Chioggia (Venice, Italy)
3 - 4 October 2016

The meeting is organized within the framework of and supported by the Oceans Past Platform COST Action IS1403.

The meeting aims at providing an overview of the past, present and future status of ecosystems of semi-enclosed basins (in particular, but not exclusively, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Baltic Sea, etc.) and coastal areas including transitional environments, such as estuaries, or bays, and inform managers on the potential future scenarios and management needs by using the interdisciplinary approach of marine historical ecology.
The meeting welcomes participants from different field and addressing different aspects of historical ecology:
• history of discovery of marine life and environments
• exploitation of marine resources
• changes in perceptions and use of marine resources
• changes in coastal areas due to urbanization and other human uses
• management actions

Contributions as oral presentations and posters from marine biologists and ecologists, historians, archeologists and anthropologists as well as environmental stakeholders/managers are encouraged.

Meeting topics

  • Changes in knowledge, perception and use of marine ecosystems of semi enclosed basin and coastal areas.
    This session aims to present the interrelationships between knowledge, perception and use of the marine ecosystems: discovery and perception of marine life; use of sea and coasts; use of marine living resources in different historical periods. This topic is expected to collect contributions from zoo-archeologists and archeologists, historians, anthropologists, marine biologists.
  • Changes in biodiversity, environmental/anthropogenic drivers and food-webs.
    The session aims to collect contributions on the changes in biodiversity and food webs in the semi-enclosed basins and coastal areas as a response to different environmental and anthropogenic pressures, among others fishery exploitation, habitats loss and degradation, pollution, climate change. This session is expected to involve fishery biologists, biologists and ecologists, oceanographers, etc.
    • Management response to changes in the marine ecosystem and future scenarios.
      This section aims to evaluate the changes and effectiveness in management strategies over time, as a response to changes in the use of marine ecosystem, among others urbanization, biodiversity loss, fishery crisis, and to the new EU policies (e.g., reformed Common Fisheries Policy, Maritime Spatial Planning, Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Blue Growth etc.) also providing insights on the future needs and opportunities for the protection and sustainable exploitation of semi-enclosed basins. Scholars from bio-ecological disciplines, political sciences and geography, and stakeholders are envisaged to contribute to this topic.

    Registrations: there are no fees; a maximum number of 60 persons will be accepted.
    To register, send an e-mail to carlotta.mazzoldi@unipd.it. Please include: name, organization, country.
    Closing date for registration: 31st August 2016
    Abstract submission: closing date: 10th of August. Authors will be notified on the acceptance by the 25th of August.
    Download form for abstract submission 



    Book of abstract

    Poster size: 85 X 120 cm

    Proceedings’ publication

    Regional Studies in Marine Science (Elsevier), which is focused on regional aspects of maritime and marine resources in estuaries, coastal zones, continental shelf, the seas and oceans. will publish a Special Issue with high quality, original, full research papers from the conference. Authors (both presenting a communication or a poster) are invited to submit original research papers falling within the scope of the journal. Submitted manuscripts will follow the usual review process of the journal. Please see the Guide for Authors for information on manuscript preparation
    Submission dates: 1 January 2017 - 28 February 2017
    Expected publication date: December 2017

    Carlotta Mazzoldi , Elena Canadelli (Department of Biology, University of Padova, Italy), Alberto Barausse  (Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, Italy

    Saša Raicevich  (ISPRA – Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, Chioggia, Italy), Tomaso Fortibuoni  (ISPRA and OGS - National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics, Trieste, Italy)

    Location: the meeting will be held in Palazzo Grassi (Chioggia, Venice, Italy).


    Accomodations: a list of accomodations in Chioggia and Sottomarina is provided.