About ICRS 2020

In early July 2020, the 14th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2020) will take place at the Exhibition and Conference Center in Bremen (Germany). The ICRS is the most important global conference on coral reef science, management and conservation, sanctioned every 4 years by the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS).

The ICRS regularly brings together more than 2,500 of the world's leading coral reef scientists, early career researchers, conservationists, policy makers and reef managers to present the latest research findings and exchange current knowledge fundamental in advising international and national policies in the conservation and sustainable use of coral reefs.

In more than 50 years of history, ICRS 2020 will be the first ICRS to be held in Europe.
The University of Bremen is proud to host this 14th International Coral Reef Symposium and cordially invites the global coral reef community to visit Bremen and participate in ICRS 2020.

The historic, cosmopolitan and well accessible Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, one of the major centres of European marine sciences, will give a warm welcome to all ICRS 2020 participants, ensuring all needs are met, in order to generate a highly productive, eco-friendly and enjoyable global event.

The overarching theme “Tackling the Challenging Future of Coral Reefs” outlines the major aims of ICRS 2020:

  • Showcase significant coral reef-related work, latest findings and new ideas from all disciplines
  • Provide a platform to the international coral reef community to build bridges between science, public knowledge, policy, conservation and management
  • Take stock of our current knowledge for an outlook on the future structure and functioning of coral reefs, inclusive of socio‐economic and governance implications
  • Explore new technologies and recent data in order to create sound and sustainable solutions towards reducing or even reversing coral reef degradation
  • Promote public and political outreach in order to educate and create awareness about coral reefs at the local and global level


ICRS 2020 Committees:

ICRS 2020 preparations are coordinated by a local organising committee situated at the Department of Marine Ecology (University of Bremen) and at the Bremen Convention Bureau, supported by an international expert organising committee. The administration of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen and the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) support ICRS 2020 in all aspects.

Local Organising Committee:

Prof. Dr. Christian Wild (University of Bremen) - Convener ICRS 2020
Christina Bordewisch (Bremen Convention Bureau)
Andrea Hess (Bremen Convention Bureau)
Dr. Rita Kellner‐Stoll (KELLNER & STOLL ‐ FOUNDATION)
Dr. Malik Naumann (University of Bremen)

Organising Committee:

Prof. Dr. Kai Bischof (University of Bremen)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter (University of Bremen)
Dr. Arjun Chennu (MPI Bremen)
Dr. Thomas Felis (MARUM, Bremen)
Dr. Sebastian Ferse (Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research, University of Bremen)
Dr. Jasper de Goeij (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Karla Götz (University of Bremen)
Christoph Haacke (SECORE International, Bremen; BioDivers)
Dr. Andreas Haas (NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
Prof. Dr. Tilmann Harder (University of Bremen)
Dr. Georg Heiss (Freie Universität Berlin)
Dr. Carin Jantzen (SECORE International, Bremen)
Kristina Logemann (University of Bremen)
Prof. Dr. Agostino Merico (Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research)
Prof. Dr. Ronald Osinga (University of Wageningen, Netherlands)
Dr. Götz Reinicke (German Oceanographic Museum Foundation)
Dr. Willem Renema (Naturalis, Leiden, Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. Claudio Richter (AWI Bremerhaven)
Prof. Dr. Peter Schupp (University of Oldenburg)
Prof. Dr. Christian Voolstra (KAUST, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
Prof. Dr. Christian Wild (University of Bremen)
Dr. Alexander Wolf (BORDA, Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association)
Prof. Dr. Gert Wörheide (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, LMU)