12th International Congress on the Biology of Fish


June 12-16, 2016

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas USA

The 12th International Congress on the Biology of Fish will be held June 12-16, 2016 at Texas State University (www.txstate.edu) in San Marcos, Texas USA (www.ci.san-marcos.tx.us).

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Conference Schedule

The conference will be held primarily at the Texas State University Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Student Center.


FROM IH-35 NORTH (Austin)
Take exit 205, travel west on TX-80/E. Hopkins Street. Turn right onto TX-80/E. Hopkins Street. After crossing the San Marcos River, turn right onto C.M. Allen Parkway and continue straight as it becomes University Drive. Turn left at the third traffic light on to Sessom Drive. Continue up the hill along Sessom until you reach the third traffic light. Turn left onto N. Comanche Street. LBJ Student Center Drive will be the first street on the left.

FROM IH-35 SOUTH (San Antonio)
Take exit 205, travel west on TX-80/E. Hopkins Street. Turn left onto TX-80/E. Hopkins Street. After crossing the San Marcos River, turn right onto C.M. Allen Parkway and continue straight as it becomes University Drive. Turn left at the third traffic light on to Sessom Drive. Continue up the hill along Sessom until you reach the third traffic light. Turn left onto N. Comanche Street. LBJ Student Center Drive will be the first street on the left.

FROM HWY. 123 (Seguin)
When you reach the Interstate, take IH-35 North and exit at 205. Follow the directions above from San Antonio.

FROM HWY. 80 & IH-10 (Houston)
Take I-10 to Luling and the TX-80 to San Marcos. At the I-35 intersection, proceed straight, as TX-80 becomes E. Hopkins Street. Continue with directions listed above.

Click HERE for the current parking rates at the LBJ Student Center Parking Garage.


Regular Registration (after March 31st) - $450.00
Student Registration (after March 31st) - $250.00

Note: We will be unable to accept cash for any payments made onsite. 

Click HERE to begin the conference registration process.


If you are needing a ride from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to the Texas State University campus and you did not provide your arrival information during registration, please send that information to ICBFconference@txstate.edu.


For those staying on campus in a dorm room, you will be staying at the new Falls Hall and Sayers Hall.  The on-campus dorm rooms are a short walk to the conference activities.  On-campus housing rates are $45/night per individual.

Click on the following dorm names for more information: Falls Hall and Sayers Hall.

For more information about local hotel and lodging options, click HERE.  

A van service will shuttle to and from selected hotels in San Marcos.  The hotel shuttle will leave LBJSC and stop at Embassy Suites, Comfort Inn, and Hampton Inn.  This loop will take about 30 minutes.  Departure times for selected area hotels are listed below:

Sunday     1730 2000 2200
Monday 0730 1300 1830 2100  
Tuesday 0730 1300 1830 2100  
Wednesday 0730 1300 1730 2100  
Thursday 0730 1300 1730    



Dormitories:  Falls Hall and Sayers Hall

Please enter the main entrance of Sayers Hall and proceed to the main front desk.  The on-campus dormitory staff will be assisting with your check-in to the dorms.  In most instances, there will be someone at the front desk to welcome you and assist you with your room assignment, and will provide you with your room keys and an access card to gain entry into the building. 

If for any reason the dorm is locked, or if no one is at the front desk when you arrive to check-in to your room, please call 512-245-7676.  This number is monitored 24 hours a day and someone will be dispatched to assist you.  Please allow approximately 10-15 minutes for someone to arrive.

Important Information:

  • If an alarm sounds while you're in the dorm, please follow the posted evacuation routes and exit the facility immediately.
  • Please hold onto your room keys and access card.  If a key or access card is lost, you are responsible for the replacement costs.
  • Please do your best to leave your dorm room clean to avoid cleaning fees being charged to the conference.  

Parking for Dorm Guests

If you are staying in the on-campus dorms, and arriving by car, you may find some parking available in the front of Falls and Sayers Halls.

Below is a campus map noting the location of Falls & Sayers Halls and the Blanco Parking Garage located behind Blanco Hall. 

Campus Map

If no parking is available in front of Falls and Sayers Halls, please go to the Blanco Parking Garage behind Blanco Hall. 

Note:  A parking pass is required for all on-campus parking.  If you are staying in the dorms and needing to park a car on campus, you will be able to secure a parking permit during the check-in process. 

When first arriving to check-in, you can park in front of Sayers Hall.  As long as space is available, you may be able to remain parked there for the duration of the conference, but please remember to return to your vehicle in order to properly display the parking permit you receive at check-in.


San Marcos is located 50 kilometers southwest of Austin and 80 kilometers northeast of San Antonio.

For information regarding transportation options and for driving directions, please click HERE.


Please review the following information regarding the ICBF Conference's shuttle service with SuperShuttle of Austin, Texas.

  • Once you have collected your luggage from Baggage Claim #2, please go the SuperShuttle Ticket. 
  • The SuperShuttle Ticket is located on the first level/floor of the airport grounds.
  • SuperShuttle will have a roster and schedule with conference guest names and the group you're assigned to.
  • Please check with the Guest Service Representative to see if your group is presently waiting and to make sure your name is on the list.
  • If your name is not on their lists, ask the Guest Service Representative to place you onto a shuttle. If needed, please call me at 512.412.0264.
  • Once your reservation or group reservation has been activated, the Guest Service Representative will print you out a boarding pass that has a number printed on it.
  • They will tell you where the waiting area is. The wait time is usually 15 minutes or less.
  • Once your boarding pass number has been called, the driver will bring you to the Texas State University campus in San Marcos! 
  • The shuttle will  drop you off at the LBJ Student Center on the Texas State University campus. 

