Marine SABRES researcher Dr Silvana Birchenough of CEFAS was invited to attend the 6th World Conference On Marine Biodiversity organised by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and the Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS). She delivered a keynote presentation covering a recent horizon scan of issues paper with an overview of likely impacts that could affect marine and coastal biodiversity conservation.
Silvana was also requested to chair a side-event on ‘Climate Change and Impacts to Biodiversity’, where early career scientists delivered presentations on their current research projects. The Project EU Marine SABRES was also presented during the poster sessions. The overview of the programme was well received and with strong interest in ‘Socio-Ecological Systems” (SES). The WCMB represents scientists from around the globe with the aim of sharing knowledge and experience and the opportunity to discuss research projects via this conference platform.
There were 11 thematic symposia:
1. Benthic Ecology (BE)
2. Biodiversity in Coral Reefs (BCR)
3. Biogeography and Distribution (BD)
4. Climate Change and Impacts to Biodiversity (CC)
5. Deep Sea Diversity and Ecosystem (DS)
6. Emerging technologies for Marine Biodiversity Survey (ET)
7. Fisheries and Future Food Security (FF)
8. Marine Debris and Pollution (MD)
9. Marine Macrophytes and Blue Carbon (MM)
10. Marine Conservation Areas and Marine Policy (MPA)
11. Systematics, Taxonomy and Phylogenetics (STP)
Silvana Birchenough was also invited to spend a day at CEMACS’ research centre where we heard introductions to the current work the CEMACS team are carrying out, a tour of their facilities and hatchery and opportunities to meet and network with the wider Malaysia team and other conference delegates.