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Call for papers: Oceans Past X Conference

The Oceans Past Initiative (OPI) warmly invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 10th Oceans Past Conference: ‘Historical perspectives on human-ocean interactions: deep understandings for informing ocean futures’. The conference will take place from 25th to 28th June 2024 at Penryn campus, University of Exeter, Cornwall, UK.

Oceans Past brings together scholars and practitioners interested in documenting and understanding changes in marine systems and human maritime interactions in past decades, centuries and millennia. The 10th Oceans Past Conference will enable continued scholarly networking and international exchange towards a fuller understanding of the past, the present, and potential future trajectories of our marine ecosystems and the human communities that interact with these.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 15th January 2023.

To qualify for an oral or poster presentation please visit the conference website and follow the instructions for submission to You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Title of presentation.
  • Full name(s) and affiliation of all author(s).
  • Abstract (max 200 words).
  • Preferred presentation type (oral or poster).
  • Preferred session (select one from the list of conference themes below).

Conference themes include:

  1. How the sea has changed us / how we have changed the sea.
  2.  Physical and biological drivers in marine ecosystems and populations.
  3.  Scales of sustainable and unsustainable marine harvesting throughout time.
  4.  Multidisciplinary perspectives on social and ecological consequences of change.
  5.  Trajectories and repercussions of management interventions on marine social‐ecological systems through time.
  6. Lessons from the past for management of coastal zones and the high seas.

Attendance subsidies are available for some early career researchers, please check the website for eligibility and how to apply.