ICMERS2016 International Conference on the Marine Environment of the Red Sea underway

14 November, 2016

The aim of the KAUST Research Conference: International Conference on the Marine Environment of the Red Sea is to share knowledge, stimulate debate, encourage new thinking, and develop a regional Red Sea research map that generates new networks and partnerships going forward.

The specific objectives are to:

  1. Share high international standard, state-of-the-art science of the Red Sea;
  2. Provide a regional assessment of Red Sea research and determine gaps and opportunities for research;
  3. Establish mechanisms and platforms for data sharing;
  4. Lay the foundation for scientific representation within international frameworks, for which Red Sea nations are signatories.

Six keynote speakers from the USA, Australia and Saudi Arabia will cover research in the region as well as best practices internationally. A panel session on the morning of Tuesday, 15 November assess the state of research in the Red Sea region and determine priorities going forward. Over 100 presenters will work in parallel sessions throughout the conference, sharing research insights for the Red Sea including climate change, marine protected areas, oceanography, mangroves, contaminants, fisheries, coral reefs, geophysics, invertebrates, primary production, the blue economy and marine spatial planning. A poster session on Tuesday, 15 November will further provide an opportunity for researchers and students to present their work to the KAUST community and international marine science delegates.

This event is organized by the KAUST Red Sea Research Center (RSRC) with financial support from the KAUST Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), and is co-sponsored by Saudi Aramco and the KAUST Industry Collaboration Program (KICP), Industry Engagement Office.