The Symposium Programme comprises a combination of plenary and parallel sessions. Prominent experts from within and outside of the region will be invited to attend the symposium and deliver keynote presentations. Posters will be displayed throughout the symposium and a dedicated poster session will be arranged to facilitate discussions with the presenting authors. Day 4 will provide the opportunity for special sessions focusing on particular issues to be held.
During the Symposium there will be special sessions on topical issues that are of global and regional importance. These special sessions could be convened by individuals or organizations. All those who are interested to organized special sessions are requested to submit their general description of their session by 31 August 2017. All the special sessions will be held on 2 November 2017.
A number of events associated with the Symposium are normally organized before, during and after the Symposium. Organizations, programmes, projects and commercial companies are welcomed to organize or sponsor events. Space will also be available for exhibits by different organisations or programmes.
Three competitions have been organized best student poster; best student oral presentation and best photo competition. Winners of these competitions will be awarded special prizes.
All interested authors are invited to submit abstracts on the themes listed below. Authors may also submit abstracts on other topics relevant to the wider field of coastal and marine science. The main themes include but are not limited to:
1. Social, ecological, economic and political dynamics of coastal communities
2. Environmental and Climate Vulnerability, Resilience & Adaptation
3. Coastal and Marine Living Resources
4.1 Coral Reef Habitats
4.2 Ecosystems assessment methodologies/modeling
4.3 Intertidal and Nearshore Ecosystems (Beaches, Estuaries, Mangroves, Salt Marshes and Seagrass Beds)
4.4 Deep sea and offshore/pelagic habitats
4.5 Primary productivity and biogeochemistry
5. Coastal Governance and Policy
5.1 Coastal & Ocean Governance
5.2 Supporting delivery of SDG 14 in WIO region
6. Marine Biodiversity and Threatened Marine Species
7. Physical, meteorological and geological processes
8. Capacity development and outreach
9. Coastal and marine technologies supporting management
10. Islands of WIO region