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Breaking News! Darwin Medallist announced

We congratulate Prof. Jeremy B. C. Jackson, the recipient of the 2012 ISRS Darwin Medal!

Jeremy is a world leader in the science of conservation of coral reefs and coastal marine ecosystems. He is the author of more than 150 publications and seven books. His early discoveries on coral reefs were major insights into the intensity and complexity of spatial competition, and the importance of clonal (modular) life histories. He has also pioneered long term observations and experiments to assess the comparative importance of larval recruitment, competition for space and food, predation, and environmental perturbations as determinants of reef community development and succession. He has worked extensively on the ecology of coral reef assemblages and the tempo and mode of speciation in the sea.

His current interests include the long-term impacts of human activities on the oceans, and the ecological and evolutionary consequences of the gradual formation of the Isthmus of Panama. Jeremy’s latest research has focussed on the investigation of human historical impacts on marine ecosystems. His paper entitled “Historical Overfishing and the Recent Collapse of Coastal Ecosystems” has been cited more than 2000 times in the scientific literature, and has been the subject of hundreds of media accounts in major print media, radio, and television.

Jeremy was Convenor of the memorable 8th ICRS in Panama in 1996. His most recent contribution to coral reef conservation is his role as Director of the new IUCN administration of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, for which he is striving to provide a new rigor to assessment of the global status of coral reefs. Jeremy’s research, mentoring and extended influence in multiple scientific disciplines, in government and society, makes him both a public and academic scientist of the highest calibre.

Jeremy’s Darwin Medal talk will be a major drawcard at ICRS 2012, scheduled for Friday 13 July.
Who is coming to ICRS 2012 so far?

Registration for ICRS 2012 is well advanced, with nearly 2000 delegates from 75 countries signed up so far. One third of the delegates come from Oceania, 34% from throughout the Americas, 18% from Asia, and 13% from Europe. Furthermore, over 600 of the delegates registered are graduate students.

To guarantee your place at ICRS 2012, please ensure you register via the website if you haven’t already done so.
Scientific Program

The scientific program is now on the website. We will have a full and stimulating week of presentations at ICRS 2012 with over 1,500 presentations comprising:

1136 x 15 minute oral presentations
178 x 5 minute speed presentations
249 posters

If you are presenting an oral at ICRS 2012, you should have received an email with guidelines about presenting. Poster presenters will receive their guidelines on Monday 30 April. If you have not/do not receive this email, please contact

Thank you to all of you who have submitted a manuscript. These are currently in the process of being peer reviewed in time for delegates to receive the Proceedings on a USB memory stick with their satchel in Cairns. The schedule of presentations will be on the website from mid June.
Last chance to order a printed Book of Abstracts

In keeping with our aim to reduce our environmental impact at ICRS 2012, we will provide delegates with an electronic copy of the abstracts. Printed abstract books can be purchased for $AUS75 and must be ordered by 31 May 2012.

To order a printed Book of Abstracts, please select this option when registering for ICRS 2012. If you have already registered, please email to order a copy.
Scientific Field Trip booking deadlines

The following scientific field trips can still be booked until the listed deadline date:
  • One Tree Island Research Station via Heron Island - 1 May
  • Lizard Island Research Station - 18 May
Click here to see the programs for these two field trips.

If you have registered for ICRS 2012 but have yet to book your accommodation in Cairns, please email as accommodation for the Symposium is selling out fast. The following hotels still have limited rooms available - please note the rates listed below are per room, per night.
The Sebel Cairns
Premium City/Mountain View Room:
Rydges Esplanade
Mountain View: $179
Ocean View: $195
Rydges Tradewinds
Deluxe Water View: $195
Ocean Front: $209
Rydges Plaza
Standard Room: $185
Deluxe Twin/Queen: $195
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
Superior Room: $229
Deluxe Water view Room: $259
Novotel Cairns
Standard Room: $155
Release of the State of the Coral Triangle Reports

You are invited to attend the meeting Science and Governance in the Center of Global Marine Biodiversity: The State of the Coral Triangle Reports which will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 7 July at The Sebel in Cairns. The meeting will be attended by representatives of each of the six Coral Triangle countries. Further information will be available in the next electronic newsletter or contact Ms Abbie Trinidad, If you would like to attend, please advise Abbie Trinidad.
Last chance: We want old photos of you by 1 May

Morgan Pratchett, Australia
The Organisers of ICRS 2012 invite you to submit a photo of yourself pre-1990, conducting coral reef research in the field, in a laboratory, graduating etc. We thought it would be fun to see how good looking we all were in our younger years, hard at work, paving the way for future generations.

Please email your photo/s to by Tuesday 1 May. The photos will be shown on the screens in the session rooms during the break times of the scientific program.

You can send as many photos as you like, as long as you have permission from those in the photo. Please include the names of the people in the photo, and where and when the photo was taken.
Are you planning to host a meeting during ICRS 2012?

The ICRS 21012 Organising Committee welcomes the arrangement of meetings and functions by your society or organisation, to take place in association with ICRS 2012.

Make your booking early to avoid disappointment by completing and submitting the ICRS 2012 Meeting Booking Room Form. The deadline to book a room is Friday 18 May.
T-shirts for sale

The ICRS 2012 t-shirt can now be purchased online. We can’t guarantee availability of t-shirts at ICRS 2012 so please purchase online to ensure you don’t miss out.
The Queensland Government sponsorship is funded by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet; Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; Department of Education, Training and Employment; Department of Environment and Heritage Protection; Department of Transport and Main Roads
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