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The 2nd International Symposium on
New Frontiers in Reef Coral Biotechnology




Welcome note

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Prof. Chiahsin Lin 

Welcome to the 2nd International Symposium on “New Frontiers in Reef Coral Biotechnology” (NFRCB). The 1st NFRCB (see previous website) was a resounding success, and we heard from Taiwanese, Filipino, Canadian, and American researchers working on critical topics in coral reef research and conservation in the Indo-Pacific.
The 2nd NFRCB was funded by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education through its “New Southbound” program, and its primary goal is to encourage dialogue amongst coral reef researchers within and outside of Taiwan. We hope this symposium will serve as a springboard for future coral reef research-focused projects between Taiwan and other countries, particularly those within Southeast Asia.
We all know that human activities, most notably global climate change, are causing widespread coral reef degradation across the planet. The fact that ocean conditions continue to deteriorate at astonishing rates means that coral reef conservation has never been more urgent, and we will hear from world leaders in this critically important discipline. I sincerely hope that all of you will be benefit from this symposium and that lifetime collaborations, and even friendships, will be forged over the course of this event.

About the conference

For the second year in a row, the theme will be “reef coral biotechnology,” and specifically the interface between basic science and conservation. It has never been more important to attempt to leverage what we know about these beautiful, albeit highly imperiled and fragile, ecosystems towards conserving them, and our invited speakers' areas of expertise span all levels of biological organization: from molecules within coral cells, to coral tissues, to entire coral colonies, and then up to reef-scale processes. We welcome submissions from those working on any of these topics, in addition to, more generally, coral reef ecology, conservation, and biotechnology. Our goal is to promote communication not only among local Taiwanese marine biologists, but also those within Southeast Asia and farther afield; we especially encourage participation from early-career researchers, including Master’s students, PhD candidates, and post-doctoral researchers. It is our hope that the presentations (and the discussions that follow) will encourage collaboration. As importantly, we envision that the tools and approaches shared amongst us can be tapped into to expedite our collective efforts to better understand, manage, and conserve coral reefs.





Dr. Chiahsin Lin


Dr. Cecillia Conaco

Genomic signatures underlying the adaptability and resilience of scleractinian corals 


Q&A and Break


Dr. Anderson Mayfield

Data-driven marine conservation in the Coral Triangle


Q&A and Break


Dr. Yi-Jyun Luo

Single-cell profiling of stony coral larvae and the evolution of sensory cell types


Q&A and Break


Dr. Tries Razak

Rehabilitating reef rehabilitation: Applying scientific knowledge to improve reef restoration practice in Indonesia


Q&A and Lunch Break 


Dr. Shinya Shikina

Culturing reef-building corals in a Petri dish: Establishment of an effective experimental platform for corals


Q&A and Break


Dr. Buntora pasaribu

Importance of lipid droplet in endosymbiotic dinoflagellate 


Q&A and Break


Dr. Alex Camaya

Low-technology In-vitro Cultivation of Small Corals Fragments: A Model System for Clone Production Towards Developing Quality R&D"


Q&A and Break


Oral presentation


Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Cecillia Conaco / Professor

University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines


Dr. Anderson Mayfield / Chief Scientist

Coral Reef Diagnostics, USA

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Dr. Yi-Jyun Luo /

Assistant Research Fellow

Academia Sinica, Taiwan

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Dr. Tries Razak /

Research Fellow

National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia 

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Dr. Shinya Shikina / Professor

National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan

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Dr. Buntora Pasaribu / Assistant Professor

Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia

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Dr. Alex Camaya / Associate Professor

Bicol University, Philippines

Oral presentation

Ms. Samantha Shaw

University of North Florida, USA

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Proteomic analysis of Acropora cervicornis exposed to thermal acclimation  Abstract

Mr. John Bennedick Quijano

University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines


Heat tolerance and Symbiodiniaceae profiles of acroporids in a Philippine Reef  Abstract

Ms. Kanokpron Loeslakwiboon

National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan.


The first cryo-repository for coral larvae: safeguarding corals for future generations  Abstract

Mr. Enriquo Martin C. Velasquez

Batangas State University, Philippines


Coral assessment in selected areas in the Verde Island Passage  Abstract

Dr. Suppakarn Jandang

Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Kyushu University, Japan.

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Differential Symbiodiniaceae association with Acropora humilis coral while rearing in hatchery conditions  Abstract

Prof. Antonino B. Mendoza

Bicol University Tabaco Campus, Philippines


Coral restoration program in the Bicol region, the Philippines: experiences and challenges ​ Abstract

Ms. Federica Buttari

National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan.
National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium, Taiwan.


Spatiotemporal lipid profiling during coral embryogenesis  Abstract

Mr. Danilo A. Leyble Jr.

Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.


Benthic community structures with varying sedimentation and water quality conditions in Mabini, Batangas  Abstract



We have secured funding from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education to ensure that this virtual symposium is free for all to attend, and we hope to attract researchers working on all manner of coral reef-focused research topics from diverse backgrounds. Upon acceptance, abstracts will be published in a special edition of Applied Sciences (MDPI; impact factor=2.838) for the second year in a row. After submitting abstracts here, the organization committee members will evaluate them and inform registrants via email as to whether or not they have been accepted.
Deadline: Please register before March 31st 2023.


Abstract submissions

Abstract instructions:

  1. All abstracts must be written in English and follow the formatting requirements outlined below.

  2. Please limit your abstract to one page (about 300 words) and submit it as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx). Set the upper, lower, left, and right margins all to 2.5 cm.

  3. The font should be Times New Roman: 14 pt for the title and 12 pt for all other content (single-spaced). 

  4. Please provide 3-5 keywords for your abstract.

  5. Please label the corresponding author with an asterisk (*) in the author list and provide the corresponding author’s email address below the keywords.


Oral presentation

The committee is pleased to announce the call for oral presentations for the 2023 Symposium on New Frontiers in Reef Coral Biotechnology (NFRCB), and we now invite you to submit your abstract. Upon approval by the steering committee, please proceed to prepare your presentation following the guidelines outlined below. 
Please note that, unlike last year, we kindly request that all speakers pre-record their talks. Individuals can still give their talks live; the pre-recorded versions serve mainly as a backup in case of technical difficulties. The pre-recorded video should be prepared in PowerPoint (or equivalent open-source slide deck software) and exported in MP4 format (no more than 400MB). Each oral presentation should be no longer than 10 minutes (30-40 minutes for keynote speakers). Due to limited slots for oral presentations, only select ones will be broadcast during the symposium itself (between 15:30 and 17:00 on May 12th). At the end of each oral presentation, three minutes will be permitted for audience Q&A. During the live airing of the presentation, the Chairperson will announce your name and title, after which you will start your oral presentation.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

​NFRCB2023 Organizing Committee
Tel: +886-08-8825001 ext 1356 or +886-08-8825036

National Dong Hwa University / National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
Graduate Institute of Marine Biology / Department of Planning and Research

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