Due to the corona crisis, the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) will not be held this summer. The new conference dates are July 18 to 23, 2021. The University of Bremen explained that the dynamic spreading of the virus, the protection of all participants, and the travel restrictions were the factors that led to this decision. The accompanying public events, which were planned to take place in the town, are to also take place one year later, if possible. The silver lining of this situation could be that the conference will now be part of the university’s 50th birthday celebrations in 2021.
“This decision was a difficult one to make for our partners and our team but it was necessary,” says Professor Christian Wild from the University of Bremen. The scientist and his team are organizing the significant international conference on the ecosystems of coral reefs. It is the largest marine conference that will have ever taken place in Germany and Europe.
“Our first priority is protecting the health and safety of all conference participants and the visitors to our planned exhibitions and events.”
Up to 3,000 Participants from over 90 Countries
The next months will require a great deal of work, as it is not easy to postpone a conference with around 2,500 to 3,000 participants from over 90 countries by a year.
Above all, the comprehensive, scientific program needs to be updated because the time that has been won will also bring new scientific findings with it.
However, all of this hard work will be worth it. After all, the coral reefs that are in danger form the most important ocean ecosystems. Scientific findings that contribute to their protection will be just as important in 2021 as they are today.
The International Coral Reef Symposium in 2021 will be hosted by the University of Bremen.
ICRS 2020 Conference Office
University of Bremen
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