12th International Coral Reef Symposium

What's New

Please register on-site at the Cairns Convention Centre as on-line registration has now closed

Welcome to the Media Center for the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2012). For news releases, videos of press briefings, updates and relevant information for members of the press covering the Symposium, visit the ICRS 2012 Media Portal.

Registration is free for journalists, but please carefully review our criteria below for press credentials and newsroom registration to ensure you qualify. Newsroom attendees are strongly encouraged to register in advance to receive updates and additional logistical information. You also can register on-site, with appropriate credentials and photo ID.

ICRS 2012 will provide a newsroom for journalists covering the meeting. The newsroom will be located in the Cairns Convention Centre, and will offer resources and services, including wireless Internet access. The newsroom is only open to registered journalists.

Journalists are also invited to observe and interview leading Australian and international coral reef scientists, government representatives and other dignitaries, out in the field on a trip to the Great Barrier Reef on the Sunday before ICRS 2012.

Daily briefings will highlight key research results and presentations of the day, and will feature prominent researchers discussing their work. These sessions will be followed by opportunities for interviews with leading experts in reef science and management. After each briefing, a video of the briefing will be made available online. Embargoed press releases will also be available on a rolling basis prior to the briefings. Along with press kits, these will be released in advance online and be available on-site.

Access to embargoed press releases, briefing rooms and video of the briefings is restricted to registered press.

We encourage you to visit the ICRS 2012 Media Portal on a regular basis for updated information to assist your coverage of the Symposium


Newsroom registration is limited to working members of the press, freelance writers, and Public Information Officers for academic institutions. For these individuals, no conference registration fee is charged.

Newsroom credentials will NOT be issued to:

  • representatives of lobbying, special interest, or advocacy organizations
  • scientists or science students
  • scientific journal editors
  • advertising or marketing professionals

If you do not meet our criteria as a working member of the press, you must register as a general delegate.

Contact Us

For questions about the services provided for media, please contact media@icrs2012.com. An appropriate media specialist will respond depending on your question and geographic location.

About SeaWeb

SeaWeb is coordinating the media program for the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium. SeaWeb is the only international, nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to strategically communicating about ocean issues and is unmatched in its ability to understand and bridge the worlds of marine science and media. SeaWeb transforms knowledge into action by shining a spotlight on workable, science-based solutions to the most serious threats facing the ocean, such as climate change, pollution and depletion of marine life. SeaWeb convenes forums where economic, policy, social and environmental interests converge to improve ocean health. SeaWeb works collaboratively with targeted sectors to encourage market solutions, policies and behavior changes that result in a healthy, thriving ocean. By informing and empowering diverse ocean voices and conservation champions, SeaWeb is creating a culture of ocean conservation.

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