Photo taken by Malik Naumann, Egypt, and entered into the Photographic Competition.

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Full scientific program

Click on this link to see the full and final scientific program. Please note the Organisers can no longer make changes to this program as it is now printed for the Program Books.
Book of Abstracts

The Book of Abstracts is also available now to assist you with planning what presentations you want to see in Cairns next month.

Check out the Abstracts and you will see there is some really exciting science in the ICRS 2012 program. The Plenaries are being presented by outstanding international scientists with a major focus on how science can inform management in better preserving the biodiversity for the sustainability of coral reefs around the world. These will be complemented by Jeremy Jackson’s talk on where the future lies for coral reefs.

You will hear the latest science on how increasing atmospheric CO2, through its impact on ocean temperatures and acidification, is affecting coral reefs by its impact on biodiversity, coral bleaching and calcification, and fish behaviour. Talking of fish, you could spend your whole week listening to experts presenting the most recent research on spawning aggregations, the effect of habitat degradation, sharks and connectivity to name just a few topics.

There is a thought- provoking series of Mini-Symposia that deal with a range of issues that will feed directly into how we predict and manage the future of our coral reefs. This includes the impact of land-based challenges, remote sensing, resilience, fisheries management, the live fish trade, conservation planning, and then how we evaluate management success. Many of these are relevant to the Coral Triangle which is a distinct and important theme in the Symposium featuring a significant presence from speakers who are from and work in the coral reefs of the Coral Triangle countries. It’s shaping up to be a great week of science and networking for coral reef scientists.

If you are presenting a scientific poster at ICRS 2012, you are invited to archive your poster on the ICRS 2012 website. Upload a PDF file of your poster here by Friday 29 June.
Invitation to a Coral Triangle Initiative Meeting

You are invited to attend the Science and Governance in the Center of Global Marine Biodiversity: The State of the Coral Triangle Reports meeting which will be held from 1.30 to 5.00pm on Saturday 7 July at the Sebel Hotel in Cairns. The event sees the release of the State of the Coral Triangle Report and will be attended by representatives of each of the six Coral Triangle countries. For catering numbers, please let Ms Abbie Trinidad, know if you are planning to attend.

You can still register to attend ICRS 2012. Click here for information about registering to attend the world’s most important coral reef meeting, and for the link to the online registration form.
Transport to and from Cairns Airport

The Cairns Airport is 5 kilometres from the city centre. We have arranged a 30% discount for local transfers from the Cairns Airport to the city and Northern Beaches for all our delegates. Pre-book your arrival and departure airport transfers for $A7.00 each way, either:
  • Online
  • by email, (mention “ICRS 2012” for the discount) or
  • by phone +61 (0)7 4087 2900 (mention “ICRS 2012” for the discount).
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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