in the world, exhibiting extraordinarily high levels op species diversity and endemism. In addition to a well-documented terrestrial biodiversity, particularly in the country’s tropical rain forest, Colombia has a vast marine biodiversity across a variety of ecosystems along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, as well as around oceanic islands and in the open ocean. These ecosystems and their associated species provide essential ecosystems services to hundreds of thousands of people, particularly in coastal communities. Due to this complex situation, answering emerging problems in marine sciences in Colombia requires interdisciplinary and collaborative research efforts.
The International Conference on Marine Sciences (ICMS 2020): “Tropical oceans for the future” to be held virtually, will be the second in a series of international conferences organized by the CEMarin. The first conference “ICMS 2018 – Towards a sustainable ocean” conducted in 2018 in Medellín, Colombia, had over 100 participants from about 40 countries, who discussed interdisciplinary topics related to the future of marine sciences in Colombia and South America.
Based on this successful and highly visible conference, we plan to continue with our ICMS series in order to cover emerging topics related to marine sciences in South America and across the planet. For the second conference in this series, we aim to discuss the importance of the sustainable use of marine resources, mitigation strategies for climate change, and the implementation of new technologies to solve global marine problems in Colombia.
High-quality and multidisciplinary research is of key importance to develop conservation, adaptation and mitigation strategies in order 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 an transdisciplinary scope, bridging academia and the community. With our series of international conferences we offer a space for the participation of researces and policymakers working in te field of marine sciences to exchange knowledge and bring new ideas for future collaborative research and the solution of the marine environmental issues.