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?

Abstract submission is closed

Follow-up procedures:

  1. Session chairs (principal and co-chairs) will receive an email providing access to the online evaluation service, which will guide them through the process of reviewing and selecting abstracts submitted to their session.
  2. Session chairs will complete the review and selection of abstracts as oral or poster presentations in "blind" mode (authors' identity hidden) by 31 October 2019.
    In a second step, the ICRS 2020 Secretariat will view the chair's selection in "open" mode (author identity visible) and, if necessary, coordinate a balanced composition of speakers/presenters with the principal chair.
  3. Presenters will be notified about their presentation assignment by 30 November 2019.
  4. Registration (Early Bird) will open 1 December 2019.
  5. Sessions will consist of oral and/or poster presentations. Oral presentations will likely last for 12 min, followed by 2 min for questions.
  6. ICRS 2020 organisers cannot provide financial support towards presentation costs. Presenters fund their own registration, travel and accommodation costs.
  7. For all queries, please contact: