ESSAS - Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas

2021 ESSAS Annual Science Meeting in Sapporo, Japan 30 May–4 June, 2021

“Linking past and present marine ecosystems to inform future fisheries and aquaculture”

Venue: Meeting room, Centennial Hall, Hokkaido University
(10 min walk from the main gate of Hokkaido University)

Date: 30 May–4 June, 2021

Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas (ESSAS), one of the regional programs of the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research project (IMBeR), will hold its 2021 annual science meeting (ASM) at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. The goal of the ESSAS Program is to compare, quantify and predict the impact of climate variability on the productivity and sustainability of Subarctic and Arctic marine ecosystems.

Both academic communities and local stakeholders in Hokkaido are interested in how Arctic and sub-Arctic marine systems will change in the future. Of relevance to these concerns is information from the natural and social sciences, including economics. The 2021 ASM will build on a previous international project funded by the Belmont Forum, which examined the resilience and adaptive capacity of Arctic and sub-Arctic marine systems. We seek to understand the mechanisms by which climate change will affect aquaculture and capture fisheries, how these changes will affect resource-dependent communities, and how management can foster resilience in these systems.

We welcome submission of abstracts to the General Session of the 2021 ASM on 1 June to address the above themes. Specifically, we seek contributions that draw on findings from all fields, including paleoecology, contemporary ecology and the social sciences, to help inform our understanding of future changes affecting fisheries and aquaculture in high-latitude marine ecosystems. In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, we will also accept presentations delivered via a video conference system if you cannot come to Sapporo. In addition, if you would like to join the excursion to renewal “UPOPOY, National Ainu Museum and Park*” on 4 June, please sign up for it when you register on the website or at the onsite registration desk. We look forward to productive discussions with many participants!

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 07 February, 2021
  • Deadline for registration on the website: 30 April, 2021 (We welcome onsite registration after 30 April)
  • Registration fee: 2,500 JPY for student, 5,000 JPY for others (Please pay at the reception desk. We accept JPY cash only)
  • Registration & abstract submission

Conference Program


Below is a list of hotels around the Conference venue. For location map of these hotels, please click here.   

HotelsRoom size (m2)Rates (JPY/night) Distance to the venue
Mystays Sapporo Aspen16 – 309300 – 155003-min walk
Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo18 – 33.213500 – 240008-min walk
Mitsui Garden Hotel 16 – 2312400 – 164007-min walk
Century Royal Hotel17.6 – 59.617000 – 900007-min walk
Keio Prelia Hotel20 – 238800 – 170002-min walk
JR tower Hotel Nikko18 – 3015000 – 3100011-min walk
JR INN Sapporo15 – 2610000 – 210006-min walk
Toyoko INN Hotel126600 – 71001-min walk
ROUTE INN Hotel12 – 158000 – 140006-min walk






Contact Us

For any questions about ESSAS or further information please contact any of the ESSAS Co-chairs

Benjamin Planque
Institute of Marine Research
Bergen, Norway

Franz Mueter
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alaska, USA

Naomi Harada
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Yokosuka, Japan