2015 Devotes Meeting

DEVOTES Annual Meeting 2015, Lisbon (Portugal), 1-5 December


The 3rd DEVOTES Annual Meeting was hosted by the partner IMAR (Instituto do Mar) and took place in Lisbon (Portugal) from 1st to 4th December.
57 participants from 21 research institutes, academia and SME from different countries met to analyse the progress of DEVOTES and plan the next year’s activities and goals. Two members of the Advisory Board and 14 stakeholders have also attended the meeting, giving positive feedback on the work done by the Consortium so far and actively contributing to the discussion with a wide perspective.

The most important results of each Work Package were presented during the opening talk given by the Coordinator, À. Borja (AZTI, Spain)and the plenary discussions were focussed on:

– Indicators for MSDF,

– Human pressures and impacts on biodiversity

– Monitoring and cost-effectiveness

– Assessment and integration.

The meeting was divided into plenary talks, cross cutting sessions and internal meetings focused on specific task and publications. The ad-hoc meetings were excellent opportunities for a fruitful interaction among partners, resulting in the planning of many joint publications.

 Meeting minutes and presentations are available in the Partners’ area.



30th November, Monday
09.30-18.30 WP2 ad hoc-meeting
16.30-19.30 SC meeting
1st December, Tuesday
8.00-8.40 Plenary session: Overview of DEVOTES progress and achievements, Management and Dissemination
10.40-11.00 Coffee break 
11.00-12.30 WP7 workshop on DEVOTES dissemination products
 12.30-13.15 Parallel sessions: Ad-hoc meetings for WP/tasks/papers/topics/workshops
13.15-14.15 Lunch
14.15-16.15 Parallel sessions: WP5 and WP6
16.15-16.30 Coffee break 
16.30-18.30 Parallel sessions: WP2 and WP4
2nd December, Wednesday
 8.30-10.00 Plenary session: Indicators for MSDF
10.00-11.00 Parallel sessions: Ad-hoc meetings for WP/tasks/papers/topics/workshops
 11.00-11.30  Coffee break 
 11.30-13.00  Plenary sessionHuman pressures and impacts on biodiversity
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-16.30 Parallel sessions: Ad-hoc meetings for WP/tasks/papers/topics/workshops
16.30-17.00 Poster session – Coffee break
17.00-17.45 Plenary session: Invited speaker presentation: J.M. Marques “Implementation of MSDF in Portugal (including Azores and Madeira)”
17.45-18.45 Parallel sessions: Ad-hoc meetings for WP/tasks/papers/topics/workshops
18.45-19.30 Plenary session: stakeholder demo discussion
20.00 DEVOTES dinner
3rd December, Thursday
 8.30-09.15  Plenary session: Invited speaker presentation: J. Ferreira “European Directives, Eutrophication and Nutrient Credit Trading”
9.15-11.15  Plenary sessionMonitoring and cost-effectiveness
 11.15-11.30  Coffee break
11.30-13.00 Plenary sessionAssessment and integration
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 WP6 workshop on “DEVOtool and NEAT: the link between WPs”
15.30-16.30 Workshop on Management inplications of the biodiversity assessment tool
16.30-17.00 Coffee break
17.00-17.15 Best presentation, poster and paper of the year…award
17.15-18.15 Plenary session: Advisory Board: How what do you fit into DEVOTES and viceversa?
4th December, Friday
 8.30-9.15 Plenary session: Invited speaker presentation: J.C. Xavier “Polar biodiversity: status, monitoring programs and future solutions”
9.15-10.00 Plenary session: Reporting of WP leaders to the General Assembly
10.00-10.30 Plenary session: Reporting of the Coordinator: general overview and coming challenges
10.30-12.00 SC Meeting: wrap-up of the meeting