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Oceans Past V Conference

Marine science has taken a historical turn during the past two decades. Individual studies and global initiatives such as the History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP) and the Sea Around Us programmes have led to a large number of research projects in diverse socio-ecological systems, from coastal European marshes to Pacific islands to Atlantic fisheries.

Meanwhile, in what could be dubbed a sea change of history, environmental historians are also studying human engagement with the underwater realm. Historians, including archaeologists, sociologists, and geographers, have engaged with marine scientists in an interdisciplinary effort to bring together the long-term study of human and animal worlds. Thanks to this collaborative effort, researchers have not only identified, but in many cases resolved, the problem of the ‘shifting baseline’ by pushing back the chronological limits of our knowledge.

This conference, the fifth in the Oceans Past series, will provide a forum where the latest research in marine environmental history and historical marine ecology can be presented and debated, and easily accessible to all researchers and policy makers.

Following the conference, the ICES Journal of Marine Science will host a dedicated theme issue on historical marine ecology / marine environmental history.Check link for inspiration on publishing with ICES Journal of Marine Science.




  • When, how, and why did human activities impact the marine environment?
  • Utilizing modelling approaches to hindcast marine ecosystem dynamics
  • The application of molecular tools to identiἀfy marine historical change
  • New methods in historical analysis
  • Using a gender lens to better understand fishing and gathering
  • From history and science to policy: how to support sustainable use

Following the conference, the ICES Journal of Marine Science will host a dedicated theme issue on historical marine ecology / marine environmental history.
Check link for inspiration on publishing with ICES Journal of Marine Science.

Program and Organizing Committees

  • Poul Holm, Chair (Ireland)
  • Georg Engelhard (UK)
  • Heike Lotze (Canada)
  • Kathleen Schwerdtner-Manez (Germany)
  • Lembi Lõugas (Estonia)
  • Marta Coll (France)

Local Organising Committee

  • Henn Ojaveer (Chair), Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Marge Simo (Secretary), Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Sirli Peda, Tallinn University Conference Centre, Tallinn, Estonia


  • Alison MacDiarmid, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
  • Brian MacKenzie, National Institute for Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark

Last updated 7 March 2017 History (Email).