In 2016 the ECSA 56 conference was held in Bremen, due to Corona it will take place online this year | Photo: Jan Meier, ZMT

The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) is co-organiser of the international science conference "ECSA 58 - EMECS 13: Estuaries and Coastal Seas in the Anthropocene - Structure, Functions, Ecosystem Services and Management", which will take place as an online event from September 6 to 9, 2021. The broad range of topics is of interest to natural and social scientists as well as to marine and coastal management experts. Abstracts can be submitted via the conference website's online portal until April 9, 2021.

Since the beginning of industrialisation and largely in the second half of the last century, man-made environmental changes have left measurable traces and permanently altered many ecosystems. This has far-reaching consequences for plants, animals and people – especially in the highly populated coastal zone, where natural resources feed large parts of the local people.

It is therefore more important than ever to understand the causes and effects of these changes in order to then develop solutions for sustainable use of the coastal zones. For this reason, the internationally active scientific organisations Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) and the International Center for Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS) have joined forces to create the "ECSA 58 - EMECS 13" conference, a joint discussion forum for exchanging the latest findings and proposed solutions.

“I am pleased that we are able to organise this international science conference as a joint event of ECSA and EMECS and our long-term cooperation partner Elsevier,” says Dr. Tim Jennerjahn, co-organiser and conference coordinator of ECSA and head of the working group "Ecological Biogeochemistry" at ZMT. He adds: “It's a shame that the conference can't take place as a real meeting in one place due to the pandemic, but the online event gives us the opportunity to bring together even more interested participants than usual for this.”

The organisers hope to welcome many young scientists and researchers from countries in the Global South. Those who are or become members can apply for grants from ECSA. Jennerjahn says: “Since there are no travel costs, we can award a rather large number of grants this year, which cover the participation fee and, for example, childcare costs.”

A pupils’ forum, which is traditionally part of EMECS conferences, will also contribute to the more direct connection between science and society. This year, pupils from Japan, Great Britain and Bremen will participate in the conference with their own contributions.

When: 6 - 9 September 2021

Where: Online

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