15 lecturers will interact with 30 additional student participants at the graduate or junior postgraduate research level to exchange ideas between experienced and young ocean researchers.
The emphasis of the course will be on the way living and non-living ocean processes are structured in spatial and temporal patterns, how living systems benefit from the recurrence of physical processes, how physical-biological interactions favour the persistence of single species and the resilience of the community, and how these interactions give rise to complexity and the living Earth.
The proposed colloquium shall represent a decided effort to sit together senior scientists with these different perspectives, and to expose the junior scientists to the high value, and necessity, of such an integrative approach to interaction between living and non-living processes taking place at very different spatial and temporal scales. The 10-day Colloquium will be from Monday 3 July to Wednesday 12 July. It is structured into conferences on hot topics, practical sessions and workshops, supervised work and student presentations.
The main outcome of the colloquium will be to provide an open forum for the exchange of non-traditional ideas between senior and junior researchers. Young and senior researchers will together participate in an open and frank debate of those processes and interactions that set the complexity of the ocean ecosystems at many different spatial and temporal scales. The colloquium shall also enhance the synergy and contacts between senior EuroMarine researchers, which should undoubtedly help the undertaking of future joint ventures.
The colloquium – through its transversal, inquisitive and open-debate format – will add new and distinct elements to traditional graduate programs. Students participating in the colloquium will also have workshops on ‘scientific writing’ and ‘science communication’, fundamental elements that any young scientist needs to develop.