Departure from Texas State University

SuperShuttle should provide you with additional information regarding your departure schedule. The conference staff will also provide assistance to ensure you secure your shuttle service back to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport after the conference concludes.


Power Point files for Monday presentations will be collected at the welcome reception on Sunday.  All others will be collected at the Speaker-Ready room # 3-15 on Monday.  Please have your Power Point presentation saved onto a flash drive. 


Oral – All Oral Presentations will be 20 minutes long (15 min for talk, 5 min for questions) and need to be submitted on a flash drive (data stick, thumb drive) on Monday in the Speaker Ready Room.

Posters – Posters need to fit into a 4 ft X 4 ft (120 cm X 120 cm) space. We will provide pins to tack to the poster boards. Here are a few links to helpful guides on how to produce a Poster, but any format is acceptable: http://www.kumc.edu/SAH/OTEd/jradel/Poster_Presentations/PstrStart.html; http://guides.nyu.edu/posters; http://hsp.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/ScientificPosters.pdf


The welcome reception will be held in the Wittliff Gallery located on the top floor of the Alkek library. Registration materials and conference check-in will be available at the entrance to the gallery. Snacks will be served. Beer and wine will be available. The reception will begin at 6:00 pm and close at 8:00 pm. Vans will begin picking people up only from local hotels that are listed on our website at 5:30 pm, so please be out in front of the hotel by this time. The library is a short walk from the dorm.


Many restaurants are a short walk from the on-campus dorms and conference site.  Maps will be made available identifying many of these options located near campus.  Downloadable maps are available below.

North of Campus

West of Campus

South of Campus (1 of 2)

South of Campus (2 of 2)


For more information about the City of San Marcos, Texas State University and the area, click HERE.


Location: Texas State's Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Date:  Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Time: 6pm - 10pm

One of our local favorites, Hays County BBQ, will be catering the dinner.  You will be able to enjoy smoked beef brisket, chicken, and sausage served with beans, potato salad, dill pickles, and onions.  Brisket will be sliced on site. 

Each conference registration comes with an entry to the BBQ.  Additional tickets will be available at the conference office located in the LBJ Student Center, 3rd floor, room 3-13 for $20.00 each.  Extra tickets must be purchased by Monday, June 13, 2016.  We will be unable to accept cash for this payment. 

Glass-bottom boats: There will be an opportunity to take a short ride around the headwaters of the famous San Marcos River in the very unique glass-bottom boats. View more information about the boats HERE.

Transportation will be provided to and from the conference site and the banquet location on Wednesday evening.  Vans will leave from and return to the LBJ Student Center.  The first vans will leave at 5:30pm and will return as they fill. We will do one hotel sweep beginning around 5:30pm.


Three field trips will be available. An opportunity to register for field trips will be available at the conference office. There is no cost for registered conference attendees.

1) San Marcos Aquatic Resources Center (http://www.fws.gov/southwest/fisheries/san_marcos/) – A US Fish & Wildlife Service facility dedicated to research on and conservation of endangered aquatic species. The Center is located on the south side of San Marcos.

2) AE Wood State Fish Hatchery (http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/management/hatcheries/aewood.phtml) – A Texas Parks & Wildlife Department facility dedicated to the production of fishes for fishery enhancement. The Hatchery is located on the east side of San Marcos.

3) Xiphophorous Genetic Stock Center (http://www.xiphophorus.txstate.edu/) – A NIH-supported facility on the Texas State University campus.

The field trip departure schedule is listed below:

  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Time
San Marcos Aquatic Resources Center 0900 0900 0900 2 hours
  1300 1300    
AE Wood State Fish Hatchery 0900 0900 0900 2 hours
  1300 1300    
Xiphophorous Stock Center 0900 0900 0900 2 hours
  1300 1300    



Conference guests can utilize the Texas State University's Student Recreation Center for $6.00 a day.  The summer 2016 hours of operation are listed below:
      Mon-Fri: 6am-8pm
      Sat: 10am-8pm
      Sun: 12pm-8pm


Students wishing to have their oral presentation or poster evaluated for one of the student awards will need to indicate their desire to Dr. Sue Edwards by May 15, 2016. There will be three awards for oral presentations and three awards for poster presentations. If you indicate that you wish to be part of the student competition, please also have your supervisor send an email confirming your candidacy for the award to Dr. Edwards (edwardssl@appstate.edu). The student awards will be presented at the Business Meeting on the last day of the Congress. Students who compete for the awards are encouraged to attend. 


For students wishing to apply for student travel awards, please submit an application to Dr. Sue Edwards (edwardssl@appstate.edu) by April 30, 2016. Applications should include your name and the names of all other authors contributing to your presentation, the title of your presentation, a copy of your submitted abstract, and type of presentation (oral or poster). Please also indicate which symposium you will be presenting in. We also require a statement of financial need and a budget for your travel to present at the conference. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee funding, but if funds are available, we will judge all applicants who apply.


If you need assistance or have questions regarding the 12th ICBF Conference, please email ICBFConference@txstate.edu.

For a list of important phone numbers, click HERE.

Note:  Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus.