The aim of ICMERS 2016 is to share knowledge, stimulate debate, encourage new thinking, as well as develop a coherent research map that considers these issues and generates new networks and partnerships going forward.
ICMERS 2016 will convene researchers and students from a range of disciplines to share the historical scientific understanding of the Red Sea ecosystem and to explore and debate new thinking and ideas regarding the current state of knowledge.
We welcome theoretical as well as empirical, qualitative as well as quantitative studies, from all disciplines that can provide useful perspectives on the Red Sea. Perspectives from marine science, oceanography, integrated ecosystem assessment, policy, and management are encouraged. Challenges to current understandings, works-in-progress and approaches which cross disciplinary boundaries will be welcomed. Accepted papers will be organized into thematically and methodologically relevant sessions and parallel streams.
Paper proposals should consist of a title and a up to 300 word abstract that specifies and motivates the research question, describes the methods and data used, and summarizes the main findings. Abstracts will be peer reviewed, and the authors of accepted proposals are expected to submit full papers prior to the conference. Applicants will have the opportunity to have their paper considered for inclusion on the Open Access journal: Frontiers of Marine Science.
Posters should summarize in a visually engaging manner the purpose, methods and results of an original piece of research. Accepted poster submissions will be considered for a Best Poster Award.
Abstract submission deadline: 15 May 2016
Decisions on abstracts: 15 June 2016
Full paper / poster submission deadline (for accepted abstracts): 1 September 2016
Conference dates: Monday 14 - Wednesday 16 November 2016
The registration site for accepted papers will open on 15 June 2016.
All participants will be required to register via a dedicated registration site to ensure logistics arrangements are accommodated and to ensure security clearance is provided. The link to register will go live from 15 June 2016 and will be sent to all invited participants and speakers.
There is no registration fee, but conference attendees are expected to cover the costs of travel and accommodation at KAUST. Detailed information regarding travel, visas, accommodation, meals and program will be shared from 15 June 2016 onward.
Conference Steering Committee
Abdulaziz Al-Suwailem, Coastal and Marine Resources Laboratory, KAUST
Ali Al-Aidaroos, King Abdulaziz University
Ahmad Mal, King Abdulaziz University
Burton H. Jones, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST (Conference Chair)
Carlos Duarte, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST
Xabier Irigoien, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST
Yasser Kattan, Environmental Protection Department, Saudi Aramco