Keynotes – International Aquarium Congress


The 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) boasted an unmatched opening ceremony and keynote presentations that inspired delegates. 

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Keynote speakers

Dr Camille Parmesan

Named “Outstanding Woman Working on Climate Change,” by the the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and as a “Who’s Who of Women and the Environment” by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Dr Camille Parmesan was ranked by Reuters ISI Web of Science as the second most highly cited author in the field of climate change in 2010.

Click below to download her presentation [PDF].

Camille Parmesan (3.01 MB) The oceans and climate change: Complexities, surprises and options

Elin Kelsey

How do you feel when you think about the environment? This was the question with which Dr Elin Kelsey opened her keynote address at the 8th International Aquarium Congress taking place in Cape Town until 14 September.

So, have you given the question some thought?

“People have very strong emotions around what’s happening in the planet,” says the internationally renowned researcher, consultant and author.

Many people feel a sense of despair, dread, worry, concern and hopelessness when it comes to the state of the environment, however Dr Kelsey’s overall message was one of hope and resilience.

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Click below to download her presentation [PDF].

Elin Kelsey (1.43 MB) Torrents of hope: Why emotions matter to aquariums

Prof George Branch

Emeritus Professor George Branch is a world-renowned authority on the southern African marine environment, having taught marine biology at the University of Cape Town for 30 years and supervised an immense crop of students at MSc and PhD level. His passionate and entertaining lectures to undergraduate students and the public alike inspire a huge appreciation and understanding of the marine world.

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George Branch (4.86 MB) Two oceans of southern Africa: Meeting of the ways