Symposium: Ecological Basis of Risk Analysis for Marine Ecosystems

The symposium will be held 2nd – 4th June 2014 at Taidetehdas, Porvoo (small old city 50 km east from Helsinki, Finland) followed by a three day workshop. The symposium conveners are Professor Sakari Kuikka (Finland), Dr Tony Smith (Australia) and Dr Alexei Orlov (Russian Federation). From Monday to Wednesday, the symposium has plenary with oral presentations and panel discussion combined with poster session. Two combined courses on Bayesian methods are organized, one prior to the Symposium and one right after. The symposium is organized in close collaboration with the EU-FP7 project ECOKNOWS – Improving fisheries assessment methods by integrating new sources of biological knowledge. The keynote speakers include Professor Ray Hilborn (United States), Dr Beth Fulton (Australia), and Professor Samu Mäntyniemi (Finland).

The goal of the symposium is to review, discuss and assess methodological approaches, case studies and outcomes relevant to effective and efficient interdisciplinary marine ecosystems risk analysis, particularly in relation to resource use and risks of overexploitation. By comparing the different scientific fields focusing on marine risks, the symposium aims to explore how science can identify and quantify uncertainty and develop processes that allow better interpretation of uncertain estimates, leading to management that more effectively and efficiently meets objectives. The focus includes risk assessment, risk management and risk communication. We especially aim to learn from other related disciplines and we are interested to hear talks from other areas of risk analysis applications.


  1. Fisheries management under uncertainty
  2. Decision modeling in fisheries management
  3. Probabilistic fish stock assessment
  4. Oil spill and eutrophication risk analysis
  5. Environmental risk assessment for marine areas
  6. Risk analysis in aquaculture

Abstract submission deadline: February 28, 2014

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