Youth Leaders Workshop – ICRS 2020


The Youth Leaders Workshop asks representatives of the today’s youth, “What is the role of the next generation in supporting coral reef health and resilience?” This presents a unique opportunity for youth to engage in the conversation with the coral reef scientists and become a part of this global event.








The Youth Leaders Workshop asks representatives of the today’s youth, “What is the role of the next generation in supporting coral reef health and resilience?” This workshop presents an opportunity to engage the leaders of tomorrow in meaningful conversation around the ecological, social and economic values around coral reefs. The workshop will take a multi-faceted approach to problem solving inquiring and addressing elements of good leadership and collaborative decision making to deliver realistic, achievable solutions to coral reef health.

Ways to get involved

  1. Participate in the workshop at ICRS2020
  2. Enter the an international art contest Science Without Borders® Challenge
  3. Participate in the workshop remotely (online)
  4. Join is for our 10 day study abroad program in Germany.

How to get involved in the ICRS 2020 Youth Leaders Workshop and associated activities

1. Participate in the workshop at ICRS2020

The Youth Leaders Workshop is specifically designed to explore opportunities to improve the health of coral reefs globally, incorporating key elements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 14, Life Below Water and 17 Partnerships for the Goals.  This opportunity will enable them to better understand reef health issues, relate to coral reefs and strategise with industry leaders and professionals in their field how they may become part of the solution in tackling the challenging future of coral reefs.

Register your interest in the workshop

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2. The 2020 Science Without Borders® Challenge

The Science Without Borders® Challenge is an international art contest that engages students to promote the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources. 

In partnership with the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation the Science Without Borders® Challenge inspires students to be creative while learning about important ocean science and conservation issues. The Challenge is open to primary and secondary school students 11-19 years old, with scholarships of up to $500 awarded to the winning entries.

A selection of winning entries will be displayed and showcased at this years’ ICRS 2020

Contest rules and FAQs (Link)

Submission form (Link)

3. Participate in the workshop at ICRS2020 remotely

We understand that not everyone will be able to make it to ICRS2020 In Germany. However we are inviting students from across the globe to participate remotely.
Whilst the details are still to be determined, al you will need to do is work out what time the workshop is in your home town and make sure you can be awake and online at these time. We will make sure participants from around the world can join us in making your global voices heard.

The workshop will run on the afternoons of 6th and 7th of July. We will provide logon details.

Relative times:

Germany (CEST)                1pm (1300) – 5pm (1700)

Los Angeles (PST)             4am (0400) – 8am (0800)

New York (EST)                 7am (0700) – 12pm (1200)

Brisbane (AEST)                9pm (2100) – 1am (0100)

London (GMT)                  12pm (1200) – 4pm (0400)

4. Join is for the ICRS Study Tour (10 Days).

This year, in Bremen, Germany, there has been an opportunity to allow the youth to attend a Youth Leaders Workshop held within this conference. This presents a unique opportunity for youth to engage in the conversation with the coral reef scientists and become a part of this global event. The tour will also visit the local schools, giving the youth a chance to interact, share ideas and develop leadership skills alongside the local youth of Bremen

The program is strategically designed to provide opportunities to develop crucial STEM skills from critical thinking to effective communication, innovation and leadership. Participants will be motivated to enhance and absorb skills through activities based learning. Workshops will promote & encourage initiative, critical thinking & problem solving. Cross cultural collaboration with peers and science professionals will compliment enhance the experience and involvement in the world’s largest and most significant international coral reef conference.

Throughout the tour, the youth will be able to listen to the ideas of scientists, develop their leadership skills and present ideas of their own. This tour is aiming to help the youth participants to improve their leadership, collaborative and communication skills that are vital for the future.

For full details see the Study Tour Program HERE

We will be organising a week long educational experience for interested students from around the globe. Details are being arranged so please stay tuned.

Coral Reefs, Climate Change and its Relevance to the Next Generation
Invitation to participate in a Youth Leaders Workshop
July 6 – 7, 2018

NOTE: We will be coordinating a series of preliminary workshops in person in Australia, and elsewhere throughout the world remotely. If you would like to join the movement we can provide remote presentations direct into your school or community group.

At this important time as the world faces the seemingly insurmountable challenges posed by climate change we invite inspirational youth leaders to join us at the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) 2020 to discuss ideas and develop tangible solutions. This is an opportunity to join with a select few of the next generation to discuss options for the tackling climate change supporting reef health coral reefs and how participants may become active participants in future restoration initiatives.

ICRS spans 6 days (5-10) but we have earmarked one day (Day to be determined) for the workshop. They will have an opportunity to hear from renowned international keynote speakers on issues affecting the reefs worldwide. They will hear from influential youth leaders and have a chance to express what is important to them regarding the future health of the reefs and the role restoration may play.

Key details:

Location:  Bremen, Germany
Date: 5-10 July 2020 (Workshop date TBA)
Age: High school students, grade 9 -12
Further information: Email

Youth Leaders Workshop at Reef Futures, Dec 2018

Key Partners

December 2018: Reef Futures Symposium – Youth Leaders Workshop

Reef Ecologic Reef Ecologic, together with the Coral Restoration Foundation, NOAA and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary hosted a very successful and powerful youth leaders workshop, Reef Restoration and Its Relevance to the Next Generation, to discuss and share ideas on reef restoration and solutions to improve the health of the world’s reefs and oceans. This was a wonderful opportunity to engage a select few of the next generation to discuss restoration options for the coral reefs and how they may become active participants in future restoration initiatives. See more HERE

July 2018: Great Barrier Reef Restoration Symposium – Young Adults Workshop

Reef Ecologic were proud to host the Young Adults Workshop as part of the Great Barrier Reef Restoration Symposium in Cairns on 16 July, 2018. At this workshop we engaged with a group of young adults on the issues facing reef health. Young adults were invited to join the Great Barrier Reef Restoration Symposium for the entire first day of the event. This enabled them to interact with an international marine science community as part of the day’s activities. The young adults were able to obtain an introduction into the issues facing the Great Barrier Reef and the role reef restoration may play in supporting its resilience. Additionally, they were able to experience an international conference and see how the professional community networks and collaborates to advance ideas and opportunities. Read more HERE.

October 2018: Reef Restoration and Recovery Workshop – St Patrick’s College, Townsville

Reef Ecologic were proud to join forces with over 28 students from St Patrick’s College Townsville as part of a two day Reef Recovery and Restoration Program. Day one started in the classroom with a full day workshop discussing Reef health the challenges facing reefs the world over. We discussed potential solutions and ways the students may be able to play an active role in the improvement of the marine ecosystems through locally inspired action.

Day two consisted of fieldwork in Magnetic island. Students participated in an active reef restoration program to remove overgrowing macroalgae from the island’s fringing reefs.

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