16th-19th July 2018

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia




Like many reefs around the world, the Great Barrier Reef is suffering from the combined effects of many threats and disturbances, including mass coral bleaching, pollution, storm damage, and outbreaks of pests like crown-of-thorns starfish, among others.

While some of these threats are caused or exacerbated by global issues such as climate change, others may be amenable to local- or regional-scale intervention, restoration and management. Unfortunately, we currently have limited knowledge about these options and how they might be effective on the Great Barrier Reef.


Help us help the Reef

This international Symposium brought together restoration practitioners, scientists, engineers, environmental managers, NGOs and industry partners to share experiences, insights and ideas about what works, what doesn’t, and what more we need to know to help the Great Barrier Reef.

Symposium participants presented and discussed methods currently being trialled elsewhere in the world, as well as novel approaches that may be still in development; from small, local-scale approaches to large-scale projects, including engineering and oceanographic interventions. Participation from a wide range of disciplines, including those not normally associated with coral reef research, will be encouraged.


GBR Restoration Symposium Legacy website

A legacy website has been set up for the GBR Restoration Symposium and can be found at https://gbrrestorationsymposium.org/.

The website contains the program, agenda and videos of presentations that were done. Additional material will be added as and when it becomes available.


Full Program & Abstracts

Symposium Report