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The History, Science and Politics of the Indian Ocean Chagos Archipelago

Location: IMarEST HQ, London
Event Type: E-conference
Event Date: 2006-11-29    

Event Description:
On Wednesday 29th November, at 1730 GMT Dr Ralph Rayner, Vice President IMarEST will give the IMarEST Stanley Gray lecture in London entitled "The History, Science and Politics of the Indian Ocean Chagos Archipelago".

To [view] an abstract please visit

For those people unable to attend evening meetings in London, or for those concerned about their Carbon footprint, IMarEST will be broadcasting the presentation in real time via a new iConferencing tool. The tool also allows you to interact directly with the lecture by submitting questions to the speaker.

Click Here to enter our iConferencing portal and download the software required to [view] and interact with The IMarEST Stanley Gray Lecture Live. Then register with the event to make sure you are ready to participate.

If you have any problems installing the software please contact
Please spread the word and enjoy the lecture!

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Event programme:
Many people are unaware that the United Kingdom is custodian of one of the world’s largest tropical coral atolls. The Chagos Archipelago, situated in the central Indian Ocean, forms part of ‘BIOT’ - British Indian Ocean Territory - a little known remnant of the British Empire left over after the Seychelles and Mauritius gained independence.

This predominantly submarine territory of the Crown has a fascinating history. It is the home of many unique marine species and has some unusual oceanographic features. It is also associated with some murky politics concerning the forced depopulation of the region’s islands to make way for the construction and operation of the American military base of Diego Garcia.

Ralph is fortunate to be one of a small community of scientists that have conducted scientific research in this very remote and beautiful region of the planet.

His lecture will weave together the history, science and politics of the Chagos Archipelago and will be illustrated by underwater photographs of what are probably some of the finest and least visited dive sites in the world.

Collaborators and organisers:
Dr Bev Mackenzie
Manager, Marine Science and Technology
80 Coleman Street

Tel +44 (0) 20 7382 2628
Fax +44 (0) 20 7382 2668

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Registration form: N/A

Registration fee: None

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by Olive_Heffernan on 2006-11-27 and approved by webmaster