Guidelines for Presentation

Presentation Guidelines — In Person

The following guidelines are specific to those presenting synthesis presentations.

Each synthesis presentation is allocated a 30-minute slot, and we would like about 20 minutes of presentation and then 10 minutes of discussion with the audience.

The instructions that follow are for live in-person presentations.

Each live in-person presentation is allocated a 15-minute slot. We would like you to speak for 12 minutes and allow 3 minutes for answering questions.

Please prepare your presentation in either PDF or PowerPoint formats. The slide size should be 16:9. If you plan to embed a video in your presentation, please submit the video(s) as a second submission in the event that it does not embed properly. For those creating presentations in KeyNote, please convert to PDF for final submission.

The deadline for slide deck submission is September 30th at midnight, 12 AM PDT. The submission portal will be sent directly to those presenting. If you do not receive an invitation to submit by September 26th, please contact us at

Presentation Guidelines — Pre-recorded Talks

Individuals giving pre-recorded talks are to follow the instructions below to create and upload recorded presentations. Please note the following restrictions:

Due to file size restrictions, we recommend a time limit of 15 minutes. Instructions for uploading your presentation will be sent directly to you and a private link to a submission page will be included. The link to the submission portal was sent on September 12th.

File Naming Conventions for submission: virtual_lastname

How to record your presentation

There are several options to record your presentation, but we recommend using Zoom (available with a free account). This will allow you to include both your own video, audio, and the presentation. We recommend you do not use the recording capability built into PowerPoint as we have found the resulting MP4 will result in a poor-quality recording.

If recording a screen capture without video, we suggest the inclusion of a photo of yourself as part of the first and last slides.


Please include closed captions embedded in the video. Closed captioning is available through Zoom (link) on both Mac and PC (available for personal accounts).

Submission Deadlines

Video file submission is available from September 12th to September 23rd at midnight, 12 AM PDT. Submissions after this deadline will not be accepted.

You will need to upload your video to the submission form emailed privately to you and ensure you have received an email confirming submission. The submission portal cannot be accessed through the IYS website and must be reached through the link sent directly to the presenting or communicating author. Please check your spam or junk folders if you cannot find the email. If you have not received an invitation by Wednesday September 14th, please contact us at

Presentation Guidelines — Poster Presentations

Please note: The recommended size for in-person posters is 42’’ x 42’’, with a maximum of 48’’ x 48’’.

Poster Session Schedule

All posters will be shown on Day 1 (October 4th) in the Stanley Park Foyer at the Westin Bayshore. Please be prepared to submit your posters in-person to the IYS staff members at the registration tables in the main conference hall foyer at 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM on Day 1, October 4th. The IYS staff will then be responsible for putting up your posters. Take-down will occur at 12 PM (noon) on Day 3, October 6th. During the Poster Reception, held on October 4th from 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM, it is expected that you, the presenter, be available at or near your poster to respond to questions from the symposium participants. Please stay tuned to the program updates for the closing time of the poster session. All supplies for hanging will be supplied by the Symposium team who will be present to hand out and help during setup. Note however that the team cannot take responsibility for any damage caused to your poster by the hangings.

Please note: You, the presenter, are responsible for the printing and transportation of your poster to the Symposium.

Creating your Poster

PowerPoint: To create a poster in PowerPoint, begin by creating a 1-slide PowerPoint presentation – choose a blank slide. N.B. The entire poster must be contained in only one slide. Adjust the slide size to make the poster dimensions a maximum of 42″ x 42″ (inches), or less if desired. Save your working draft as a .PPTX or .PPT file while you are working on it. When you are all finished and ready to submit your poster for digital viewing, save a copy as .PDF for submission to the IYS website.

Submitting your Poster

Please submit your poster to the IYS website following the submission portal on the IYS Synthesis Symposium page. The password to the submission portal will be sent directly to you.

Your posters will be available for viewing virtually throughout and in-advance of the symposium in-person poster session.

File Naming Conventions for submission: poster_lastname

The deadline for poster submission is September 30th at midnight, 12 AM PDT.The password to the submission portal will be sent directly to the presenting and communicating author. If you do not receive an invitation to submit by September 26th, please contact us at

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Symposium Themes and Sub-Themes

Status of Salmon Theme Objective: The present status of salmon and their environments is understood.

