EcoSummit 2023
Building a sustainable and desirable future:
Adapting to a changing land and sea-scape

13-17 June 2023 | Gold Coast, Australia

The 6th International EcoSummit Congress - EcoSummit 2023 - Building a sustainable and desirable future: Adapting to a changing land and sea-scape, will take place at The Gold Coast Convention Centre, Gold Coast, Australia, from 13-17 June 2023.

Call for Symposia and Working Groups:
Submit proposals by 24 June 2022

Aerial view of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre Aerial view of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

To protect the health and safety of all our conference attendees, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is a Queensland Government Health Direction and applies to Queensland Convention Centres. This will be coupled with mask wearing throughout the conference.

For full information on the Elsevier conferences Covid-19 requirements, please visit our Covid-19 delegate safety.

This conference series was founded in 1996 in Copenhagen, as a forum for scientists, practioners, and policy-makers working across disciplines to solve the integrated environmental, social, and economic problems facing the world today. Since 1996, EcoSummits have occurred around the world (Canada, China, USA and Europe), with EcoSummit 2016 hosting 1400 participants from 87 countries in Montpellier, France.

EcoSummit 2023 will have a focus on coastal and marine ecosystems including adjacent terrestrial ecosystems and all habitats that are integrated within those ecosystems, including river networks, wetlands and catchments. We expect all aspects of environmental modelling, engineering, science, and policy to be covered under the focus of climate adaptation and the need for developing socio-economic and environmental resilience and sustainable prosperity around the world.  Further focus will be placed on fragile systems that are more likely to suffer the consequences of climate change and anthropogenic pressure such as islands, coastal communities and arid landscapes.

In the current context of an increasing world population, in particular in coastal regions, it is evident that building sustainable cities and using resources sustainably is inevitable. It is envisaged that the Summit will produce a declaration encompassing its vision and policy recommendations.

Topics covered will include, but are not limited to:

  • Coastal development and engineering
  • Coral reef stressors
  • Coastal conservation
  • Fisheries and aquacultures
  • Oceanography
  • Coastal marine habitats
  • Marine ecology
  • Rivers, catchments and wetlands
  • Sea level rise and ocean warming
  • Pacific Island Resilience
  • Ecosystem services
  • Environmental policies and frameworks
  • Citizen Science and local actors (NGOs)
  • Ecotourism
  • Aboriginal rights and land use
  • Ecosystem creation and restoration
  • Ecological economics
  • Biological invasions
  • Anthropogenic pressure
  • Sustainability and resilience
  • Integrating socio-economics and ecology
  • Climate adaptation and mitigation
  • Climate change and carbon neutrality
  • Fragile ecosystems and hotspot management
  • Ecosystem health
  • Ecological indicators
  • Ecological modelling
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Biodiversity and biological conservation
  • Disturbance ecology
  • Ecological complexity
  • Scaling from genomes to ecosystems
  • Innovative technology for ecological sustainability 
  • Deep-sea as new frontier 
  • Eco-health and public health (diseases)

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Plenary speakers include:

Panelists include:

  • Robert CostanzaUniversity College London, UK
  • Lorenzo Fioramonti, Chamber of Deputies, Italy
  • Emily HowellsSouthern Cross University, Australia
  • Xi Ji, Peking University, China
  • B. Larry LiUniversity of California, Riverside, USA
  • Junguo LiuSouthern University of Science and Technology, China
  • Jacqueline McGladeUniversity College London, UK
  • Morgan Pratchett, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Australia
  • Jigmi Y. ThinleyFormer Prime Minister of Bhutan (2008-2013) / World Leadership Alliance - Club de Madrid / Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council
  • John Veron"Godfather of Coral", Corals of the World



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