Open to All

Meeting of Latin American Coral Reef Scientists
Monday, July 7, 2008 7:30-9:30PM
Jorge Cortes "Email" <Jorge.cortes barney ucr fred ac fred cr>
Beatriz Casaretto "Email" <casaretobe barney aol fred com>

Can This Relationship Be Saved? Why Journalists and Scientists Just Don't Communicate
This evening panel is sure to provide fireworks to end your day. Top scientists and premiere journalists will go head to head. Reporters need plain talk. Scientists need details. Reporters need overviews. Scientists need caveats. You get the idea. Audience participation will be unscripted and decidedly not peer reviewed as we investigate how to make this relationship work. This interactive debate will be co-moderated by Jeff Burnside of NBC's WTVJ in Miami and Nancy Baron, COMPASS' Ocean Science Outreach Director. The discussion will be continued afterwards over light hors d'oeuvres and drinks. This will be the place to meet and mingle with journalists attending ICRS.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 6:15 PM - 9 PM
Liz Neeley "Email" <eneeley barney seaweb fred org> Website

Global Socioeconomic Monitoring Initiative (SocMon) Side Event
Thursday July 10, 2008 12:30-1:30PM
Christy Loper "Email" <christy.loper barney noaa fred gov> Website

Come hear about the status of socioeconomic monitoring projects from the regional SocMon Coordinators in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Western Indian Ocean, Pacific, Red Sea-Gulf of Aden, and South Asia. Learn more about the future of socioeconomic monitoring efforts in tropical marine ecosystems around the world and help us celebrate the completion of the SEM-Pasifika Socioeconomic Monitoring Guidelines for the Pacific Region.

Thursday, July 10 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Reef Check Info Session
Monday, July 7, 2008 7:30PM - 8:30PM Rooms 207-208

All past and present Reef Check scientists, volunteers, coordinators are invited to a 30 minute Q/A up date session, followed by a no-host social at Southport Raw Bar (restaurant) 1536 Cordova Rd. Ft Lauderdale, Tel 954-525-2526.
Gregor Hodgson "Email" <gregorh barney reefcheck fred org>

Reef Rally: 2 Nights of Music & Awareness
The Reef Fest benefit concert has scheduled to two nights - Tuesday, July 8 and Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - for a "Reef Rally" to welcome and entertain attendees and exhibitors from the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium. Over 10 bands and artists will be performing to raise awareness and benefit the Reef Fest Fund. A great chance to listen to live music and network! FREE admission and shuttlebus transportation (6PM-12AM) for 11ICRS attendees.

Alligator Alley Native Florida Taproom & Music Hall, 1321 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334. For more information, visit .

IMAX Screening of Deep Sea 3D
IMAX Corporation and the AutoNation®IMAX® 3D Theatre at the Museum of Discovery and Science present a special screening of Deep Sea 3D! Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, and directed by world-renowned underwater cinematographer Howard Hall, this film will transport you below the ocean surface to swim with some of the planets most unique creatures. Come to the IMAX booth in the Education Center to pick up your FREE ticket to Deep Sea 3D, showing Wednesday, July 9th at 8:00PM at AutoNation®IMAX® Theater at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Then get ready to take the plunge once again when filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall take you to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia's Coral Sea for their newest underwater film, Under the Sea 3D, opening exclusively in IMAX theatres beginning February 2009. Visit for more information.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 8 PM
AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater
401 Southwest Second Street Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312

Technology Tools for Ecosystem-Based Management of Coral Reefs
This free workshop will provide an overview of technology tools that can be used for EBM in coral reef ecosystems and includes demonstrations and information on additional resources and tools.
Saturday July 12, 2008 8:30-11:30AM
Organizer: Sarah Carr "Email" <sarah_carr barney natureserve fred org>

Advanced Coral Tissue Slide Reading Workshop
Histological techniques in the study of hard and soft corals can provide insights into coral taxonomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and reproduction. This 2-full day session, Saturday and Sunday, July 12th & 13th (after the 11th ICRS) at Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach, Florida. Registration includes transportation from conference hotels to workshop, notebook containing overviews and case reports, and breakfast, lunch & snacks. To register, contact Organizers "Dr. Esther Peters" <esther.peters barney verizon fred net > and "Dr. Alison Moulding" <moulding barney nova fred edu>. Cost $100.

By Invitation or Contact Only

Fulbright Scholar Alumni Reception
For ICRS conference attendees who were/are Fulbright scholars, and local Florida Fulbrighters to network and connect with the Ocean Acidification Impact Panelists and other Fulbright alumni. Hosted by the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology. Please RSVP if you are a Fulbright scholar, or have hosted scholars, and would like to attend.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 5:30-7:00PM Room 209/210
Lisa Smith "Email" < lsmith barney fulbrightacademy fred org> Website

GCRMN Management Group Meeting
Tuesday July 8, 2008 12:30-1:30PM
Clive Wilkinson "Email" <clive.wilkinson barney rrrc fred org fred au> Website

Sunday, July 6, 2008 7:00-9:00PM
Clive Wilkinson "Email" <clive.wilkinson barney rrrc fred org fred au> Website

ISRS Council Meeting
Monday, July 7, 2008 7:30PM-9:00PM
Room 317
Rob van Woesik "Email" <rvw barney fit fred edu>

Lessons Learned and Best Practices in the Management of Coral Reefs
Tuesday July 8, 2008 6:30-9:30PM
Mark Tupper "Email" < m.tupper barney cgiar fred org>

Marine Management Area Science Program Reception
Wednesday, July 9th, from 6:00 PM - 8:00PM Room 301
Leah Karrer "Email" < lkarrer barney conservation fred org>

Marine Protected Area Learning Partnership Program of World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, and Wildlife Conservation Society
Saturday July 12, 2008 8:30AM - 12PM
Stacey Kilarski "Email" <skilarski barney tnc fred org>

MPA Predictive Modeling Workshop
Tuesday,July 8, 2008 6:00 8:00 pm, Room 301/302
Giselle Samonte-Tan "Email" <gsamontetan barney conservation fred org>

Policy makers and managers involved in marine managed areas are constantly making crucial decisions that affect their constituency and the environment. They need user-friendly planning and management tools to guide them in making decisions. A computer-based model called MIDAS (Marine Integrated Decision Analysis System) is such an emerging tool. This predictive model will help managers and policy makers to understand and assess the MPA management effectiveness. The purpose of this 2-hour workshop is to gather managers and scientists to validate a predictive model for key socio-economic, governance and ecological effects of MPAs.

Ocean Acidification Impact on Coral Ecosystems
Wednesday July 9, 2008 7:00-9:00PM
Robert George "Email" < Georgeryt barney cs fred com>

Regional Marine Science Needs for Ocean Governance in the Caribbean
Wednesday July 9, 2008 7:00-10:00PM Rooms 207-208
John Ogden "Email" < jogden barney marine fred usf fred edu>

Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC) Executive Board Meeting
Saturday July 12, 2008 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Steve LeGore, AMLC "Email" <slegore barney mindspring fred com>

Participatory Workshop: How Should Coral Reef Research Priorities Be Set?
Saturday July 12, 2008 1:30PM-5:30PM
Mark Neff "Email" <mark.neff barney asu fred edu>

International Coral Reef Initiative General Meeting
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:00AM-6:00PM Room 316
Sunday, July 13, 2008 9:00AM-6:00PM Room 316
"Email" <icri barney unep-wcmc fred org>

Draft Agenda

The International Coral Reef Initiative is a unique public-private partnership that brings together governments, international organisations, scientific entities and non-governmental organisations committed to reversing the global degradation of coral reefs and related ecosystems, such as mangrove forests and seagrass meadows, by promoting the conservation and sustainable use of these resources for future generations.

Since its establishment in 1995, ICRI has been a driving force behind scientific, governmental and civil society efforts to protect coral reefs and related ecosystems. The ICRI approach is to provide a platform for information sharing, as well as to mobilize governments and a wide range of other stakeholders in an effort to improve management practices, increase capacity and political support, and share information on the health of these fragile ecosystems. In particular, ICRI aims to catalyze action that will:

  • Improve management practices,
  • Increase capacity and political support; and
  • Share information on the health of these ecosystems

ICRI will be hosting a meeting immediately following the 11th ICRS, on the 12th and 13th July 2008. The ICRI General Meeting: this is the principal forum for members of the Initiative to meet and progress discussions relating to the international coral reef agenda. The membership will receive reports from partners and committees on recent activities and review ICRS outcomes to determine where ICRI might focus in the future.