WCMB PROPOSED CONFERENCE THEMES & SPECIAL SESSIONS

 

THEME: BIODIVERSITY IN A CHANGING OCEAN

Session 1: Climate change impacts on marine biodiversity

Session 2: Climate change and highly migratory species

Session 3: Cumulative impacts of human activities on marine biodiversity

Session 4: Role of systematics in understanding ocean change

NEW - Sustained observations of life as an integral component of coastal and ocean observing systems

 

THEME: MARINE BIODIVERSITY IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

Session 1: Ecosystem stability and biodiversity

Session 2: Relationship between BD and resilience

Session 3: Plastic marine debris

Session 4: Invasions and the Anthropocene 'natural'

 

THEME: STRATEGIES FOR CONSERVATION OF MARINE BIODIVERSITY

Session 1: Biodiversity restoration

Session 2: High tech for marine conservation (drones, nanosatellites, acoustic arrays)

Session 3: Conservation strategies to protect species to ecosystems

Session 4: Ecologically and biologically significant areas

NEW - The Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative

NEW - Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative

 

THEME: BIODIVERSITY DISCOVERY AND PREDICTION

Session 1: Biodiversity in frontier areas I: Polar regions

Session 2: Biodiversity in frontier areas II: Deep sea

Session 3: Biodiversity in frontier areas III: Atlantic Basin scale

Session 4: Biodiversity in frontier areas IV: The tropics

 

THEME: BLUE BIOTECHNOLOGY & MARINE GENETIC RESOURCES

Session 1: Pharmaceutical & bioproduct discovery

Session 2: Marine natural products & policy

 

THEME: INTEGRATIVE FRAMEWORKS TO LINK ENVIRONMENTAL & BIOLOGICAL DRIVERS OF BIODIVERSITY

Session 1: Indicators & proxies for biodiversity (development, use & meaning)

Session 2: Connectivities among the deep pelagic, open ocean & coastal waters

Session 3: Biogeography: macroecology, richness, endemicity, gradients & trends

 

THEME: LINKING BIODIVERSITY TO ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION AND SERVICES

Session 1: Approaches to integrated assessments for fisheries and ecosystem

Session 2: Challenges in moving from single species to ecosystem management

Session 3: Linking biodiversity, ecosystem function, and ecosystem services)

Session 4: Ecological traits & ecosystem function

Session 5: Biodiversity & ecosystem function in the real world

NEW - From local to regional scales: new ways to explore benthic ecosystem connectivity and resilience to climate change

 

THEME: BIODIVERSITY TOOLS & DATA

Session 1: Ecological insights from beta-diversity

Session 2: Biodiversity indicators

Session 3: Big vs smart data in ocean observation: Making the most of what’s available

Session 4: New technologies for biodiversity observation, data management, analysis & visualisation

Session 5: Balancing the use and misuse of more precise & abundant data

Session 6: Bioinformatics and data access

Session 7: Analytical approaches in marine biodiversity science

Session 8: Reconciling observations in space & time: Methods, models & case studies

 

THEME: APPLICATION OF BIODIVERSITY KNOWLEDGE

Session 1: Marine policy & law

Session 2: Biodiversity in ecosystem state reporting: Ecosystem Stability and Biodiversity

Session 3: Policy & legal needs for the high seas/deep ocean beyond national jurisdiction

Session 4: Transcending the boundary between science & users/management

Session 5: Policy in data poor scenarios

 

THEME: THE HUMAN ELEMENT

Session 1: Marine biodiversity & society (coastal mega-cities, indigenous peoples, art)

Session 2: Marine biodiversity education & outreach

Session 3: Marine stewardship & society

Session 4: Sorting misinformation & promoting rigour in public perception

 

THEME

NEW - Ocean deep-sea research and management

NEW - Invasive Species

 

 

 

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

wcmb2018secretariat@jpdl.com

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