Registration + Abstracts


Registration for ISTS40 is open! Early bird registration that attracts a discounted fee, will close on 21st November 2021. When registering, you have the option of signing up for Workshops and Regional Meetings and host a vendor table for your organisation within the online space.

To be eligible for lower registration fees for ISTS40, you need to be a current member of the International Sea Turtle Society. Becoming a member of the Society is quick and easy and in addition to other benefits, allows you to nominate for awards/positions, vote, and access the Society email list serv. You can join the Society here (annual membership fees start from as low as USD$25). If you need to check your current membership status, then please login to the International Sea Turtle Society page and select 'Account > Subscriptions'. Note that when registering for ISTS40, you will be asked to enter the email address that you used to join the International Sea Turtle Society with. This will be checked to ensure your eligibility for the lower ISTS40 registration fee.

For any questions regarding the registration process, please email us.


Registration Type

Early Bird Rate (USD)
(applies until 21st November 2021)

Regular Rate (USD)
(from 22nd November 2021)

Current ISTS Member: High Income



Current ISTS Member: Low Income



Current ISTS Member: Student:
*High Income



Current ISTS Member: Student:
*Low Income



Non-ISTS Member



**One-day Attendee



*Registration fees for Students vary according to the income category of your home country (as determined by the World Bank). Students from a country considered high-income should pay the high-income fees rate whereas all other categories should pay the low-income registration fee. Please select here to see the World Bank classifications and determine what rate you should pay.

** One-day Attendees must specify the day they wish to attend when they register. Attendees will be given 24hr access (based on UTC+8 timezone) to the virtual space and will not be able to access on-demand content outside of this period.

Abstract Submission

The ISTS40 Organising Committee invites submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations until the submission close on 7th January 2022. Submitted abstracts have a 500 word limit (excluding acknowledgments).

Please note that you do not have to submit an abstract at the time of registering, this can be done via the same online portal at anytime prior to the abstract submission deadline (using the same login details you used when registering). Furthermore, you can also use the online portal to easily edit any abstract submitted prior to the submission deadline (there will also be a chance for final edits if the abstract is accepted). Presenting authors can submit up to two abstracts (one for each presentation preference i.e. oral and poster).

When submitting an abstract, you will be asked to select a particular session for the abstract to be considered within. For guidance with selecting the most appropriate session, descriptions of each session are available for download here. Please note that there will be two special sessions at ISTS40 titled 'COVID-19 and Sea Turtles' and 'Integrating Pure Research into Practical Environmental Management'.

Symposium Shirt

One important aspect of any Symposium is the shirt! Recognising the online nature of ISTS40, we've teamed up with a global distributor to enable delegates to purchase a shirt from anywhere in the world. All profit from the sale of shirts goes directly towards the International Sea Turtle Society. Buy yours now in readiness for ISTS40!

UPDATE: Unfortunately the distributor used by Bonfire to deliver shirts has suspended its service to some countries, including Australia (see here for a list of affected countries). We are currently working on an alternative for people based in these affected countries and will provide an update soon.

Cancellation and Refund

Please complete this form in the event that you need to request a refund. Refunds can be issued for the full amount paid less 10% administration fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after 11th March 2022.

Presentation Guidelines

Guidelines for the preparation of your poster or oral presentation video will be provided prior to the opening of registration.

ISTS40 Logo

If you would like to include the ISTS40 logo in your presentation or on your poster then you can download a portrait version here or a landscape version here.