Oceans Past IX Conference


Due to the spread of COVID-19 and the varied measures adopted globally, we have explored options for providing a hybrid option 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.

View the Oceans Past IX Programme.
View the OPIX Book of Abstracts.
The 2022 Oceans Past IX is now open for registration and room reservations.


Registration is available via Eventbrite Follow this link to register.

Participants have two options for registration:
 Oceans Past IX conference (June 22-25)
 Oceans Past IX + ESSAS* (June 19-25)

Note that both options include the joint ESSAS/OPI* meeting day on Wednesday, June 22.
* ESSAS stands for the Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas, which is having its annual science meeting immediately before the OP.IX conference from June 19-21 (and with a shared joint plenary session with OP.IX on June 22). For more information and to see the draft program for the ESSAS meeting (when available) visit the ESSAS website: https://essas.arc.hokudai.ac.jp/.

In-person registration covers the following:

 [If ESSAS included] Ice breaker (with cash bar): Sunday, June 19, 16:30 – 18:00
 Daily snacks, coffee/tea, and boxed lunches from June 22 to midday June 25 ( + June 20 & 21 if ESSAS included)
 Joint ESSAS-OPI poster session / reception (with cash bar), Wednesday, June 22, 18:00

Registration Fee schedule

Costs in Euros (€) General / Professional Early Career Researchers
In-person Virtual In-person Virtual
Oceans Past (OPIX) only (current member) € 215 € 50 € € 190 € 30
ESSAS and OPIX together (current member) € 305 € 50 € 265 € 30
Oceans Past (OPIX) only (not current member) € 245 € 80 € 205 € 45
ESSAS and OPIX together (not current member) € 335 € 80 € 280 € 45
Virtual registration covers a portion of the conference-enabled meeting room & audio-visual needs for the OP.IX portion of the meeting and no extra charge to join the ESSAS meeting.
To join OPI or update a lapsed membership (cheaper than registering as a non-member!), see https://oceanspast.org/about.php#join and write to info@oceanspast.org.

The Early Career Researcher registration fee is for current students and scholars within 5 years of their most recent degree. Free registration for students may be available in exchange for volunteering. For more information on volunteering needs, contact Ben Fitzhugh (fitzhugh@uw.edu) or Ruth Thurstan (R.Thurstan@exeter.ac.uk).

Registration fees differ depending on membership status, professional status, mode of participation and whether or not you were awarded OPI Early Career support.

Hybrid conference: The joint ESSAS-OP.IX conference is being produced as a hybrid (in-person/online) event. We are hosting virtual components on the Zoom platform with enhanced conference camera and microphone. Online presenters will be given instructions for uploading advanced backup presentation recordings, and when and how to connect before their sessions. We are managing the production without professional support and will do everything we can to ensure as smooth and experience as possible for presenters and audience members in both mediums. By registering you acknowledge the potential risks of technical disruptions.


We have reserved a block of rooms at the University of Washington, which offer single or double occupancy with private bathrooms. Please register for lodging at the following link. The last day to register for lodging is Friday, June 3, 2022. https://washington.irisregistration.com/Form/4931.

Further details about check-in procedures are available HERE (see general map below).

Meeting venue information

The meeting will take place at the Fisheries Sciences Building on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, indicated on the map below (see also interactive map). The University can easily be reached via Link Light Rail service from SeaTac airport. Exit at either the University of Washington station or the U District station. (The brand-new U District station is somewhat closer and is about a 10-minute walk to both Willow Hall and the Meeting Venue – Uber, Lyft or cab service [e.g., (206) 523-3333] are alternatives for those unable to do the walk). If staying at UW Housing, please proceed to check-in at Willow Hall for your room keys and room assignment. The venue is a pleasant 15-minute walk downhill from Willow Hall, through campus (see dashed red lines for convenient routes).

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.