The 2008 International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) was held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, July 7 to 11. It marked the 11th time the ICRS has been held and just the second time the event has taken place in the United States. The 2008 ICRS was attended by nearly 2,800 scientists, resource managers, educators and journalists. Some 114 countries were represented at the event.
There were also 2,500 scientific abstracts presented during the five-day event. The theme was “Reefs for the Future,” which was apropos, especially in light of the large-scale changes facing coral reefs today.
One of the 2008 ICRS highlights was a collection of antiquarian coral books — some dating to the 16th century — that Professor James Porter kindly brought from his library for all to enjoy.