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



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



Registration for exhibition space closes

Exhibitors can book their exhibition space at ICRS 2020 up to this date.



Oral presenters registration deadline

Participants with oral presentation assignment are required to register now.



ICRS 2020 commences

The 14th International Coral Reef Symposium opens its doors in Bremen.

Early Bird Registration Opening

The online registration for ICRS 2020 is now open for all presenting and non-presenting participants. 

Benefit from our "Early Bird" rates until 31 March!

Register for ICRS 2020 HERE!

Field trips & Excursions

Before, during and after the week of ICRS 2020, excursions and field trips to destinations in Germany and beyond are offered.

Please have a look at the still growing list of excellent trips organized by members of the ICRS 2020 organising committee or external partners HERE

Launch of Outreach Program

On Saturday 11 January, the ICRS 2020 Outreach Program was launched at the "Haus der Wissenschaft" in Bremen with the public lecture "Coral Reefs in Crisis" by Professor Christian Wild.

The lecture introduced the audience to the existential threats of coral reef ecosystems. More...

Photo Competition Opening

ICRS 2020 invites you to join our photo competition

The winning entries from the three competition categories "Beauty", "Threats" and "Research" will be shown in a public (free admission) exhibition at the "Haus der Wissenschaft" in Bremen from 26 June to 27 August 2020. In addition to being showcased, the winners will receive attractive prizes. More...

Notification of presenters

On 30 November 2019 abstract acceptance letters and presentation assignments have been sent out to all presenting authors.

The Secretariat is very glad to announce the acceptance of 2600 abstracts as valuable contributions to the scientific program.

ICRS Student Travel Awards

The International Coral Reef Society is pleased to announce 10 Student Travel Awards for members to attend the 14th International Coral Reef Symposium.

Submit your application by 15 January 2020 !

Additional information can be found here.

Plenary Speaker Portraits

In this special portrait series we introduce our outstanding line up of ICRS 2020 plenary speakers.

The "Plenary Speaker Portraits" provide a short summary of each individual speaker and already give an idea of the fantastic lectures you can expect next year in Bremen.

Take a look at the Plenary Speaker Portraits!

Prince Albert II of Monaco
to attend opening ceremony

We are delighted to announce that H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco has accepted the invitation to take part in the official opening ceremony of ICRS 2020.

Prince Albert II and His Foundation have made remarkable efforts in safeguarding biodiversity, promoting renewable energies and supporting, among other, measures to limit the effects of climate change. Read more about His Foundation's projects.

Green Strategy

The ICRS 2020 Organizing Committee is committed to making the 14th International Coral Reef Symposium as sustainable and climate-neutral as possible.

This important goal is pursued in different ways with our local and international partners.

Take a look at our "Green Strategy" page to learn more about our activities and get involved!

Federal Minister of Education &
Research serves as patron

With great pleasure we announce that Anja Karliczek, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, has agreed to serve as patron 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.

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.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ICRS2020
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Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/icrs2020/