5th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems

Registration Now Open

Registration continues through 22 August 2013. Do not delay booking your accommodations! August is high season in Victoria, and hotels fill very quickly.


Join us on Friday, August 23rd, for a full-day excursion around the Pacific Marine Circle Route, which will include a visit to spectacular Botanical Beach, enchanting Avatar Grove and the scenic Averill Creek Vineyard.

Cost: $85 (includes lunch)


Thursday, 22 August

The evening of Thursday, 22 August, we will offer an optional banquet. Total cost: $60.

Abstracts Accepted

Abstract submission is now closed. The Scientific Committee has reviewed abstracts, and approved abstracts are now listed on this website.

Planning Your Presentation

Regular oral presentations should be 15-18 min long, allowing 2-5 min for questions. Plenary presentations should be 35 min long, allowing 5 min for questions. Poster presentation boards are 4 feet high by 8 feet wide (1.2 m x 2.4 m).


Please bring your presentations to the CBE5 office at the Victoria Conference Centre for uploading to the server. All presenters are requested to upload their talks at least the day before their scheduled presentation.

For those presenting on the first day (Monday, August 19), personnel will be in the CBE5 office at the Victoria Conference Centre from 17:00 to 20:00 on Sunday, August 18, and from 07:00 on Monday August, 19.

Tubeworms Dead and Alive

Join us in Victoria!

This fifth symposium, co-sponsored by InterRidge and NEPTUNE Canada, will provide researchers with an opportunity to review recent advances in the study of ecosystems that depend on organic matter production by chemolithoautotrophic microorganisms. Major fields of research to be represented include:

  • biogeography
  • biodiversity
  • evolution
  • symbioses
  • ecology
  • physiology
  • biogeochemistry
  • microbiology
  • recent technological and methodological developments.

Since the 1st Hydrothermal Vent Biology Symposium (Portugal, 1997), the scope of reducing habitats represented at these symposia has expanded to include cold seeps, whale falls and sunken wood. This expansion in interest was reflected in the naming of the 4th symposium in Okinawa, Japan(2009) to include all Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems (CBE).


Abstract submission is now closed.


Registration is open through 3 June 2013.

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