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Prof. A.J. (Tony) Press

Where and When

C3, South Hoboart, in conjunction with the MEASO2018 Conference

Wednesday, 11th April, 2018.  


The MEASO Policy Forum will bring together scientists, fishers, and marine policy makers to develop priorities for marine biological and ecological research over the next two to three decades. The aim is to target research that will deliver science-based advice to support stakeholders and policy-makers.  

The structure of the Policy Forum will be a combination of key-note presentations and shorter contributions to facilitate discussion between participants in the forum -  discussion time will be available in each session, and in a substantive final plenary.

Presenters at the Policy Forum will be invited to contribute manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication. A published “Conclusions” of the Policy forum is also planned.

The Policy Forum is part of the MEASO Conference, which is considering four themes: (1) Assessments of status and trends of habitats, species and food webs, (2) Responses of species to changing habitats, including ocean acidification, sea ice and temperature; (3) Modelling and analytical methods to assess status and trends; and (4) Implementation of observing systems to estimate dynamics and change (see

The Policy Forum will have four sessions:

  1. Future of Southern Ocean ecosystems
    1. Changing ecosystem forces on Southern Ocean biota
    2. Impacts of global geopolitics, economics and policies impacting on the Southern Ocean
    3. Desirable futures for Southern Ocean ecosystems
    4. Needs and capabilities for biological research in the Southern Ocean
      1. Critical questions for understanding Southern Ocean ecosystems: how to ‘do the science’ and timescales for research
      2. Perspectives from policy, fisheries, conservation: what do stakeholders want or need to know
      3. Future of research capabilities
      4. Filling the gaps
        1. Technology and resources
        2. Use of ecosystem models and other tools
        3. Partnerships
        4. Approaches to management
        5. Priorities to meet the needs

The Policy Forum will be facilitated by Prof AJ (Tony) Press, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Australia. 

Short presentations (15 minutes) are invited on any of the four themes.  Up to 8 short presentations will be chosen for oral presentation.  The remaining presentations will be considered for poster presentations, depending on space available. Abstracts can be submitted through the general abstract submission process under Theme 5 for the conference (, with a note at bottom of the abstract indicating which Policy Forum theme is being addressed.

Participants are invited to register at any time from now (  They are also invited to attend the conference dinner on Wednesday evening as part of registration for the forum, and are very welcome to participate in the conference as well.

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  1. Hello! I noticed a similarity between the objectives of this forum and the results of the SCAR's Horizon Scan and COMNAP's Antarctic Roadmap Challenges Project. But this time with a special focus on the Southern Ocean.

    Is this perception correct?

  2. Thanks for the note.  Those two exercises were looking at the general science questions that SCAR might pursue overall and how they could be delivered.  A recent exercise to further develop the Horizon Scan but for marine science was recently published by Gutt et al (2017).  In these cases, while there may be a relationship between some of the science and policy outcomes, they are still designed around general questions.

    This policy forum aims to look at what science is specifically needed by policy makers and stakeholders and by when i.e. a set of priorities with timelines as to when policy makers would expect input and advice to their discussions.  This particular question has been a focus of the IMBER program 'Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean' (ICED), which is a part of SCAR as well as IMBER.  There has been some progress on this in relation to CCAMLR, particularly for its Atlantic Sector. We hope to progress these discussions further.for the whole of the Southern Ocean. 




  3. Understood! Thank-you for your attention, Andrew.