Call for Abstracts

Coral reefs are at a critical junction due to a variety of stressors, casting doubts on the future of reef health globally. It is becoming increasingly clear that by the end of this century the structure, function, and services of most coral reef ecosystems will be drastically altered from their current state. Research over the past decades has been dedicated to developing predictive models of reefs and their environments. This involves responses of coral reefs, from the microbial to the ecosystem level, to projected changes and interactions with human societies. It is therefore timely to systematically take stock of the accumulated knowledge on coral reef composition and function with an eye towards the future. This outlook has to consider the socio‐economic and governance aspects in decisions that need to be taken for effective reef management.

The ICRS 2020 scientific program will therefore cover a wide range of subject areas and disciplines concerning coral reefs of the past, the present, and the future. ICRS 2020 will feature contributions ranging from geological, palaeontological, and geobiological subjects to contemporary descriptions of reef status, processes and changes including mechanisms of coral bleaching and diseases. Predictive models of reef functions, emerging technologies, conservation, restoration, and management of novel reef ecosystems are also in the thematic focus of ICRS 2020.

The overarching theme of ICRS 2020 is “Tackling the Challenging Future of Coral Reefs”.
Under this umbrella, ICRS 2020 aims to address key scientific questions, such as:

  • What can we learn from the past in order to understand future reefs and their functioning?
  • Which are the underlying processes driving present changes including coral bleaching, diseases, resilience, and community shift patterns in reefs?
  • With increasing dominance of other functional groups, how do we renew our understanding of reef systems?
  • Which novel data and observations must we capture from reefs at a wide-scale to improve our predictive understanding?
  • What kinds of adaptive management, conservation, and restoration measures need to be developed for future reefs?

Session Program

The ICRS 2020 session program is divided into 15 overarching themes, composed of specialised and open sessions, which will form the framework of the scientific program.

The scientific program comprises 104 selected sessions aimed at covering the broad spectrum of topics and disciplines of the global coral reef community.

Please take a look at the many excellent sessions proposed and submit your abstract!

Guidelines for abstract submission

  1. Abstracts have to be submitted online.
  2. Abstract language must be English.
  3. All listed sessions will be publicly open for submissions.
  4. Presenters are limited to one (1) contribution (oral or poster presentation) in one (1) of the listed sessions.
  5. The presenting author acts as lead contact for the respective session chairs and ICRS 2020 organisers.
  6. Any abstract submitted can have a maximum of 8 (co-)authors.
  7. Individual co-authorship (non-presenter) is unlimited.
  8. Submit an informative title (max. 150 characters) and a short abstract (max. 2500 characters). The text has to be orthographically suitable for publishing. 
  9. Do not include any information about the authorship or source in the titel and text section, as all abstracts will be reviewed and selected in "blind" mode (without knowing the identity of the authors).
  10. The usage of special formatting should be limited. The correct replication in all media cannot be guaranteed.
  11. Abstracts received after 1 September 2019 23:59:59 CEST cannot be considered.
  12. Alterations and corrections may be executed previous to the deadline.


Further information and follow-up procedures:

  1. Session chairs will complete the review and selection of abstracts as oral or poster presentations by 31 October 2019.
  2. Presenters will be notified about their presentation assignment by 30 November 2019.
  3. Registration (Early Bird) will open 1 December 2019.
  4. Sessions will consist of oral and/or poster presentations. Oral presentations will likely last for 12 min, followed by 2 min for questions.
  5. ICRS 2020 organisers cannot provide financial support towards presentation costs. Presenters fund their own registration, travel and accommodation costs.
  6. For all queries, please contact: