Online press briefing – the future of coral


Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) invites reporters to a private online briefing with two scientists who are looking at the impacts of climate change through their coral reef research.

The two scientists, from Okinawa and Florida, will provide insights into current global environmental issues such as ocean warming, acidification, heatwaves and changes to coral reef ecosystems. The discussion will focus on topics like:

-The implications of climate change on tropical areas: food, tourism, and sustainable development

-The future, the present and the past of coral reefs and their surrounding environment

-The current status of coral reef research: New approaches and technologies

-Ocean remediation activities

***Press Briefing Session – for registered reporters only***

Date and Time: June 4, 2020 7:30 – 8:00 PM (EDT)/

June 5, 2020 8:30 – 9:00AM (JST)

30 min, just after the Webinar session.

Venue: Zoom (Zoom meeting) hosted by OIST.

Format: Interactive discussion (Q&A) with the scientists following the OIST Foundation webinar *see below


(The Zoom link will be provided for the registrants.)


Dr. Timothy Ravasi – Professor, Marine Climate Change Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Prof. Ravasi established a multi-disciplinary research program aiming to understand the effects of climate change on coral reef ecosystems, and particularly on fish communities.

Dr. Jose M. Eirin-Lopez – Associate Professor Institute of Environment Department of Biological Sciences Florida International University

Prof. Eirin-Lopez’s research goal is focused on making fundamental contributions to the study of marine environmental epigenetics using molecular, ecological, and toxicological approaches.

*** Webinar Session***

We encourage the press briefing participants to also participate in the OIST Foundation webinar from 6:30 pm (EDT)/ 7:30 am (JST), which will be held before the press briefing.

The press briefing session is for registered reporters to discuss with the speakers further, based on their talks at the webinar.

To register for the webinar:


Media Contact
Tomomi Okubo
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