• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 

 

 

 
 
WORKSHOP ON MOLECULAR APPROACHES FOR MONITORING OF AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS AND BIODIVERSITY
December 18, 2018 | CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão, Portugal
2018-10-10
 

 

Assessment of biodiversity and ecological quality is of global importance in the monitoring of aquatic ecosystems, and is legally binding through the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD, 200/60/EC). High throughput DNA sequencing (HTS) has the potential to revolutionize the monitoring of ecosystems and biodiversity, but the uptake of molecular techniques in official monitoring programs at the national and regional scales has remained slow.


Organised under the scope of CIBIO-InBIO's EnvMetaGen project, in close collaboration with DNAqua-Net and the EDP Biodiversity Chair, this workshop will address the power of HTS techniques for assessing biodiversity and ecological quality in freshwater, transitional and marine waters, and provide information on how these techniques are starting to be used, in Portugal and across Europe and the USA, to address biomonitoring challenges, particularly those related to the WFD.


A full day of conferences and networking where scientists, industry and government agencies will provide examples of best practices in the implementation of these techniques in different countries, such as the United Kingdom, Finland and Germany, allowing to nurture the discussion on what steps would be needed to improve their application and overcome technical problems, and how to address policy and regulatory issues.

 

 

PROGRAMME

 

 

09:00 - OPENING SESSION: 

 

Pedro Beja | EnvMetaGen Coordinator, CIBIO-InBIO
Florian Leese | Chair DNAqua-Net, University of Duisburg-Essen

 

09:30 - SESSION 1: EUROPEAN AND PORTUGUESE FRAMEWORK OF ECOLOGICAL QUALITY ASSESSMENT OF AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS

Verónica Pinto | Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente
Susana Nunes | Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente
João Pádua | Labelec

 

Coffee-Break

 

11:30 - SESSION 2: NEXT GENERATION BIOMONITORING IN PORTUGAL

Elisabete Valério | I.N.S. Ricardo Jorge
Filipe Costa | Universidade do Minho
Ana Filipa Filipe | CIBIO-InBIO

 

Lunch

 

14:00 - SESSION 3: MOLECULAR BIOMONITORING OF FRESHWATER AND MARINE WATER - CASE-STUDIES, RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND BEST PRACTICES (PART 1)

Jan Pawlowski | Department of Genetics & Evolution, University of Geneve
Agnes Bouchez | INRA
Rosetta Blackman | Eawag
Angel Borja | AZTI
Bernd Haenfling | University of Hull

 

Coffee-Break

 

16:30 - SESSION 4: MOLECULAR BIOMONITORING OF FRESHWATER AND MARINE WATER - CASE-STUDIES, RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND BEST PRACTICES (PART 2)

Taylor Wilcox | National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation
Pieter Boets | University of Ghent / East-Flanders Regional Government
Kristian Meissner | Finnish Environment Institute
J. Iwan Jones | Queen Mary University of London

 

18:10 - GENERAL DISCUSSION WITH ALL SPEAKERS: WHAT IS STILL LIMITING THE WIDE APPLICATION OF MOLECULAR METHODS IN AQUATIC BIOMONITORING?

 

18:45 - CLOSING 

 

The workshop will also encompass a second day of activities restricted to specific working groups. Click here to access the complete programme

 

 

REGISTRATION

You can pre-register by following the link.

Deadline: December 07, 2018

 

Participation is free of charge but places are limited!

 

 

 

ORGANIZATION

 

 

 

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