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5th AcroporaNet Symposium

The AcroporaNet participants have many years of expertise in the fields of biodiversity and the systematics, physiology and life cycles of tropical marine organisms. This expertise is essential for measuring, monitoring and understanding processes and changes in marine systems, and the influence of human activity on them. 


The biological expertise at AcroporaNet focuses on the functioning of marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, and tropical tidal areas. This knowledge is available and will be further deepened with regard to the effects of changing environmental factors (e.g. eutrophication and climate change), the functioning of tropical organisms, trophic relations (e.g. role of symbionts), ecosystem functions (e.g. productivity, capacity), and the resilience of the ecosystem (e.g. connectivity and phase shifts). This knowledge is essential for understanding changes in tropical marine communities.

In tropical areas in particular, a large part of the population lives close to the sea. For many, it is primarily the sea that provides the basic necessities of life, also because many people are financially dependent on the sea for e.g. tourism and fishing. Marine biodiversity and the use of natural resources are under pressure because of global factors such as climate change and overfishing, but also because of more local factors such as eutrophication, pollution, land reclamation, and maritime construction. The participants of AcroporaNet contribute to the sustainable management and use of tropical marine resources through fundamental and applied scientific research and advisory work.


AcroporaNet is a platform for scientists conducting fundamental and applied research in all fields related to tropical marine biology.

Update (dated: December 6, 2022): The updated final program is now available and can be downloaded by clicking the link above (preliminary program) or the picture below


5th Annual AcroporaNet Symposium (Amsterdam, December 8th, 2022)

On behalf of the University of Amsterdam and Carmabi, we would like to invite you to the fifth AcroporaNet Symposium on December 8th (2022) in the Turingzaal at the Amsterdam Sciencepark Congress Centre (Sciencepark 123, Amsterdam). 

The symposium will cover all aspects of marine science and management and we invite participants to share (during a talk or poster) new findings on the fundamental workings of intact or degraded coral reef ecosystems, and adjacent ecosystems such seagrass beds, mesophotic communities, coastal areas and mangrove areas. More applied talks will also be welcomed, and perspective talks are highly encouraged. Talks will be 12 minutes, but if you want to give a "speed talk" (5 min) that is also possible. You can also present a poster during the catered lunch break. The meeting will be followed by an informal "get together" in nearby cafe "De Polder".

Everyone is welcome, and please pass this information on to anyone we may have missed and to your students as well. More information will be sent out soon and you can always check this website. 


How to register?

The event will last all day and be followed by an informal gathering afterwards. Registration is free.

After a two year break where we had to navigate our way through virtual meetings and online conferences, or just cancellations we are happily looking forward to (re-)unite with you all on site and in person again. You can submit your abstract (max. 300 words without title, names, affiliations etc.) to present your research as a talk or a poster. Presentations should include new findings on the fundamental workings of intact or degraded coral reef ecosystems, on adjacent ecosystems such seagrass beds, mangroves, or mesophotic communities, or tropical coastal areas in general. Also applied topics and especially perspective talks are highly encouraged. Presentations should be 12 minutes or 5 minutes if you prefer to give a "speed talk". 


Depending on the number of submissions, we might have to limit the number of presentations that can be given during the Symposium. You can of course attend the AcroporaNet Symposium as a listener without giving presentation. For Abstract submission and any further questions, please contact:


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