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The final OPP conference, Oceans Past VII: Tracing human interactions with marine ecosystems through deep time: implications for policy and management took place in Bremerhaven Germany in October 2018.

The conference had over 100 registered participants. The participants at the conference are both natural and social scientists (ecologists, oceanographers, economists, historians, archaeologists), and the field is highly interdisciplinary. The participants came from xx countries: Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, and USA.

During the conference 75 talks, 8 posters and four key note addresses were presented.

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Previous Events

Oceans's Past VI



Historical Ecology of Semi-Enclosed Basins: Past, Present and Future of Sea at Risk
Chioggia (Venice, Italy)
3 - 4 October 2016
Further Information

1. Changing Values workshop - Changing values, uses and practices regarding marine mammals: from the Iron Age
to early modern and contemporary times

WG 2 Costal settlements + WG 4 Changing Values

March 13 2016, Madeira Portugal

2. Bayscapes Conference CFP


Bayscapes: Shaping the Coastal Interface through Time
Oceans Past Platform Conference
May 23-25 2016, Trinity College Dublin.

Preliminary Programme

The European Oceans Past Platform is dedicated to marine environmental
history and the study of ocean and coastal management through time. The
conference will be held in collaboration with the Centre for Environmental
Humanities at Trinity College Dublin, and to celebrate Dublin Bay being
designated a UNESCO Biosphere.  Papers will explore both local and
European perspectives and address the following core themes:

- Intervention points and best practice for managing marine heritage
- Changing inshore ecologies and human impacts
- Shaping bayscapes through time
- Coastal and underwater Maritime Cultural Heritage

Deadline for submission: March 1st 2016

Papers or interventions of any kind (for 20 minute slots) addressing these or any related questions are welcome. Please submit your 500 word proposal by email to the addresses to Dr Marisa Ronan ( by March 1st.

Proposals for alternative presentations/formats are welcome. Please contact the organisers to discuss.

Past Meetings 2015

OPP Mangement Commitee, Trinity College Dublin November 2015

OPP Synthesis meeting, Dublin November 2015

OPP Annual Management Committee meeting, Tallinn May 2015
Institute of History, Ruutli 10 (old Tallinn Town)
This meeting will officially launch the OPP COST Action

To view the footage from these meetings please click on the relevant link below

Oceans Past Platform






Oceans Past Platform Launch

23rd February 2015, OPP Synthesis meeting
Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Purpose of the Synthesis Group
The Synthesis Group, consisting of members of WGs, will ensure integration: by developing and agreeing protocols and indicators and by developing methods to integrate historical indicators in marine observation and decision support systems. The Synthesis Group will oversee the programme of summer schools and short-term scientific missions to ensure that integration is a key objective. The chair of the Synthesis Group will also be Vice-Chair of the Action.



EU COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology OPP

Last updated 25 February 2019 (Email).