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SAMSS Vision 2020: Southern African Marine Science Symposium

Monday 6 July: Workshops / Courses.
Tuesday 7- Thursday 9 July: Conference.

Venue: Elangeni Hotel, Durban

Marine Science is at a crossroads. Recent technological advances are driving new fields of biological endeavour with the aim of addressing current environmental and societal needs. Funding models are promoting transdisciplinary research and multi-institutional programmes that not only tackle ongoing global change issues, but have tangible societal benefits as well.

At the same time, the skills and lessons of the past remain pertinent. Studies of biodiversity and evolved traits inform of species resilience and probable trajectories in an age of global change, emphasizing the lasting truth of Dobzhansky’s famous dictum – that nothing in biology makes sense, except in the light of evolution. Ancient coastlines and climate records can shed light on past conditions and changing biological assemblages. Studies in basic marine ecology, chemistry, oceanography and organismal biology build our understanding of the important drivers of marine systems and inform our decisions and actions. And while funding for pure or basic science is under pressure, it may be the foundation for the next scientific revolution, and helps us retain the sense of wonder that ensures continued engagement with the marine world.

This conference therefore aims to explore the links, continuity and changes in marine science of the past and present, with emphasis on how the science being done today will determine the ‘future pasts’ of our marine ecosystems and the people who depend on them.


The conference is formally hosted by UKZN and the KZN Sharks Board, on behalf of SANCOR (South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research)

 

Themes and Sessions »

Theme 1: 2020 vision: strategies for adaptive management

Sessions:  

  • Fish and fisheries: linking science and society
  • Adaptive conservation in a dynamic environment
  • Aquaculture for the future

 

Theme 2: Novel insights from ecology and biology

Sessions:

  • Species and their populations
  • Communities and ecosystems
  • Biodiversity, discovery and prediction
  • Taxonomy and systematics

 

Theme 3: Ecosystem functions and services

Sessions:

  • Trophic studies
  • Biogeochemical processes
  • Ecosystem resilience and sustainability

 

Theme 4: Global change: from prediction to action and adaptation

Sessions:

  • Sentinel species and global change
  • Sea level rise interdisciplinary research
  • Emergent and persistent threats to marine ecosystems
  • Evolution, ecosystems and global change
  • Transitional ecosystems under global change

 

Theme 5: Lessons from the past:

Sessions:

  • Geology, paleo-environments
  • Oceanographic variability over time

 

Theme 6: Changing research fields and technology

Sessions:

  • Big data and modelling
  • Robotics, telemetry, ROVs etc.
  • Molecular techniques

 

Theme 7: People and the marine environment

Sessions:

  • Citizen science
  • Livelihoods

 

Theme 8: Environmental-Economic Accounting

 

Theme 9: Open sessions

This is for delegates who are not sure with which theme or session above their submission best aligns.

  Plenary Speakers »

Plenary Speaker 1: Anne Cohen of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

TITLE:  To be confirmed

 


Plenary Speaker 2: Astrid Jarre from UCT

Marine social-ecological systems research in support of management: case studies illustrating progress made.

Astrid Jarre

With a professional background in marine systems ecology, Astrid has been specialising on an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAF) since the late 1980s. Her research emphasis has been on exploited marine systems experiencing pronounced environmental signals, and in developing societies. Her research interests include the development of ecosystem indicators for fisheries management, systems modelling, modelling with stakeholders and developing inter- and transdisciplinary research methodology. She has senior experience in developing scientific advice for management of human activities in the ocean. Holding the South African Research Chair in Marine Ecology and Fisheries, Astrid's current research focuses on developing methodology for structured decision making with regards to human activities in marine social-ecological systems under global change, notably in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem.


Keynote Speaker 3: To be confirmed

TITLE:  To be confirmed

 

  Important Dates »

Final date to request Special Sessions:  Request form  13 Feb 2020
Final date for requests to host Workshops / Courses:  Request form  21 Feb 2020
Abstracts due: 28 Feb 2020
Acceptance notification: 28 Mar 2020
Registration opens: To be confirmed
Early Bird registrations close: 15 May 2020
Workshops / Courses: 6 July 2020
Conference: 7 – 9 July 2020

  Abstract submission »

Abstract specifications »

  • Title (not more than 15 words)
  • Author names & Affiliations
  • Indicate presenter & whether student/post-doc OR NOT student/post-doc
  • Theme and session of the submission
  • Preference for oral / poster (No guarantee that preferred format will be awarded)
  • Body of Abstract (not more than 250 words)
  • NOTE: Student abstracts to be checked by supervisors before submission.

 

 The deadline to submit abstracts is 28 Feb 2020.

