Welcome & Invitation

Dear coral reef community and interested visitors

ICRS 2021, also known as the 14th International Coral Reef Symposium, is the primary international conference on coral reef science, conservation and management, bringing together leading scientists, early career researchers, conservationists, ocean experts, policy makers, managers and the public.

For the first time in its history, an ICRS will be held in Europe, in the cosmopolitan and historic city of Bremen, Northern Germany, 18 – 23 July 2021. Due to possible restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed a hybrid strategy combining the On-Site event ICRS 2021 from July 18 - 23 with ICRS 2021 Online. 

ICRS 2021 will be the key event to develop science-based solutions addressing the present and future challenges of coral reefs, which are globally exposed to unprecedented anthropogenic pressures. The five-day program will present the latest scientific findings and ideas, provide a platform to build the essential bridges between coral reef science, conservation, politics, management and the public, and will promote public and political outreach.

It is our great pleasure to invite you all to join this unique global event. The University of Bremen and all ICRS 2021 organisers are looking forward to hosting your visit to the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. And, just in case you were wondering, the animal-like figure in the logo are Bremen's most significant cultural emblems, the famous “Bremen Town Musicians”.















Key Dates



Call for Abstracts closes

Submission for contributions to the ICRS 2021 session program closes.



OCEANS Special Issue closes

Deadline for the submission of ICRS 2020 related manuscripts.



ICRS 2021 commences

The 14th International Coral Reef Symposium opens its doors in Bremen.

ICRS 2021 Hybrid

How to stay flexible in this covid world?

The new ICRS 2021 hybrid strategy giving you the option to either join us in Bremen or participate and present online! Also new: Call for abstracts is now extended until 15 October. More..

ECO Magazine - Special Issue

The ECO Magazine Special Issue on Coral Reefs in partnership with ICRS 2021 is now available online. 

It includes many amazing stories from various fields of coral reef science, conservation and management.

Read on at ECO Magazine HERE

Special Issue on ICRS 2020

The new journal OCEANS, published by MDPI, has announced to publish a Special Issue related to ICRS 2020, to which participants with accepted abstracts are welcomed to submit papers based on their oral presentations or posters. More...

Follow ICRS 2021

To always stay in the loop for all ICRS 2021 related news, upcoming events and opportunities, make sure to follow ICRS 2021 on social media.

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ICRS2021
Twitter:       www.twitter.com/ICRS_2021
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/icrs_2021/