Bavaro & Punta Cana May 11, 2019 | 10:04 am

DR, headquarters of the “Scientific Meeting” of the Association of Caribbean Marine Laboratories

The Puntacana Group Foundation was selected by the board of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean ( AMLC ) to host its 39th Scientific Meeting.

The marine research event is the most important in the Caribbean and will be held for the first time in the country from May 19 to 24 at The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club.

More than 100 people and 19 countries will participate in this event, organized by the Grupo Puntacana Foundation under the theme “Environmental Variability in the Greater Caribbean and the Ecological, Social and Economic Consequences”.

“We are very proud to have been chosen by the AMLC to host this meeting among other Caribbean countries, as this validates the arduous marine research work carried out by our Foundation, through its “Marine Innovation Center “, which has become an international benchmark. We hope that this event will serve as a means to narrow the gap between the tourism industry and the marine scientific community, “said Jacana Kheel, vice president of Grupo Puntacana Foundation.

The ALMC is a confederation that has been in existence for more than 50 years, made up of more than 30 research, education and marine management institutions, dedicated to stimulate the production and exchange of scientific information and resource management, facilitate cooperation and assistance mutual among its members, and promote marine and environmental education in the region.

During the meeting will be held four keynote presentations by Dr. Nicolas Pascal (director of UNDP Blue Finance); Dr. Charles Sheppard (Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick); Dr. Steve Monismith (Professor at Stanford University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering); and Dr. Anastazia Banaszak (Professor of Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Puerto Morelos).

The opening ceremony will be held on Sunday 19 by Frank Rainieri, president and CEO of Grupo Puntacana, according to the statement.

The event is sponsored by the German Cooperation GIZ, The Nature Conservancy, Blue Vision Adventures, Sea Grant Texas at Texas A & M University, Sea Grant Mississippi-Alabama and Best Day Travel.