IYS Synthesis Symposium

October 4th - 6th 2022 | The Westin Bayshore

Vancouver, Canada

Traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations

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Across the Northern Hemisphere increasingly extreme and uncertain climate conditions, coupled with human activity, greatly threaten the survival of salmon. The International Year of the Salmon (IYS), a five-year initiative established in 2018 and governed by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) and North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO), has explored the conditions necessary for the resilience of salmon and people in a changing world. In its final year, the IYS is bringing together participants from academia, government, industry, NGOs and Indigenous organizations to consider the progress made by the IYS, and discuss the actions necessary to enable progress towards these conditions over the next decade. The IYS Synthesis Symposium: ‘Salmon in a Rapidly Changing World: Synthesis of the International Year of the Salmon and a Roadmap to 2030’ is the culmination of over 13 workshops and symposia, three historic High Seas Expeditions and over 80 associated events across the North Atlantic and North Pacific basins.

The Symposium will be held over three days in the heart of majestic Vancouver, Canada during the splendor of Fall, from October 4th-6th 2022 . This event will be held in-person and provide an opportunity for salmon scientists, managers, and knowledge holders from across the salmosphere to build connections after an extended period of limited travel and virtual meetings. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will adapt our plans in case public health restrictions prevent international travel or large gatherings.

Make sure to visit this webpage for more information, registration links, and other updates!

Important Dates for Workshop (Vancouver time):

April 29, 2022 – Deadline for submission of abstracts

May 27, 2022 – Notification of selection of abstracts for poster and oral presentations

September 2, 2022 – Deadline for booking rooms at the Westin Bayshore hotel for the conference rate (limited number of rooms are available)

October 4-6, 2022 – The Symposium will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia


You can register for the IYS Synthesis Symposium by following the link below. Registration costs $325 CAD ($255 USD) per person. Subject to securing funding, we may be able to offer registration discounts for those who need financial assistance to attend. More information about this will be made available shortly. The deadline for registration is July 4, 2022

Registration cost covers:
- Admission to the IYS Synthesis Symposium
- 3 tea/coffee/snack breaks per day over the 3 days of the Symposium
- Admission to and light food during a poster board session on the 1st night of the Symposium
- Admission to and a buffet dinner as part of a harbour cruise evening dinner/networking event on October 5,2022 (night 2 of the Symposium)


The Westin Bayshore Hotel has a limited number of rooms available at the Symposium group rate ($239 CAD/night plus taxes) for rooms (room only) between 2 and 7 October.  

For those of you who will stay between 2 and 7 October, to access this special rate, please reserve your rooms here 

For those of you who wish to book an extended stay either in advance of, or beyond, these dates you will need to book your rooms directly with the hotel. Please note you need to use the booking code “Salmon” to secure the discount rate for the qualifying dates, i.e., 2 to 7 October. However, any dates in advance of 2 October, or after 7 October, will be charged at standard rates applicable at your time of booking.  

Please note that your credit card will be required for booking, but payment will not be processed until arrival. Rooms may be cancelled up to 72 hours before arrival free of charge. 

Steering Committee Members:

• Dr. Ed Farley (NPAFC, NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, United States of America)
• Ms. Livia Goodbrand (NASCO, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Gulf Fisheries Centre, Canada)
• Dr. Emma Hatfield (NASCO Secretariat, Scotland)
• Dr. Vladimir Radchenko (NPAFC Secretariat, Canada)
• Mr. Mark Saunders (NPAFC Secretariat, Canada)
• Mr. Aidan Schubert (NPAFC Secretariat, Canada)
• Dr. Alan Walker (NASCO, Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, England)

Pre-Symposium Synthesis Process

The 2022 IYS Synthesis Symposium will have a strong focus on synthesis and forward-looking perspectives. This will be crucial to ensure the knowledge gained over the five years of the IYS throughout the North Pacific and North Atlantic is adequately considered and used to produce the ‘Roadmap for the resilience of salmon and people through to 2030.’ The ‘Roadmap’ will identify critical knowledge or method gaps and potential solutions, based on the outcomes of the Symposium, and will be published in the peer-reviewed NPAFC Bulletin.

The Symposium Steering Committee intends to convene small groups of scientists that are experts in each of the sub-theme topic areas to produce synthesis papers for each sub-theme topic. The membership of these groups will be informed by the responses we receive to the call for expressions of interest. These synthesis papers will provide summaries of the current state of knowledge for a given topic and outline critical knowledge and/or method gaps that future research should prioritize.

Groups of experts will collaborate in the months leading up to the Symposium to produce these synthesis papers. These synthesis papers will be presented during the Symposium, alongside other presentations that are not produced via the aforementioned synthesis process, under each sub-theme, with the aim of publication in the NPAFC Bulletin. These syntheses will help inform the ‘Roadmap.’

Synthesis papers may cover both the Pacific and Atlantic basins or focus on one basin only, depending on the topic and consensus of the scientists involved in writing each paper. We hope to convene geographically, institutionally and gender diverse groups of experts to work together on these papers. The IYS Secretariat will provide support to the groups working on synthesis papers in the months leading up to the Symposium.

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