01.10 - 05.10.2017  
Woods Hole, USA

The 5th IMBeR IMBIZO (the Zulu word for a gathering) will be hosted by the Ocean, Carbon & Biogeochemistry Group at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA, from 1-5 October 2017.


The overall theme of the meeting is Marine biosphere research for a sustainable ocean: Linking ecosystems, future states and resource management.

The aim of IMBIZO 5 is to progress the implementation of the new IMBeR Science Plan (2016-2025).

This is the basis of the science plan where the research goal is to Understand, quantify and compare the historic and present structure and functioning of linked ocean and human systems to predict and project changes including developing scenarios and options for securing or transitioning towards ocean sustainability.


The meeting will consist of three concurrent but interacting workshops, with joint plenary and poster sessions.

This format has previously been successful in promoting discussion between disciplinary experts, in developing interaction between biogeochemical, ecological and social science research, and in producing synthesis papers and journal special issues. To optimize participant interactions, each of the three workshops will be restricted to 40 participants. The themes of the workshops highlight the direction of IMBeR science over the next ten years, and the scales and interactions that will be explored.

The three workshops are:

1. Critical constraints on future projections of marine systems
(Co-Chairs: Laurent Bopp and Eric Galbraith)

2. Metabolic diversity and evolution in marine biogeochemical cycling and ocean ecosystem processes
(Co-Chairs: Gerhard Herndl and Tatiana Rynearson)

3. Management Strategy Evaluation: Achieving transparency in natural resource management by quantitatively bridging social and natural science uncertainties
(Co-Chairs: Ingrid van Putten and Cisco Werner)

Pre-meeting workshop

An infographics workshop will be held on 1 October. Read more here:

Registration and abstracts

The abstract deadline is 15 June.

Submit here:

Important dates

15 June: Abstract submission deadline.

15 July: Financial support application deadline.

15 September: Payment deadline.

1 October: Pre-meeting workshop.

2-5 October: Meeting dates.

Further information

Access the IMBeR IMBIZO 5 website here: