IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB) gathers 130 scientists from around the world to discuss the state of the global marine ecosystem

ices-pices in the Balearic IslandsThe Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA), a joint research center between the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), organizes the Second International Conference of Young Scientists ICES-PICES «Oceans of Change». 130 researchers from around the world will meet from April 24th to 27th, 2012, in Majorca to discuss and present their contributions about the state of marine ecosystem. The event is sponsored by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea and the Organization for Marine Science of North Pacific (ICES-PICES).The first study session of the conference, focused on the impact of the global change on marine ecosystems, is structured around the scientific contributions that facilitate the understanding of physical processes, biogeochemical cycles and the responses of organisms to a changing ocean, from a physiological, individual, or population perpective. This is essential for managing current and future scenarios. The purpose of the second session is to examine human impacts on the coast, off shore, and in deep water environments that happen through mining activities, mariculture, production of renewable energy, the spread of invasive species, and pollution.

Finally, the third session is dedicated to new technologies and strategies to face the perspective of a changing ocean. It will expose innovative ways to quantify the historical range of variability in marine environments, to assess the current state of the oceans, the projected changes, and their ecological impacts in the future.

Expansion of scientific collaboration networks in marine science

With the second edition of the conference (the first was held in Baltimore in 2007), the organization highlights the three goals of “sharing our scientific knowledge on the marine ecosystem, knowing the magnitude of predicted impacts on the ecosystem and promote management strategies and regulation to enable better mitigation, both from the scientific and public governance perspectives”, says Ignacio Catalan, researcher at the IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB) and chairman of the local organizing committee.

Catalan also highlights the importance of this conference to establish scientific relationships to allow the construction and expansion of collaborative networks in marine sciences and “the strategic importance of theses scientific events for Spain and the Balearic Islands in particular, where we must heavily bet on the knowledge in order to achieve efficient management of our marine resources and to prevent being left out the scientific leadership”.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ant the Research Board of the North Pacific (NPRB), of the USA, and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness support the conference. The panel of senior lecturers of the congress «Oceans of Change» is outstanding for the quality and scientific excellence of the researchers.

Source and photos: IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB)

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