Science symposia

Previous ICES co-sponsored symposia


From Echosounders to the Cloud: Transforming Acoustic Data to Inform​ation

27-30 March 2023
Portland, Maine, USA​

5th Internat​ional Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World's Ocean

17-21 April 2023
Bergen, Norway

​​Human Impacts on Marine Functional Connectivity

22-25 May 2023
Sesimbra, Portugal

Baltic Sea Scie​nce Congress​​

21-25 August 2023
Helsinki, Finland​

The Second International Symposium on Plastic Pollution in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Regions

22-23 November 2023
Reykjavik, Iceland​​​​​​


4th Symposium on Decadal Variability of the North Atlantic and its Marine Ecosystems: 2010-2019
20–22 June 2022
​Bergen, Norway​

Oceans Past IX Conference
22-25 June 2022
Seattle, Washington, United States​​

Fourth ICES PICES Early ​Career Scientist Conference
"Ocean sciences for the future we want"

​18–21 July 2022
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada​​

Symposium on Capelin - The canary in predicting effects of climate on the arctic marine environment
10-13 October 2022
Bergen, Norway​

​International Symposium on Small Pelagic Fish: New Frontiers in Science for Sustainable Management​
7-11 November 2022
​Lisbon, Portugal​​


2–4 and 8–​9 March 2021, Online

World Fisheries Congress 2021​
20–24 Septemb​er 2021, Adelaide, Australia​​ and online

Baltic Sea Sc​​ience Congress (BSSC2021)​​​
18–22 October 2021, Århus, Denmark​


All symposia were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.​


3–4 June 2019, Tromsø, Norway​

Challenging the scientific legacy of Johan Hjort: Time for a new paradigm shift in marine research?
12–14 June 2019, Bergen, Norway

Second International Science and Policy Conference on​Implementation of the Ecosystem Approach to Management in the Arctic
25–27 June 2019, Bergen, Norway

Shellfish - Resources and Invaders of the North
5–7 November ​2019, Tromsø, Norway​

International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability: Strengthening the Science-Policy Nexus
18–21 November 2019, Rome, Italy​​


4-8 June 2018, Washington D.C., USA

ICES/UNECE working meeting on Management tools and standards in support of Sustainable Development Goal 14 ''Life below water''
9–11 October 2018, Reykjavik, Iceland

Oceans P​ast VII
22–26 October 2018, Bremerhaven, Germany



6–11 March 2017, Victoria BC, Cana​​da​

Oceans Past VI​

16–18 May 2017, Sesimbra, Portugal

3rd ICES/PICES Early Career Scientist Conference: "Climate, Oceans and Society: Challenges & Opportunities"

30 May–2 June 2017, Busan, Korea

ESSAS Symposium on “Moving in, out and across the Subarctic and Arctic - shifting boundaries of water, ice, flora, fauna, people and institutions”​

12–15 June 2017, Tromsø, Norway

BONUS symposium: Science delivery for sustainable use of the Baltic Sea living resources​

17–19 October 2017, Tallinn, Estonia

International Flatfish Symposium​

11–16 November 2017, Saint-Malo, France


Understanding marine socio-ecological systems: including the human dimensions in Integrated Ecosystem Assessments

30 May–3 June 2016, Brest, France​

6th Zooplankton Production Symposium​​

9–13 May 2016, Bergen, Norway


MYFISH symposium: 

Targets and Limits for Long-term Fisheries Management

27–30 October 2015, Athens, Greec​e
Scientific justification​
Symposium website​​

​​Marine Ecosystem Acoustics – observing the ocean interior across scales in support of integrated management

24–28 May 2015, Nantes, France​
Scientific justification
Symposium website​

Oceans Past V

18–20 May 2015, Tallin, Estonia
Scientific justification
Symposium website

Third International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans

23–27 March 2015, Santos, Brasil​

Scientific justification​​
Symposium website​


The Fifth International Otolith Symposium
20–24 October 2014, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Scientific justification
Symposium website

Johan Hjort Symposium Recruitment Dynamics and Stock Variability
7–9 October 2014, Bergen, Norway
Scientific justification
Symposium website

Are the eels climbing back up the slippery slope?
International Eel Symposium 2014
17–21 August 2014, Quebec City, Canada
Scientific justification​
Symposium website​

ICES/PICES Symposium on "Ecological basis of risk analysis for marine ecosystems" 2–4 June 2014, Porvoo, Finland
Scientific justification
Symposium website

