SAMSS2020 is postponed to July 2021 due to the circumstances connected to the coronavirus COVID-19. The current conditions are not conducive for the organisation of the conference, nor will all delegates be able to find the necessary time for preparation amidst current and possible future disruptions. The Local Organising Committee (LOC) therefore opted to postpone.
Since delegates might decide to change their abstracts, the LOC has decided to start the abstract submission anew. We aim to open abstract submission in September 2020, and close submission mid-January 2021. All dates will be announced in due course.
In the meantime, the LOC extends their thanks to each person who contributed to the 491 abstracts that were submitted. We hope that you will be able to join us in 2021!
Marine Science is at a crossroads. Recent technological advances are driving new fields of biological endeavour with the aim of addressing current environmental and societal needs. Funding models are promoting transdisciplinary research and multi-institutional programmes that not only tackle ongoing global change issues, but have tangible societal benefits as well.
At the same time, the skills and lessons of the past remain pertinent. Studies of biodiversity and evolved traits inform of species resilience and probable trajectories in an age of global change, emphasizing the lasting truth of Dobzhansky’s famous dictum – that nothing in biology makes sense, except in the light of evolution. Ancient coastlines and climate records can shed light on past conditions and changing biological assemblages. Studies in basic marine ecology, chemistry, oceanography and organismal biology build our understanding of the important drivers of marine systems and inform our decisions and actions. And while funding for pure or basic science is under pressure, it may be the foundation for the next scientific revolution, and helps us retain the sense of wonder that ensures continued engagement with the marine world.
This conference therefore aims to explore the links, continuity and changes in marine science of the past and present, with emphasis on how the science being done today will determine the ‘future pasts’ of our marine ecosystems and the people who depend on them.
The conference is formally hosted by UKZN and the KZN Sharks Board, on behalf of SANCOR (South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research)
Themes and Sessions »
Theme 1: 2020 vision: strategies for adaptive management
Theme 2: Novel insights from ecology and biology
Theme 3: Ecosystem functions and services
Theme 4: Global change: from prediction to action and adaptation
Theme 5: Lessons from the past:
Theme 6: Changing research fields and technology
Theme 7: People and the marine environment
Theme 8: Environmental-Economic Accounting
Theme 9: Open sessions
This is for delegates who are not sure with which theme or session above their submission best aligns.
Anne Cohen of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
TITLE: To be confirmed
Astrid Jarre from UCT
Marine social-ecological systems research in support of management: case studies illustrating progress made.
With a professional background in marine systems ecology, Astrid has been specialising on an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAF) since the late 1980s. Her research emphasis has been on exploited marine systems experiencing pronounced environmental signals, and in developing societies. Her research interests include the development of ecosystem indicators for fisheries management, systems modelling, modelling with stakeholders and developing inter- and transdisciplinary research methodology. She has senior experience in developing scientific advice for management of human activities in the ocean. Holding the South African Research Chair in Marine Ecology and Fisheries, Astrid's current research focuses on developing methodology for structured decision making with regards to human activities in marine social-ecological systems under global change, notably in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem.
Lynnath Beckley from Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
Marine science in space and time: a southern hemisphere perspective.
Lynnath Beckley is the Professor of Marine Science at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. She received a PhD from the University of Cape Town and was the principal scientist at the Oceanographic Research Institute in Durban before relocating to the eastern shores of the Indian Ocean. Her diverse research interests range from biological oceanography of the Agulhas and Leeuwin Currents to mapping human use for marine conservation planning of the remote Ningaloo and Kimberley coasts of NW Australia. The second International Indian Ocean Expedition is her current focus and she recently led a major research voyage with the RV Investigator to re-examine the oceanic ecosystem along the 110°E meridian (last studied in the 1960s). She serves on several national and international science committees and is a past-President of the Australian Marine Sciences Association.
|Final date to request Special Sessions: Request form||To be confirmed|
|Final date for requests to host Workshops / Courses: Request form||To be confirmed|
|Abstract submission opens:||September 2020|
|Abstract submission due:||mid-January 2021|
|Acceptance notification:||To be confirmed|
|Registration opens:||To be confirmed|
|Early Bird registrations close:||To be confirmed|
|Workshops / Courses:||July 2021|
Abstract specifications »
The deadline to submit abstracts will be mid-January 2021.
