Announcement: First joint Symposium on “Tools for assessing status of European aquatic ecosystems”

joint symposium

We are pleased to announce the joint Scientific Symposium “Tools for assessing status of European aquatic ecosystems” of the research programmes DEVOTES, WATERS ( and MARS (

The symposium will bring together scientists and environmental managers to present and discuss state-of-the-art indicator development and assessment methods for ecological/environmental status of freshwater and marine ecosystems. The focus of the presentations will be related to the implementation of EU Water Framework Directive and EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Time: May 6 – 7, 2015
Venue: Hotel Elite Plaza, Malmö (Sweden)

Key topics

• Development of indicators for assessing ecological/environmental status of streams, lakes, transitional, coastal and offshore waterbodies
• Validation of indicators against pressures
• Assessing uncertainty of indicators
• Combining indicators into overall ecosystem assessments
• Compatibility and consistency of assessment criteria across policies and environments

Target audience

• Scientists involved in research applied to the directives
• Managers in local/national/EU agencies and regional conventions
• Other stakeholders interested in scientific development of assessment tools

Time schedule

December 1st 2014: Abstract submission opens • Registration opens
March 20th 2015: Deadline for abstract submission
Registration fee: 2 900 SEK (2 300 SEK excl VAT) by March 1st 2015 (includes attendance to the symposium, the programme including the Book-of-Abstracts, refreshments (tea/coffee), two lunches, the official Conference Dinner and one overnight stay at the conference hotel).

Scientific committee

Mats Lindegarth, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (chair) • Torsten Berg, Marilim, Germany • Wendy Bonne, JPI
Ocean, Belgium • Angel Borja, AZTI, Spain • Jacob Carstensen, Aarhus University, Denmark • Anna-Stiina Heiskanen,
SYKE, Finland • Seppo Hellsten, SYKE, Finland • Daniel Hering, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany • Richard
Johnson, Swedish Agricultural University, Sweden • Anne Lyche Solheim, NIVA, Norway

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