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IABO supports the planning of World Conference of Marine Biodiversity (WCMB) meetings. Learn about the 2020 WCMB conference.

The next General Assembly of IABO will be held during the 6th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB 2023) in Penang, Malaysia. This event will be hosted by the Centre for Marine & Coastal Studies of Universiti Sains Malaysian (CEMACS - USM).


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Graham Edgar receives 2019 Carlo Heip Excellence Medal from Mark Costello at the WCMB V!

Mark Costello (right) with Graham Edgar (left)