The 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2012), held in Cairns from 9th to 13th July 2012, was hosted by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University. This major event attracted more than 2,000 delegates from 80 countries.

Delegates presented the largest and most comprehensive scientific program in the history of ICRS, including nine outstanding plenary talks and over 1,500 presentations in 12 concurrent sessions. The focus on coral reef science and management was highlighted by the unveiling of the Consensus Statement on Climate Change and Coral Reefs, endorsed by more than 3,000 scientists.

One of the major outcomes of the symposium was the worldwide media coverage of the Statement and the issues being discussed.

A 4-page summary of outcomes of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium is now online at: http://www.icrs2012.com/Downloads/ICRS2012_Outcomes_Report.PDF.