Important updates

November 2, 2021
The MSEAS Organizers are pleased to announce a ~2hr virtual webinar for the MSEAS Community, featuring four exciting speakers followed by a moderated panel Q&A session on December 8th 2021 at 13:00 UTC.
Follow the links to the MSEAS "Teaser Announcement" and "Teaser Speakers" on the right-side menu.

May 26, 2021
Over the past year we’ve been working hard to make MSEAS a reality. However, owing to the continued uncertainty with global travel the convenors would like to announce that the in-person MSEAS Symposium will be postponed until further notice. In preparation for our main event, however, we are happy to announce that a virtual MSEAS Teaser event is being planned for December 2021. More information will be coming in late summer about this event!

Feb 25, 2021
UNDOS (United Nations Decade of Ocean Science) for Sustainable Development Endorsement for MSEAS-2021
MSEAS-2021 has been approved as an Ocean Decade event.

Feb 11, 2021
The survey was sent to 411 participants who had been registered at some point for the meeting. We received 162 responses, so, almost 40% (quite a high response rate)
MSEAS Survey Feedback

Apr 3, 2020
MSEAS Symposium has been postponed until December 2021

The special issue of ICES JMS is still going on as planned (July 6, 2020), under the original timeframe.

Mar 12, 2020
Dear MSEAS-2020 participants,

On March 11, 2020 the Symposium Convenors and Coordinators met (virtually) to review the status of planning for MSEAS-2020. After carefully reviewing the COVID-19 situation in Japan and the restrictions on travel that are emerging globally, the team came to the very disappointing conclusion that the MSEAS-2020 Symposium must be postponed. You are receiving this message now so that you can take action to minimize any financial exposure and possibly set your mind at ease about travel plans at this difficult time.

The Symposium Convenors are now hard at work on developing and evaluating postponement options. We are just starting this work, so we have no details available at this time, but in general, we are thinking about postponement of six months or one year.

Some soon-to-be Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Postponed until when?
    ANSWER: We don't know. We are working on it. We expect to get back to you as soon as we have the confirmed dates.

  2. What about my registration fee?
    ANSWER: You can ask for a refund now OR leave it in place pending clarity on the postponement date. In either case, you will be eligible for the 100% Refund - minus $25 processing fee as per the registration webpage registration
    We will set new deadlines relative to any new dates for the Symposium.

  3. What about my abstract?
    ANSWER: You can leave it as submitted. When we settle on a new date, you will be given the option to modify/update it to include new results. If you feel the need, you may withdraw the abstract.

  4. I have been granted travel support from PICES or ICES - What happens with this?
    ANSWER: People granted travel support by PICES will be contacted directly by Christina Chiu ( People granted travel support by ICES will be contacted by Alondra Sofia Rodriguez Buelna (

  5. How can I keep track of any changes?
    ANSWER: We will contact you by email AND we will post updates to the IMPORTANT UPDATES page on the Symposium website IMPORTANT UPDATES

As the Symposium Convenors/Coordinators, we remain really excited by the sessions which are planned and the abstracts that have been submitted. We believe that this Symposium represents an important contribution to marine science and we hope that you will stick with us as we work out an alternative.

Feb. 24, 2020
Dynamic detailed schedule is now available.

Feb. 24, 2020
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Feb. 14, 2020
As the date of MSEAS approaches, and events concerning the COVID-19 virus transpire, we would like to inform you that both the Convening Committee, and the Local Organising Committee are monitoring the situation, meeting regularly to discuss it, and are receiving regular updates on risk and contingencies from Japanese and other international authorities.
We will be sure to inform you of any impact on the conference at the earliest opportunity.
Best regards,
MSEAS 2020 Convening Committee

Feb. 10, 2020
Publication information is now available.

Jan. 25, 2020
Detailed Schedules are now available.

Jan. 20, 2020
Information about Poster Session is now available.

Dec. 27, 2019
Information about Visa and Accommodation is now available.

Dec. 18, 2019
Training workshop: Transdisciplinarity in Fisheries & Ocean Sustainability.

Nov. 22, 2019
Deadline for Financial Support Grant Notifications has been extended until November 30, 2019.

Oct 23, 2019
Deadline for Abstract Acceptance and Financial Support Grant Notifications has been extended until November 15, 2019.

Sept 29, 2019
Deadline for Abstract submission and Financial support application has beed exteded until October 15, 2019.

Sept 24, 2019
On-line Registration Fee Payment is now open.

July 3, 2019
On-line Financial Support Applications are now open. Registration Payments info will be added soon.

July 2, 2019
Abstract Submissions are now open. Registration Payments info will be added soon. Financial Support Applications will be open soon.

June 10, 2019
JUNE 25 is a new opening date (changed from June 7) for Early Registration, Abstract Submission, and Financial Support Application.