More than 400 delegates from fifteen countries have confirmed their participation at the 10th Congress on Marine Sciences, MarCuba 2015, which will be held from November 16 – 20 at Havana’s Convention Center.
Guillermo García Montero, president of the organizing committee, told reportersthat the eventwill include foursymposiumsdedicated tohighly topical issues, such as humanimpactsandrisk management, climate change, conservation and biodiversity,and biotechnologyandfood security.
More specifically, topics relating to coastal engineering, marine protected areas, ocean observing systems and ocean influence on climate, coral reefs, mangroves, biology and ecology of species, potentialities of marine flora and fauna for drug development, marine mammals, fisheries, environmental education and aquariology, will also be addressed.
Organized by the National Oceanographic Committee, the National Aquarium of Cuba, the Center for Engineering and Environmental Management of Bays and Coasts, the Institute of Oceanology, the Fisheries Research Centre and other institutions, the event will include an exhibition fair, dedicated to disseminating the scientific results, products and marine and coastal services of various Cuban bodies in the sector.
The United States will provide the largest number of representatives (103), including three directors of prestigious marine sciences centers, followed by Mexico and Chile.
The opening ceremony will see the awarding of the National Marine Sciences Prize, established in 2006 to recognize the lifetime achievements of those who have made significant contributions in this area.