2019 People & the Sea Conference

People & the Sea X: learning from the past, imagining the future

The Conference will take place from the 24th until the 28th of June 2019

Location: Roeterseiland complex, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Program Summary

Under the broad theme LEARNING FROM THE PAST, IMAGINING THE FUTURE, we investigate a myriad of matters in the context of six streams, each of which highlights a particular aspect of coastal and oceanic affairs.

On Tuesday the vice-chancellor of the University of Amsterdam, prof. Karen Maex, will open the conference together with Director-General Johan Osinga of the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. Prof. Dr. Svein Jentoft (UiT Arctic University of Norway) will then present a first keynote address entitled ‘Life above water’. On following days, there will be keynote addresses by Dr. Fiona McCormack (University of Waikato) and Prof. Dr. D. Parthasarathy (IIT-Bombay).

The centre piece of this jubilee conference is a set of panel sessions featuring former keynote speakers, who have been invited to reflect on the continuing relevance of the perspectives they brought forward at the time, as well as on the content of a social science manifesto for the marine social sciences. Participants include: Eddie Allison, Alpina Begossi, Katrina Brown, Peter Burbridge, Tony Charles, Moeniba Isaacs, John Kurien, Edmund Penning-Rowsell, Kevin St. Martin, Rashid Sumaila, David Symes/Jeremy Phillipson, Leontine Visser and Rolf Wilmann.

On Thursday, a conference dinner in the monumental Dominicus Church will top off festivities, as will the presentation of awards for the best student paper.

On Friday, the conference will close with a plenary science policy discussion.