Updated: Dec 30, 2022
The second WG1 Annual Meeting took place online on December 16th 2022. As most WG1 past and ongoing activities had recently been exposed and discussed (on October 27th 2022, during the recent 4th MCM /annual Action meeting), this meeting was set to last for only one hour. It gathered 26 participants from 12 countries and was focussed on WG1 activities during GP3.
We talked through WG1 current and planned activities and outputs, in particular the “Systematic map of marine connectivity research” interactive tool that we plan to develop. A group discussion allowed to precise how to best achieve this, using artificial intelligence (AI) - at least in parts of the process - to gather existing information from the existing literature.
During the next year, WG1 will organize 3 training "Schools for Dummies” and one Methodological workshop:
Training School - Biophysical Modelling for beginners, Banyuls-sur-Mer, France. 30th January – 1st February 2023. Local organiser: Katell Guizen. Trainers: Katell Guizien, Geneviève Lacroix, Roberta Sciascia.
Training School – The basics using genetic tools to estimate connectivity, Online. 20th – 24th March 2023. Trainers: Filip Volkaert, Marco Andrello.
Training School – The basics of biogeochemical tools to estimate connectivity, Online. Late Spring 2023. Exact dates and trainers: TBC.
Methodological workshop - Making maps and showing movement tracks in R, Online 14th February 2023. Lead: David Kaplan.
Once all the capacity building training schools are finished, we are looking forward to hosting some workshops to develop conceptual and methodological frameworks to integrate methods and data across disciplines.
Participants were also reminded of the two SEA-UNICORN co-sponsored conferences coming up in 2023, and warmly encouraged to attend them in person:
ICES conference on the Human Impacts on Marine Functional Connectivity (22–25 May 2023) in Sesimbra (Portugal). https://www.ices.dk/events/symposia/ImpactsMFC/Pages/default.aspx
Fisheries Society of the British Isles 2023 Symposium Fish Habitat Ecology in a Changing Climate (24-28th July 2023) at the University of Essex (UK), with in particular a SEA-UNICORN sponsored session Social-ecological connectivity in fish research - https://fsbi.org.uk/symposium-2023/
Any ideas for other WG1 activities or synthesis efforts for 2023 are welcome.