Sub-theme: The Status of Salmon across the Northern Hemisphere

Increased variability in the abundances of salmon populations has been observed across the Northern Hemisphere over the past two decades. Many populations have experienced significant and persistent declining trends while others have experienced major increases. Understanding the status of salmon on a hemispheric and regional level is of fundamental importance to inform decision making, research and communication with key stakeholders and the broader public. This sub-theme will provide an overview of salmon status and trends by species and geographic scale, as well a review of the different methods used to determine status throughout the Northern Hemisphere 

Sub-theme: Changing Climate, Changing Status: Understanding Shifts in Salmon Distribution, Productivity and Abundance Under Climate Change

Climate change is causing major shifts in the distribution, abundance, and productivity of salmon across the Northern Hemisphere. Understanding the changes in these factors to date, modelling future changes and adequately accounting for ecological and climate uncertainties is critical to support research and management. This sub-theme will include presentations on the observed and expected changes in salmon distributions across the Northern Hemisphere, current and emerging modelling approaches for producing annual forecasts and future scenarios, and the incorporation of climate and ecological uncertainty into these approaches

Information Systems Theme Objective: Freely available information systems contain historic and current data about salmon and their environment.

Sub-theme: Towards a Data driven Future: Progress and Future Requirements for Data Mobilization across the Salmosphere  

A major challenge experienced across the Northern Hemisphere is ensuring that data related to salmon and associated ecosystem domains are made readily available to scientists and decision makers. Despite the plethora of existing salmon-related data, only a small portion adheres to the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles. This sub-theme will include presentations that review and synthesize data mobilization successes, current barriers to data mobilization and provide an outlook for data mobilization over the next decade. 

Sub-theme: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence: The Role of AI in Salmon Resource Management

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems have been widely applied to solve complex problems across many sectors. However, there has been limited use of these powerful systems in supporting salmon fisheries monitoring, management and research. A wide range of potential benefits are linked to the application of AI, such as enabling the rapid discovery of multiple data sources and providing connections between researchers working on similar issues across the salmosphere. Presentations during this sub-theme will provide examples of current applications of AI in supporting salmon fisheries management and research information systems and provide an outlook for use of AI over the next decade.  

Salmon in a Changing Salmosphere Theme Objective: The effects of natural environmental variability and human factors affecting salmon distribution and abundance are understood and quantified.

Sub-theme: Examining the Likely Suspects: Developments in a Wholistic Understanding of Salmon Marine and Freshwater Survival 

The effective management of salmon in the context of their associated ecosystems requires an understanding of the cumulative impact of the drivers of salmon survival across life history stages. A holistic lifecycle approach will inform annual forecasts, recovery planning, and management strategy evaluations to support resource management decisions and climate change risk assessments. The Likely Suspects Framework (LSF) concept was proposed in 2017 by a group of salmon researchers from the Atlantic and the Pacific basins, as such a process with the goal of providing practical advice to managers and decision makers by identifying the main sources of salmon mortality and their cumulative effects across the lifecycle for a salmon population of interest. This sub-theme will include presentations on the LSF in the Atlantic and Pacific ecoregions and developments in comprehensive lifecycle modelling. 

Sub-theme: Opening the Black Box: Advances in Understanding the Marine Phase of the Salmon Lifecycle 

There remain significant gaps in our understanding of the mechanisms that regulate the distribution and survival of Pacific and Atlantic salmon in coastal and especially in high seas environments. During the IYS, there have been significant efforts to better understand the marine phase of the salmon lifecycle, such as the 2018, 2019 and 2022 IYS High Seas Expeditions examining winter ecology. In this sub-theme, advances in the understanding of the marine ecology of salmon and priority areas for future research will be presented. 

Sub-theme: The Future for Salmon Aquaculture: Understanding the Impacts of Aquaculture and Considering Emerging Approaches to Mitigation 

Aquaculture has had documented detrimental impacts on wild salmon populations. This sub-theme will include presentations on recent advancements in understanding of the impacts of aquaculture on salmon populations and the environments they inhabit, as well as synthesizing current and emerging approaches to improve the environmental and ecological sustainability of aquaculture. 

 Sub-theme: Hatching Plans: The Future of Fisheries Enhancement Programs 

Hatcheries have been a widely applied, but controversial management tool. As salmon populations across the Northern Hemisphere face the intensifying effects of climate change, what role will hatcheries play in conserving wild populations and supporting fisheries? This sub-theme will include presentations on recent and emerging developments in research on the risks and benefits of hatcheries. 

