Jellyfish Blooms Symposium


7th International

Jellyfish Blooms
Symposium (JBS7)

Jellyfish, Ecosystems, and Humans
21-25 November 2023
Kerala Arts and Crafts Village, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Organised by: University of Kerala, Department of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries and ICAR – Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi, India

About JBS

International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium (JBS) is the recurrent get-together of the global jellyfish research community. JBS aims to bring together researchers from all over the world to meet, interact and share up-to-date research on the topic, discuss issues, future scenarios and innovations in research, inspire researchers, and develop networks to collaborate. Scientific awareness about jellyfish and jellyfish blooms has increased markedly in the past few decades due to frequent reports of jellyfish blooms in some parts of the global ocean and concerns about their impacts on marine ecosystems and human society. 

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Welcome to the Jellyfish Blooms Symposium 7

A vertical closeup shot of a blue jellyfish on a white background - perfect for an article about marine creatures

India will host the seventh International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium (JBS7). JBS7 is hosted jointly by the University of Kerala, Department of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries, India, and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI). The JBS7 is scheduled at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala. JBS-7 will be an opportunity to share and learn about current and future research on jellyfish in different parts of the globe, consolidate knowledge on the subject, and discuss innovations to address questions for future research and collaborations. The seventh edition of the symposium will be an opportunity to focus on outreach connecting ocean science with sustainability in the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

While you are in Kerala, situated on the southwestern part of India, you can enjoy the unique beauty of this landscape, featured with the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot in the east, the unique backwaters and coastal beaches in the west, and the State is fondly referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’. Further, New York times consider Kerala as one of the 52 places to visit in 2023!

Welcome to the seventh International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium (JBS7).


Kathakali (Traditional Art form of Kerala) on 23 November at 6.00pm

A photography exhibition at the international level to showcase the jellyfish diversity and blooms in nature, involving leading underwater photographers.

Integrative Taxonomy Ecological Genomics (available soon)


Dr Mark John Gibbons

Professor, Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape, Republic of South Africa

Dr Tinkara Tinta

Marine Biology Station Piran, National Institute of Biology, Slovenia

(Theme: Jellyfish associations)

Dr Jamileh Javidpour

Department of Biology, SDU, Denmark

(Theme: Jellyfish–Human interactions: Status, trends and sustainable livelihoods)

Dr Cornelia Jaspers

Technical University of Denmark

(Theme: Organismal biology & ecology)

Dr Allen Collins

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, USA

(Theme: Organismal biology & ecology)


Dr Michael N Dawson

 Professor, Department of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of California, USA

Dr Kylie Pitt

Professor, School of Environment and Science, Griffith University, Australia

Our Organizers

University of Kerala Department of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries

One of the first 16 Universities in India, the University of Kerala was founded as the University of Travancore in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore (now the southern part of Kerala and some neighboring parts of the state of Tamil Nādu) in 1937. During the 7 decades since the University of Kerala grew and shrunk physically and transformed itself in many ways. It is difficult to summarize what Kerala University is in a brief space

ICAR - Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute

The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) was established by the Government of India on 3rd February 1947 under the Ministry of Agriculture and later shifted to the ICAR in 1967. During the course of over 75 years, the Institute has emerged as a leading tropical marine fisheries research institute globally. The research efforts by the Institute, during the first half of the five decades of its existence, contributed significantly to India s marine fisheries development from a predominantly artisanal, sustenance fishery till the early sixties to that of a multi-gear, multispecies fishery.


International Advisory Board

  • Prof. Antonio Marques, Department of Zoology, Institute of Biosciences, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Prof Biju Kumar, A., Head, Department of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries, University of Kerala
  • Prof Dror Angel, Department of Maritime Civilizations, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-CMFRI, India
  • Dr Jing Dong, Liaoning Ocean and Fisheries Science Research Institute, Dalian, PR China
  • Dr Kelly Sutherland, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon, USA
  • Prof Kylie Pitt, Marine Science, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
  • Prof Mark Gibbons, Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Prof Mike Dawson, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced, USA (Chair)
  • Dr Tom Doyle, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland


  • Shri Saji Cheriyan, Minister for Fisheries, Culture and Youth Affairs, Government of Kerala
  • Dr. S. Nazeeb, Member, Syndicate, University of Kerala
  • Dr. Gopchandran K. G., Member, Syndicate, University of Kerala
  • Prof. (Dr.) K. S. Anil Kumar, Registrar, University of Kerala
  • Dr. Mini Dejo Kappen, Planning & Development, University of Kerala

Organising Secretary

  • Dr A. Biju Kumar, Department of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries, University of Kerala

Joint Organizing Secretary

  • Dr Sreenath, R., CMFRI
  • Dr. Pramod Kiran, R.B., UoK

National Advisory Board

  • Prof Mohanan Kunnummal, Vice Chancellor, University of Kerala
  • Dr Himanshu Pathak, Secretary DARE & DG, ICAR, New Delhi
  • Dr J.K. Jena, DDG (Fisheries Division), ICAR, New Delhi
  • Dr U.K. Sarkar, Director, NBFGR
  • Prof Pradeep Kumar T., Vice Chancellor, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS)
  • Dr. P.G. Sankaran, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT)
  • Dr Dhriti Banerjee, Director, Zoological Survey of India
  • Dr G.V.M. Gupta, Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE)
  • Dr Sunil Kumar Singh, Director, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa
  • Dr Srinivasa Kumar Tummala, Director, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)


  • Dr A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI


  • Dr. K. Padmakumar, UoK
  • Dr Sobhana, K.S., CMFRI

Working Committee Convenors

  • Dr KV Jayachandran, UoK
  • Dr. K. Sobhanakumar, UoK
  • Dr SM Raffi, UoK
  • Dr. Suvarna Devi S.


  • Dr. Kurian Mathew Abraham, UoK
  • Dr Mithun Sukumaran, UoK
  • Dr. Athira AR
  • Dr. B. Santhosh, CMFRI
  • Dr Grinson George
  • Dr Miriam Sreeram
  • Dr Chandru Sekar
  • Dr Raju Saravan
  • Dr. Ranjith L.
  • Dr Pralaya Ranjan Behera
  • Dr Ratheesh Kumar
  • Dr Shelton Padua

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