The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre has been unanimously selected to host the ninth International Aquarium Congress in 2016. The Congress is the most important and recognized international event within the aquarium and marine science industry, and is expected to bring approximately 1,500 leading practitioners and scientists from nearly 45 countries to the city of Vancouver in 2016.

For 55 years, through its long-standing commitment to conservation, education, research, interpretation and aquatic display, the Vancouver Aquarium has been a leader in connecting people to our natural world. Well anchored in its community of peer networks, the organization is a leader in the worldwide network of aquariums and marine science centres, and is internationally recognized for its high standards in animal care, conservation and research contributions.

The Vancouver Aquarium is a member of several international networks, including the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Association of Zoos and Aquariums, among others. It regularly partners with organizations from around the world and contributes to the international body of marine life science on a multitude of topics, such as its groundbreaking research on killer whales. The Aquarium is called upon by its international peers for counsel and collaboration on local conservation efforts and participates in international rescue efforts during aquatic environmental crises, such as oil spills, that impact aquatic animals and the health of local ecosystems.

Taking place every four years, the Congress has been held around the world, including Europe, the Americas and Asia since its inception in 1960. The Congress provides the scientific community with the latest on marine life research, extending the opportunity to discuss global and local issues and sharing successful initiatives. In 2012, the Congress will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. The torch will then be passed to the Vancouver Aquarium which—with the help of its 400+ staff and over 1,000 volunteers— will plan for an incredible experience at the 2016 Congress.

In addition to the Aquarium, the Congress’ steering committee saw in Vancouver a diverse and multicultural setting, providing an ideal backdrop for international exchange and intercultural dialogue. With its state-of-the-art convention centre, world-class hotels, sought-after culinary scene and diversity of aquatic life, Vancouver’s candidature was the perfect selection to host this conference in 2016.


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