[Coral-List] Call for Session Proposals, 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, 19-24 June, 2016 Honolulu, Hawaii USA

Robert Richmond richmond at hawaii.edu
Thu May 7 15:24:46 EDT 2015

Call for Session Proposals

13th International Coral Reef Symposium
19-24 June 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii USA

The 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) will be held at the 
Hawaii Convention Center 19-24 June 2016. The ICRS, sanctioned by the 
International Society for Reef Studies(www.coralreefs.org), is held 
every four years, and is the largest international meeting focused on 
coral reef science and management. The Symposium is expected to bring 
together 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 70 
nations in a forum for presenting the latest research findings, case 
histories, management activities and discussions of applying scientific 
knowledge towards 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, 
their structure, function 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. To address this 
disconnect, a key theme of the 13th ICRS will be "Bridging Science to 
Policy," with specific goals to focus 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; 
and 4) Developing a framework for quantitatively evaluating the 
effectiveness of coral reef protection and recovery activities and 
initiatives 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 graduate students. Themes will address coral reef 
science, management, conservation and policy. 
Multidisciplinary/cross-disciplinary and solution-oriented sessions are 
particularly encouraged in which a range of participants can interact in 
support of the production of concrete outputs and positive outcomes. 
Proposals for sessions must be submitted by midnight, U.S. Central Time 
/ 05:00, Greenwich Mean Time, 31 July 2015.

Proposals should identify at least two co-chairs and include an 
informative title and short description of the proposed session. (See 
details below.)
Sessions may consist of poster/e-poster presentations, oral 
presentations, panels or a combination of these; the final mix of 
posters and oral presentations will be determined by the scientific 
planning committee after abstract submission closes.
Proposals should include the following information:

Session Title
Name(s) of Organizer(s), Affiliation(s) and Contact Information
Session Format: talks, e-posters, panels or a mix
Brief synopsis of the session
Expected audience, both in terms of size and discipline
Proposals will be reviewed by conveners and the scientific committee, 
and proposers will be notified of the decision in August 2015.

Guidelines for submission

Proposals should identify at least two, but no more than four, 
co-organizers and should include an informative title and a short 
description of the session. One of the co-chairs should be identified as 
the lead contact for the meeting committee. Session organizers who 
attend the meeting must be able to fund their own registration, travel, 
and accommodation. 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.
Sessions should be open to invited and contributed presenters.

Once a session is accepted, organizers should solicit abstract 
submissions to their session. Scheduling will be performed by the 
planning committee. Once a session is set with a specific list of 
presentations, the organizers will determine those designated for poster 
and oral presentation.
Session submission: http://orcascom.com/isrs/sessions/

For information about the meeting including questions and suggestions 
about the content of session proposals:

Dr. Robert Richmond, Convener, 13th ICRS
Kewalo Marine Laboratory
University of Hawaii at Manoa
41 Ahui Street
Honolulu, HI 96813 USA
Phone: (1) 808-539-7330
E -mail: richmond at hawaii.edu

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 at sgmeet.com
Phone: (1) 254-776-3550
Fax: (1) 254-776-3767

Robert H. Richmond, Ph.D.
Research Professor and Director
Kewalo Marine Laboratory
University of Hawaii at Manoa
41 Ahui Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 USA
Phone: 808-539-7330
Fax: 808-599-4817
E-mail: Richmond at hawaii.edu

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