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About the IMBER Open Science Conference 2014

The IMBER Open Science Conference (OSC) 2014 “Future Oceans – Research for marine sustainability: multiple stressors, drivers, challenges and solutions” includes a wide range of topics related to marine biogeochemistry and ecosystem research, from ocean acidification to management of fisheries, and the human dimensions of global marine change.

The IMBER OSC 2014 is intended to highlight IMBER’s achievements and ambitions, to synthesize and integrate IMBER-related research to provide a basis for a future marine research agenda, especially in light of the emerging ‘Future Earth’ initiative, while maintaining strong links with IMBER co-sponsor, SCOR. It will provide an international, open forum for marine researchers and research end-users to share their knowledge and experience. The ultimate goal is thus to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary marine research that addresses human-natural marine science issues in the Anthropocene, towards evidence-based solutions and options related to marine issues at local, regional and global levels; and to provide guidance for decision makers, managers and communities towards marine sustainability.

The IMBER OSC 2014 will be complemented by a several side events – topical workshops with regional focus, as well as data management and capacity building workshops. world cafés, public lectures and panel discussions are also planned.


Who Should Attend

  • Members of the research community interested in exchanging ideas on marine issues in the framework of global change and the transitions towards marine sustainability, including those from physical, natural and social sciences and humanities.
  • Policy advisors and decision makers concerned with the marine environment, fisheries and management of marine ecosystems, and other stakeholders including representatives from local communities and resource managers, fisheries organizations, and all those interested in exchanging ideas with the marine science community on information most useful for their decision-making needs.
  • Early careers researchers (PhD students and post-doctoral researchers) with specialization in fields related to the IMBER science and researchers from developing and emerging countries are also invited to contribute, especially as some dedicated travel grants should be made available.
  • Representatives of international initiatives and organizations interested in sharing experiences or learning from IMBER-related activities for their research and education purposes.
  • Individual researchers who wish to provide input to the evolution of IMBER activities in the future marine research landscape.



Important Dates

  • Abstract submission: 5 February 2014
  • Registration (standard fee): 31 March 2014
  • Apply for financial assistance: 31 January 2014

Scientific Organising Committee

Eileen Hofmann (Chair), Old Dominion University, USA

Ratana Chuenpagdee, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Julie Hall, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand

Raleigh Hood, University of Maryland, USA

Ian Perry, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada

Carol Robinson, University of East Anglia, UK

Bernard Avril, IMBER International Project Office, Norway


Local Organising Committee

Dag Aksnes, University of Bergen, Norway

Beatriz Balino, University of Bergen, Norway

Ken Drinkwater, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Tore Furevik, University of Bergen, Norway

Christoph Heinze, University of Bergen, Norway

Svein Sundby, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Lisa Maddison, IMBER International Project Office, Norway