Welcome & Invitation

Dear coral reef community and interested visitors

ICRS 2020, also known as the 14th International Coral Reef Symposium, is the primary international conference on coral reef science, conservation and management, bringing together leading scientists, early career researchers, conservationists, ocean experts, policy makers, managers and the public.

For the first time in its history, an ICRS will be held in Europe, in the cosmopolitan and historic city of Bremen, Northern Germany, 5 – 10 July 2020.

ICRS 2020 will be the key event to develop science-based solutions addressing the present and future challenges of coral reefs, which are globally exposed to unprecedented anthropogenic pressures. The five-day program will present the latest scientific findings and ideas, provide a platform to build the essential bridges between coral reef science, conservation, politics, management and the public, and will promote public and political outreach.

It is our great pleasure to invite you all to join this unique global event. The University of Bremen and all ICRS 2020 organisers are looking forward to hosting your visit to the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. And, just in case you were wondering, the animal-like figure in the logo are Bremen's most significant cultural emblems, the famous “Bremen Town Musicians”.















Key Dates



Call for sessions & workshops closes

Closing of the call for scientific sessions and workshops



Call for abstracts opens

Opening of the call for ICRS 2020 abstract submissions



Call for abstracts closes

Closing of the call for scientific contributions to ICRS 2020



Notification of presenters

Communication of presentation assignments to ICRS 2020 participants



Early bird registration opens

Registration opens to book at reduced participant fees.



Early bird registration closes

Closing of registration for ICRS 2020 at reduced participation fees

Federal Minister of Education &
Research assumes patronage

We are very pleased to announce that Anja Karliczek, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, has assumed the patronage of ICRS 2020, and will be a guest of honor at the official opening ceremony for the 14th International Coral Reef Symposium in Bremen on 6 July 2020.

Call for Sessions and Workhops

The Call for Sessions and Workshops is now OPEN!

We want ICRS 2020 to be as diverse as coral reefs and we invite everyone to join this unique global event!

Submit your proposals until 31 January 2019 under the overarching ICRS 2020 theme ‘Tackling the challenging future of coral reefs’!

In Memory of Ruth Gates

The recent passing of ISRS president Ruth Gates leaves us deeply saddened. Ruth was an enthusiastic coral advocate, her optimism and call for action inspired many of us; even beyond the coral community. We will do our best to preserve her spirit and energy as we prepare for ICRS 2020. Read more.
Published in Nature Ecology & Evolution: An obituary by Peter Edmunds and Virginia Weis.

Follow ICRS 2020

To always stay in the loop for all ICRS 2020 related news, upcoming events and opportunities, make sure to follow ICRS 2020 on social media.

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