SPUMS ASM 2023

2023 SPUMS Conference Theme

 Diver health and ocean health amid the storm clouds of climate change.

 A shared vision for underwater medicine and marine science.

CONVENORS: David Smart and Cathy Meehan
DATE:  Sunday 4 June to Friday 9 June 2023
VENUE: Crystal Brook Riley Hotel, Cairns, Australia

Please register for the conference before you book accommodation, practical diving workshops or pre and post conference trips. You will receive a Booking ID to provide to as proof of registration, and will be linked to the travel provider Diveplanit website.

Sunset as the Gondwana rainforest burns in Tasmania | Photo © David Smart 2019


SPUMS ASM Conference Streams

  • The global impacts of climate change on coral reefs and temperate waters
  • The human – marine environment interaction
  • Health Impacts of climate change
  • Temperate spread of tropical diseases
  • Unexpected consequences – marine food poisons and envenomation
  • Creative solutions for the impacts of climate change
  • Marine Infections
  • Paediatric Diving – workshop and position statement
  • Underwater medicine and marine science – how can we join forces to create a shared vison for the future?


Submission of Abstracts

Abstract submissions open 1 October 2022 and must be submitted using the SPUMS Abstract form download here and forward the completed abstract to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Preference will be given to abstracts that are consistent with the conference theme, but there will also be free paper streams and also poster space available.


Keynote Speakers

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Professor, FAA, University of Queensland

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is Professor of Marine Studies at The University of Queensland and is internationally recognised for his work on the impacts of climate change, especially those that affect complex ocean ecosystems such as coral reefs.  The implications of his work have led to his involvement as coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is the peak UN body for understanding and responding to climate change. In addition to providing critical evidence, Ove has helped build the international consensus on the importance of restraining global warming to 1.5°C above the pre-industrial period, with a particular interest in the roles that the Ocean can play in mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.  He has been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science since 2013, receiving the Prince Albert II Award for Climate Change in 2014, and the International Award from the Banksia Foundation in 2016. He has been recognised as a Highly Cited Researcher in 2001, 2014, 2018 and 2019 (top 1% of his field) and was recently listed among the 100 most influential people in Climate Policy globally. While painting a worrying science-based picture, Ove will also outline the opportunities for reducing climate change and its impacts, albeit with a marine focus. While the on-going challenges are Herculean, all is not lost, with the next decade promising to be among the most enthralling in human history.

http://www.coralreefecosystems.org/professor-ove-hoegh-guldberg/

Craig Johnson

Professor, Director, Marine and Antarctic Futures Centre, University of Tasmania

Craig completed his PhD at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia on the stability of kelp beds, and subsequently worked at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Canada, University of Cape Town, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Griffith University, and University of Queensland before moving to take up the Chair in Zoology at the University of Tasmania in 1997. He moved to the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science (IMAS) when it was first established in 2010, and was Associate Director of IMAS and Head of the Ecology & Biodiversity Centre for 10 years. He was then appointed as the inaugural Executive Director of Innovation & Enterprise at the University of Tasmania, although recently returned to IMAS to continue research.

His research is broadly concerned with the space-time dynamics of marine ecosystems, and with predicting the distribution of biodiversity. In both areas the impacts of climate change and possible management responses dominate his recent work. He studies interactions among suites of organisms spanning bacteria, algae, invertebrates and fish. The focus has largely been on temperate and coral reefs, but has also included seafloor communities in deeper waters of the continental shelf and pelagic systems in the Southern Ocean. His research is equally divided between field work conducting experiments underwater, building computer models of marine system dynamics and spatial variation in biodiversity, and work to develop marine-based industries. His research is published in over 200 peer-reviewed publications including several edited books, and has been cited over 13,000 times (H-Index 60).

Venue Information - Crystalbrook Riley Hotel, Cairns, Australia

131/141 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Location and more photos here.


Option 2 Accommodation available

Cairns Plaza

 145 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia


Special Conference Event

Dreamtime Indigenous Interpretive Scientific Expedition Tuesday 6 June

An exciting highlight of the conference is a full day Dreamtime expedition on Tuesday 6 June to the Reef Magic pontoon located on the Great Barrier Reef. This trip is included in all conference full registrations. We encourage conference guests and accompanying family to subscribe to the experience. It promises to be a day of intensive interaction with marine scientists involved in reef conservation projects and a great way to evolve a shared vision between underwater medicine and marine science. Make sure you add this option to your guest registration by selecting Guest Registration B. Additional family can be added to the dreamtime expedition at the time of registration without needing to purchase guest registrations.


