James Cook University will host the next International Coral Reef Symposium – the world conference on all matters relating to coral reefs.
Almost 3000 scientists attended the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last year. The 12th conference will be held in 2012.
The Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence, Professor Terry Hughes from James Cook University, said today that the conference would bring leading coral reef scientists and reef managers from all over the world to Australia.
“The International Coral Reef Symposium is the world’s largest and premier forum for the dissemination and discussion of coral reef science, management and conservation,” he said.
“We expect the symposium in Australia to attract close to 3000 scientists, students, natural resource managers, policy makers, conservationists and others interested in sustaining these precious natural resources.”
The sponsoring organisation, the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS), announced in Florida today that the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, which is headquartered at James Cook University, had been chosen to host the next conference.
ISRS President, Professor Rich Aronson said, “We are delighted that JCU will host the Symposium. The University’s intellectual standing and organisational capabilities, combined with the opportunity for delegates to explore Australia’s coral reef resources, are unmatched.
“ISRS will be working closely with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies to put on a top-notch conference in 2012,” he said.
JCU Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said that it would be a wonderful opportunity for Australia to play host to so many eminent scientists.
“It is also a recognition of JCU’s standing internationally in the field of coral reef studies,” she said.
“Together with AIMS and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, we have some of the world’s leading reef scientists already working in this part of Queensland,” Professor Harding said. “The ICRS will be a most welcome addition.
Professor Hughes, who was awarded the prestigious Darwin Medal at the Fort Lauderdale meeting, said the symposium’s goal was a better understanding of coral reef ecosystems for improved management of the goods and services they provide to societies worldwide.
The principal objective of the Society is “to promote the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge and understanding of coral reefs, both living and fossil”.
Previous ICRS have been held in Fort Lauderdale (2008), Okinawa (2004), Bali (2000), Panama (1996), Guam (1992), Australia (1988), Tahiti (1985), the Philippines (1980), Miami (1977), Australia (1974), and the 1st ICRS in India (1969).
Eds Note: Professor Hughes is attending the World Oceans Conference in Manado in Indonesia.
Contact: Professor Terry Hughes +61 0400720164
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies: Jenny Lappin +61 7 4781 4222
JCU Media Liaison, Jim O’Brien +61 7 4781 4822 or +61 0418 892449
Welcome from Professor Sandra Harding, Vice-Chancellor, James Cook University
12th International Coral Reef Symposium introduction