ICRS 2016

13th International Coral Reef Symposium, HAWAI'I, 19-24 June, 2016

Latest Details

For the latest details of the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS13) please go to the  Linked Dedicated Website! Please check the relevant pages at regular intervals in order to stay abreast of all relevant details.

Please also note the dedicated Symposium Facebook Page and dedicated Conference Twitter Account.

Registration and Call for Papers

Early registration and Call for Papers for the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium will open 31 August 2015. Abstract and registration fees are due at the time of submission and are payable in U.S. Dollars. Your abstract will be considered for an oral or poster presentation by the scientific committee and co-chairs of the session to which you submit. Membership in ISRS (new and renewal) can also be completed with your registration and abstract submission. We hope that you will join ISRS and take advantage of the discounted registration fees for members!

Key Dates  (as amended August, 2015)

  • September 2015 – Session Proposers Notified, Early Registration Opens, Exhibitor Registration Opens and Ancillary Meeting Application Site Opens
  • October 2015 – Call for Abstracts Posted
  • 15 January 2016 – Abstract Submission and Early Registration Close
  • February 2016 - Authors Notified of Acceptance
  • March 2016 - Session Schedule Posted and Presenters Notified of Session Assignments
  • April 2016 - Full Scientific Program Schedule Posted
  • 16 May 2016 - Registration Cancellation Deadline (Last Day to Receive a Refund)
  • 19-24 June 2016 - Meeting

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

Exhibitor applications are now being accepted. Several opportunities also are available for sponsorship of breaks, receptions and other functions throughout the meeting. If you are interested, please contact the exhibit coordinator, Sue Rulla, suer@sgmeet.com for more information.


For other information about the meeting including questions and suggestions about the content of session proposals:
Dr. Robert Richmond, Convener, 13th ICRS
E-mail: richmond@hawaii.edu

For registration and logistical information:
Lynda West, Project Manager, 13th ICRS
E-mail: lyndaw@sgmeet.com

1st Announcement and Call for Session Proposals

The 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii on 19- 24 June 2016. The ICRS, sanctioned by the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) and held every four years, is the primary international meeting focused on coral reef science and management. The Symposium will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 70 different nations in a forum to present the latest research findings, case histories and management activities, and to discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability.

Theme: “Bridging Science to Policy”
Coral reefs provide essential ecological, economic and cultural services to the people of tropical and subtropical islands and coastal communities worldwide. While scientific knowledge about coral reefs and their structure, functioning and responses to stressors has increased exponentially over the past few decades, the state of reefs globally has declined during this period, at a comparable rate in many places. To address this disconnect, a theme of the 13th ICRS will be “Bridging Science to Policy” with specific goals focusing on:

  1. Improving trust and communications among scientists, policy makers, managers and stakeholders.
  2. Developing strong partnerships between political leaders and the scientific community.
  3. Guiding efforts and strategies for effective allocation of limited financial, human and institutional resources to halt and reverse coral reef decline locally and globally.
  4. Developing a framework for quantitatively evaluating the effectiveness of coral reef protection and recovery activities and initiatives by applying the best available science.

Session Proposals

The scientific planning committee invites proposals for sessions and panels of interest to researchers, resource managers, economists, policy makers, educators and students. Themes will address coral reef science, management, conservation and policy. Multidisciplinary/cross-disciplinary, solution-oriented sessions are particularly encouraged in which a range of participants can interact with a goal of producing concrete outputs leading to positive coral reef outcomes. Proposal Format is as follows:

  1. Proposals should include an informative title and a short description (200 words) of the proposed session.
  2. Proposals should identify at least two, but no more than four co-organizers and provide their Name(s), Affiliation(s) and Contact Information.
  3. One of the co-chairs should be identified as the lead contact for the meeting committee.
  4. Proposals should also indicate prospective speakers/participants, but sessions should be open to both invited and contributed presenters.
  5. Sessions may consist of oral and poster presentations, panels, moderated discussions or a combination of these. Please indicate the anticipated mix, but note that the final allocation of time slots will be determined by the scientific planning committee after abstract submission closes. Session organizers will assist with the allocation of time within their sessions.
  6. Proposals should include the expected audience, both in terms of size and discipline(s).
    g) International and cross-disciplinary representation is encouraged, as is a mix of both seasoned and emerging expertise, with an eye towards developing capacity in the Society, the field and the nations in which coral reefs are found. Proposals should indicate whether this objective is being incorporated.

Session organizers should note that they are expected to fund their own registration, travel and accommodation costs, assuming that is that they expect to attend the conference  (i.e, such costs are not provided for centrally by ICRS 13.)

Proposals for sessions should be submitted online via the Sessions Submissions Page, which is now operational. The closing date for submissions is now 31st July 2015. Proposals will be reviewed by the program committee, and organizers will be notified about decisions in by September 2015. Once a session is accepted, session organizers may solicit abstract submissions to their session. Scheduling will be performed collaboratively by the planning committee and session organizers.

Projected Fees (as amended August, 2015)

Every effort is being made to make this meeting as accessible and affordable as possible. Based on projected budgets at this point, we anticipate the following likely rate schedule:
ISRS members > 2 years – $520 (US)
ISRS members < 2 years – $570 (US)
Non-ISRS members - $780 (US)
ISRS student members - $370 (US)
Non-ISRS member students - $480 (US)
The final rates will depend on the success of external fund raising efforts, which are well underway. Anyone willing to assist in finding donors and sponsors, please contact Bob Richmond as below.

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

Exhibitor applications are now being accepted. Several opportunities also are available for sponsorship of breaks, receptions and other functions throughout the meeting. If you are interested, please contact the exhibit coordinator, Sue Rulla, suer@sgmeet.com for more information.


For information about the scientific program,
including technical or content questions:
Dr. Robert Richmond, Convener, 13th ICRS
Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii at Manoa
41 Ahui Street, Honolulu, HI 96813 USA
email: richmond@hawaii.edu, Phone: (1) 808-539-7330

For practical and logistical information:
Helen Schneider Lemay, Conference Manager, 13th ICRS
SG Meeting and Marketing Services
5400 Bosque Boulevard, Suite 680
Waco, TX 76710 USA
email: helens@sgmeet.com, Phone: (1) 254-776-3550, Fax: (1) 254-776-3767