 Your abstract must be converted to PDF format before submission. MS Word or similar packages allow documents to be saved as an Adobe PDF.

 

Instructions for the OpenConf Abstract Submission System »

1. Select 'Make Submission

  • Submission Title (not more than 15 words)
  • Author names & affiliations
  • Indicate contact author & presenter
  • Indicate whether you are a student/post-doc
  • Preference for oral or poster
  • Choose your theme & session from the TOPIC Categories

After submitting you will be redirected to a confirmation page that displays your Paper Submission ID. You will also receive a confirmation email with this information.

2. Select 'Upload File'

Upload your PDF abstract file (no longer than 250 words) using your submission ID & password.

 

 These instructions are also shown on the OpenConf home page.

 

OpenConf abstract submission system

 

  Registration »

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  Student Professional *
Early registration (until 15 May) R2200 R3500
Late registration (after 15 May) R3000 R4200
Conference dinner To be confirmed To be confirmed

*These fees include 3 year SANCOR membership.

  Accommodation »

Booking form

 

Maharani

Elangeni Hotel

Hilton

Hilton Hotel

Garden Court

Garden Court Hotel

Onomo

Onomo Hotel

 

  Venue

Elangeni Hotel, Durban

Ice breaker:

Monday evening 6 July

Venue: Elangeni Hotel

Parking

Parking is available on site at no additional cost on a first come first served basis.

 

Directions »

Google map

 

Airport Transfer Options:

 

Accommodation

 

WIFI Login

Details will be supplied on site. Please collect from the registration desk.

 

Lunch

 

Social Events

Welcome Cocktail

 

Conference Dinner

 

Audio Visual Presentations

Presentations should be handed to the Audio-Visual staff on a memory stick/flash drive in the meeting room, during the break prior to your talk. Please inform the technician in the venue if your presentation has sound or video clips.

 

Security

There is security at the hotel, but we would like to remind you to please be vigilant and keep all your valuables with you at all times.

  Events

Lalela Ulwandle

Lalela uLwandle (Listen to the Sea)

This play will be performed twice during the conference and each performance will be followed by a moderated discussion.

 

Lalela uLwandle is an interactive immersive theatre and public storytelling experience, led by Empatheatre and researchers from the One Ocean Hub. The project surfaces the stories of living with the ocean that are seldom heard in the public domain. Drawing from seven months of collaborative action research into the lives of different KZN citizens along our coast, including marine educators, marine scientists, fisherfolk, sangomas and zionists. This project brings to the surface the lived realities of people involved directly and indirectly with the ocean, as well as creating a new social platform that makes public dialogue possible regarding our collective pressing concerns regarding our ocean's health and governance.

 

Research team: Dr. Dylan McGarry and Taryn Pereira (Rhodes University), Dr. Kira Erwin (Durban University of Technology), Dr. Nomkhosi Gama (University of Cape Town), Neil Coppen (Empatheatre), Mpume Mthombeni (Empatheatre)

  Organisers & Partners »

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NRF SAIAB

 

Local Organising Committee »

Prof Ursula Scharler (Conference Chair) UKZN
Dr David Glassom UKZN
Dr Nicola Carrasco UKZN
Dr Tshoanelo Miya UKZN
Dr Angus MacDonald UKZN
Mr Gan Moodley UKZN
Dr Matt Dicken KZN Sharks Board
   

SAMSS 2020 Scientific Committee »

Janine Adams NMU
Callum Anderson NMU
Isabelle Ansorge UCT
Shankar Aswani RU
Tony Booth RU
Hayley Cawthra NMU
Hafizah Chenia UKZN
Shaun Deyzel SAEON
Rosie Dorrington RU
William Froneman RU
Gavin Gouws SAIAB
Nikki James SAIAB
Stephen Lamberth DAFF
Tarron Lamont DEA
Mandy Lombard NMU
Bruce Mann ORI
Ntuthuko Masikane UZ
Trevor McIntyre UNISA
Kolobe Mmonwa KZNSB
Ronel Nel NMU
Brent Newman CSIR
Maya Pfaff DEA; UCT
Lorien Pichegru UCT
Deena Pillay UCT
Pierre Pistorius NMU
Warren Potts RU
Justin Pringle UKZN
Anusha Rajkaran UWC
Tammy Robinson-Smythe SU
Toufiek Samaai DEA
Carol Simon SU
Kerry Sink SANBI
Albertus J. Smit UWC
Merle Sowman UCT
Susan Taljaard CSIR
Peter Teske UJ
Lara Van Niekerk CSIR
Niall Vine UFH
Errol Wiles SAIAB
Sabine Winter UKZN
   

  Funders & Sponsors »

 

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NRF SAIAB

 

 

 

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