2017 Edition of the Ramon Margalef Summer Colloquia – Spatial and temporal patterns in physical-biological oceanic processes: from scale interaction to the rise of the living ocean Internal

RMSC-2017

Activity Overview

Type: Capacity building and training
, Type: Course
Start Date: July 3, 2017
End Date: July 12, 2017
Venue: ICM-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain
Website: Colloquia website
Contact: Celia Marrasé
E-mail: celia [at] icm.csic.es
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2016 Call for Proposals
Decision Body: EuroMarine Steering Committee
Total Budget: €16,500
Funds Granted: €5,000

Manager(s): Cèlia Marrasé
Application/registration deadline: March 31, 2017
Registration website: http://www.acoio.org/margalef-summer-colloquia/

Scope

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.

Topic

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.

Objectives

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.

Expected Outcomes

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.

The activity offered graduate and young postdoc researches a highly interdisciplinary summer school aimed at providing a holistic view of the Ocean System. The topic of the activity was on how living and non‐living ocean processes interact in the ocean. The main objective was to offer an open forum for the exchange of non‐traditional ideas between senior and junior researchers, 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 RMSC2017 had 25 students (graduate or young postdocs), 23 scientists (7 assisting scientists and 16 lecturers) and 7 collaborators.

All planned topics and activities were covered. The colloquium started introducing the figure of Ramon Margalef and explaining the activities carried out by EuroMarine. The scientific activities focused on the following: (a) the way living and non‐living processes are organized in spatial and temporal patterns, (b) how living systems benefit from the recurrence of physical processes, (c) how physical‐biological interactions favour the persistence of single species and the resilience of the community, and (d) how these interactions give rise to complexity and the living Earth. Practical activities included sessions on citizen science, laboratory experiments and remote colour sensing, as well as workshops on scientific writing and communicating science.

Presentations with the lectures, as well as final presentations by the student groups, are available at the Colloquium’s web page (http://www.acoio.org/margalef‐summer‐colloquia/).

A white paper with the final conclusions of the colloquium is currently under preparation.