Bids are requested to organize and host the 5th Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World in 2020. The symposium will maintain its traditional focus on ocean acidification and associated impacts on marine organisms, ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles. Ocean acidification will be considered in combination with other global changes such as warming and deoxygenation. Contributions are expected to detail advances in observations, modelling, field and laboratory studies. Dedicated sessions will emphasize processes and impacts as well as consequences on humans and their potential responses through policy and management.
The first four symposia (Paris in 2004, Monaco in 2008, Monterey in 2012, and Hobart in 2016) were key events for the international community of researchers studying ocean acidification. For the first three symposia, organization was led by SCOR, IGBP, and IOC-UNESCO. Since then, the organization transitioned to a new model where it is the local organizer that not only hosts the symposium but also leads the scientific organization and the effort to find financial sponsors. The same model is also used to organize other scientific symposia, such as the International Carbon Dioxide Conference, also held every 4 years.