[ASC-media] Media release: International Coral Reef Symposium 2012, Cairns

Melissa Lyne mlyne_99 at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 5 23:41:51 CET 2012


Media
Advisory
 
World’s
Leading Coral Experts to gather in Australia
 
The
brightest minds in coral reef science and management will descend upon
Australia for the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2012) in
Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, on July 9-13. 
 
Held only once
every four years, the
5-day event will draw more than 2,000 people from some 80 countries, to present
cutting-edge science and hear the latest advances from international experts in
coral reef conservation. The research and findings presented at ICRS 2012 are
fundamental in informing international and national policies and the sustainable
use of coral reefs globally.
 
Reports
from the event will focus on topics including the link between climate change,
coral bleaching, and ocean acidification; sustaining coral fisheries that
support millions worldwide; the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas; and
the social and economic benefits of coral reef management.
 
Daily media briefings will be
held to give journalists direct access to leading experts. Members of the news media
attending the event will have access to a fully equipped media room and
interview rooms. Credentialed media planning to
attend the Symposium are required to register through the online newsroom: www.icrs2012.com/Media.htm
 
In addition,
registered journalists, including those unable to attend the Symposium, will
have access to press releases, archived video of
briefings, high-resolution photos, B-roll video footage, and daily digests that
will outline the day’s most newsworthy research through the ICRS 2012 online
newsroom. 
 
Journalists
are also invited to observe and interview leading Australian and international
scientists, government representatives and other dignitaries, in the field, on
a trip to the Great Barrier Reef on the Sunday before the event. SeaWeb, the media program coordinator, will also assist
journalists with advance features, such as leads on profiles of leading
scientists from your region. See contacts below.

What: 12th International Coral Reef Symposium: www.icrs2012.com
When: Monday, July 9 to Friday, July
13, 2012. Reef trip: Sunday, July 8,
2012, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Where: Cairns
Convention Centre, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Who: Experts on coral reefs and
climate change, coral reef fisheries, ocean acidification, coral reef diseases,
and reef management will be available for media interviews. Only registered and
paid attendees and the news media can attend. Credentialed members of the press
can register at www.icrs2012.com/Media.htm
 
Key Facts: The first Symposium was held in
1969 in Mandapam Camp, India. ICRS has grown from participants representing 11
countries to a global scientific event with 2,000 participants from 80
countries. Previously the ICRS has convened at locations including: India,
Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Tahiti, Guam, Panama, Indonesia, and most
recently in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA in 2008.

Media Contacts: 
Melissa
Lyne. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  0415 514 328
Scott
Radway. Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. 808 587 7740
Jacqueline
Marks. Silver Spring, Maryland, USA 301
495 9570
 
Email: media at icrs2012.com
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