Your abstract must be converted to PDF format before submission. MS Word or similar packages allow documents to be saved as an Adobe PDF.
Instructions for the OpenConf Abstract Submission System »
1. Select 'Make Submission'
After submitting you will be redirected to a confirmation page that displays your Paper Submission ID. You will also receive a confirmation email with this information.
2. Select 'Upload File'
Upload your PDF abstract file (no longer than 250 words) using your submission ID & password.
These instructions are also shown on the OpenConf home page.
Elangeni Hotel, Durban
Monday evening 6 July
Venue: Elangeni Hotel
Parking is available on site at no additional cost on a first come first served basis.
Airport Transfer Options:
Details will be supplied on site. Please collect from the registration desk.
Audio Visual Presentations
Presentations should be handed to the Audio-Visual staff on a memory stick/flash drive in the meeting room, during the break prior to your talk. Please inform the technician in the venue if your presentation has sound or video clips.
There is security at the hotel, but we would like to remind you to please be vigilant and keep all your valuables with you at all times.
Lalela uLwandle (Listen to the Sea)
This play will be performed twice during the conference and each performance will be followed by a moderated discussion.
Lalela uLwandle is an interactive immersive theatre and public storytelling experience, led by Empatheatre and researchers from the One Ocean Hub. The project surfaces the stories of living with the ocean that are seldom heard in the public domain. Drawing from seven months of collaborative action research into the lives of different KZN citizens along our coast, including marine educators, marine scientists, fisherfolk, sangomas and zionists. This project brings to the surface the lived realities of people involved directly and indirectly with the ocean, as well as creating a new social platform that makes public dialogue possible regarding our collective pressing concerns regarding our ocean's health and governance.
Research team: Dr. Dylan McGarry and Taryn Pereira (Rhodes University), Dr. Kira Erwin (Durban University of Technology), Dr. Nomkhosi Gama (University of Cape Town), Neil Coppen (Empatheatre), Mpume Mthombeni (Empatheatre)
Public Lecture by George Branch
Seafood: from gastronomy to ecosystem effects and management issues
With a passion for sea life, George Branch describes himself as a one-time choral singer, photographer, scuba-diver, tennis player of ill repute and beach bum par excellence. He and his wife Margo have devoted a lifetime to studying and communicating the excitement of marine science to both the public and to generations of students at the University of Cape Town, and have published over 260 scientific articles and 12 books. Their award-winning books ‘Two Oceans – a guide to Marine Life of southern Africa’, and ‘Living Shores of southern Africa’ are standard references on marine life. George has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Zoological Society, the Gilchrist Gold Medal, the International Temperate Reef lifetime Award and a ‘Distinguished Teachers Award at the University of Cape Town, where he was privileged to work with a wonderful group of postgraduate students. He and his wife have spent their ‘retirement’ years cherishing grandparental joys, and rewriting the book ‘Living Shores’, to update it and convey the thrills of discovery that have taken place in the 35 years since they first wrote that book.
Books for sale at public lecture
Living Shores: normal price R490, discounted price R370
Two Oceans: normal price R450, discounted price R350
Local Organising Committee »
|Prof Ursula Scharler (Conference Chair)||UKZN|
|Dr David Glassom||UKZN|
|Dr Nicola Carrasco||UKZN|
|Dr Tshoanelo Miya||UKZN|
|Dr Angus MacDonald||UKZN|
|Mr Gan Moodley||UKZN|
|Dr Matt Dicken||KZN Sharks Board|
SAMSS 2020 Scientific Committee »
|Maya Pfaff||DEA; UCT|
|Albertus J. Smit||UWC|
|Lara Van Niekerk||CSIR|