Human impacts on marine functional connectivity

Human Impacts on Marine Functional Connectivity

22–25 May 2023
Cineteatro Municipal João Mota
Sesimbra, Portugal


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The International Symposium on the “Human Impacts on Marine Functional Connectivity” will highlight the latest research on changes in marine functional connectivity caused by human impacts and on the possible management options for preserving this ecosystem property. 

The symposium, hosted by the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technolog​y) Action SEA-UNICORN and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), will bring together a broad group of experts to discuss the latest research on the emerging field of marine functional connectivity. Participants are invited to share knowledge and experience on changes in marine functional connectivity under anthropogenic pressures, including the ubiquitous effects of global warming (e.g. increases in water temperature and extreme weather events, changes in oceanic circulation) and human activities modifying marine habitats and ecosystems (e.g. fishing, offshore wind farms, shipping, aquaculture). Emphasis will be placed on describing the effects on connectivity of a wide range of human activities at different scales, pinpointing cumulative impacts where possible, and showcasing adaptive management strategies. 

View the programme​​ and start planning your conference!


The COST Action SEA-UNICORN with the support of the symposium co-sponsors​ is covering the costs of organisation to waive the symposium fees for all the participating researchers. Due to the limited capacity of the symposium venue, priority will be given to participants with an accepted abstract and workshop attendees.

Registrations are now open. Register here! ​​​​

Travel support for early career scientists and SEA-UNICORN members
Limited funds will be available to support travel and accommodation for:
Applications for ICES and Sea-Unicorn travel support are submitted with your abstract submission, deadline: 5 December 2022.​ Read more.

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This symposium is organized as an in person event, online participation is not possible.

​We look forward to welcoming you to Sesimbra in May 2023!

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​Key dates & deadlines

Abstract submission opens: 3 October 2022

Abstract submission closes: 5 December 2022

Decision on abstract acceptance: ​24 January 2023

Registration opens: 24​​ January 2023

Registration deadline: 28​​ February 2023

Symposia programme published: April 2023 ​​

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