The World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB) has become the major focal assembly to share research outcomes, management and policy issues, and discussions on the role of biodiversity in sustaining ocean ecosystems. Arranged on a 3 - 4 year cycle, prior WCMB meetings (Valencia, Spain; Aberdeen, Scotland; Qingdao, China) have each attracted leading specialists from around the world, and catalyzed numerous sidebar sessions on marine biodiversity issues.


The 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity will be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada, from May 13-16, 2018. This meeting will bring together scientists, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss and advance our understanding of the importance and current state of biodiversity in the marine environment. Through a mix of keynote sessions, contributed talks and posters, and bookable venues for focused meetings, the conference program will address marine biodiversity across a deliberately wide range of relevant sectors. Participation will be encouraged from the broadest possible range of stakeholder groups from academics to industry.


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Prof. Emma Johnston
Dean of Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Dr. Linwood Pendleton
Global Ocean Lead Scientist at the World Wide Fund for Nature

Dr. Amanda Bates
University Research Associate Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland


Philippe Archambault
(chair), Université Laval, Canada



I would like to invite you to Save the Date for the 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, to be held in Montréal, Canada, in May 2018. The biodiversity of our planet is under threat from anthropological pressures and we need to make major decisions to reverse this tendency. The 4th WCMB will be the perfect forum to exchange and try to make a difference at all levels, from the discovery to the management of our oceans.


The 4th WCMB features presentations by leading scientists and practitioners from around the world, bringing to light the very latest developments, innovations and discoveries.


In addition to being classed one of top cities in the world for international conventions, Montréal offers a vibrant and welcoming location for delegates. From gastronomic delights for all tastes to a plethora of cultural and sports events, unique architectural styling covering 375 years of history and an exciting nightlife, Montreal invites you to make the most of your time with us.


We hope to see you in large numbers in 2018 to recognize the importance of Connecting with the living Ocean!


4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

May 13-16, 2018 |  Montréal, Québec, Canada

4th WCMB Congress Secretariat - JPdL International

1555 Peel Street, Suite 500

Montréal, QC H3A 3L8 Canada

Tel: +1 514 287-9898 ext. 334

Fax: +1 514 287-1248

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