IOC Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (IPHAB)

In view of the global interest in the problems of harmful phytoplankton, and the associated mass mortality of marine organisms, public health problems, and economic impacts expressed through various recommendations of major IOC scientific and regional subsidiary bodies, the first steps were taken in 1987 to establish the IOC Harmful Algal Bloom Programme.

The Sixteenth Session of the IOC Asembly, held in Paris in March 1991, adopted Resolution XVI-4 concerning the formation of an Ad hoc Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (IPHAB). The Panel was requested to identify resources for a sufficiently broad programme to solve some of the real problems caused by harmful algae.

Thirteensth Session of the IPHAB will be held in Paris 3-5 May 2017. Documents for the session here.The 2017 session will in particular  discuss the GLobalHAB Research Programme; a Global Assessment of HAB Events; capacity building; Ciguatera, a plan for improved research and management; Improving HAB forecasting capabilities for more effective mitigation strategies; and formulation/endorsement of specific objectives for regional activities.

The Twelfth Session of IPHAB was held  28-30 April 2015. Details

The Eleventh Session of IPHAB was held 28-30 April 2013. Details.

The Tenth Session was held 12-14 April 2011. Details. 

The Ninth Session of IPHAB was held 22-24 April 2009, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. Details.

The Eighth Session of IPHAB was held 17-20 April 2007, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. Details.

The Seventh Session of IPHAB was held 16-18 March 2005, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. Details.

The Sixth Session of the Panel was held 17-19 October 2002 in St. Petersburg, FL, USA, hosted by the United States National Science Foundation, Division of Ocean Sciences. Details.

The Fifth Session of the Panel was held 22-24 November 1999 in Paris. Details.

Chair IPHAB: Gires Usup, Marine Science Programme, Faculty of  Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia, Tel: +603 8921 3207, Fax:  +603 8925 3357, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice-Chair IPHAB:  Allan Cembella, Head of Department of Ecological Chemistry, Biosciences/Biowissenschaften, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research Am Handelshafen 12 27570 Bremerhaven Germany, Tel. +49 (0)471 4831 1494, Fax: +49 (0)471 4831 1425, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 Above from left: Newly elected Chair Dr. R. Magnien, outgoing Chair Dr. L. Guzman, newly elected Vice-Chair Dr. G. Usup.

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The Chair of IOC, Dr. D. Pugh (left) and the Executive Secretary IOC,  Mr. P. Bernal (right), presents to Dr. D.M. Anderson the 'Bruun Memorial Medal' on 27 June at UNESCO after Dr. Andersons presentation of the 2005 Bruun Memorial Lecture to the IOC Assembly. The Memorial Lecture is given every second year by scientists who have significantly contributed to the understanding of the oceans and the marine environment. Dr. Anderson has been a leading scientist in HAB reserach for the past two decades. 



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