The 9th World Sponge Conference is now underway! 

Discover over 120 oral presentations themed around ecology, symbiosis, phylogeny & evolution, taxonomy & systematics, biotechnology as well as industry and management relevant science. 

Abstracts for Oral, Speed Talk and Poster Presentations are now availble online

Program (PDF | 310 KB)

Abstracts (PDF | 1013 KB)

Read the media release announcing the conference. 

9th World Sponge Conference

Image: Dave Abdo


The ongoing discovery of new and highly diverse sponges in Western Australia, combined with recent advances in molecular technologies,sets the stage for the conference theme of ‘New Frontiers in Sponge Science' at the Ninth World Sponge Conference in Fremantle, Western Australia from 4 – 8th November 2013.

The key mission of this conference is to highlight this diversity and inspire research within these habitats, thus providing a perfect backdrop for the international gathering of hundreds of scientists with disciplines spanning ecology, evolution, microbiology, marine natural products chemistry, taxonomy, genetics and molecular biology.

Attendance at this meeting will provide an invaluable opportunity to both access and showcase the advances and frontiers in research currently being attained in sponge and benthic science. This will stimulate research interest from marine scientists around the globe, and reach beyond sponge science.

Importantly, this conference aims to bring together industry with scientists so the benefits of sponge science can be taken up by the resource, policy and environmental sectors.

Our venue is the historical port of Fremantle at the mouth of the Swan River. It is a stunning setting in which to meet and network and we very much hope you can join us "down under" for this exciting conference.

Sponge Conference Committee

Double the impact of your research by also attending the International Marine Biotechnology Conference in Brisbane, Australia, immediately following the sponge conference.

The 87th Annual Australian Coral Reef Society Conference will be held in Sydney from Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th August, 2013, and run in conjunction with the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS).