In 2014, the 1st ICMERS conference was organized by King Abdulaziz University with the second one hosted by KAUST in 2016, which had participation from experts worldwide and almost all parts of the Red Sea. The objective of this conference is to establish KAUST as the central “hub” for Red Sea science and host the 3rd ICMERS, consistent with KAUST’s leadership in various disciplines such as biology, geology, robotics, communications, sensors, etc. This conference is timely as there is increased Kingdom-wide attention to Red Sea knowledge. The organizers anticipate major KSA stakeholders’ active participation, providing an opportunity for a more coherent understanding of local and regional activities in the Red Sea, including Giga projects, KSA government entities, private activities, and more.
The conference aims to:
- Review the status of knowledge and present new results
- Identify the key outstanding challenges and questions regarding the Red Sea and discuss what the next steps should be
- Engage international experts in Red Sea discussions and KAUST collaborations
- Strengthen international collaborations for shared Red Sea expeditions with external equipment
- Increase the visibility of KAUST, e.g., via student and postdoc presentations of new results
- Build relationships with local, national, and regional stakeholders, particularly governmental entities, regarding policies impacting the Red Sea.
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