Foresight Workshop

Status, trends and conservation options of marine coastal biodiversity under global change scenarios

The STRANGE foresight workshop aims to lead to the development of a more comprehensive framework that internalises the predicted effects of global change. This is crucial for translating the multifunctional goals of marine coastal environment management into effective policy. The focus will be on three highly connected themes of marine coastal biodiversity: regime shifts and resilience, invasive species, and habitat rehabilitation.

Building scenarios for the sustainability of global oceanic ecosystems and fisheries

Scientific scenarios integrating social and ecological phenomena are needed to achieve sustainable exploitation of marine ecosystems and to develop clear political strategies toward sustainability. This is a one week participatory workshop focusing on the development of scenarios for the sustainability of global socio-ecological oceanic systems including the interactive effects of climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems, economic drivers of fisheries and markets, governance strategies for open ocean fisheries, and political, legal and institutional contexts.

Indiseas 2020: the Next Frontier for EBFM and Ecosystem Indicators

Developing indicator-based approaches to track and evaluate the ecosystem effects of fishing and the effectiveness of management measures are vital to maintain sustainable resources. This foresight workshop will bring together 30 junior and senior level scientists to evaluate the performance of ecosystem indicators and establish guidelines for future work aiming at determining reference levels at the ecosystem level.

Chemical Ecology of Marine Interactions, the chemical language that shapes future marine health

Marine chemical ecology is still an emerging field that has not been addressed using concerted, cross-disciplinary effort. Increasing understanding on the chemical ecology of food-web networks would provide opportunities for implementing new management solutions, improving the predictive capability of environmental change scenarios and sustaining healthy marine resources.

A multi-disciplinary consortium approach for advancement of conceptual frameworks, modelling and experimental approaches to benthic-pelagic coupling

This foresight workshop, to be held at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory in May of 2015, will discuss the development of better models to understand and build on or improve the knowledge of marine ecosystems in the benthic environment. Participants will address the complex questions of benthic-pelagic interaction and biological-chemical feedbacks in the benthic environment. The conceptual framework that will arise from the workshop will be a key tool to develop next generation models.

Symposium 'Future Coast – Europe'

This foresight workshop will bring together 150 scientific experts from institutions involved in coastal research to assist in delivering a comprehensive approach to European coastal seas research. The aim is to bring together institutions in coastal research in order to discuss research topics and identify model regions which already have a good research data basis but would benefit from enhanced transdisciplinary concerted action and transnational synergies.

SILICAMICS - biogeochemistry and genomics of silicification and silicifiers

The foresight workshop by will bring together 80 senior and junior scientists in September 2015 in France with the aim of developing a transdisciplinary approach to better understand and model silicification and silificiers. This workshop will cover various topics including: a biogeochemical/genomic approach for ecosystems modelling; silicifiers in open ocean ecosystems; isotope chemistry providing tools for processes and fluxes; silicifiers in coastal ecosystems/cycle of silica in coastal ecosystems; genomic/proteomic tools for silicifiers; and silicification processes and properties.

Emergence of pathogens in natural Vibrio populations: ecology, evolution and pathogenesis

The lack of knowledge regarding the virulence, persistence and ecology of these non-pandemic strains limits our possibilities to envision the present and future importance of these strains in terms of food safety and public health. Understanding an emerging disease requires the investigation of the microbe and its evolution at the gene, genome and metagenome levels; including basic and applied research in subjects such as ecology, evolution, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, mathematics, and systems biology.