ICES Annual Science Conference 2013

Merit Awards

The following ICES merit awards were presented at the Annual Science Conference 2013 in Reykjavik.

Best presentation

Arni Magnusson of the Marine Research Institute, Iceland. Uncertainty in age‐structured stock assessment of Icelandic saithe: Effect of different assumptions, methods, and excluding data components.

The presenter gave a comprehensive, well-structured clear presentation. It invoked a good discussion and the presenter answered all question revealing his wealth of knowledge about this topic.

Best Poster

Rudi Voss of the University of Kiel, Germany and colleagues Martin F. Quaas, Jörn O. Schmidt, and Christian Möllmann. Towards ecological and economical realism – modelling trade‐offs in multispecies fisheries.

It is always challenging to bring the two worlds of economics and ecology together. The clear layout and the use of symbols and flip books to present the results of a complex model were striking and made it easy for participants to understand the trade-offs decision makers face.

Three early career scientist awards were also presented, along with a bursary of €1000 to aid the award winners travelling to future ICES events and workshops.

Best presentations (early career scientist)

Tim Emery of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia: Fishing for revenue: how leasing quota can be hazardous to your health.

Would you have ever considered that transferable quota can harm your life? That this could be the case was well presented and the presenter engaged the audience. The good use of slides, the invoked questions from the audience and ease in answering questions was striking.

Margarita Machairopoulou of the University of Aberdeen, UK. Acoustic detection of zooplankton during fishery surveys and sensitivity of acoustic backscatter prediction models to parameters estimates.

The awardee presented an elegant solution to a difficult problem, and in particular an elegant approach on how to separate between the questions that can be answered to those that cannot. The presenter gave a very convincing overview and clearly has in-depth knowledge of the field, and answered questions from the audience in a convincing way.

Best Poster (early career scientist):

Hlynur Bárðarson of the Marine Research Institute, Iceland and his colleagues Guðrún Marteinsdóttir, Bruce McAdam, and Gróa Petursdóttir. Gluing broken otoliths and its effect on morphology analysis.

Glueing otoliths - is this interesting? Well, the method presented is not only helping to use all the hidden treasures in labs, but it was presented in a way that immediatly engaged the people to learn all about it! The layout was very clear and a small game on detecting broken otoliths did not only draw the attention of participants, but only the successful one could read the whole methodology.

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​Rudi Voss presents his poster to an interested audience at the ASC Poster Session.

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