Like a ship in the night, the first day of the ASC has now been and gone. It began with an
insightful talk on ICES science
and finished with a flourish as the unveiling of our new public outreach video aimed at showing integrated ecosystem understanding (see previous blog post) was premiered to everyone attending the conference during the welcome reception.
Here's that video in all its glory:
Integrated ecosystem assessment explained (for more also read the previous blog post)
Monday also saw the first of three special plenary lectures, the first given by Luis Valdés, Head of Ocean Sciences of the International Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and also a previous Spanish delegate for ICES, on 'opportunities in a changing marine science and policy landscape'. Valdés began by earmarking topics that had emerged since the last ASC to be held in Spain (southwards down the coast in Vigo in 2004) such as ocean acidification before communicating the need for more science for further sustainability and taking a look at the importance of the policy-science symbiosis.
Beforehand, ICES General Secretary Anne Christine Brusendorff and President Poul Connolly as well as several other figures of note including the Mayor of A Coruña took to the podium to address the audience before some interpretative local dancers hypnotised the auditorium with some moves.
The first round of theme sessions then got underway - including one of the management of what are known as marine protected areas (that is, unsurprisingly, areas of the ocean and surrounding environment that are set aside to safeguard vulnerable habitats and species, amongst other things), one on landings (fish bought to the harbour as opposed to those actually caught at sea) obligations in relation to the common fisheries policy and the marine strategy framework directive (landmark piece of EU policy that demands members countries get their waters into sustainable shape).
There was also a session that explored what might happen ecologically is certain creatures' body size would reduce.
It's here we have our TWEET OF THE DAY courtesy of Line Reeh from the National Insitute of Aquatic Resources at the Technical University of Denmark's (DTU Aqua), who had this to say about the upcoming theme session talks:
Whilst also looking forward to her own talk on Wednesday. Speed dating? With 15 minutes in which to present, the slot time is mose definitely a test of conciseness for the presenters. Let's hope the audience of this theme session were sufficiently wooed.
And finally, the evening's welcome reception was an enjoyable knees up which bought everyone together in a celebration that involved tapas, beer, and some curious entertainment (see below):
A local walking tour guide theatrically introduces himself in the style of the region's ancient Celts.
Then there was an early careers scientists bus stop - a meeting point for the more seasons ICES personnel to hand over their sage career advice to some of the newbies. It took off pretty well we think.