The biennial MEDCOAST congress in Malta is the thirteenth event of the series that was started in 1993 for contributing to coastal and marine sciences, engineering, management and conservation in general and particularly for the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.  Since the first conference in 1993 (Antalya, Turkey),  the MEDCOAST conference series has moved around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, visiting Taragona (Spain), Qawra (Malta), Antalya (Turkey), Hammamet (Tunisia), Ravenna (Italy), Kusadasi (Turkey), Alexandria (Egypt), Sochi (Russia), Rhodes (Greece), Marmaris (Turkey) and Varna (Bulgaria).  The conference has been organized in every odd numbered year, regularly in the months of either October or November. MEDCOAST 17 is the second meeting in Malta after 20 years following the third MEDCOAST conference held in Qawra (1997).

The past twelve events of the biennial MEDCOAST conference series produced 29 volumes of proceedings totalling over 18 000 pages, which constitute a very important source of information for coastal and marine sciences, engineering, management and conservation issues. MEDCOAST conference proceedings are covered by the major indexing schemes such as ISI Thomson, Scopus and Compendex.  Starting with MEDCOAST 17, the name of the conference series is changed to “International MEDCOAST Congress on Coastal and Marine Sciences, Engineering, Management and Conservation”.  The congress series will continue to give special emphasis to the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian seas.

The thirteenth MEDCOAST congress in Mellieha (Malta) takes place at a time when the European Union is keenly involved in facilitating programs for Mediterranean and the Black Sea in the fields of Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP), Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM).  The Mellieha congress will provide excellent opportunities for discussing national and regional efforts and capabilities in these and related fields as well as the future needs and directions. The meeting will also be a good occasion for networking and collaboration initiatives.

Similar to the past twelve events, the technical program of the second Maltese congress will include an opening and keynote session, thematic parallel sessions for oral presentations, several special sessions, a poster session and the closing session, in which the Mellieha Declaration will be reviewed and endorsed by the participants and the best poster winners will be announced and given prizes. The Mellieha congress will also have a rich social program including a half-day cultural tour and a full-day technical trip to interesting sites along the attractive coast of the Maltese islands.

We expect that MEDCOAST 17 international congress, organized in this idyllic central Mediterranean island in collaboration with two institutions of University of Malta, enhanced by the charms of historic towns and environs, enjoying the rich culture and warm hospitality of the Maltese people, will serve as a reference event for discussing numerous issues of coastal and marine areas of the world and particularly of the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian seas.  We are confident to have another very successful and enjoyable congress in Malta at the end of October!





Mediterranean Coastal Foundation


University of Malta

Institute of Earth Systems 


Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics (ICoD)






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