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The International Conference on Marine Sciences (ICMS) is a multidisciplinary effort to bring together stakeholders and researchers concerned about the present and the future of our oceans.



the ICMS 2023

The first edition of the ICMS, Towards a sustainable ocean, was held in Medellín (Colombia) in 2018, and gathered over 100 participants from around 40 countries who discussed interdisciplinary topics related to the future of marine sciences. The 2020 virtual edition of the conference, Tropical oceans for the future, brought together more than a thousand participants from all continents, particularly from Latin America and tropical areas around the globe.

Based on the extraordinary scientific exchange and high visibility of the conference, we plan to continue with our ICMS series to cover emerging topics related to marine sciences in the tropics to be shared across the planet.


High-quality and multidisciplinary research is crucial to developing conservation, adaptation and mitigation strategies to protect marine ecosystems and ecosystem services. Therefore, networking is a fundamental part of science as it brings together stakeholders from different fields and facilitates the implementation of high-impact projects with a transdisciplinary scope, bridging academia and human communities. For these reasons, our third edition will consist of a blended version, with a direct participation of scientists, engineers, practitioners and scholars, and a virtual version, for a wider audience, focused on the communication of ocean needs, calls for action and the proposal of global solutions.

The host country, Colombia, is one of the seventeen megadiverse countries in the world.

Colombia harbors a complex marine biodiversity on both the Tropical Eastern Pacific and the Caribbean coasts, oceanic islands and the open sea. Colombia as well as many other nations around the world are committed to the achievement of the SDGs, where science plays an essential role in the formulation of strategies to deal with climate change. Adaptation to change and proposed strategies will be more efficient if management practices and the traditional knowledge of the coastal communities are taken into consideration. Also, promoting the participation of female scientists and conducting multidisciplinary research resulting in effective alternatives to face and mitigate the effects of global warming and contribute significantly to the achievement of the SDGs.

All scientists, engineers, practitioners and academics of the marine sciences are cordially invited to spend some unforgettable days in the historic city of Cartagena de Indias, to enjoy the presentation of new scientific results and experiences that will contribute significantly to the achievement of the SDGs, but also to establish collaborations, to meet new colleagues and to see old friends again.

The organizer, CEMarin, is looking forward to welcoming you all to the ICMS 2023.



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