PRIMO20 Conference and Hotel Registration

Welcome to the online registration site for the "20th International Symposium on Pollutant Responses in Marine Organisms (PRIMO 20)".

Registration Fees

Registration Type


Student (graduate or undergraduate)

Before March 2, 2019



On or after March 2



Registration fee for participants and students includes:

  • Access to all scientific sessions. Everything takes place at the Francis-Marion Hotel
  • Sunday evening keynote speaker and opening reception (dinner and drinks)
  • Continental breakfast each morning
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches each afternoon
  • Drinks during poster sessions (beer, wine, soda)

Registration fee for accompanying persons is $115 USD and includes:

  • Sunday evening keynote speaker and opening reception (dinner and drinks)

Optional tidal marsh and beach walk - Saturday afternoon

(not included in registration fee above): $25.00 USD
  • Transportation to/from Francis-Marion Hotel
  • Guided walk from Folly Beach Lighthouse led by Dr. Amy Ringwood

Optional short course on "Health of Marine Organisms" - Sunday afternoon

(not included in registration fee above; limited to 30 participants with students given priority registration): $20.00 USD
  • Discussion on health issues in marine organisms that are typical for the western Atlantic coast. Highlights include a talk led by Dr. Shane Boylan, head veterinarian of the South Carolina Aquarium

**There are no more banquet tickets available**

Optional Banquet at the South Carolina Aquarium - Tuesday evening

(not included in registration fee above): $125.00 USD

The banquet will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the South Carolina Aquarium from 7:00-10:30pm. The aquarium is located directly on Charleston Harbor and is home to more than 10,000 plants and animals. It is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from the Francis-Marion hotel. Please see: for additional information. The optional banquet fee includes:

  • Aquarium admission and private access to aquarium exhibits
  • Open bar (beer, wine, soda)
  • Appetizers
  • Lowcountry-style buffet
  • Guest speaker is Dr. Patricia Fair on "Dolphins as Environmental Beacons"

Please click below to register

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel accommodations are provided by the Francis-Marion Hotel, which is also doubling as our host site. The Francis-Marion is ideally situated in downtown Charleston, and is in walking distance to the major attractions. Rooms have been reserved at the Francis-Marion at highly discounted rate through the website below, and will be released from our group block to the general public after April 19, 2019. Attendees are HIGHLY encouraged to help keep our costs down and book a room at the Francis-Marion.

Standard rooms are $179 USD per night, plus 14% tax during the conference. However, if you would like to guarantee a larger room, you have that option for an additional fee. Accommodations are in either two double-sized beds (up to 4 people) or one king sized bed (up to 2 people).

If there is availability, the hotel will honor the group rate for two nights after the conference.

There is no more availability for Friday or Saturday night stays on May 17-18

Click below and use group code PRIMO for reduced hotel rates.


Payment of registration fees, accommodation fees and any other applicable charges should be made in U.S. dollars by credit card (VISA, Master Card, American Express, or Discover Card only).


A confirmation email will be sent to each registrant. Hotel reservations are made through the Francis-Marion portal and confirmation directly provided by Francis-Marion. Please be sure to bring the confirmation e-mail when you register at the conference venue and when you check-in at your hotel.

Cancellations and Refunds

All cancellations for the conference and/or banquet must be in writing and sent by e-mail to: . Refunds will be made to the same credit card used for payment, minus the credit card service charge (4%).

Before or on March 2, 2019: No charge

After March 2, 2019: 100% of the registration fee


Participants are advised to procure their own travel insurance, as the Organizing Committee will assume no responsibility for personal accidents, sickness, theft or property damage.