Download a brochure for more information


Summary of Event Information

Event Date 04-06-2023 4:00 pm
Event End Date 09-06-2023 4:00 pm
Registered 10
Cut Off Date 04-05-2023 9:00 am
Individual Price SPUMS Members AUD$1,440.00 (Early Bird discount of AUD$120.00 when selected) | Non-members AUD$1,825.00 (Early Bird discount of AUD$120.00 will be taken off when selected)
Information for registering Full registration includes full conference access (all days), Conference Cocktail Party, Dinner and Dreamtime Interpretive Science full day reef trip on Tuesday 6th June 2023. All prices include GST 10%. An early bird discount of $120.00 is applicable to (full member and full non-member) registrations before 4th January 2023, this is applied automatically when delegate registration is selected.


Guests who are accompanying registered delegates are encouraged to take Guest Registration B which includes the Dreamtime Interpretive Science Trip on Tuesday 6th June 2023.

The trip includes a full day trip to the Reef Magic pontoon on Moore reef, snorkelling, morning and afternoon teas and lunch. This will be an outstanding opportunity to interact with scientists who are at the cutting edge of Coral reef preservation, and to mix with conference delegates in a relaxed environment.
Dreamtime Interpretive Science Trip

PLEASE NOTE:
Scuba diving at the Dreamtime Interpretive Science Trip for registrants and delegates can be purchased through Diveplanit via a link at the end of registration.

Practical scuba diving workshops for June 7th and 9th are not included in any registration and need to be booked via Diveplanit, once the registration process is completed (via link at the end of registration).

Pre and post-conference dive trips are not included in any registration and need to be booked via Diveplanit, once the registration process is completed (via link at the end of registration).

Within conference day and half-day trips can also be purchased from Diveplanit.

GUESTS AND DAYTIME EVENTS:
Single Day Registrations are optional for guests only if they wish to attend part of the conference.

Guests are encouraged to select Guest Registration B to join the Dreamtime full day Expedition to the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional tickets for the Dreamtime Expedition can also be purchased for family members or friends accompanying delegates.
Keynote Speakers Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg FAA, University of Queensland and Professor Craig Johnson, University of Tasmania
Location Crystalbrook Riley Hotel, Cairns, Australia

Agenda

May/June

Pre-Conference Trips

Notes

* Information on Expeditions and Workshops

Tuesday Dreamtime Expedition is included in all full registrations and guest registration B (Includes lunch, and late afternoon drinks and finger food) and snorkeling BUT NOT scuba diving *** Practical scuba diving workshops incur additional cost which is paid separately from the conference to the travel provider.

Friday 2 June 2023

ExCom Dinner

Saturday 3 June 2023

9.00am - 12.30pm

Delegate arrival in Cairns. SPUMS ExCom Meeting.

Saturday 3 June 2023

2.00pm - 5.00pm

Meeting Registration

Saturday 3 June 2023

7.00pm - 10.00pm

Welcome Cocktail Party at the Aquarium.

Sunday 4 June 2023

8.30am

Registration

Sunday 4 June 2023

900am - 12.30pm

Keynotes Conference opening session.

Sunday 4 June 2023

2.00pm - 5.30pm

PM Keynote + Free paper Conference session 2.

Sunday 4 June 2023

Free night

Monday 5 June 2023

8.30am

Registration.

Monday 5 June 2023

9.00am - 12.30pm

Keynote + Free paper Conference session 3.

Monday 5 June 2023

2.00pm - 5.30pm

PM Keynote + Free paper Conference session 3.

Monday 5 June 2023

Evening

Themed dinner and guest lecturer talk.

Tuesday 6 June 2023

8.00am - All day

Interpretive science and Dreamtime Expedition to Experience.co pontoon Included in registration for all delegates and associates. Workshop Medicine, Marine Science and Shared Vision (Snorkeling included) ***Additional tickets for the Dreamtime Expedition can be purchased with member registration (including children)

Dreamtime Interpretive Science Trip

Tuesday 6 June 2023

Evening

Dreamtime sunset drinks and canapes return voyage.

Wednesday 7 June 2023

8.00am - All day

8:00 AM Interpretive science expeditions and practical *** Practical scuba diving workshops *** Separate Registration required

Reef Quest

Wednesday 7 June 2023

Evening

Free night.

Thursday 8 June 2023

9.00am - 12.00pm

Workshop: SPUMS position statement SPUMS: paediatric diving.

Thursday 8 June 2023

12.00pm

SPUMS AGM.

Thursday 8 June 2023

2.00pm - 5.30pm

PM Final Keynote and SPUMS shared vision statement 2024 ASM Presentation Conference Session 6.

Thursday 8 June 2023

7.00pm - 11.00pm

Conference dinner - Tropical (Riley Hotel).

Friday 9 June 2023

8.00am - All day

Interpretive science expeditions and practical ***Practical scuba diving Workshops ***Separate Registration required

Reef Quest

Friday 9 June 2023

Evening

Conference close - free evening.

Saturday 10 June 2023

Morning

Delegate travel - return home.

Sunday 11 June 2023 `

Morning

Post Conference trips.

Keynote Speakers

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Professor, FAA, University of Queensland

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Craig Johnson

Professor, Director, Marine and Antarctic Futures Centre, University of Tasmania

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