The International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) was founded in 1980, after which membership increased rapidly as interest in and concern for coral reefs has grown. It is the principal learned society to which reef scientists and managers from across the world belong.
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.
To achieve its objectives the Society:
- publishes and distributes the well-regarded scientific journal Coral Reefs (click here for ISRS member access)
- coordinates the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), a major scientific congress held every four years, typically attended by some 2000 delegates
- promotes or supports smaller regional conferences or inter-congresses, in years between successive ICRS
- publishes Briefing Papers and Statements on emerging issues related to coral reefs and a newsletter called Reef Encounter
- acknowledges the scholarship and work of its members with Society awards and honors.
NEWS & NOTABLES
- Read a recent message from Bob Richmond, President of ISRS.
- Read a statement about the state of the world’s coral reefs.
- The latest issue of Reef Encounter (#39, Feb 2014) is now available as well as past issues.
- Mark your calendar! Next International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 13) to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, from 19th-24th June 2016.
- Special low society membership dues are available for students (from as low as $20 per year) and developing country nationals (from as low as $40 per year). Click here for more information.