10th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium: More than your normal conference! Be part of a special experience!
We are delighted to invite you to attend the 10th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Scientific Symposium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The symposium will be held from the 30th October to the 4th of November 2017 at the Julius Nyerere International Conference Center. The 10th Symposium is jointly organized by WIOMSA, the Institute of Marine Science (IMS) and the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries (DASF) both of the University of Dar es Salaam, the Tanzania Fisheries Institute (TAFIRI) and the Nairobi Convention.

The WIOMSA Symposium- the largest open scientific conference in the region on marine and coastal issues- is a biennial event that has established itself as an intellectual and knowledge marketplace that offers a unique regionwide platform for dialogue, knowledge exchange, capacity building, strategic action and cooperation. WIOMSA has also used the symposium as a platform to showcase innovative solutions for addressing the challenges facing coastal communities, policy makers, management authorities and the private sector in the Western Indian Ocean.

This year’s symposium is expected to attract at least 500 people. The symposium has five full days of keynote addresses, oral presentations, special sessions, and a poster session on cutting edge issues related to the marine and coastal industry. There are also various competitions and promotional events organised around the symposium. These include student oral and poster competitions, video and photo competitions, pre-symposium events like traditional boat races, coastal art exhibitions, and school drawing competitions and so on. This year, for the first time ever, a public lecture will be organized as one of the pre-symposium events. It will focus on the challenges and opportunities of harnessing coastal and marine resources in Tanzania. The lecture will be attended by senior government officials, prominent academicians, representatives of private sector and the general public. An art competition for pupils from special schools in Dar es Salaam is also planned.

Overall, the 10th Symposium offers a comprehensive programme featuring various advances in coastal and ocean science and governance, institutional and regional efforts to attain the sustainable development goals, as well as presenting new approaches, innovative technologies, and best practices that may be helpful in addressing some of the persistent and emerging challenges in the WIO region.

We hope to see you in Dar es Salaam!

Dr Jacqueline Uku

WIOMSA President