The Boulogne and Marseille conferences are co-organized by the two French-Japanese Oceanography Societies. These academic societies were separately created first in Japan (1960) at Tokyo University of Fisheries (nowadays called TUMSAT –Tokyo University of Marine Sciences and Technology-) and later in France (1984) based at Paris Oceanographic Institute. They both aim at promoting scientific exchanges between the two countries and hold since 1983 regular conferences alternatively in Japan and France. The last two conferences took place in France, Marseille and Paris, in 2008 and then in Japan, Kobe and Tokyo, in 2010.
The 13th conference in Marseille was about global change with its proceedings edited by Springer under the title: « Global Change: Mankind-Marine Environment Interactions  ».
The 14th in Kobe was entitled: “Towards sustainable use and management of the Oceans”, at the same time commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Society. A selection of the proceedings was published as a 50th anniversary special issue in the scientific Journal « La Mer  ».
In continuity with these two last conferences, the 15th edition of the French-Japanese Oceanography Conference will take place in 2013 at Boulogne-sur-Mer and Marseille focusing on “Marine Productivity: Perturbations and Resilience of Socio-Ecosystems”.
The topic of the conference was chosen in consideration of actual multi-scale research carried out in Japan and France on marine environments and will contribute to the 3rd Marine Protected Area World Congress (IMPAC3, 21-27 October 2013) taking place in Marseille and Ajaccio and to which it is associated as the second part of the conference after the first one in Boulogne-sur-Mer.
The choice of Boulogne-sur-Mer as the main venue of the conference is motivated by the activities and highly significant results gained by IFREMER, CNRS and university partners about impacts of anthropogenic activities on estuary and coastal ecosystems in a climate change context. Amongst the many multidisciplinary projects at stake, one may mention SCALE (about a future multi-institutional structure on Applied Sciences in Environment), the ‘GIP Seine Aval’ in the Seine estuary and the large-scale Channel project. This highly frequented and exploited large-scale marine ecosystem (the Channel) is also the place of active multi-disciplinary and multi-scale research between researchers and institutions like IFREMER, CNRS, universities and NAUSICAA (a large aquarium and communication center at the core of the World Ocean Network), making the site of Boulogne a very challenging one for holding the 15th French-Japanese Oceanography Conference.
 H.-J. Ceccaldi, I. Dekeyser, M. Giraut and G. Stora, 2011. Proceedings of the 13th French-Japanese Oceanography Symposium. Editor Springer, 447 pages.
 Volume 49, n° 3 and 4, December 2011.