5th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World: call for applications and important announcement

Date: 13-16 September 2022

Location: Maria Angola Hotel and Convention Centre, Lima, Peru


Grant Application Form

Grant Applications deadline: 25 April 2022


Held every four years, the International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World is the largest international ocean acidification gathering. It will maintain the traditional focus of the four previous symposia and will look at ocean acidification and the associated impacts on marine organisms, ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles, as well as the implications for society. Ocean acidification will be considered in combination with other global changes, such as ocean warming and deoxygenation. A detailed programme can be found on the Symposium website. The IAEA’s Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) will support the attendance of selected participants from eligible Member States to present their work and foster international collaboration.

Scope and nature: The Symposium is inter-disciplinary and contributions are expected to detail advances in observations, modelling, field and laboratory studies related to ocean acidification. Dedicated sessions will emphasize processes and impacts as well as consequences for humans and their potential responses through policy and management. The event is expected to attract more than 500 scientists in the field, and the following themes will be addressed: changing carbonate chemistry in coastal to open oceans; organism responses and consequences of living in a High CO2 World in a multi-stressor framework; ecological effects of ocean acidification and stressors in a changing ocean; insights from natural ocean acidification analogues; ocean acidification and society; global to regional policy, actions, communication and capacity building for ocean acidification.

Participation: Grants are available for approximately 20 scientists from developing IAEA Member States who are working on ocean acidification. Applicants should hold a university degree in marine biology, oceanography or a related scientific field. The selection process will be coordinated with the selection process for poster and oral presentations at the symposium. Only applicants with an accepted abstract for an oral or poster presentation will be considered for IAEA funding. Nominations should be submitted using the attached Grant Application Form. The completed form should be endorsed by relevant national authorities and sent to the IAEA through the established official channels. Applications must be received by the IAEA not later than 25 April 2022.

Important update from the organizers: Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting uncertainty of travel limiting the participation of the global community, it was decided that the Symposium be held as a hybrid event. While we welcome the opportunity to meet in person, we hope the online access will decrease barriers for our global participants.

Registration costs have also been updated resulting from the change in meeting structure. These updated costs will shortly be reflected on the High CO2 webpage. Once updated, you will be asked to indicate your desired mode of participation on your registration form. We will inform you when these changes are made and when the registration forms are open.

OA-ICC, 18 March 2022.

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