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Aquatic invasive species and the functioning of European coastal ecosystems

Location: Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Island of Sylt in Germany
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2005-01-27    
End Date: 2005-01-30

Event Description:
Workshop conducted within the MARBEF European Network of Excellence
Joint Research Activity Theme 2 Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

European seas have been subjected to human mediated introductions of non-indigenous species for centuries, however only in recent decades biological invasions were recognized to be a serious threat to marine biodiversity. Potential dramatic effects of introduced species on the diversity of recipient biota have been suggested, epitomized by the devastating consequences of invaders on island biota. However, the evidence for aquatic biota along European coasts yet is rather scarce.

The aim of the proposed workshop is to explore effects of introduced species on the functioning of marine coastal ecosystems. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to): “introduced species as habitat engineers”, “invasion mediated food web alterations”, “native species extinctions caused by bioinvasions – are there evidences from the European seas?”.

Original contributions, oral presentations and posters on functional effects of invaders on native diversity are invited. Reviewed manuscripts will be published in a special volume of Helgoland Marine Research (1st issue 2006) together with an overview article on affected European coastal biota.

The location of the workshop is a scenic site with dunes, beaches and vast intertidal flats all around, and with a long tradition of research on introduced species (i.e., see Helgoländer Meeresuntersuchungen volume 52, 1999). Accommodation in our simple guest house is free but we may need your support to buy good food. Tap your Marbef account for travel expenditures.

Arrival on Thursday January 27; lectures, posters and walks January 28-29; departure on Sunday January 30, 2005. Nearest airport is Hamburg with train connection to the island.

Please send application and abstract of your contribution (up to 400 words, no graphs, no references, Times Roman font 12 pt) as soon as possible and no later than September 30, 2004 to Participant number is limited to 22.

Those who have registered will receive a second announcement October 15 with preliminary program, travel instructions and further details.

Contact email:;

Event programme:
Here you can find a preliminary program

Collaborators and organisers:

Karsten Reise:
Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

Sergej Olenin:
Coastal Research and Planning Institute, Klaipeda University, Lithuania

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Registration form: 

Registration fee: 

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: WP4 - Functionality

Maximum number of participants: 22

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: No

Posted by wardappeltans on 2004-06-22 and approved by herman