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



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.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Read our Weekly Situation Update

Contingency plans are currently under development.

Announcement about the further procedure regarding ICRS 2020 expected by 3 April.

Early Bird Registration Open

The online registration for ICRS 2020 is 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

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!

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
Twitter:       https://twitter.com/ICRS2020
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/icrs2020/