Hobart welcomes global marine scientists for zooplankton conference


More than 340 scientists from 38 countries have gathered in Hobart this month for a major international conference about marine zooplankton.

The 7th International Zooplankton Production Symposium (17-22 March) was organised by the North Pacific Marine Science Organisation (PICES) based in Canada, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea based in Denmark, and the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership at the University of Tasmania.

“With several hundred attendees from Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand, about half are early-career scientists,” said PICES Executive Secretary Sonia Batten.

“More than 360 papers have been submitted about zooplankton communities and food webs from all over the world.

“They cover a diverse range of research topics, such as zooplankton under sea ice, the impacts of marine heatwaves, the effects of microplastics, and the use of environmental DNA to unravel zooplankton communities.”

Tasmania is a gateway for international research programs for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, with many researchers and scientists based in Hobart.