Program & Agenda

Agenda Detail

Workshops and Town Halls

6/21/2016 between 11:30 and 21:30

Using genomics for coral reef management – a needs assessment

6/21/2016 | 11:30 - 12:45 | 302 A/B

A promising approach to integrating science, policy, and practice effectively is to connect more directly those who are producing scientific tools and those who are using them. This side event will address practical options for making science more useful for coral reef restoration and management, using the topic of emerging molecular technologies such as genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics.

We intend to have an interactive session focused on matching tools with potential users. First, managers and scientists will describe existing case studies of the use of molecular techniques for coral reef management in the field. Second, scientists and law enforcement officials will discuss the current or proposed use of molecular techniques for finding and addressing sources of coral damage. We will then moderate a discussion among managers, decision-makers, law enforcement officials, and researchers about other possibilities for using genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics for coral reef management. We intend to recruit a diverse set of discussion participants among the ICRS attendees.

We hope that by promoting a high level of interaction among participants, the session can help identify promising new uses for molecular techniques and foster partnerships among those working on coral reef management, and link directly to the ICRS 2016 theme of “Bridging science to policy.”

For more information about this event, contact Angela Bednarek, The Pew Charitable Trusts,

ISRS Town Hall Meeting: Climate Change & Coral Bleaching

6/21/2016 | 19:00 - 21:00 | 310 Theater

This meeting is organised by ISRS and supporting organisations to discuss the current dire threat of climate change and coral bleaching to reef ecosystems. What should the reef science and management community do to alert both decision makers and the general public to the seriousness of this threat? The meeting is open to both ISRS members and non-members.

For more information about this event, contact Rupert Ormond, ISRS,

Action Network for Coral Health and Resilience Working Group

6/21/2016 | 19:30 - 21:30 | 306 A/B

THIS IS AN INVITATION ONLY WORKSHOP. ANCH&R was developed to 1) Facilitate communication among in-country scientists, managers, and coral disease experts, 2) Build and support in-county capacity for baseline disease surveys and disease outbreak response, and 3) Improve our understanding of the causes and consequences of disease to enable reef managers to assess and manage disease risk. During this working group meeting, ANCH&R partners will discuss projects that address these three goals. We will also discuss other topics such as: large funding opportunities to expand ANCH&R, membership, future meetings, ANCH&R coordination and communication.

For more information about this event, contact Courtney Couch, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology,

Marine Habitat & Ecosystem Threats of Personal Care Products

6/21/2016 | 19:30 - 21:30 | 307 A/B

The International Programme on the State of the Ocean, IUCN and World Parks Congress will present the findings of a scientific workshop held in the Spring of 2016 which examines the threats posed to marine habitats and ecosystems from pollution originating in domestically used personal care products (PCPs). The scientists will review the existing literature and consider the state of the ocean in regards to PCP pollution. The workshop held during the Coral Symposium will gather a broader group of scientists and experts to consider these scientific findings and develop recommendations arising from them with a view to helping to inform policy and other measures.

For more information about this event, contact Mirella Von Lindenfels, Communications Inc.,

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