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IMBIZO IV - Marine and human systems: Addressing multiple scales and multiple stressors

Time: 2015.10.26 - 2015.10.30
Location: Trieste, Italy

IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research) will hold the fourth in its IMBIZO series at the Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia and Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS) in Trieste, Italy, from 27-30 October 2015. (IMBIZO is a Zulu word meaning a ‘meeting or gathering’). Monday 26 October is a bonus day, devoted to workshops on scientific writing and publication, how to write a successful funding proposal, and data management. All IMBIZO participants are welcome to attend.


Marine ecosystems are amongst the most productive ecosystems in the world, providing benefits that humans depend on for survival, food, livelihoods and well-being. The interactions between humans and marine systems are complex, and are continually evolving as they mitigate and adapt to the cumulative effects of global change.

The multiple stressors and drivers of global change in the marine and human systems differ geographically, depending on whether they occur in coastal areas, the continental shelf, or the open ocean, and moreover, vary at temporal scales.

The challenge for ensuring sustainable governance of marine ecosystems and human societies in the future is the development of systems level understanding of the effects of global change at multiple scales. IMBIZO IV will explore the interactions of multiple drivers and stressors at different spatial and temporal scales. Of interest will be the global implications (and scaling up) of the responses of marine biogeochemistry, ecosystems, and social and governance structures observed at these different spatial and temporal scales.

Meeting Format

IMBIZO IV will follow the format of four concurrent and interacting workshops, with joint plenary and poster sessions. This has proved to be an effective format for stimulating discussion between interdisciplinary experts and also to provide linkages between biogeochemistry, ecosystem and social science research. To facilitate effective discussion, each workshop will be limited to about 40 participants. Participants will be selected on the basis of their active interests in the topic. The aim is also to provide balance in scientific disciplines represented at the workshops, as well as the geographic origin of the participants.


Each of the workshops will include oral and poster presentations to showcase the current state of knowledge in marine and human systems and their governance. Discussion sessions will synthesize current knowledge and identify key questions to be addressed by the IMBER research community. It is expected that each workshop will produce a scientific product, for example a synthesis paper or special issue.

The topics of the workshops are:

Workshop 1: Marine ecosystem-based governance: From rhetoric to reality

Workshop 2: Coastal upwelling ecosystems as models for interdisciplinary studies of climate and global change

Workshop 3: Integrated modelling to support assessment and management of marine social-ecological systems in the face of global change

Workshop 4: From regime shifts to novel systems – evaluating the social-ecological implications of lasting ecosystem changes for resource management

Abstract submission

Because the number of IMBIZO lV attendees is limited, you need to submit an abstract to be considered as a participant in one of the workshops. Please click here to Submit an abstract for the workshop of your choice before 20 June 2015.

Please use the following format for your abstract

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Authors: Last name, initials (e.g. Smith J.P., Zhu X. & Mholo L.M.) Underline the presenting author

Abstract text - max. 300 words


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