6th International EcoSummit Congress:
EcoSummit 2021

Building a sustainable and desirable future:

Adapting to a changing land and sea-scape

14-18 June 2021 | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


New dates announced: EcoSummit postponed to 14-18 June 2021

As the spread of COVID-19 continues and the situation is still uncertain, Elsevier and the Conference Chairs have taken the decision to postpone the 6th International EcoSummit to 14-18 June 2021, in the same venue at The Gold Coast Convention Centre, Australia.

We will continue to closely monitor developments, taking advice from the WHO and other agencies, but as the safety of our customers and colleagues is paramount, we feel it is pertinent to postpone until June 2021.

Any pre-registered delegate will automatically be transferred to the new conference date in June 2021 unless you notify us that you will not be able to attend on those dates.


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Submit abstracts by 30 October 2020
Due to the rescheduling of the EcoSummit Congress to June 2021, abstracts for symposia and general sessions are invited by 30 October 2020

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The 6th International EcoSummit Congress - EcoSummit 2021 – 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 14th – 18th June 2021.

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 2021 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.

The topics covered in EcoSummit 2021 will include, but are not limited to:

  • Coastal development and engineering
  • Beaches
  • 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
  • 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 
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Honorary Guest Speaker

  • Sylvia Earle, President and Chairman, Mission Blue / The Sylvia Earle Alliance

Plenary Speakers

Plenary Panelists

  • Kate Auty, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment, Australia
  • Robert Costanza, Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian National University, Australia
  • Lorenzo Fioramonti, Former Minister of Education, Italy
  • Emily Howells, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Xi Ji, Peking University, China
  • B. Larry Li, University of California, Riverside, USA

  • Junguo Liu, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

  • Jacqueline McGlade, University College London, UK
  • Morgan Pratchett, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Australia
  • Jigmi Y. Thinley, Former Prime Minister of Bhutan
  • John Veron, "Godfather of Coral", Corals of the World
  • More plenary speakers and panelists to be announced soon. Sign up for updates.


EcoSummit 2021 Co-Chairs

EcoSummit 2021 Scientific Committee

Local Organising Committee

  • Jasper de Bie, Griffith University, Australia
  • Daniele Cagnazzi, Southern Cross University, Australia
  • Matthew Dunbabin, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Ida Kubiszewski, Australian National University, Australia
  • Serena Lee, Griffith University, Australia
  • Daryl McPhee, Bond University, Australia
  • Johanna Nalau, Griffith University, Australia
  • Anya Phelan, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Russell Richards, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Robert Rollin, Southern Cross University, Australia
  • Oz Sahin, Griffith University, Australia
  • Kylie Scales, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
  • Nathan Waltham, James Cook University, Australia

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Supported by
  • Destination Gold Coast
  • tourism-events Queensland
Supporting Societies and Organisations
Supporting Publications

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