Making Marine Science Matter
IMCC is the largest networking platform for individuals interested in marine conservation and the latest research, development and challenges in marine conservation science and practice. Current and future decision-makers meet here, including executive directors, policy makers, world leading marine conservation scientists and professors, students and project managers. Major institutions such as universities, government organizations, industry, private foundations, and publishers attend IMCC. The overall theme of IMCC, “Making Marine Science Matter”, is featured throughout the Congress. In order to be effective, marine conservation science must matter to stakeholders, policy makers, and practitioners. To conserve the world’s oceans we must go beyond science, and use it to inform policy and management, and ultimately to catalyze change.
To accomplish this, the congress will be organized around specific topics of interest for marine conservation in general, as well as the local area (i.e.: Culture and the marine environment, participation in marine conservation science, Marine tourism, Estuary and coastal restoration, etc). In addition, the SCB Marine Section has developed a list of 71 research questions critical to the advancement of marine conservation. These research questions will be addressed throughout the conference in a wide range of sessions (symposium, workshops, focus groups, training courses, oral and poster presentations, plenary sessions, and field trips). More specifically, there will be:
1) Pre-congress workshops
2) Plenary talks with Marine Conservation leaders such as Joshua Ciner, Enriqueta Velarde, Phillip Levin and John Aini with Paige West
3) Symposia with oral presentations that address critical marine conservation topics proposed by a facilitator.
4) Focus groups at lunchtime.
5) “OceansOnline”, the last day is full of workshops, presentations, and discussions around the idea of using online tools, technology, and social media to help spread our conservation message further.
6) Special events for socializing, learning, networking, and fun in a less formal setting.
7) Post-conference Field trips to explore the amazing local flora and fauna of Kuching and its surroundings.
Join us to IMCC5!
Marine conservation can only be successful at a global scale when a truly global community is working together on marine conservation issues. The upskill study abroad program is committed to become part of such sustainable community and contribute to forming creative and proactive marine conservationists that develop new conservation strategies and who are ready to excel – confident, prepared, and empowered to master all the challenges that our marine ecosystems are facing. You will find our exhibition booth during all show hours on the show floor. Our team won’t miss out the opportunity to network with key decision makers and practitioners in the field of marine conservation. To us quality matters, local people matter, partners matter, location matters – Join us in the middle of the Indo-Pacific and together we’ll “Make Marine Science Matter”.