The Indo-Pacific Fish Conference is an international conference held every four years, and has been attracting world–class scientists and delegates from around the globe since its inception in 1981. The Indo-Pacific is the largest marine biogeographic area on the planet, spanning an area from South Africa to Mexico, and providing habitat for many thousands of species. For 33 years, the IPFC conference has facilitated international collaboration among scientists and managers in the field of ichthyology throughout the Indo-Pacific.

The 10th IPFC will be held in Tahiti (2-6 October 2017). Characterized by its geographic isolation and its vast expanse of small islands and atolls, French Polynesia is a perfect case study for what similar island nations from around the Indo-Pacific are currently facing with respect to local and global change. Building on discussions and decisions made at the 2015 COP21 conference in Paris, we must continue to work together to discuss how we can further our understanding and our strategies to ensure the long-term health of Indo-Pacific Fish resources in the face of global change.

The scientific planning committee invites researchers, resource managers and students to submit proposals for sessions at the 2017 IPFC. Themes will address systematics, evolution, phylogeny, ecology, behavior, conservation and fisheries in freshwater, coral reef/ pelagic/ deep fishes. Multidisciplinary/cross-disciplinary, solution-oriented sessions are particularly encouraged in which a range of participants can interact with a goal of producing concrete outputs leading to positive coral reef outcomes.

Overall, the 10th IPFC will provide a platform for scientists and stakeholders from around the Indo-Pacific and beyond to gather, to share knowledge, to build new collaborations and to find new and innovative ways of managing and ensuring the long-term sustainability of these globally important fish stocks.

The call for session is now closed. Thanks for your proposals. 

2017 IPFC SESSION PROPOSAL FORM

*Fields marked with an asterisk are mandatory

Title (no more than 30 words)*

Organizer or Co-organizers

Proposals should identify no more than four co-organizers and provide their Name(s), Affiliation(s) and Contact Information. One of the co-chairs should be identified as the lead contact for the meeting committee.

Name* (the name of the different co-organizers should be separated by “/”)

Affiliation* (the affiliation of the different co-organizers should be separated by “/”)

Email* (the email of the different co-organizers should be separated by “/”)

Name of the lead contact for the meeting committee*

Email of the lead contact for the meeting committee*

Description of the session (no more than 250 words)*

Sessions will consist of oral presentations. Please note that the final allocation of time slots will be determined by the scientific planning committee after abstract submission closes. Session organizers will assist with the allocation of time within their sessions. Session organizers wishing to attend the conference, will be expected to fund their own registration, travel and accommodation costs.

Expected audience, both in terms of size and discipline (no more than 250 words)*

Proposals should include the expected audience, both in terms of size and discipline(s). International and cross-disciplinary representation is encouraged.

Attached Photo of the lead contact of the session*