Member Type Non Governmental Organization

International Coral Reef Society



Prof. Christian Voolstra
President of the ICRS
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Dr. Tracy Ainsworth
Vice President
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Dr. Simon Harding
Co-Chair ICRS Conservation Committee
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The International Coral Reef Society (formerly International Society for Reef Studies) is the leading international association for coral reefs scientists and managers.

Our mission is to promote the acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge to secure coral reefs for future generations.

We Are: Individuals representing a broad spectrum of coral reef researchers, educators, managers, students, communicators, and citizens from over 65 countries.

Our vision is to be a leader in coral reef scientific discovery, to contribute to the education of future coral reef scientists, and to be a strong voice for science informing policies that protect coral reefs.

We lead in scientific discovery with our peer-reviewed scientific journal Coral Reefs, our news publication Reef Encounter, by hosting the quadrennial International Coral Reef Symposium, by recognizing scientific accomplishments with awards, by supporting regional coral conferences, and by building a network of coral reef societies and chapters.

We educate future coral reef scientists by providing student fellowships and travel grants, sponsoring workshops, and supporting the ICRS Student Chapter and the Education Committee.

We are a voice for science informing policies that protect coral reefs through the publication of consensus statements, the active engagement of the ICRS Communications Committee and Conservation Committee, and engagement of ICRS Officers, Council, and Members in discussion and decision making activities from the local to the international level.

Related websites:

International Coral Reef Society
ICRS Publications
Additional information

The 14th International Coral Reef Symposium has been postponed to 2021.  ICRS2021 will take place in Bremen, Germany 18-23 July, 2021

The next European Coral Reef Symposium (ECRS 2024) will take place in Naples, Italy, 2–5 July, 2024 and the 16th International Coral Reef Symposium, will be held in New Zealand in July 2026

Last Updated: 17 October 2023