Two thousand of us have returned home to one of 80 countries after a successful ICRS. We heard
some great new science at the Symposium and we are grateful for all the positive feedback we have
received about this and the networking opportunities. The energy at the event was invigorating and
I am hopeful that this enthusiasm will translate into a boost in our efforts to advance our knowledge
of coral reef science, management and conservation.
We will be preparing an Outcomes Overview in the next few weeks which will be posted on this
There is still time to sign the Consensus Statement on Climate Change and Coral Reefs. We have
more than 3,000 signatures so far and we would like to keep the momentum going a little longer so
please sign it now if you haven’t already.
Lastly, for those of you who haven’t already heard, Bob Richmond, the current President of the
International Society for Reef Studies, announced during the closing ceremony of ICRS 2012 that
the 13th ICRS will take place in Hawaii in 2016. Thanks Bob for undertaking this mammoth but very
worthwhile task. Bob is well underway with his planning and I look forward to seeing you all in
Hawaii in four years time.