Member Type Non Governmental Organization

International Coral Reef Society



Andréa G. Grottoli
ICRS President

Sue Wells
ISRS Conservation Committee, chair

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The International Coral Reef Society ( (formerly International Society for Reef Studies) is the leading international association for coral reefs scientists and managers.

Our mission is to promote the acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge to secure coral reefs for future generations. Founded in 1980, the ICRS has 827 members in 67 countries.

Our vision is to be a leader in coral reef scientific discovery, to contribute to the education of future coral reef scientists, and to be a strong voice for science informing policies that protect coral reefs.

We lead in scientific discovery with our peer-reviewed scientific journal Coral Reefs, our news publication Reef Encounter, by hosting the quadrennial International Coral Reef Symposium, by recognizing scientific accomplishments with awards, by supporting regional coral conferences, and by building a network of coral reef societies and chapters.

We educate future coral reef scientists by providing student fellowships and travel grants, sponsoring workshops, and supporting the ICRS Student Chapter and the Education Committee.

We are a voice for science informing policies that protect coral reefs through the publication of consensus statements, the active engagement of the ICRS Communications Committee and Conservation Committee, and engagement of ICRS Officers, Council, and Members in discussion and decision making activities from the local to the international level.

Related websites:

International Society for Coral Reef Studies
CRS Publications

Last Updated: 16 May 2020