

You are all invited to bring one or more items as a donation for the auction. More info on what kind of items you can bring (just as an idea) and how the silent auction works is available at the Program & Events / Social Events section of the web.

The main items for the silent auction are provided by one of the Conference’s sponsors – Lotek, donating a KiwiSat Argos satellite transmitter and FastGPS Argos transmitter or FastGPS datalogger!

So, help us in raising addition funds by bring items to the conference and participating in the auction!

Marina Zucchini
Silent Auction Coordinator

Instructions for poster presenters

The conference is rapidly approaching, so it is time to start working on presentations. These of you who are presenting poster(s), just a few basic info:

Maximum poster size is 80 cm x 110 cm, portrait orientation. Detailed instructions for preparation of posters are available at the conference web:

Furthermore, we assigned unique ID number to each poster presentation, which can be found in pdf document with detailed conference program.

This ID number link your poster to a panel in the poster room, where you will hang it. As the program is still subject to minor changes, make sure to check ID number of your poster before coming to Porec, Attachment materials will be provided by the organizers.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any additional questions (

Organizing Committee

Conference program is out

150 registrants, 30 oral & more than 80 poster presentations assigned into 5 thematic sections, 6 workshops and 2 plenary speakers – this is how the 6th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles looks in numbers. This will be a different type of conference – you will not only sit and listen, but will be engaged in an exciting, interactive and dynamic program.

For more information, visit the Conference webpage, Program section.

Stay tuned and check the website regularly, as we will be revealing more information in the coming days.

Travel grant decisions will be announced on August 25

Dear colleagues,

please accept our sincere apologies for not meeting the deadline for travel grant decisions and notifications. The decision making process took more than we have anticipated as we had to base our decisions also on Abstract acceptance.

The Travel grant chair is finalising last details and will send the notifications no later than August 25.

On behalf of the Organising committee,

Bojan Lazar
President of the 6th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles

Abstract acceptance notifications, participants and program

Dear colleagues,

we are glad to inform you that the Scientific committee completed the abstract revision process. All presenting authors have been notified of their abstract acceptance and whether their contribution will be oral or poster. The Scientific committee has also sorted these contributions into 5 thematic sections:

  • Population Biology and Ecology,
  • At Sea Distribution and Movement,
  • Conservation and Monitoring,
  • Threats,
  • Health and Rehabilitation.

In addition, we are pleased to announce that the conference will be attended by more than 140 participants who will present more than 120 contributions.

We invite you to keep following our website (, as the detailed program and keynote speakers will be announced soon.

On behalf of the Organising committee,

Bojan Lazar
President of the 6th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles

Deadline for abstract submission & early-bird registration is extended to Tuesday, July 10th 2018

Dear all,

Due to numerous on-line registrations in the last 24h some of you experienced problems with abstract submissions and payments for the 6th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles. Therefore, deadline for abstract submission & early-bird registration is extended to Tuesday, July 10th 2018.

Detailed instructions for registration, payment and abstracts submission are available on the conference web page:

There you can also register for some of six workshops and the conference field trip. Descriptions of workshops and the field trip are available in the section “Program & Events”.

Also, don’t forget to reserve your accommodation ASAP, as the Valamar Diamant Hotel & Residence is a popular and busy place. For reservation of your lodging, please visit web page of the Valamar Diamant Hotel.  When making a reservation use the promo number 537 to activate the reduced prices for Conference participants. All links and instructions are available at the Conference web page, in the section “Travel & Venue”.

Best regards and see you soon in Porec!

On behalf of the Conference Organizing and Program Committees,


Bojan Lazar
President of the 6th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles

Registration and abstract submission deadlines are set: 01 July 2018

It is time to start putting together your abstracts, as the deadline is rapidly approaching! The registration and abstract submission deadline is July 1st 2018. Online registration and abstract submission will be available starting from May 15th 2018. You will be informed about the acceptance of your presentations following review by the Scientific Committee, no later than August 15th 2018.

Please note that only active participants presenting poster or oral talk are eligible for the travel and accommodation grants.

The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation (Croatia) joined the organizing team.

In order to optimize organizational costs and put the largest chunk of conference funds into the travel and accommodation grants for active participants, the University of Primorska joined forces with the Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation as the local organizer.

The Blue World Institute activities mainly focus on research and conservation of large marine vertebrates. Working from the Adriatic islands of Lošinj, Murter and Vis, the Blue World Institute collaborates nationally, regionally and internationally to advance sustainable marine management and environmental sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin.


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