European Marine Biology Symposium 2013

The 48th Annual European Marine Biology Symposium 2013 starts today in Galway, being hosted by the National University of Ireland, Galway. The overarching theme of EMBS 48 is Biodiversity in a Changing Ocean. Research is proceeding actively on many fronts as we attempt to sustainably manage human activities in the ocean against a backdrop of climate change and ocean acidification. Here are some photos from the first day.

Delegates of the European Marine Biology Symposium, 2013
Poster session in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway
Key note speaker Prof. Jason Hall-Spencer's talk about ocean acidification and biodiversity.
Key note speaker Prof. Jason Hall-Spencer’s talk about ocean acidification and biodiversity.
Mark Costello
Keynote speaker Prof. Mark Costello’s talk asked the question “Can we discover Earth’s species before they go extinct?”
The number of marine vs. terrestrial species discovered per year over time. Since the latter half of the twentieth century, there has been a recent increase in the number of marine species discovered, with increasing number of marine science expeditions and research.
Peter Croot
Prof Peter Croot, NUIG gave a talk about the change in distribution of picoplankton and the Peruvian oxygen minimum zone in the Eastern Tropical South Pacific.

More information about the conference can be found at this link and on the EMBS 2013 Facebook page.

Video Poster Trailers

This year, in addition to oral presentations and posters, some participants are preparing video presentations of their poster, in advance of the conference, which can be viewed on the web. Here are some of them highlighting the diverse range of research at this year’s conference. A wonderful medium for communicating scientific research!

Poster and video by M Bolgan- Does the Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) rely on sound to communicate?

Poster and video by M. Milanese, on behalf of the SPECIAL Consortium – SPECIAL- Sponge Cells and Enzymes for Innovative AppLications

Poster and video by N Artemis – Benthic Diversity in Messolonghi Lagoon, Greece

The Longest River

The Longest River – An Arts, Music and Marine Science Fusion is a unique collaboration between Galway based choir Cois Cladaigh and the Marine Institute, Ireland. The event was presented at Eglise du Saint-Sacrement, Brussels as part of the celebration of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of European Union in April 2013. The Longest River promotes marine science, research and development through ocean literacy and music and was orated by John Delaney, University of Washington. The Longest River event was supported by Culture Ireland, Tourism Ireland and was under the patronage of both Ms Maria Damanaki and Ms Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Members of the European Commission.