Global scientists to discuss challenging science issues for future management of the world’s seas

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Science conference to be held in Halifax Sept. 22-26

ICES, the world’s largest marine science and advisory body, will hold its 2008 Annual Science Conference (ASC) at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sept. 22-26.

Throughout the four-day session, over 400 world-renowned researchers from some 30 countries will present outstanding scientific research under 18 science themes. Themes include comparative ecosystem studies, ecosystem health, climate and ocean change, signals from the ecosystem at different levels, modeling and new technologies, conservation issues and new concepts of valuing nature and ecosystem structure.

The conference will open Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. with a lecture by Jake Rice, a national senior advisor with DFO Canada, on “Size in the seas: A new perspective raises questions, but does it yield answers?”

Dignitaries to attend the opening ceremony include Govenor General Michaëlle Jean, and N.S. Deputy Premier Angus MacIsaac.

The full programme of the 2008 Annual Science Conference and research papers to be presented, is available on the ICES website:

Organizations: ICES, ASC, World Trade and Convention Centre DFO Canada

Geographic location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

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