Oceans Past VIII Conference
Historical perspectives on marine ecosystems, fisheries, and futures
The Next Oceans Past Conference will take place May 10th to 13th, 2020
VLIZ, Ostend, Belgium
*Registration fees info forthcoming*
Call for Papers
Rationale: Life in the oceans is changing more rapidly in the current century than ever before. As these changes occur it is more imperative than ever to understand what came before to better frame management of those systems. Oceans Past brings together scholars and practitioners interested in documenting and understanding changes in marine systems and human maritime interactions in past centuries and millennia. The 8th Oceans Past Conference, Historical Perspectives on Marine Ecosystems, Fisheries, and Futures, will enable continued scholarly communication and international exchange towards a fuller understanding of the past, the present status, and potential trajectories of our living marine resources.
Invitation: The conference welcomes researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and students of all disciplines under the unifying view of our oceans as networks of social-ecological or coupled human-nature systems. Presentations are encouraged that explore large-scale and long-term case studies highlighting dynamic changes and interactions in past marine ecosystems, the impacts and legacy effects of human activities on them, the sustainability of iterative or co-evolutionary relationships and, where possible, likely future directions and management implications. If you have an interest in the history of human interactions with life in the ocean and implications for policy and management, sign up now to attend OP VIII in 2020!
Deadline for paper submission: 15 November 2019
How to submit an abstract: Please provide the following information (in .doc file) to email@example.com
- Title of presentation
- Full name(s) of all author(s)
- Affiliation (of all authors; institute, town and country)
- Abstract (max 200 words)
- Preferred presentation type (oral or poster)
Preferred session (please select one from the list below):
- 1. Past marine ecosystem dynamics
- 2. Drivers of social-ecological changes
- 3. The significance of marine resources for human societies over time
- 4. Factors that have encouraged societies to exploit or leave the oceans
- 5. Climate, weather and living by the sea.
- 6. Implications of past and present human activities for coastal and marine policy development
Call for special sessions, mini-symposia or exhibitions: 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 history of human impacts with life in the ocean. Send your suggestions to the convenors below.
- Conference convenors: Ben Fitzhugh (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ruth Thurstan (email@example.com)
- Chair of the local organising committee: Wim de Winter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Chair of the conference Scientific Steering Committee: Ben Fitzhugh (email@example.com)
- Conference website: http://oceanspast.org/opviii.php