EU network of mesocosms facilities for research on marine and freshwater ecosystems open for global collaboration.

2nd International Aquatic Mesocosm Research Symposium – From local processes to cross-domain interactions

12/10/2020 - 16/10/2020

Please note that this event has been postponed to 2021 and a revised schedule will be published in due course. Please watch the website or social media channels for updates.

Abstracts are invited for the 2nd International Aquatic Mesocosm Research Symposium – from local processes to cross-domain interactions.

Complete the Abstract Submission Form.

Deadline for submission: 31st May 2020. 

There will be between 140 and 200 participants and around 70 oral presentations and 70 posters.

The symposium will take place at the Hotel Atlantis at the city of Heraklion, Crete, 12-16 October 2020.

The symposium will comprise of 3 full days of presentations and posters, followed by a half-day excursion.


The aim of this symposium is to exchange ideas and experiences in aquatic mesocosm research and to map future research directions in a broader context. We therefore welcome contributions ranging from local process studies to regional-international scales and cross-domain interactions. Mesocosms are a well-established technique filling in the gradient in approaches from strictly controlled laboratory experiments to observational studies of natural ecosystems. Mesocosm studies have yielded critical understanding about local ecosystem-processes. However, increased coordination across geographical distances as well as domains (terrestrial, atmosphere, etc.) presents challenges and opportunities. This symposium therefore covers a range of aspects related to the technique itself, its use to understand the structure and function of various aquatic ecosystems and to study their response to perturbations and hazards, both natural and anthropogenic. Networking with other related RIs and networks is also a scope of this symposium.

Complete the Abstract Submission Form.

Deadline for submission: 31st May 2020

Session Themes

a.  Methodology and technology in mesocosm research

Talks are invited that address:

  • mesocosm hardware design
  • experimental design and statistics
  • measurement techniques and/or instrumentation of particular relevance to mesocosm research

b.  Understanding ecosystem functioning through mesocosm research

Talks are invited that address fundamental aspects of the ecosystem or its components, including:

  • food web dynamics, structure and function, top-down vs bottom-up control
  • diversity, community composition and resource partitioning
  • evolutionary and adaptation processes
  • experimental work, mathematical models and the combination of these
  • Cross-domain studies, such as aquatic-terrestrial process studies

c.  Climate change / Hazards and nature-based solutions

Talks are invited on the use of mesocosms to study effects of:

  • extreme events
  • organic and inorganic environmental pollutants
  • agri- and aqua-culture
  • oil drilling and transportation
  • dust, acidification, warming and other climatic drivers
  • and the use of nature-based solutions to mitigate negative impact

Invited speakers

Shelley Arnott, Queen’s University, Canada
Carlos Duarte, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Ulf Riebesell, GEOMAR, Germany
Frede Thingstad, University of Bergen, Norway
Kathleen Weathers, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, USA

Important dates

Abstract submission: 31 May

Acceptance notification: 30 June

Registration fee payment: 31 July

Registration fee

Students: until 31 July: 50 euros (after 31 July: 75 euros)

Other: until 31 July: 100 euros (after 31 July: 150 euros)

Further Information

For enquires regarding abstract submission and scientific sessions, please contact the organising committee:

For general enquires regarding registration, fee payment, accommodation and travel please contact Ms Katerina Koronaiou at: Tel: +30 2810 255 552, Fax: +30 2810 330606, e-mail:

Scientific Committee: 

Beatrix Beisner, University of Quebec, Canada
Meryem Beklioglu, METU, Turkey
Stella Berger, IGB, Germany
Lisette de Senerpont Domis, NIOO/KNAW, The Netherlands
Roger Harris, PML, UK
Behzad Mostajir, CNRS-MARBEC, France
Jens Nejstgaar, IGB, Germany
Paraskevi Pitta, HCMR, Greece
Ulf Riebesell, GEOMAR, Germany
Frede Thingstad, University of Bergen, Norway

Local Organizing Committee:

Parackevi Pitta, HCMR, Greece
Iordanis Magiopoulos, HCMR, Greece
Katerina Symiakaki, HCMR, Greece
Ioulia Santi, HCMR, Greece
Anastasia Tsiola, HCMR, Greece
Aristomenis Karageorgis, HCMR, Greece

Aquila Atlantis Hotel