IYS Synthesis Symposium

The International Year of the Salmon Synthesis Symposium is fast approaching and we are very excited to welcome you to Vancouver!

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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 IYS Synthesis Symposium will have a strong focus on forward looking perspectives, with the ultimate goal of developing a Roadmap for the resilience of salmon and people through to 2030. Presentations will be organized under five of the IYS themes: Status of Salmon, Information Systems, Salmon in a Changing Salmosphere, New Frontiers, and Human Dimensions. The synthesis papers and the presentations given during the Symposium will be used to identify critical knowledge or method gaps and potential solutions that will inform the Roadmap.

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.

Important Dates for Symposium (Vancouver time):

April 29, 2022 – Deadline for submission of abstracts
June 9, 2022 – Notification of selection of abstracts for poster and oral presentations
August 31, 2022 – Deadline for Symposium registration
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

Symposium-Related Events

Harbour Cruise Dinner

Join participants from academia, government, industry, NGOs and Indigenous organizations from across the Northern Hemisphere for an evening of connecting over the resilience of salmon and people!

A Buffet-style Dinner Hosted by the International Year of the Salmon Steering Committee

Participants will board the vessel at 6:15pm and the vessel will depart at 6.45pm sharp. The location of departure is approximately 10 minutes walking distance from the Westin Bayshore.

Please bring your IYS Symposium name tag as it will be your ticket aboard the vessel.

There will be an cash bar, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase.

Departure location: 501 Denman Street, Vancouver BC

Photo Credit: Harbour Cruises

The International Year of the Salmon Synthesis Symposium is pleased to have partnered with the team behind Uninterrupted, to provide Symposium participants with a unique VR experience that follows the life history of Pacific salmon!

The International Gathering of Indigenous Salmon Peoples will bring together Indigenous representatives from around the Northern Hemisphere to celebrate their connection with salmon and share perspectives around Indigenous engagement in salmon management systems. This Indigenous-led gathering will be held October 1 – 3, 2022 on the lands of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) people in Vancouver, Canada.

On behalf of the planning team, all event inquiries can be directed to Naut’sa mawt Event Management at events@nautsamawt.com


Poster Board Session (Tuesday Oct 4th; 17h30 - 19h30)

  • This session will take place in the Stanley Park Foyer, adjacent to the Symposium presentation rooms.  
  • Drinks for Symposium registrations at this session have been generously provided by the Salmon Science Network, made possible by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. 2 (two) drink tickets will be provided to each registrant to be used during this session as part of their registration bags handed out on the morning of October 4. Wine, beer, cider and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Additional drinks will be available for purchase (debit or credit card only). 
  • A selection of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres/canapes will be served. 

Daily Catering

  • Coffee/tea and light snacks will be served during the 10:30am-11:00am break and the 2:30pm-3:00pm break on all three days of the Symposium.  
  • No lunch is provided for the 12:00pm-1:30pm break. The H Tasting Lounge at the Westin Bayshore serves lunch and you can make reservations through this link. There are also many restaurants and take-out food options for lunch that are a short walking distance from the Westin. These include Cardero’s, Lift Bar and Grill and many others on Robson Street.  


Registration is now closed.

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)
Dr. Alan Walker (NASCO, Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, England)
Mr. Mark Saunders (NPAFC Secretariat, Canada)
Mr. Aidan Schubert (NPAFC Secretariat, Canada)
Mr. Tor Kitching (NPAFC Secretariat, Canada)

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.

Photo credits for top banner (left to right): Johnny Armstrong, © jpldesigns / Adobe Stock, and Jason Ching