Science symposia


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

3-7 June 2024
Yokohama, Japan

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​MSEAS 2024 symposium will focus 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 including the human dimensions in integrated ecosystem assessments.

Understanding these complex social-ecological systems is a challenging new area of research that combines multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary components. The integrated marine focus is relatively new, as previous research efforts have either been terrestrially focused or dealt primarily with single sectors.

MSEAS 2024 is endorsed as an official activity of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development UNDOS.​

Call for abstracts open

Call for abstracts is now open. Note that abstracts accepted for the cancelled  MSEAS 2020 conference will be considered to have priority and a placeholder for MSEAS 2024, therefore we have limited space for new abstracts to be accepted.

Deadline for placeholder abstracts (from MSEAS 2020):
15 November 2023

Deadline for new abstracts: 30 November 2023

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Symposium conveners

  • Sonia Batten (PICES)
  • Robin Brown (PICES)
  • Keith Criddle (USA)
  • Daisuke Hasegawa
  • Marloes Kraan (The Netherlands)​
  • Doug Lipton (USA)
  • Rich Little (Australia)

Symposium coordinators

  • Sanae Chiba (PICES)
  • Alondra Sofia Rodriguez (ICES)
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