WCMB: The 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity comes to Montréal

published on May 8, 2018
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As an island city, Montréal’s relationship with the water that surrounds it has always been strong – follow the mighty St. Lawrence River and you’ll make your way directly to the Atlantic Ocean. On May 13-16, 2018, Montréal plays host to the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, a meeting of world experts focused on preservation, study and development.

Bringing scientists in touch with policy makers

Over the course of four days at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, the WCMB2018 aims to connect scientists in direct contact with policy and decision makers, industry and NGOs to develop sustainable development and protectionary measures. Within the conference’s 5-point objectives, the WCMB2018’s idea exchange aims squarely at increasing awareness of marine biodiversity. Proposed themes ranging from Blue Biotechnology to the Human Element play a part in the central theme of Connecting with the Living Ocean.

Keynote experts at the forefront of Marine Biodiversity

Chaired by Philippe Archambault of Université Laval, WCMB2018 brings together some of the world’s foremost marine experts for presentations and an inspiring trio of keynote talks

Professor Emma Johnston

The Dean of Science at the University of New South Wales and President of Science & Technology Australia, Emma Johnston is an international authority in marine ecology, working on major projects with government, the Australian Antarctic Science Program and industry. Her award-winning work investigates the ecology of human impacts in marine systems.

Dr. Linwood Pendleton

Dr. Linwood Pendleton’s role as the Global Oceans Lead Scientist at the World Wildlife Fund integrates science and research into marine conservation initiatives and strategy. His most recent work focus on large-scale international initiatives, focusing on ocean acidification, deep sea management, marine ecosystem services and blue carbon.

Dr. Amanda Bates

Dr. Amanda Bates’ marine research has run the gamut from investigating how environmental variability influences the abilities of animals to cope with temperature stress to hydrothermal vents and the marine systems at the North and South Poles. Her work can be followed on the Macroecology Lab webpage.