Because a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a bunch of photos:

From the talks:





Making new friends at tea break:





And from the workshops:






Hello from ISBW11 in sunny Sanya!

Prof. Xiaoping Huang and the local organizing committee welcomed us and officially opened the ISBW this morning with welcome addresses from representatives from the South China Sea Institute of Ocenanology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, World Seagrass Association and local representatives.


The two plenary speakers for day 1 were Fred Short and Massa Nakaoka. Fred gave an overview of the global state of seagrass and what tells us about our oceans, and Massa spoke about the impacts of catastrophic events on seagrass meadows.


The speakers in session 1 on ecosystem vulnerability and resilience gave a range of interesting talks – a promising start to what looks like a stimulating conference.


There are some who couldn’t physically be here for the conference but were lucky to have a colleague who agreed to bring a manifestation of themselves to be here in spirit (and photos).

It’s almost as good as being here!! 🙂

Stay tuned! We have more daily reports from ISBW11

The application deadline for Evamaria Koch Student Travel Grants to attend the 11th International Seagrass Biology Workshop has been extended to 10th September 2014.

On behalf of the World Seagrass Association Inc. and the ISBW11 Organising Committee, a limited number of student grants will be made available to help students attend the ISBW11 in November 2014.

The application is open to all students registered for ISBW11 as well as those who have completed their education recently (defined as having graduated, or obtained a masters or PhD degree on or after 15th April 2014) and who have submitted abstracts for presentation at the ISBW11. Priority will be given to students from developing countries, but students from other countries may also apply. Students may apply irrespective of whether they have already paid ISBW11 fees or not.

In order to apply for a student grant please send an application letter to ISBW2014@163.com by 10th September 2014 quoting your registration number and stating:

  1. why it is important for you to attend ISBW11;
  2. why you need a student grant;
  3. how you are eligible; and
  4. what other funding you already have to contribute to your participation in the meeting.

The World Seagrass Association Inc. invites expressions of interest from members and interested organisations/institutions who would like to host the 12th International Seagrass Biology Workshop (ISBW) in 2016. Continue Reading »

The ISBW11 will be held from 7–10 November, 2014 at Sanya City, Hainan Province, China. The workshop schedule will include scientific symposia for both oral and poster presentations and a field exploration. Several successful and fruitful scientists are invited to give keynote speeches. As an integral part of this exciting program, we look forward to your presentation. The following symposium themes were chosen for ISBW11:

  1. Key Ecological Processes
  2. Ecosystem Vulnerability and Resilience
  3. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
  4. Management and Restoration
  5. Knowledge Gaps in Tropical Seagrass Research
  6. IUCW Seagrass Species Specialist Group (S3G)

Note these important dates:

  • 1 September 2014: last day for early bird registration payment
  • 10 September 2014: last day for abstract submission (extended)

Please visit the workshop webpage  for registration and housing information, and detailed program information. We hope you will attend this wonderful gathering.

ISBW 11 Secretariat, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology
164# West Xingang Road, Guangzhou, PR China, 501301
Conference email: isbw2014@126.com

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