ICRS 2012 Media Portal

About the Portal

Welcome to the Media Portal for the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium. This portal will provide news releases, media briefings information, news from the Symposium, and relevant logistical information for members of the press covering ICRS 2012.

About the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium

The 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2012) will be held Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13, 2012 at the Cairns Convention Centre in Cairns, Australia.

Held only once every four years, the 5-day event will draw 2,000 scientists from 80 countries, to present cutting-edge science and share the latest advances from international experts in coral reef conservation. The research and findings presented at the ICRS 2012 are fundamental to informing international and national policies and the sustainable use of coral reefs globally.

This is the third time the ICRS is being held in Australia, the previous years being 1974 and 1988. James Cook University and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies are hosting this year’s Symposium.

Key Issues

Coral reefs are declining rapidly almost everywhere. The Symposium will cover the full spectrum of coral reef science, with the aim of sustaining reefs, and feature more than 1,500 talks and posters.

Topics include: coral reefs and climate change, ocean acidification, coral reef health and recovery, the role of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), managing reefs sustainably and the Coral Triangle Initiative.

Plenary speakers, 22 Symposia and 72 Mini-Symposia, daily media briefings and other special events will illustrate coral reef threats, conservation strategies and the future of reefs. To download a PDF of the Book of Abstracts, click here.

For the full ICRS 2012 Program Book, please go to: http://www.icrs2012.com/Downloads/ICRS2012_Program_Book.pdf.

The Symposium will launch the Consensus Statement on Climate Change and Coral Reefs. The consensus, which urges governments to take action for the preservation of coral reefs, has garnered more than 2,400 signatures from the scientific community, worldwide.


Two thousand of the world’s leading natural scientists, resource managers, conservationists, economists, educators and graduate students from 80 countries will attend the ICRS 2012.


Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest—the only place on earth where two World Heritage-listed areas meet. The city has a friendly, relaxed tropical lifestyle and is therefore one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations. Cairns has a winter period of balmy temperatures and low rainfall. During the Symposium participants will experience average daily temperatures of 25° Celsius and overnight temperatures of 17° Celsius.


Every four years the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) sanctions a major international scientific conference, which provides the latest knowledge and leading edge technologies about coral reefs worldwide. The International Society for Reef Studies is the world’s largest society officially focused on coral reefs and reef issues.

The ICRS is the world’s preeminent meeting dedicated to coral reef science. Since the first Symposium was held in 1969 at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute in Mandapam Camp, India, the conference has grown from participants representing 11 countries to a global scientific event with 2,000 attendees from more than 80 countries. The success of the 1969 conference laid the foundation for future ICRS meetings. At Mandapam Camp, participants decided they would meet every three to four years at different reef centres around the world to discuss their work.

For more than three decades, the ICRS has honored its commitment to coral reefs and has convened at the following locations: United States (2008), Okinawa (2004), Indonesia (2000), Panama (1996), Guam (1992), Australia (1988), Tahiti (1985), the Philippines (1980), United States (1977), Australia (1974) and India (1969).

About SeaWeb

SeaWeb is coordinating the media program for the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium. SeaWeb is the only international, nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to strategically communicating about ocean issues and is unmatched in its ability to understand and bridge the worlds of marine science and media. SeaWeb transforms knowledge into action by shining a spotlight on workable, science-based solutions to the most serious threats facing the ocean, such as climate change, pollution and depletion of marine life. SeaWeb convenes forums where economic, policy, social and environmental interests converge to improve ocean health. SeaWeb works collaboratively with targeted sectors to encourage market solutions, policies and behavior changes that result in a healthy, thriving ocean. By informing and empowering diverse ocean voices and conservation champions, SeaWeb is creating a culture of ocean conservation.

More Information

For more information on ICRS, please visit: www.ICRS2012.com

General Inquiries

Jackie Marks
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United States

Cindy Yeast
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Melissa Lyne
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