The 1st GLOBAQUA International Conference has been organized by the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (München, Germany) and the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (IDAEA-CSIC). The conference has been held at the Kardinal-Döpfner-Haus, an educational centre in Freising, Germany on 11-12 January 2016.

This interdisciplinary conference was a platform for exchange and discussion of innovative scientific findings and methods in aquatic ecosystems research. It focused on novel methods of environmental monitoring and modeling of various scopes, scales and structural complexity to improve process understanding in the interconnectivity and feedback mechanisms of climate (regional), land use (regional), economy, hydrology and hydraulics (catchment and river), water quality (river), biology and aquatic ecosystems (reach scale). Further, the conference built the bridge to the scientific assessment of implications on policy and management. 

The programe followed the module structure of the GLOBAQUA project in order to include all the topics that the project deals with. The meeting included one keynote lecture given by Manuel Rodríguez-Pinzon (Université Laval, Ville de Québec, Canada) on “Temporal variability of surface water quality: Implications for the management of drinking water”. Each of the 4 sessions (Stressors, Receptors, Implications and Management & Policy) included one invited oral presentation and 7 regular oral presentations as well as a number of posters. In total the programme included 33 oral presentations and 33 poster presentations. Each of the poster authors had also the opportunity to present their work to the entire audience.

A group of 86 participants, including scientists and managers, coming from 35 different institutions from 13 different countries attended the event. Among these participants, some were also members of MARS and SOLUTIONS projects and around 30% were PhD students. The conference succeeded in bringing together an interdisciplinary audience including both members and nonmembers of the project. There were interesting discussions after some of the oral presentations as well as during the poster platform, facilitated by the introduction to the posters performed by the main author. Some interaction also occurred with other projects like MARS and SOLUTIONS that will be increased by the organization of common activities in the future.

To download the book of abstracts click here. To download the presentations given during the conference, click following links: - Keynote - Receptors1 - Receptors2 - Stressors1 - Stressors2 - Stressors2a - Implications1 - Implications2 - Implications2a - Implications2b - Management1 - Management2.

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