The International Symposium on the Role of Flatfishes in Benthic Ecosystems will be held from 3-7th November 2002. The Symposium will address three themes: Patterns (stock structure, genetic studies, tagging, meristics and hard structures), Processes (Larval supply, Habitat, Trophic interactions), and Management (Collapse and recovery, management plans, fishing effort regulations , spatial and temporal considerations, natural versus fishing mortality). Oral and poster papers will be invited for presentation. There will be six sessions, each with a keynote speaker and provocateur. Any contribution may be submitted for publication in the conference proceedings. The contributions will be peer-reviewed, and those accepted will be edited and prepared for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Sea Research, published by Elsevier, in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research.