Successful second DEVOTES Annual Meeting

DEVOTES Annual Meeting 2014, Ancona (Italy), 2-5 December

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Group picture of participants at the meeting

Two years after the kick-off, the DEVOTES (DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status) project, funded by the European Commission under the FP7 research programme, convened for its 2nd Annual Meeting. The very successful meeting was hosted by the partner CoNISMA (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare) and took place in Ancona (Italy) from 2 to 5 December, 75 participants from 23 research institutes, academia and SME from 16 different countries met to analyse the progress of DEVOTES and plan the next year’s activities and goals. Two members of the Advisory Board as well as a European Commission representative and several 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):

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 and the identification of 4 Regional Sea Workshop to be held between 2015 and 2016.

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Some pictures from the meeting

Meeting minutes and presentation will be soon available in the intranet.