How it started
The concept of the flatfish symposia was initiated at the 1989 European Marine Biology Symposium in Oban, Scotland. A group of young scientists supported by Ray Beverton set up an international forum to discuss and exchange their ideas and results on fish ecology with respect to their research on flatfishes. Ray's support was not restricted solely to a verbal investment ("motivating and stimulating the young dogs") as he also actively contributed to the organization of the first symposium. An organizing committee was formed and in 1990 the first international symposium was held at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), Texel, The Netherlands. At the first symposium a need for continuation was deemed imperative and it was decided to continue organizing an international symposium on flatfish ecology with a three year interval for as long as this need remained.