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International experts address paradigms and problems in different areas of marine research at UA

The event will bring together over 300 participants to [treat](discuss) the effects of marine plastic pollution, mining and climate change, among other issues

The 5th International Symposium on Marine Sciences is framed within the celebration of the 18th Iberian Seminar of Marine Chemistry and the Spanish Physical Oceanography Meeting 2016



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 Photos taken by Pablo Arechavala


Alicante. Monday, 18 July 2016

The accumulation of plastic waste in seas and oceans is an issue that raises great social concern since impacts have been documented by ingestion and entanglement in invertebrates, fish, birds, turtles, and even large whales. Also, there is great uncertainty about the possible effects of marine plastic pollution in ecosystems or even in human health. This is just one example of the issues that international experts will address during the celebration of the 5th International Symposium of Marine Sciencesat the University of Alicante, which is framed in the celebration of the 18th Iberian Seminar of Marine Chemistry and the Spanish Physical Oceanography Meeting 2016.

From 20 to 22 July 2016, the University of Alicante auditorium will host 300 participants attending more than one dozen lectures by renowned researchers who will discuss issues relevant today as climate change, functionality of coastal ecosystems in a period of great loss of biodiversity by the effects of mankind; ocean observing systems; the effect of ocean acidification by iron chemistry and its interaction with organic matter; and the consequences of mining in deep ocean, and various aspects of oceanography and marine geology. 

Among the invited speakers, it is worth mentioning Andrés Cózar, from the University of Cadiz, who will, on Wednesday July 20 at 10.30 am, provide a comprehensive overview of the problem of marine plastic pollution, showing the latest developments and prospects future for study and management. On the other hand, on Friday July 22 at 9 am, Dr. Nadia Pinardi from the University of Bologna (Italy), will participate as a specialist in the dynamics and predictions of ocean currents and the coupling between the physics of the ocean and cycles biogeochemical. 

With the celebration of this event, the University of Alicante becomes an excellent meeting point for students, graduates, scientists and professionals in the field of Marine Sciences. In this regard, the meeting is a unique opportunity to present and discuss the main advances and new technologies in the field of Oceanography and Marine Sciences and to encourage the development of synergies.

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