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95 Years of Dedication to Marine Science (1922 – 2017)
International Scientific Conference & Forum “Bien Dong 2017”
Science for Blue Growth in the South China Sea 
12-14 September 2017, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Viet Nam

Bien Dong (the South China Sea) is one of the world’s richest marine biodiversity marginal seas, high abundant and diverse in marine resources, and extremely significant in a geopolitical sense. However, Bien Dong is being challenged in enormous environmental and resource issues, which are transboundary, spreadingly impacting from the coast to the open ocean. Thus it has been increasingly attracting research interests not only from the countries surrounding Bien Dong, which are depending largely upon its natural resources, but also from countries from other parts of the world.
During its 95 years of development, with cooperation of Vietnamese and foreign partners, the Institute of Oceanography has carried out series of scientific investigations and researches, achieved significant knowledge on Bien Dong, making remarkable contribution to sustainable development and conservation of biodiversity and environment in Bien Dong.
The Scientific Conference “Bien Dong” was first organized in 2000, followed by the second in 2002, and then repeated every five years. The conferences were aimed to providing chances for syntheses and presenting scientific reasearch, places for marine managers and scientists to meet and discuss concerned themes in marine science and environment problems, and to promote cooperation on marine science in this region. The Scientific Conference “Bien Dong” beginned to extend to a broader international scientific and non-scientific audiences since 2007.
On the occasion of its 95th anniversary (14/09/1922 – 14/09/2017), the Institute of Oceanography, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology is going to organize the International Scientific Conference & Forum “Bien Dong 2017: Science for Blue Growth in the South China Sea” in order to review the scientific research results and achievement on Bien Dong over the last five years, advance marine scientific knowledge and promote international cooperation toward a blue economy in this region.
Deadline of Registration and Abstracts submission is extended to 30 June 2017!
Registration and abstracts shall be submitted to the Secretariat no later than 10 June 2017, either online form at the website of the Conference-Forum, or via emails:;
All abstracts must be typewritten in English and/or Vietnamese, using 12 pt-sized Times New Roman font on A4 paper size, with no more than 400 words, without figures/tables. Abstract template could be download here.
The Forum-Conference includes six Conference sessions and three Forum themes, which are open to all participants.
Scientific Sessions
1.      Marine Biodiversity and Resources
2.      Marine Biology and Aquaculture
3.      Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks
4.      Oceanographic Processes and Marine Engineering
5.      Marine Geology and Chemistry
6.      Coastal and Ocean Management
Forum themes
           F 1. Science for Sustainable Development in the South China Sea
F 2. International Scientific Cooperation in the South China Sea
F 3. Human Capacity Building for Vietnam as a Strengthened Marine Nation
12th Sept. 2017
Morning:         Registration
            Opening session
            Plenary session
Afternoon:       F1 forum & Scientific Parallel Sessions
13th Sept. 2017
Morning:         F2 forum & Scientific Parallel Sessions
Afternoon:       Scientific Parallel Sessions
14th Sept. 2017
Morning:         Plenary session & F3 forum
            Closing session
Afternoon:       Ceremony of 95th Anniversary of the Institute of Oceanography
English and Vietnamese.

Manuscript of presentations in the Conference will be reviewed to publish in a supplement issue of Journal of Marine Science and Technology (ISSN 1859-3097), a national well-known scientific journal on marine research.
Nha Trang is a coastal city of Khanh Hoa province with a population of about 330,000. Considered Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort-town, Nha Trang attracts tourists for not only its stunningly pristine beaches, moderate marine climate, but also the urban atmosphere of a young tourist city. Nha Trang Bay has consistently maintained its position as one of the most beautiful bays of the world, covering the area of 405 km2 with many large and small beautiful islands and coral reefs.
With many universities and research institutes, Nha Trang has become a center for training and scientific research of Southern Central Viet Nam.
Nha Trang is also a key transport crossroad, easily connected to other cities within and outside Viet Nam by Cam Ranh airport, as well as by bus and trains. Hotels of international standard and Vietnamese guesthouses are avalaible here with the best seafood speciality for you.
Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology
Conference & Forum Secretariat
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Doan Nhu Hai (email:
Mrs. Bui Thi Minh Ha (email: )

Institute of Oceanography
01 Cau Da, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
Tel: (84-58) 3590035  Fax: (84-58) 3590034

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