Oceans Past IX Conference


Due to the spread of COVID-19 and the varied measures adopted globally, we will explore options for providing a hybrid option if necessary for the Oceans Past IX conference which will be held in Seattle at the University of Washington between 22 and 25 June 2022.

The Oceans Past Conference convenors.

Announcement and Call for Abstracts

We are delighted to announce conference themes and a call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Please submit your abstract by  21 January 2022. See below for abstract submission details and funding opportunities for Early Career Researchers.

The Conference programme and links to all of the talks, posters and papers that will be presented during the conference will be available here shortly. Please check back regularly for more information.

"Life on and below water - past insights for future policy"

As we enter the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the importance of long-term perspectives for understanding past changes to oceans and maritime communities, and also past entanglements, becomes ever clearer. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together global researchers to build our understanding of the changes that have occurred to past oceans and ocean life (human and non-human), on and below the water. 

Deadline for paper submission: 21 January 2022

How to submit an abstract: Please provide the following information (in a .doc, .docx or .odt file) to info@oceanspast.org

  • Title of presentation
  • Full name(s) of all author(s)
  • Affiliation of all authors (institution name and country)
  • Abstract (max 200 words)
  • Preferred presentation type (oral or poster)
  • Preferred session (select one conference theme from the list below)

If you are an early career researcher (definition: currently undertaking a PhD or are within 5 years of finishing your PhD) and require monetary support to attend the conference, please add the following information to your application:

  • PhD start year (and year completed, if applicable)
  • Rationale/need for funding support (max 200 words)

ECRs see below for details of possible funding opportunities.

Conference themes for Oceans Past IX:
·         Ocean literacy and narratives through time
·         Past climates and ocean dynamics
·         Human experiences of living with the sea 
·         Changes to maritime social-ecological systems
·         Indigenous oceans
·         Interdisciplinary collaborations on past oceans
·         Past oceans for future policy
·         New pathways into the past
·         Visualising the past
The conference organisers offer you the opportunity to suggest or organise a special session, mini-symposium, or exhibition of relevant artefacts, artwork, or documentary film screenings during the conference within the broad theme of the conference. Send your suggestions to the convenors below.

Conference convenors: Ben Fitzhugh (fitzhugh@uw.edu) and the Oceans Past Committee (info@oceanspast.org)

Funding for ECRs

Calling all Early Career Researchers!

Thanks to the kind support of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI), the Oceans Past Initiative is delighted to advertise up to 15 travel awards for Early Career Researchers to subsidise their attendance at the Oceans Past conference. These will be available on a competitive basis and awarded based on demonstrated need and the value to the applicant of attending the conference.

*Eligibility requirements:

**You must apply and be accepted to present your work as an oral or poster presentation at the OPI conference**

To qualify as an Early Career Researcher, you must be under 35 years old OR have completed your PhD within the last 5 years. PhD candidates and postgraduate students are also eligible for travel awards.

- You must be studying or working in an ICES Member Country (Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America), or be studying or working in a low- to middle- income country (as designated by the World Bank).

- You must attend the full conference, after which you will be reimbursed to the agreed amount (for those who will struggle with paying costs up-front, please contact us and we will come to an individual arrangement).

ICES are also supporting an ECR event, to be held during the conference.

ECR-facing events at the conference will include:

  • A networking event pairing ECRs with potential mentors
  • An award for the best oral and poster presentations by ECRs
  • A workshop and panel on how to successfully navigate an interdisciplinary research career

Watch this space for further details! Ideas from ECRs about conference events or activities that they will find useful are warmly welcomed. Please e-mail Ruth or Ben or info@oceanspast.org with your thoughts.