This Forum, held every three years, brings together researchers specialised in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Prince Albert II will attend the closing reception at the Arsenal of Venice on Friday 14 May 2010.
This year in Italy, the 39th Congress will gather nearly a thousand researchers from 40 countries on all continents. This Alliance of researchers without borders, from countries often in conflict, is absolutely unique. Together, they will discuss the latest discoveries and technologies to understand, monitor and protect a most vulnerable sea.
Truly a “barometer” of the Global Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea provides advance signals of such major changes as jellyfish swarms, degradation of the the deep sea, invasion of tropical species and ocean acidification.
Many other themes will be on the agenda throughout the week.
There will also be debates highlighting CIESM's recent opening to industry, fisheries, biotechnologies and other key players in the maritime world.
A daily press briefing with the Commission's main scientific actors will be held at noon to address the major topical issues discussed in these panels and other sessions.
* CIESM has been supporting multilateral research in the Mediterranean and Black Seas since 1919. The Commission covers an extensive range of marine disciplines thanks to its vast human resources: over 4,000 marine scientists from nearly 500 research institutions. This exceptional expertise is structured in six committees: Marine Geosciences, Physics and Climate of the Oceans, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Microbiology and Biotechnology, Marine Living Resources and Ecosystems, Coastal Systems.
CIESM has been chaired by Prince Albert II since 2001; with Professor Frederic Briand as Director General.
23 member States: Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine.