Programme | 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS)


Day 1 - Monday 17 September 2018

09:00-10:30 Registration and Mounting of posters
10:30-10:40 Welcome by the organizing institute | Jan Mees, Flanders Marine Institute (BE)
10:40-10:50 Welcome by Prof. Guido Persoone | Organiser of EMBS10, held in Ostend in 1975
10:50-11:00 Welcome by the EMBS chair | Tasman Crowe, University College Dublin (IE)
11:00-11:15 Pitches on the information booths
  • Inter-Research Science Center | Christine Paetzold (DE)
  • Flanders Marine Institute | Karen Rappé (BE)
  • EMBRC-ERIC | Jan Vanaverbeke (BE
  • VEMCO | Nancy Edwards (CA)
  • The Marine Biological Assocation | by Matthew Frost (UK
  • European Marine Board | Ángel Muñiz Piniella (BE)
  • LifeWatch Belgium | (tbc)
Theme: Science from a historical perspective
Chair: Tasman Crowe
11:15-12:00 Science from a historical perspective | Georg Engelhard, CEFAS (UK)
12:00-12:15 Reconstructing Mediterranean historical seascapes through the analysis of archives of underwater photographs | Fabrizio Torsani, Polytechnic University of Marche (IT)
12:15-12:30 Marine Data Archeology: A heritage for future science | Carolien Knockaert, Flanders Marine Institute (BE)
12:30-14:00 Lunch + poster session
Chair: (tbc)
14:00-14:15 Marked changes in megafauna composition of the North Sea require multidisciplinary collaborations: A historical overview | Kees Camphuysen, NIOZ (NL)
14:15-14:30 Metchnikovellids as basal microsporidia: Research history and perspectives | Gita Paskerova, Saint-Petersburg State University (RU)
14:30-14:45 Short history of the Adriatic marine science: Croatian naturalists and their contributions | Jakov Dulcic, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (HR)
14:45-15:00 Climate-driven shifts of species ranges or just a bias? A case study of newly recorded molluskan species from the Barents Sea | Ivan Nekhaev, Saint-Petersburg State University (RU)
15:00-15:15 Quantification of benthic biodiversity and biomass in time, space and changes with season at an Antarctic site | Terri Souster, The British Antarctic Survey (UK)
15:15-15:30 Yellow Submarine announcement | Ruth Vandepitte, Flanders Marine Institute (BE)
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
Chair: Ann-Katrien Lescrauwaet
16:00-16:15 Fifty-year changes of phytoplankton in the deep-water basin of the Black Sea | Alexander Mikaelyan, Russian Academy of Sciences (RU)
16:15-16:30 The Old Man and the Sea: Reconstructing the history of ocean life around Ascension Island | Polly Burns, University of York (UK)
16:30-16:45 Transitional larval type of Alcyonidium hirsutum (Bryozoa, Gymnolaemata): From Van Beneden to the era of modern methods | Olga Kotenko, Saint-Petersburg State University (RU)
16:45-17:30 The history of marine science in Belgium | Ruth Pirlet, National Fisheries Museum (BE)
19:00-21:00 Ice Breaker Reception