Symposium on "Effects of fishing on benthic fauna and habitat: Change in ecosystem composition and functioning in response to fishing intensity, gear type and discard"
​16–19 June 2014, Tromsø, Norway
Scientific justification
Symposium website

Future Oceans - Research for Marine Sustainability: Multiple Stressors, Drivers, Challenges and Solutions 
23–27 June 2014, Bergen, Norway
Scientific justification
Symposium website

Second Symposium on Fishery-Dependent Information 
3–​6 March 2014, Rome, Italy
Scientific justification
Symposium website


7th International Fisheries Observer and Monitoring Conference (7th IFOMC) 
8–12 April 2013, Viña del Mar, Chile
Symposium website

Symposium on "Pollution Responses on Marine Organisms"
5–8 May 2013, Algarve, Portugal
Scientific justification

Conference on "Acidification of the Arctic Ocean and Northern Seas: Trends and Consequences"
6–8 May 2013, Bergen, Norway
Scientific justification
Symposium website

The World Conference on Stock Assessment Methods for Sustainable Fisheries
15-19 July 2013, Boston, USA
Scientific justification
Symposium website

Symposium on "Gadoid Fisheries: the Ecology and Management of Rebuilding"
15-18 October 2013, St. Andrews, Canada
Scientific justification


ICES/PICES Early Career Scientist Conference
April 2012, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

6th World Fisheries Congress (WFC 2012) "Sustainable Fisheries in a Changing World"
7-11 May 2012, Edinburgh, UK

Symposium on "Research and ecosystem-based management strategies supporting the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive" (Marine Strategy 2012)
14-16 May 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark 

ICES/PICES/IOC Second International Symposium on the Effects of climate change on the world's oceans
15-19 May 2012, Yeosu, Korea

Symposium on "Forage fish interactions: Creating the tools for ecosystem based management of marine resources"
12-14 November 2012, Nantes, France


5th International Zooplankton Production Symposium
14–18 March 2011, Pucon, Chile

ICES/NAFO Symposium on the Variability of the North Atlantic and its Marine Ecosystems during 2000-2009
10-12 May 2011, Santander, Spain
Conveners: Sarah Hughes (UK), Alicia Lavin (Spain), Stephen Dye (UK), Hedinn Valdimarsson (Iceland) and Glenn Nolan (Ireland).

Symposium on "Comparative studies of climate effects on polar and sub-polar ocean ecosystems: progress in observation and prediction"
22-26 May 2011, Seattle, USA
Conveners: George Hunt (USA), Ólafur Astthórsson (Iceland), and Michio Kishi (Japan)

2nd International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management
3-7 July 2011, Arendal, Norway
Convener: Erlend Moksness (Norway)

ICES/NASCO Symposium on 'Salmon at Sea: Scientific Advances and their Implications for Management'
11–13 October 2011, La Rochelle, France
Conveners: Lars Petter Hansen (Norway), David Reddin (Canada), and Malcolm Windsor (UK)


ICES/PICES/FAO Symposium on "Climate Change Effects on Fish and Fisheries: Forecasting Impacts, Assessing Ecosystem Responses, and Evaluating Management Strategies"
26-29 April 2010, Sendai, Japan
Conveners: Anne Hollowed (United States), Manuel Barange (United Kingdom), Shin-ichi Ito (Japan), Suam Kim (Republic of Korea), and Harald Loeng (Norway).

Third International Symposium on Research and Management of Eutrophication in Coastal Ecosystems
15-18 June 2010, Nyborg, Denmark
Conveners: Jørgen Erik Larsen (DK), Suzanne Bricker (US), Jesper Andersen (DK)
ICES Symposium on "Making the Most of Fisheries Information – Underpinning Policy, Management and Science"
23-26 August 2010, Galway, Ireland
Conveners: Norman Graham (Ireland), Kjell Nedreaas (Norway), William Karp (USA), and Richard Grainger (FAO)

26th Lowell Wakefield Symposium on "Ecosystems 2010: Global Progress on Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management"
8-11 November 2010, Anchorage, USA
Conveners: Gordon H. Kruse (USA), Pat Livingston (USA), Douglas Woodby (USA), Diana Evans (USA), Chang Ik Zhang (Korea), Glen Jamieson, (Canada).


European Marine Sand and Gravel Group (EMSAGG) Conference  7–8 May 2009, Rome, Italy
Convener: Kristina Gamst, United Kingdom

2009 International Nutrients Scale System (INSS) International Workshop 
10–12 February 2009, Paris, France
Principal convener: Michio Aoyama, Japan, Andrew Dickson, (USA),  David Hydes, (UK), Akihiko Murata, (Japan); Jae Oh, (Monaco), Patrick Roose, (the Netherlands), and Malcolm Woodward, (UK)

ICES Symposium on issues confronting the deep oceans
27- 30 April 2009, the Azores, Portugal
Conveners: Robert Brock (USA) and Gui Menezes (Portugal)

ICES-GLOBEC Symposium on "Marine Ecosystems: from function to prediction"
22–26 June 2009, Victoria, Canada
Convener: Manuel Barange (United Kingdom), Eileen Hofmann (USA), and Ian Perry (USA)

Sixth International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions
24–27 August 2009, Portland, Oregon, USA
Conveners: Judith Pederson (US), Gil Rilov (US), and Mark Sytsma, (US)

Cephalopod International Advisory Council, CIAC '09 symposium on "The effects of environmental variability on cephalopod populations"
3–11 September 2009, Vigo, Spain
Conveners: Ángel Guerra. Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas (IIM, CSIC, Vigo), Ángel F. González (IIM, CSIC, Vigo), Santiago Pascual (IIM, CSIC, Vigo), María Teresa Férnández.  Ecobiomar (IIM, CSIC, Vigo), Francisco Rocha. Dpto. de Ecología y Biología Animal. Univ. de Vigo, Jesús S. Troncoso. Dpto. de Ecología y Biología Animal. Univ. de Vigo.

ICES Symposium on Rebuilding Depleted Fish Stocks - Biology, 
Ecology, Social Science and Management Strategies
3–6  November 2009, Warnemünde/Rostock, Germany
Conveners: Cornelius Hammer (Germany), Olav Sigurd Kjesbu (Norway), Gordon H. Kruse (USA) and Peter Shelton (Canada)


ICES/PICES/IOC Symposium on "Effects of Climate Change on the World Oceans"
19 - 23 May 2008, Gijón, Spain
Conveners: Luis Valdés, Spain (ICES), Bill Peterson, USA (PICES), John Church (IOC)

ICES Symposium on the Ecosystem Approach with Fisheries Acoustics and Complementary Technologies
16-20 June 2008, Bergen, Norway
Conveners: Egil Ona (Norway), Rudy Kloser (Australia), and David Demer (USA)

ICES Symposium on Herring: Linking biology, ecology, and status of populations in a changing environment 
26 - 29 August 2008, Galway, Ireland
Conveners : Maurice Clarke (Ireland), Mark Dickey-Collas (Netherlands), and Aril Slotte (Norway).

Eastern boundary upwelling ecosystems: integrative and comparative approaches
2–6 June 2008, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Conveners: Pierre Freon (IRD), Manuel Barange (GLOBEC), Javier Aristegui (ULPGC)

Coping with global change in marine socio-ecological systems
8–11 July 2008, Rome, Italy
Conveners: Ian Perry (Canada), Rosemary Ommer (Canada), Philippe Cury (France)

ICES/NAFO symposium on The Role of Marine Mammals in the Ecosystem in the 21st Century
29 September-1 October 2008, Dartmouth, Canada
Conveners: Garry Stenson (NAFO) and Tore Haug (ICES)

Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World 
6–9 October 2008,  Monaco
Conveners: James Orr (Monaco, Chair), Ken Caldeira (USA), Victoria Fabry (USA), André Freiwald (Germany), Jean-Pierre Gattuso (France), Peter Haugan (Norway), Patrick Lehodey (France), Silvio Pantoja (Chile), Hans-O. Pörtner (Germany), Ulf Riebesell (Germany), and Tom Trull (Australia) as the organizing committee.

World Conference on Marine Biodiversity
11–15 November 2008, Valencia, Spain
Conveners: Carlo Heip (The Netherlands) and Carlos Duarte (Spain) as conference Chairs; Jake Rice, Canada, and Heye Rumohr, Germany. 


ICES-PICES Symposium on "Marine Bioinvasions" 
21 - 24 May 2007, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Conveners: Judith Pederson (USA), James Carlton (USA), Erkki Leppäkoski (Finland) and Dr. Yasuwo Fukuyo, PICES (Japan)

Early Career Scientists Conference
26 - 29 June 2007, Baltimore, USA
PICES, NPRB and ICES as Conveners

ICES/PICES/GLOBEC Symposium "The 4th International Zooplankton Production Symposium" 
28 May - 1 June 2007, Hiroshima, Japan
Convener: Michael J. Dagg (USA), Roger Harris (UK), Luis Valdez (Spain), and Shin-ichi Uye (Japan)

International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management 
11–14 June 2007, Arendal, Norway
Convener: Erlend Moksness, Norway

European Symposium on Marine Protected Areas as a Tool for Fisheries Management and Ecosystem Conservation - emerging Science and Interdisciplinary Approaches 
25–28 September 2007, Murcia, Spain
Conveners: PROTECT (Erik Hoffmann, Denmark) and EMPAFISH (Angel Perez-Ruzafa, Spain).

NAFO/PICES/ICES Symposium on Reproductive and Recruitment Processes in Exploited Marine Fish Stocks 
1–3 October 2007, Lisbon, Portugal
Conveners: Ed Trippel, Canada (NAFO), Richard D. Brodeur, US (PICES), and Mark Dickey-Collas, the Netherlands (ICES)

Symposium on "Marine Environmental Indicators:
Utility in Meeting Regulatory Needs"
20-23 November 2007, London, the UK
Conveners: Hubert L. Rees (UK), Eric Jagtman (Netherlands), and Hans Hillewaert (ILVO/Belgium)


ICES Symposium on Management Strategies: "Case Studies of Innovation"
27 to 30 June 2006, Galway, Ireland
Conveners: Poul Connolly (Ireland) and Jake Rice (Canada)

Symposium on "Fishing Technology in the 21st Century"
30 October-3 November 2006, Boston, USA
Conveners: Chris Glass (USA), Bob van Marlen (Netherlands), and Stephen Walsh (Canada)

IRD/IMARPE/FAO/ICES/PICES Symposium on "The Humboldt Current System: Climate, ocean dynamics, ecosystem processes, and fisheries"
27 November to 1 December 2006, Lima, Peru
Conveners: Arnaud Bertrand (France), Renato Guevara Carrasco (Peru), and Pierre Soler (France)


ICES-NASCO Symposium on "The Interactions between Cultivated and Wild Diadromous Fish Species"
18-21 October 2005, Bergen, Norway
Conveners: Lars Peter Hansen (Norway), and Malcolm Windsor, NASCO

Third Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals will be co-sponsored by ICES
29 November-2 December 2005
Miami , USA

Conveners: Robert Brock, USA , and Robert George, USA .


Symposium on "The Influence of Climate Change
on North Atlantic Fish Stocks"
11-14 May 2004, Bergen, Norway
Conveners: R. Cook (UK), K.Drinkwater (Canada), and H. Loeng (Norway)

Symposium on "Gadoid Mariculture: Development and Future Challenges"
13-16 June 2004, Bergen, Norway
Conveners: O.S.Kjesbu (Norway), G.L. Taranger (Norway), and E. Trippel (Canada)


ICES/FAO Symposium on "Fish Behaviour in Exploited Ecosystems"
23-26 June 2003, Bergen, Norway
Conveners: Å. Bjordal (Norway) and S.J. Walsh (Canada)

ICES/PICES/GLOBEC Symposium on "The role of zooplankton in Global Ecosystem Dynamics: Comparative studies from World Oceans"
20-23 May 2003, Gijón, Spain
Conveners: Roger Harris (GLOBEC) and Tsutomu Ikeda (PICES), and Luis Valdés (ICES)


ICES Symposium on "Acoustics in Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology"
10-14 June 2002, Montpellier, France
Conveners: Dr F. Gerlotto (France) and Dr J. Massé (France).
Co-sponsors: Acoustical Society of America (ASA), UK Institute of Acoustics (IOA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Société Française d'Acoustique (SFA)

NAFO/CSIRO Symposium on "Elasmobranch Fisheries: Managing for Sustainable Use and Biodiversity Conservation"
11 - 13 September 2002, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Conveners: David Kulka (NAFO, Canada) as Organiser, and Mike
Pawson (for Paddy Walker, Chair SGEF, ICES), Jack Musick (VIMS, USA) and Terry Walker (MFRI, Australia).
Co-sponsored by ICES.


