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FOODWEBIO kick-off meeting

Location: Hel Marine Station, Hel, Poland
Event Type: Meeting
Event Date: 2005-11-09    
End Date: 2005-11-11

Event Description:
"Functioning of food webs across ecosystems of different biodiversity level"

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Event programme:
FOODWEBIO kick-off meeting
University of Gdańsk, Institute of Oceanography, Hel Marine Station, Hel, Poland
November 9-11, 2005

November 8 (Tuesday)
Arrival of participants at the Hel Marine Station, accommodation

November 9 (Wednesday)
08:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
09:30 - 09:45 Welcome by IO UG / A.Sokolowski
09:45 - 10:15 Introduction and overview of the RMP / A.Sokolowski
10:15 - 10:45 Introduction of sampling locations (note 1) Mediterranean Sea: Bay of Banyuls-sur-Mer (CNRS-LOB), Anaximander area and Nile cone (IFREMER)
10:45 - 11:05 Coffee break
11:05 - 12:15 Part 1: Species diversity in benthic communities (Chair: Ana Colaco)
Overview of measurements
Discussion on techniques (incl. who what) (note 2)
Gaps, other to add (techniques and locations)
12:15 - 13:15 Guided walk around the Station and seal-ponds
13:15 - 14:30 Lunch by IO UG
14:30 - 15:45 Introduction of sampling locations Atlantic coast: Canal Faial-Pico, D. Joo de Castro, Lucky Strike (UA); Pertuis Charentais, Arcachon (CREMA)
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 - 17:30 Part 2: Trophic relations of key species (Chair: Pierre Richard)
Overview of measurements (Antoine Gremaire)
Discussion on techniques (incl. who what) (note 2)
Gaps, other to add (techniques and locations)
Wrap-up (Pierre Richard)
17:30 - 18:30 Introduction of sampling locations: Canal Le Manche and North Sea: Roscoff (SBR); Westerschelde (NIOO); Sylt-Rm Bight (AWI)
19:00 - Dinner

November 10 (Thursday)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 10:00 Part 3: Functioning and stability of coastal ecosystems (key-persons: Harald Asmus)
Overview of measurements (R.H. Asmus)
Discussion on techniques (incl. who what) (note 2)
Gaps, other to add (techniques and locations)
Wrap-up (Arturas Razinkovas)
10:00 - 10:45 Introduction of sampling locations Baltic Sea: Bay of Puck and Gulf of Gdańsk (IO UG); Curonian lagoon (KU CORPI)
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 13:00 Plenary discussion: Description of sampling locations (Chair: M.Wolowicz) (note 6)
- criteria for sampling locations (see note 3)
- availability of data on biodiversity, stable isotopes and for network analyses at each location
- missing data and need for principal/additional analyses for comparative studies
- indication of gaps and additional variables
- do we analyse/use existing data on meiobenthos and how?
- preparing summary tables
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch by IO UG
14:30 - 16:00 Plenary discussion: Outline of protocols - group discussions (Chair: A.Gremaire and H.Asmus)
- full description of sampling procedures, preparation and analyses of samples
- who and where will do the analyses
- indication of gaps and additions (techniques, locations)
- preparing summary tables
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 18:30 Planning for the first phase of the project (Chair: H.Hummel)
- sampling, sample treatment and analyses
- collection and gathering of existing data
19:00 - Dinner

November 11 (Friday)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 10:45 Interaction with other projects (Chair: A. Razinkovas)
- possible links with other project in and outside MARBEF with international and national scopes
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:00 General issues (Chair: A.Sokolowski)
- time schedule
- reports
- new partners and collaborators
- finances (costs of analyses, PhD studentships, post-docs)

Reporting and upcoming activity schedule, free discussion
- future meetings (when and where)
- administrative issues
Closure of meeting
12:00 Excursion and dinner

Note 1.
Present for your stations preferably some pictures, a map of the environment, and some graphs on major environmental variables (T, S, type of substratum). This will help to visualize the sampling / experimental location. Also indicate what kind of data are available on biodiversity and stable isotopes (if such exist).

Note 2
Sampling strategy, a number and type of samples/data available will depend on the agreed protocol. Indicate however, what kind of possibilities and problem can be met at the locations. This will help the discussion on how and where to sample.

Note 3
It could be argued that a station should have as high diversity as possible, or should it be a representative site with average diversity. A common idea on which criteria to SELECT sampling locations is missing. Therefore this will be an item to discuss at the meeting.

Collaborators and organisers:
Adam Sokolowski & Maciej Wolowicz
University of Gdańsk, Institute of Oceanography
Laboratory of Estuarine Ecology
Al. Pilsudskiego 46
81-378 Gdynia, Poland
tel.: + 48 58 6601640
fax: + 48 58 6202165
e-mail: &

Website url: 

Registration form: 

Registration fee: 210 Euro

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by AdamSokolowski on 2005-11-02 and approved by Herman