Science symposia

MSEAS 2020

Marine Socio-Ecological Systems:
Navigating global change in the marine environment

25-29 May 2020
Yokohama, Japan

​T​he focus of the symposium is on the integrated assessment of multiple ocean uses across sectors including fisheries, renewable energy, coastal development, oil and gas, transport, and the need for conservation. Emphasis will be on the methodological and empirical challenges involved in the human dimensions in integrated ecosystem assessments.

​MSEAS 2020 is aiming for a diverse, and exciting range of topics to showcase the world's commercial, recreational and indigenous fisheries. ​It will provide an important forum for identifying the critical developments needed over the coming decades to ensure the world's oceans are managed sustainably for the benefit of current and future generations.

Call for sessions

We welcome you to be part of this exciting opportunity to set the future directions for the world's fisheries and lead/engage in these critical discussions. Your contribution will be paramount to the success of this important forum and would like to invite you to co-create the Congress program.

We are now seeking expressions of interest to lead innovative sessions. We encourage innovative thinking and alternatives to the normal conference formats (e.g. interactive 'Ask me anything' sessions, light-speed presentations, fishbowl panel discussion, debates, workshops). We also encourage broad participation beyond fishing sector led sessions, as well as student led sessions.

MSEAS 2020 will promote a dynamic and contemporary program that will test current thinking and practices on opportunities to enhance global fisheries, and the challenges of fishing sustainably and maintaining prosperous fishing communities.

Some of the strategic topics addressed in plenaries and themed sessions could include:

  • Integrated ecosystem assessments, and assessment tools
  • Futures and fore-sighting exercises for the marine environment
  • Future advanced technologies could affect marine-socio-ecological systems
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • Multiple-use management and marine spatial planning
  • Governance and Policy
  • Communication and stakeholder engagement

If you are interested in proposing a session, please send your proposal by e-mail to us with the following details: 

  • Title
  • List of the co-convenors, including contact details of the corresponding convenor
  • 100-word summary
  • Proposed format


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Symposium Conveners

  • Rich Little (Australia)
  • Marloes Kraan (The Netherlands)
  • Mitsutaku Makino (Japan)
  • Doug Lipton (USA)
  • Keith Criddle (USA)

Symposium coordinators

  • Robin Brown (PICES)
  • Wojciech Wawrzynski (ICES)
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