7th International Zooplankton Production Symposium

340 scientists from 38 countries gather in Hobart for major international conference about marine zooplankton.

The 7th International Zooplankton Production Symposium took place in Hobart this week from the 17th – 22nd of March. An event attracting 340 scientists from Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand the conference was a forum for experts to discuss the latest zooplankton research – the most abundant and diverse ‘eco-influencers’ on the planet.

This year’s symposium was the first-time researchers were able to meet in person, resulting in an environment for established scientists and those early in their careers to build networks, and hear about the latest findings.

With the state being home to so many experts in this field, many of our local researchers were chosen as speakers for the event. Speakers such as Lavenia Ratnarajah who is a Research Associate in carbon biogeochemistry at the Australian Antarctic Programme Partnership at the University of Tasmania. Lavenia has worked in Malaysia, Ecuador, France, the US, and UK whilst undertaking fieldwork in streams and rivers within tropical and temperate forests. She also conducted research in Antarctica.

You can find out more about the speakers and their topics covered at the event by following the link below.

2024 International Zooplankton Production Symposium – Speakers 


The event was held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, which is located in the heart of Hobart’s historic and picturesque working waterfront. This provided the perfect hub for delegates to enjoy the numerous other social events organised for the conference.

Events at the conference included:

Art-Science exhibition opening – Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG)

With an art exhibition running in parallel with the conference (Drifters Revealed: From the Nets of Tasmania and Beyond), a function was held in the TMAG courtyard (across from the conference venue) and included drinks and canapes.

Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) event – Hobart Brewing Company

An event for those early in their career, the ECOPs Event at the Hobart Brewing Company offered a night of get-to-know-you activities, food, drinks and chance for delegates to mingle with their fellow researchers. A short work from the conference venue Hobart Brewing Company was an ideal venue with plenty of indoor and outdoor sitting.

Conference Dinner – Wrest Point

With a buffet-style dinner served, the event was hosted at Wrest Point, in the Tasman Room. Boasting both stunning water and mountain views Wrest Point offers Tasmanian-focused food and wine service and great hospitality. You can find out more about this venue by following this link.

Conference such as this result in long lasting benefits for the state that go beyond tourism. You can read about past events that have done so by visiting our Case Studies page.