[ASC-media] 12th International Coral Reef Symposium: Today's highlights

Melissa Lyne mlyne_99 at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 9 02:50:04 CEST 2012


Apologies for late posting, current press briefing (10am) will be online around lunchtime today at: http://www.icrs2012mediaportal.com/


Daily ICRS 2012 Media Update
Monday, July 9, 2012 
The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) is the largest coral reef conference in the world. Here’s a hit list of newsworthy items from today’s proceedings to make it a little easier to navigate this massive event. Scroll to the bottom for additional information on covering the event.

Center Stage
10:00 – Press briefing
Consensus Statement on Climate Change and Reefs: Scientists can often debate the smallest detail around any research study for days on end. Learn the significance of 2,500 scientists finding enough common ground on climate change to sign a consensus statement about the dire state of coral reefs. Meeting Room 7, Press Briefing Room
12:30 – Press briefing
What’s Next for the World’s Most Famous Reef: The Great Barrier Reef is a world icon. It is also under the threat of being downgraded to a World Heritage Site in Danger by UNESCO. Find out how that happened and what can be done to reverse an alarming loss of coral, seagrasses and megafauna on the most famous reef on Earth. Meeting Room 7, Press Briefing Room
 
Big Talks
9:00 – Plenary
Jane Lubchenco, the head of the U.S. National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, talks about innovative programs that are turning science into action. Plenary Hall 2
14:00 – Plenary
Jamaluddin Jompa, Director of the Center for Coral Reef Research at Hasanuddin University in Makassar, Indonesia, challenges the scientific community to conduct research to help benefit societies that depend on reefs for basics needs. Plenary Hall 2
 
Science Spotlight
Here’s a taste of the compelling science and research on the agenda today:
·        10:00 – Peter Mumby talks about his work to establish the world’s first coral friendly fisheries policy that attempts to set safe limits for parrotfish exploitation. Sebel Hotel, Kuranda Room
·        17:00 – Rachel Graham reveals the dependence of reef sharks on fish spawning sites and what that can mean for non-consumptive economic alternatives, such as tourism. Hall A
·        17:15 – Helen Fox delves into a comprehensive, multi-partner look into coral cover and fish abundance in Bird’s Head Seascape, Indonesia, and what that can teach us about managing these coral ecosystems moving forward. Sebel Hotel, Bluewater Room
 
Noteworthy
16:00 – Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) will sign a landmark agreement on marine and climate research and journalists are invited for a photo opportunity. Sebel Hotel, ask for specific room at front desk.
 
Online Buzz
All Day –  Held via twitter and facebook, today’s discussions will focus on the current state of coral reefs (#icrs2012 #coral) and lessons learned from the Great Barrier Reef’s management (#icrs2012 #reef). To find out more about these issues in depth, come to our media briefings (as described above) or visit the online media portal.
Top Tweets. Fancy your chances at twitter glory? Tweet about #ICRS2012 and your 140 characters could be featured here.
Sunday's top tweets:
•       @Malyne "This is what we do to journos @ICRS2012 “@conorduffynews: I got sea sick seven times ... tune in to @abcnews to watch the yarn 7pm"
•       @smangubhai "State of the #Coral #Triangle report to be launched at #ICRS2012. Let's have lots of young scientists from region attending! @ICRS2012"
•       @Moralcoral "Just planned the talks i'm attending on Monday @ICRS2012 there is so much overlap! Hard to choose, I've narrowed it down to 19 talks!"
 
Covering ICRS 2012
Even if you can’t attend every day or any day, you can still cover ICRS 2012. Just visit www.icrs2012.com/mediaportal for more details on the press briefings. The portal will feature full-length videos of each briefing posted following its conclusion. In addition, you can find a photo bank of high-resolution coral reef photos and b-roll videos to help you cover the issues and science of ICRS 2012. Lastly, you will find ICRS 2012 press releases and partner releases, plus other information you need to cover the world’s premier coral reef conference.
Join the conversation via several social media platforms:
·           •       Twitter.com/ICRS2012
·           •       Facebook.com/ICRS2012
·           •       Linkedin.com/groups/ICRS2012
 
We’ll be tweeting live from the Symposium, and if you want to connect with us and others talking about coral reef issues, be sure to use the #ICRS2012 hashtag.
For assistance, email media at icrs2012.com or visit us in the press working room at the convention center.
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Melissa Lyne 
Australia and New Zealand Media Co-ordinator
12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2012)
9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Australia
P: +61 415 514 328W: www.icrs2012.com
F: http://www.facebook.com/ICRS2012
T: http://www.twitter.com/ICRS2012
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