About the Society

The International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) was founded in 1980.  It is the principal learned society to which reef scientists and managers from across the world belong, but anyone interested in or concerned for reefs, especially coral reefs, is welcome to join.

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
  • 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 
  • distributes twice yearly a news journal / newsletter called Reef Encounter
  • acknowledges the scholarship and work of its members with Society awards and honors.

The Society is managed by a team of five elected officers (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary) and a council of 12 - 15 elected members (Councilors).  All officers and councilors serve for a four year term, with half of both officers and councilors being elected every two years. With the exception of the President (who may only serve for one term), they are eligible to be elected for two successive terms, but must then stand down for at least one term before standing again.

Please take time to read the Messages from the Current and Past Presidents on the Welcome Page.

Full details of the present Officers and Councillors and of the ISRS Constitution are also available on the site.