ICES Annual Science Conference 2012 (ICES ASC 2012)

Venue: Scandic Bergen City hotel

Location: Bergen, Norway

Event Date/Time: Sep 17, 2012 End Date/Time: Sep 21, 2012
Early Registration Date: Aug 01, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 20, 2012
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The 2012 ASC has an exciting programme of sessions, with two particular focal areas: Aquaculture sustainability on the one hand, and the oceanography and ecology of the Arctic in the context of climate change, on the other. In addition we have sessions dealing with ecological theory (e.g. estimating the limits to ecosystem resilience, understanding marine habitat connectivity), ecosystem function and dynamics (e.g. mapping and modelling plankton populations, use of fish otoliths as ecological tools), fisheries assessment (e.g. the importance of survey performance), fisheries management (e.g. the use of science in marine spatial planning, the evolution of management frameworks) and policy implementation (e.g. traceability of fish products, mitigating fish discards), so there is something for everybody!

The ASC also hosts a significant number of business meetings of the scientific, advisory, and governance structures of the ICES network, which are used to identify priority areas, focus the efforts of the network, and gather community feedback. We also provide a venue for official and unofficial meetings with ICES partners and collaborators, and this combination of events has made the ICES ASC a must for scientists, policy-makers, science managers, and communicators wishing to learn, and influence, marine science in our region.

As usual, the conference has some outstanding keynote speakers: Dr Karin Kroon Boxaspen, Senior Scientist at the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen will kick off the conference with a lecture on sustainable aquaculture production; Professor Carl Folke, Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics in Stockholm, will talk about the resilience of marine social-ecological systems; and Assistant Professor Trevor Branch, from the University of Washington, will explore the development and impacts of global fisheries on marine foodwebs. In Session L (Evolution of management frameworks) the ASC will also host an invited lecture by Sidney Holt, one of the most influential marine biologists of the 20th century and considered to be the father of modern fisheries science.