ICES Symposium on "Hydrobiological Variability in the ICES Area, 1990-1999"
8-10 August 2001, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Conveners: Dr R. R. Dickson (UK) and Professor J. Meincke (Germany). Co-sponsored by NAFO

ICES Symposium on "Capelin - What Are They Good For? Biology, Management, and the Ecological Role of Capelin"
23 - 27 July 2001, Reykjavik, Iceland
Conveners: Dr H. Vilhjalmsson (Iceland) and Dr J. Carscadden (Canada)

ICES/NAFO Symposium on "Deep-Sea Fisheries"
12-14 September 2001, Varadero, Cuba
Conveners: J.Gordon (UK) and T. Koslow (Australia) and J. Moore (USA), Co-sponsored by CSIRO

Conference on "The 70th Anniversary and Achievements of the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR)"
7 August 2001, Edinburgh, UK
Co-sponsored by ICES


ICES Symposium on "100 Years of Science under ICES"
1-4 August 2000, Helsinki, Finland
Convener: Dr E. D. Anderson (USA)

SAP Symposium on "Fish Stock Assessments and Predictions: Integrating Relevant Knowledge"
4 - 6 December 2000, Bergen, Norway
Co-Sponsored by ICES


ICES/SCOR Symposium on "Ecosystem Effects of Fishing"
16-19 March 1999, Montpellier, France
Conveners: Professor H. Gislason (Denmark) and Dr M.M. Sinclair (Canada)

NOAA/IOC/SCOR/ICES Symposium on "The Changing States of Large Marine Ecosystems of the North Atlantic and Global Environmental Trends"
16-18 June 1999, Bergen, Norway
Conveners: Dr K. Sherman (USA) and Dr H. R. Skjoldal (Norway)

ICES Symposium on "Population Dynamics of Calanus in the North Atlantic: Results from the Trans­Atlantic Study of Calanus finmarchicus"
24-27 August 1999, Tromsø, Norway
Conveners: Professor K. S. Tande (Norway) and Professor C. Miller (USA)

NAFO Scientific Council Symposium on "Pandalid Shrimp Fisheries - Science and Management at the Millennium"
8-10 September 1999, Halifax, Canada
Conveners: P. Koeller (NAFO), S. Tveite (ICES), and J. Boutillier (PICES). Co-Sponsored by ICES and PICES
Report of Symposium, Papers, Pictures. Proceedings has been published in the Journal of Northwest Atlantic Fishery Science, Vol. 27, and on the NAFO website

ICES Symposium on "Environmental Effects of Mariculture":
13-17 September 1999, St Andrews, N.B., Canada
Conveners: Dr D. Wildish (Canada) and Dr M. Héral (France)

Seventh International Conference on Artificial Reefs and Related Aquatic Habitats (7th CARAH)
Italy, 7-11 October 1999, San Remo, Liguria
Co-sponsored by ICES.

Young Scientists Conference on Marine Ecosystem Perspectives:
20-24 November 1999, Gilleleje, Denmark
Peter Grønkjær, Queen's University, Ontario, Canada


ICES Symposium on "Brackish Water Ecosystems"
25-28 August 1998, Helsinki, Finland
Convener: Professor P. Mälkki (Finland)

ICES Symposium on "Marine Benthos Dynamics:Environmental and Fisheries Impacts"
5-7 October 1998, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Conveners: Professor A. (Tasso) Eleftheriou (Greece) and Dr P. Kingston (UK)

 ICES Symposium on "Confronting Uncertainty in the Evaluation and Implementation of Fisheries-Management Systems"
16-19 November 1998, Cape Town, South Africa
Conveners: Dr T. K. Stokes (UK), Professor D. Butterworth (South Africa), and Dr R. L. Stephenson (Canada)


ICES Symposium on "The Temporal Variability of Plankton and their Physico­Chemical Environment "
19-21 March 1997
Kiel, Germany

ICES/NASCO Symposium on "Interactions between Salmon Culture and Wild Stocks of Atlantic Salmon: The Scientific and Management Issues"
18-22 April 1997
Bath, England, UK

ICES Symposium on "Recruitment Dynamics of Exploited Marine Populations: Physical­Biological Interactions"
22-24 September 1997
Baltimore, Maryland, USA


ICES Symposium on "Seabirds in the Marine Environment"
22-24 November 1996
Glasgow, Scotland, UK


ICES Symposium on"Changes in the North Sea Ecosystem and Their Causes: Århus 1975 Revisited"
11-14 July 1995
Århus, Denmark  

ICES Symposium on "Fisheries and Plankton Acoustics"
12-16 July 1995
Aberdeen, Scotland, UK 

NAFO/ICES Symposium on "The Role of Marine Mammals in the Ecosystem"
6-8 September 1995
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada​​

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