Saturday Night Banquet Keynote Speaker announced!, Dr. Charlie Veron!

Join us at our Saturday Night Banquet and enjoy our Keynote Presentation from Dr. Charlie Veron!


Hailed by David Attenborough and proclaimed a second Charles Darwin, Charlie Veron has lived up to his namesake. From early childhood, he developed a deep affinity with the natural world and a love of learning. This didn’t prevent him from failing in a school system that smothered his creativity, and so it was only by chance that he went to university. And only by chance did he become a marine biologist, through his love of scuba diving.

Once he found his specialty he revolutionized it, giving us a global view of coral species and a seminal concept of their nature and evolution. He has identified more coral species than anyone in history, and so has become known as the Godfather of Coral.

In this engaging memoir, he explains what reefs say about our planet’s past and future, and why it’s critical they be protected. And why it’s so important that scholarly independence is safeguarded. For it was the freedom he had as a young scientist, to be wayward, to take risks – a freedom barely imaginable in today’s world of managed academia – that fostered his breakthroughs.

Exhilaratingly eye-opening, provocative, funny and warm, A Life Underwater is an inspiration to the young and the young at heart.