Sub-theme: Back to the Future: Advances in Understanding the Value of Fresh and Brackish Water Habitats, their Future with Climate Change, and the Efficacy of Habitat Restoration

Freshwater and brackish habitats are vital to salmon populations and their conservation and restoration remains central to direct salmon management efforts across the Northern Hemisphere. Climate change poses significant risks to salmon and these habitats, and adapting restoration strategies to account for these changes will be critical. This sub-theme will include presentations on the advances in our understanding of how fresh and brackish water habitats influence salmon populations, and the efficacy of habitat restoration and connectivity solutions in the context of climate change.

New Frontiers Theme Objective: New technologies and analytical methods are advanced and applied to salmon research. Research is carried out to fill gaps in poorly studied regions of the salmosphere.

Sub-theme: Are Uncrewed Vessels the Key for Practicable Monitoring of Salmon and their Ecosystems? 

From Saildrones to underwater gliders, the ability of autonomous vehicles and remote systems to survey marine and freshwater environments and help us better understand the effects of climate change is becoming more and more sophisticated. Previously, autonomous vehicles were mostly used to help understand aquatic conditions, like temperature, salinity, and currents. However, the latest autonomous vehicle technologies allow us to start to study entire ecosystems, using tools such as acoustics and environmental DNA. This sub-theme will include presentations on the latest applications of uncrewed vehicles in the research of salmon and their ecosystems, and what they will likely be able to achieve in 10 years’ time. 

Sub-theme: Tiny Clues, Big Insights: The Use of Genomics in Salmon and Ecosystem Research 

The use of technologies that employ DNA and RNA to support research aiming to better understand the origins, abundances, distributions, and health of salmon have grown in popularity in recent years and will likely play a more central role in informing management in the future. This sub-theme will include presentations on the current advances in the applications of salmon genomics in research and management across the Northern Hemisphere, as well as those highlighting promising emerging genomic technologies. 

Sub-theme: Tracking the Epic Journeys of Salmon: Advancements in Telemetry and Microchemistry 

Despite the rapid development of new genetic technologies, techniques such as telemetry and microchemistry continue to provide invaluable data that allow researchers to gain insights into salmon distributions and life histories. Researchers also continue to find new techniques and applications for these approaches. This sub-theme will include presentations on current and future applications of telemetry and microchemistry. 

Human Dimensions Theme Objective: Communities, Indigenous Peoples, youth, harvesters, scientists and resource managers across the Northern Hemisphere share knowledge and collaborate in the development of new tools and approaches to restoring, managing and sustaining salmon.

Sub-theme: Managing Salmon Fisheries in a Rapidly Changing Salmosphere: The Future of Management

With rapidly changing environmental conditions and consistent declines in many salmon populations across the Northern Hemisphere, it is critical that management systems can adapt to meet dynamic environmental, social, and economic objectives at different spatial scales. This sub-session will include presentations demonstrating the strengths and weaknesses of present and emerging salmon management systems as well as outlining the requirements for climate-resilient management systems. 

Sub-theme: Communication of, and Community Engagement in, Salmon Research and Management 

Effectively communicating salmon research and management to the broader community is of fundamental importance to ensure salmon conservation receives the social, economic and political support it requires. Furthermore, ensuring that the broader community trusts and feels adequately considered in research and management decisions is also of high importance. This sub-theme will explore successes and challenges related to the communication of salmon research and management, as well as investigating ways in which local communities and individuals outside of science and government have been engaged in the processes of salmon research and management.  

Sub-theme: Shining a Spotlight on IUU Salmon Fishing: Impacts, Solutions and Future Outlooks 

From the High Seas to river systems, IUU fishing continues to have major negative impacts on salmon populations and the ecosystems, communities and economies that rely on them. It is of high importance that efforts to restrict these activities, with a combined value in the billions of dollars per year, continue to adapt with the changing nature of IUU activities and that salmon management systems and research adequately account for these activities. This sub-theme will include presentations related to the prevalence, impacts and future outlook for IUU fishing across the Northern Hemisphere. 

Sub-theme: Managing Salmon Fisheries with Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science

Indigenous salmon management and knowledge systems have been sustaining salmon and people across the Northern Hemisphere for millennia. These systems have been replaced by salmon management practices largely rooted in Eurocentric worldviews and Western science. In recent decades, there has been a push to combine Western science and Indigenous Knowledge, but this has seen limited success. Presentations in this sub-theme will explore the conditions necessary and barriers for Indigenous-led management and bridging Western science and Indigenous Knowledge.