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Estuarine workshop with emphasis on zooplankton, the drainage basin approach and restoration ecology

Location: Nausicaa Boulogne sur mer, France
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2006-09-14    
End Date: 2006-09-16

Event Description:
Estuarine workshop with emphasis on zooplankton, the drainage basin approach and restoration ecology. Can we benefit from a multi - estuaries approach?

In September 2004, a first workshop on ‘Eurytemora and other estuarine zooplankton in relation to Eurytemora’ was held in Wimereux, France. During 2 days, various aspects of spatio – temporal distribution, genetics, and trophic ecology of the calanoid copepod Eurytemora affinis were discussed.

In the mean time, research on ‘our’ various European estuaries has continued, and we are ready for a second get – together. While Eurytemora and zooplankton remain the core subjects of the workshop, the 2006 workshop will also include a broader exchange about estuarine ecology - and more specifically it’s positioning in a river – estuarine continuum context (drainage basin approach, sink – source function) as well as restoration and management supporting topics. While we realise that this is a somewhat curious programme, we hope it will allow us to screen some possible collaborations on European estuaries, perhaps even plan some project proposals.

The workshop is financed by Flanders ‘Fund for Scientific Research , through the ‘Scientific Research Community on ecological characterization of European estuaries, with emphasis on the Scheldt estuary’, coordinated by P. Meire and S. van Damme (ECOBE, University of Antwerp, Belgium) and the Seine Aval project (director J.C. Dauvin, l'UMR CNRS 8013 ELICO, Station Marine de Wimereux, France).

As far as our funding stretches, the organisers will pay for food and lodging. Travelling costs are at the expense of the participants. For administrational reasons, participants will however have to advance cost, (for lodging and food) and be refunded afterwards. We will try to minimise the amounts that have to be advanced, and will bring all the necessary forms to be filled during the workshop, in order to get you refunded as quickly as possible.

Nausicaa, in Boulogne is situated at the end of the dike (coming from Wimereux) You can consult: for a plan

The Marine Station in Wimereux is located at : 28 avenue Foch, BP 80, F-62930

You can consult for travelling guides and city maps.

Contact email:

Event programme:
The programme intentionally mixes contributions dealing with the zooplankton and the restoration - drainage – basin approach, in order to stimulate an exchange of information between scientists who might not be exchanging views on an obvious, regular basis.

Thursday 14 09 2006

9.00 – 9. 30 welcome and coffee
09.30 - 10.00 Welcome and practical info by S. Souissi and M. Tackx, presentation round

Chair: B. Sautour

10.00 - 10.30. P. Meire. General introduction, using the Schelde as an illustration
10.30 - 11.00. T. Maris. The case of Lippenbroek marsh (Schelde estuary, Belgium)
11.00 - 11.30. J.C. Dauvin . The Seine - aval experience
11.30 - 12.00. C.E. Lee, Eurytemora GENOME : a challenging international proposal

12.20 – 13.30: Lunch

Chair: J.C. Dauvin

13.30 - 14.00. A. Schoel. Phytoplankton along the Elbe estuary continuum
14.00 - 14.30. B. Sautour & V. David. Long term data on the Gironde, with emphasis on zooplankton
14.30 - 15.00. F. Azémar & B. Mialet. Response of the zooplankton community to improving water quality in the Schelde estuary.
15.00 - 15.30. V. Alexeev Resting stages of zooplankton in relation to different sources of stress and signal factors. How long it can be?

15.30 - 16.00 coffee break

Chair: K. Muylaert

16.00 - 16.10. S. Souissi et al. Towards an inter-estuarine comparison:? Introduction
16.10 - 16.25. Molinero et al. Downscaling approach to compare the regional climate for several estuaries from 1950-2005.
16.25 - 17.40. Winkler et al. Comparison of Eurytemora affinis populations from different estuaries: a combination of genetic and morphological approaches.
17.40 - 18.00. Devreker et al. Seasonal patterns of Eurytemora affinis in the Seine estuary: population structure and production.
18.00 - 18.20. Beyrend-Dur et al. Comparisons of the life cycle traits of two different populations of E. affinis: and experimental approach.
18.20 - 18.30. Souissi et al. Towards an inter-estuarine comparison:? Conclusion

19.30: evening meal

Friday 15 09 2006

Chair: J.L. Probst

09.00 - 09.30. E. Struiff & E. Dedeckere The fate of Silicium and metals in a drainage basin
09.30 - 10.00. A. Probst , J.L. Probst, E. Pinelli, P. Lim, G. Merlina & D. Delvault. Following organic matter and pollutants along a river continuum
10.00 - 10.30. J. Sanchez & S. Sauvage: hydrology, modelling and nutrients in a river continuum (or : K.Muylaert et al: silicium in the Garonne river???) or both?

10.30 -11.00. coffee break

11.00 - 11.30. Seine-Aval talk (to be confirmed) nutrient cycles and biogeochemical studies in the Seine river
11.30 - 12.30. oral presentation of posters (10 min+ 5 min discussion/poster; no poster requested if you can pass your message in 10 min)

Chair: V. Alexeev

11.30 - 11.45. M. Gérino et al. The Malause reservoir (Garonne, France): a hydrological discontinuity
11.45 - 12.00. Nkubito et al. Comparisons of the morphological attributes of the copepod Eurytemora affinis in 7 different estuaries
12.00 - 12.15. Dur et al. From experimental studies to modelling the responses of individuals and populations of estuarine copepods to temperature variation: an integrative approach.
12.15 - 12.30. M. Tackx et al. Will the Eurytemora feeding model of the Gironde, Schelde and Ems also work for the Seine??

12.30 - 14.00. Lunch and poster session
14.00 - 15.00. continuation of poster session

Chair: I. Jenkinson

14.00 - 14.15. Sami’s team 3
14.15 - 14.30. Cailleaud et al. Use of proteomic expression of E. affinis as a biomarker of certain classes of contaminants
14.30 - 14.45. Hwang et al. zooplankton in subtropical estuary in the North of Taiwan
14.45 - 15.00. N. Sukhih and V. Alekseev Resting egg formation in E. affinis from The Luga River Estuary, The Finish Gulf, Baltic Sea

15.00 - 15.30 coffee break and poster session

Chair: C. Lee

15.30 - 16.00. S A. Lequin. A global and regional comparison for understanding river sediment yields within the Western Paris Basin, France
16.00 - 16.30. I. Jenkinson. Work on the Shannon estuary
16.30 - 17.00. S. M. Kerner. Intergation of remote sensing (RS) into the management of monitoring the ecological status of waters according to the Water Frame directive
17.30 - 18.00. S. Van Damme. Evaluation of long – term sustainable management needs: an example from the Schelde estuary

Saturday 16 09 2006
Depending on your propositions, we can continue Saturday morning and adapt the programme in [function] of the proposed contributions

9.00 - 12.00. Chair: P. Meire

Suggested debate sessions: (small presentations): possible questions:
Role of the experimental and monitoring approach in future proposals for comparisons between estuaries?
Can we combine river and estuarine gradients? Concepts? Models? Study sites?

Claudia Halsband-Lenk (to be confirmed): contribution on the comparisons between conspecific and congeneric copepod species at large scale
Carol Lee: The importance of genetic studies and their link to experimental approach
J.L. Probst.: The Garonne – Gironde study site
Sami Souissi: Generic proposal at French, European and more global scales: what we can build together and where to find appropriate funding (very concrete proposal)
P. Meire: conclusions and action points

12.30 Lunch

Collaborators and organisers:
Organisers : Micky Tackx ( and Sami Souissi ( )

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

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

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External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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