Marine Socio-Ecological Systems (MSEAS) Conference - POSTPONED

25-29 May 2020, Yokohama, Japan

The 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.

Scientific Program and Topic Sessions

S1: Running the Gamut Gauntlet: Socio-ecological modelling in a complex world

S2: Improving marine governance with interdisciplinary research and cross-sectoral approaches

S3: Sustainable Ocean Development

S4: Risk perception and assessment for marine ecosystem-based management

S5: Mapping human dimensions onto seascapes: Progress and challenges in the integration and utilization of socioeconomic and ecological data in marine spatial planning and spatial considerations of marine ecosystems

S6: Social-Ecological Systems Thinking: From Cultural Services Perspectives

S7: Co-production of knowledge, participatory approaches and engagement with stakeholders

S8: Applying and integrating marine biodiversity indicators and assessments to evaluate progress towards policy goals

S9: Coastal Communities and Change

S10: Vulnerability of marine SES to climatic changes and anthropogenic pressures

Evening Session: We all think we are inter and transdisciplinary: Are we really, what makes it work, and how can we support integration in marine SES?


Deadline for Abstract Acceptance and Financial Support Grant Notifications has beed exteded until November 15, 2019. Further information and updates can be found here and here.