Sea Turtle Fibropapillomatosis Research Symposium 2021 (Virtual)

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first Sea Turtle FP Research Symposium. Thank you for speaking, attending, and continuing your research on this global disease.

Sea Turtle FP trends and opinions survey

Student Award Winners
Katherine Martin- PhD (UCF)
Alana Nash- Masters (UL)
Drew Thompson- Undergrad (UCSC)

Congratulations to the winners and to all the students who participated!

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the Sea Turtle Fibropapillomatosis Research Symposium 2021.  

Due to ongoing uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 meeting will be held virtually on October 14 and 15, 2021. To register for the meeting or submit an abstract please see the links below. 

Fibropapillomatosis (FP) disease continues to be reported in sea turtle populations at numerous locations around the globe, including sites where it was never previously recorded. Given the global impact of this disease on sea turtles, and recent research activity and advances within the field, it is timely to host a dedicated FP research symposium. The symposium’s overarching aim is to bring together FP-focused researchers and conservationists from diverse localities to discuss emerging trends, latest research findings and future advances required to assist with our understanding and mitigation of the worst effects of FP on sea turtles. 

You are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations on research related to any aspect of sea turtle fibropapillomatosis disease. 

International attendance is highly encouraged, and, where applicable, presentation times will account for time zone of participants (as practicable as possible). 

We are looking forward to your participation.   

Generously supported by the National Save The Sea Turtle Foundation

Generously supported by the National Save The Sea Turtle Foundation

Symposium Sponsor

Since 1987, the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation has worked tirelessly to provide educational programming, promote public awareness of Florida’s marine ecosystems, and support sea turtle research both in United States and abroad. The Foundation is dedicated to assisting those who devote endless hours in the battle to understand and preserve the marine environment, and invites you to learn more about this important work.

Symposium Hosts

Symposium Schedule

Symposium Schedule

Times are in local Florida time (EDT)


Registration is now closed.

Registration cost per participant: $30

Registration must be completed before abstract submission. Schedule and zoom link will be emailed to registrants in late September.

Abstract Submissions

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 13

Abstract submissions will be oral presentation format only. 

Abstract preparation info:

  • Each abstract should not exceed 300 words.
  • The abstract title should not exceed 25 words.
  • The following structure must be followed when submitting an abstract: 

    • Introduction
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions

Abstract Research Areas
  • Molecular FP research 
  • Veterinary FP research 
  • Environmental FP research 
  • Epidemiological FP research 
  • Virology FP research 

Symposium Contact

For any questions please email