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Island environments in the spotlight at first St Helena conference

With the new air link comes a new era for St Helena, commencing with the island hosting its first conference from 29 January to 8 February 2018. Entitled: ‘Diverse Island Environments; A multi-disciplinary view of islands’, the event will bring together experts from around the globe to debate topics from the impact of connectivity, to marine plastics, and St Helena’s unique whale shark habitat.

About the Conference

Researchers from across the world will be travelling to the island to participate in the conference, which will focus on St Helena as a key case study. The programme is set to include anthropologists, sociologists, economists, ecologists, environmentalists, fisheries scientists, educational professionals as well as island experts; and is bringing together this wide range of disciplines to facilitate holistic thinking around the topic of islands.

The conference will take place in Jamestown, with various field trips out to explore island habitat.

St Helena Conference 2018 Logo

Programme highlights

The conference currently has 15-plus confirmed international speakers, with talks covering a range of topics from the ‘impact of connectivity on island spaces’ and ‘transnational villagers’ to ‘oceanic floras’ and ‘marine plastics’. The conference will also be used as a platform for local researchers and students, who will be sharing the outcomes of the research being conducted on island.

The full programme will be announced shortly.

St Helena’s whale sharks

The conference is jointly sponsored by Enterprise St Helena (ESH), South Atlantic Environmental Research Institution (SAERI) and Georgia Aquarium. Specialists from Georgia Aquarium will be presenting on topics including the uniqueness of St Helena’s whale sharks and the growing issue of marine plastics. Georgia Aquarium’s research, in partnership with St Helena’s Environmental and Natural Resources Department has already highlighted the importance of St Helena as a multi-use habitat for whale sharks.

Whale Sharks St Helena

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