Day 2 - Tuesday 18 September 2018

Theme: Science in the North Sea
Chair: Jacco Kromkamp
09:00 - 09:45 Science in the North Sea | Han Lindeboom, Wageningen Marine Research (NL)
09:45 - 10:00 Noise in the North Sea: How man-made underwater sound playbacks impact Norway lobster development | Edward Bolger, Edinburgh Napier University (UK)
10:00 - 10:15 A meta-analysis of isotopic compositions of North Sea marine mammals | France Damseaux, Liège University (BE)
10:15 - 10:30 Interactions between biological and physical effects modify local biogeochemical cycling processes in offshore wind farms | Jan Vanaverbeke, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (BE)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break + poster session
Chair: (tbc)
11:00 - 11:15 BeRMS 2020 - Innovative census of Belgian marine biodiversity | Michiel Vandegehuchte, Flanders Marine Institute (BE)
11:15 - 11:30 The impact of decades of environmental change on phytoplankton communities in the Belgian part of the North Sea | Anja Nohe, Ghent University (BE)
11:30 - 11:45 How several pressures influence the benthic ecosystem status in the Southern Bight of the North Sea? | Gert Vanhoey, Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (BE)
11:45 - 12:00 Benthic production and energy export from man-made structures to softbottoms: Does it matter? | Jennifer Dannheim, Alfred Wegener Institute (DE)
12:00 - 12:15 Fish or garbage: Do diet and foraging choices of an avian scavenger impact on its breeding performance? | Alejandro Sotillo, Ghent University (BE)
12:15 - 12:30 Measuring the 'shadow' effect of an artificial structure on benthic communities in the Southern North Sea | Lise Klunder, NIOZ & Utrecht University (NL)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch + poster session
Chair: (tbc)
14:00 - 14:15 The molecular basis for positive health effects of sea spray on human lung cells | Jana Asselman, Ghent University (BE)
14:15 - 14:30 Benthic functional diversity along small scale natural sediment gradients: do functional aspects vary synchronously with species composition? | Dylan Griffith, Alfred Wegener Institute (DE)
14:30 - 14:45 Improving restoration of a keystone species: Understanding the settlement behaviour of the European oyster Ostrea edulis | Ana Rodriguez-Perez, Heriot-Watt University (UK)
14:45 - 15:00 Habitat impacts by beam and pulse trawling in the southern North Sea | Jochen Depestele, Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (BE)
15:00 - 15:15 Functional characteristics of the food web of artificial hard substrates of offshore wind farms along a depth gradient | Ninon Mavraki, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (BE)
15:15 - 15:30 The walrus (Odobenus rosmarus): A distinctive member of the Pleistocene megafauna in Belgium | Pascal Hablützel, Flanders Marine Institute (BE)
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break + poster session
Chair: (tbc)
16:00 - 16:15 UK Marine Protected Areas monitoring: The North Sea and beyond | Tamsyn Noble-James, Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (UK)
Theme: Science in a modern era
16:15 - 17:00 Science in a modern era | Matthias Obst, University of Gothenburg (SE)
17:00 - 17:15 Research Infrastructures offer capacity to address scientific questions never attempted before: Are all taxa equal? | Christos Arvanitidis, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (GR)
17:15 - 17:30 LifeWatch marine data services supporting marine biodiversity and ecosystem research | Klaas Deneudt, Flanders Marine Institute (BE)

Day 3 - Wednesday 19 September 2018

Chair: Christos Arvanitidis
09:00 - 09:15 The European Tracking Network: Connecting biotelemetry users in Europe | Jan Reubens, Flanders Marine Institute (BE)
09:15 - 09:30 BIO-Tide: an international collaboration to tackle the complexity of marine tidal flats | Koen Sabbe, Ghent University (BE)
09:30 - 09:45 Current initiatives supporting dynamic evolvement and long term sustainability of Genomic Observatories in a European and international context | Klaas Deneudt, Flanders Marine Institute (BE)
09:45 - 10:00 DNA barcodes for fish identification: To believe or not to believe | Ekaterina Vasil’eva, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (RU)
10:00 - 10:15 Migratory routes and stopover sites of the Lesser Black-backed Gull: Where to go if your options are endless? | Jan Baert, Antwerp University (BE)
10:15 - 10:30 OBIS 2.0: Towards real-time integration, quality control, and analysis of rich marine data streams | Pieter Provoost, UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE (BE)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break + poster session
Chair: Colin Janssen
11:00 - 11:15 Seascape-mediated patterns and processes of population differentiation in European seabass | Filip Volckaert, University of Leuven (BE)
11:15 - 11:30 Long-term plankton measurements using semi-automatic image classification techniques | Luz Amadei Martinez, Flanders Marine Institute (BE)
11:30 - 11:45 A new compact cost-efficient concept for underwater range-gated imaging: The UTOFIA camera | Inaki Quincoces, AZTI (ES) (tbc)
11:45 - 12:00 Heading South or North: Novel insights on European silver eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) migration in the North Sea | Pieterjan Verhelst, Research Institute for Nature and Forest, Ghent University (BE)
12:00 - 12:15 What moves European sea bass? | Jolien Goossens, Flanders Marine Institute (BE)
12:15 - 12:30 The Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey: 60 years of data and counting | Jennifer Skinner, The Marine Biological Association (UK)
12:30 - 14:00 Group picture
Lunch + poster session
Chair: Francisco Hernandez
14:00 - 14:15 Eavesdropping in the wild: What are porpoises and bats up to | Elisabeth Debusschere, Flanders Marine Institute (BE)
14:15 - 14:30 The Census of Antarctic Marine Life, and its legacy 10 years on | Anton Vandeputte, Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences (BE)
14:30 - 14:45 JMBA Special Issue | Matthew Frost, The Marine Biological Association (UK)
14:45 - 15:00 Yellow Submarine: Practical information | Ruth Vandepitte, Flanders Marine Institute (BE)

Day 4 - Thursday 20 September 2018

Theme: Citizen science
Chair: Jan Seys
09:00 - 09:45 Citizen Science | Jane Delany, Newcastle University (UK)
09:45 - 10:00 Web Ecological Knowledge (WEK): A still neglected scientific opportunity | Cristina Di Camillo, Polytechnic University of Marche (IT)
10:00 - 10:15 From collecting data to the development of marine environmental status monitoring tools: The new level of citizen science | Eva Turicchia, University of Bologna (IT)
10:15 - 10:30 The challenges of past and present in the assessment of the Mediterranean Sea sharks populations status | Filippo Bargnesi, Polytechnic University of Marche (IT)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break + poster session
Chair: Massimo Ponti
11:00 - 11:15 A century of marine citizen science | Jack Sewell, The Marine Biological Association (UK)
11:15 - 11:30 Synergy between citizen science and artificial intelligence: The case study of Grampus griseus in the Northern Ionian Sea | Carmelo Fanizza, Jonian Dolphin Conservation (IT)
11:30 - 11:45 Can data collected in the Citizen Science project EduMar be used to monitor coastal marine biodiversity in Portugal? | Cristina Luís, University of Lisbon (PT)
11:45 - 12:00 Capturing our Coast - Communications and key messaging to engage and retain citizen scientists over a three-year project | Debbie Winton, Earthwatch Institute (UK)
12:00 - 12:15 The RELIONMED EU-LIFE project: Public and stakeholder awareness of invasive lionfish in Europe | Niki Chartosia, University of Cyprus (CY)
12:15 - 12:30 Announcement of EMBS54 | Tasman Crowe, University College Dublin (IE)
12:30 - 13:30 Picnic lunch

Day 5 - Friday 21 September 2018

Theme: General session
Chair: Jan Vanaverbeke
09:00 - 09:15 Phytoplankton response to anomalous physical-chemical conditions in the Gulf of Trieste (Northern Adriatic Sea) | Tamara Cibic, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (IT)
09:15 - 09:30 Salt marsh foraminifera from the subarctic White Sea | Elena Golikova, Saint-Petersburg State University (RU)
09:30 - 09:45 Statistical properties of alternative methods of fish abundance assessment in baited, remote, underwater video is higher than traditional trammel net sampling for fish stock assessment | Dubravko Pejdo, University of Zadar (HR)
09:45 - 10:00 The role of Marine Protected Areas in influencing the invasion success of the alien crab Percnon gibbesi | Simona Noe’, University of Palermo (IT)
10:00 - 10:15 Trophic subsidy through ecosystems: role and dynamics of nearshore subtidal detrital accumulations of Laminaria hyperborea | Florian de Bettignies, Sorbonne University (FR)
10:15 - 10:30 Latitudinal and bathymetrical species richness patterns in the NW Pacific and adjacent Arctic Ocean | Hanieh Saeedi, Goethe University (DE)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
Chair: (tbc)
11:00 - 11:15 EMBRC-ERIC: A global reference research infrastructure for fundamental and applied marine biology and ecology research | Jan Vanaverbeke, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (BE)
11:15 - 11:30 Fish monitoring in the Mediterranean Sea: Statistical power of baited, remote, underwater video is higher than traditional trammel net sampling for fish stock assessment | Stewart Schultz, University of Zadar (HR)
11:30 - 11:45 In the eye of the holopelagic annelid Tomopteris helgolandica | Eve Otjacques, Catholic University of Louvain (BE)
11:45 - 12:00 Of natural predation and gastronomy: Who's eating the invasive lionfish (Pterois miles) in Cyprus (Levantine Sea) | Carlos Jimenez, Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre (CY)
12:00 - 12:15 On the relationships between macrobenthos activities and sediment oxygen dynamics - A case study in the Schelde estuary | Xiaoyu Fang, Ghent University (BE)
12:15 - 12:30 Molecular mechanisms of environmental adaptation in marine invasive species | Aibin Zhan, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CN) (tbc)
12:30 - 12:45 Sustainability of marine biological stations: Lessons from a historical perspective | Ibon Cancio, University of the Basque Country (ES)
12:45 - 13:00 Closing ceremony | Tasman Crowe, University College Dublin (IE) and Jan Mees, Flanders Marine Institute (BE)
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch