About the symposium

The overall aim of this symposium is to facilitate the knowledge exchange between stakeholders from academia, industry and regulatory bodies, in order to enhance our understanding of the sources, fate and consequences of chemical contaminants and other stressors in the marine environment. This is critical for identifying comprehensive and consistent strategies for marine management.

The European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) was adopted in 2008 and aims to achieve a good ecological status in Europe’s marine systems by 2020. The European Commission also adopted a specific Communication on a common strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) in June 2009. The challenge ahead will now be to "make it happen" and to specify and implement those broad-scale aims.

The symposium will hence provide an overview of the current knowledge on critical marine stressors such as shipping, fisheries, exploitation of remote areas, climate change, hazardous chemicals, marine litter and plastics, as well as the integrative assessment of multiple-stress situations. The societal and economic impacts and connections will be specifically highlighted and discussed. The SESSS specifically aims to identify critically knowledge gaps, to explore possible management options and to provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange between experts from different areas.