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


NA1: Science and innovation strategy for society

  Work package leader:  METU
Contacts:  Meryem Beklioglu
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Task 3.1 Standardization and harmonization of Mesocosm RIs
Task 3.2 Training new generation of scientists to strengthen the Mesocosm RI community
Task 3.3 Strengthening the mesocosm based experimental research community beyond AQUACOSM- plus


While the mechanisms behind Grand Challenges (GCs) are influenced by factors at continental and global scales, many RIs, including aquatic mesocosm facilities, have typically operated locally, carrying out curiosity driven basic research on limited number of questions. Bridging this mismatch and effectively investigate stressors on a wider scale would provide tools to better inform national to global measures to tackle the GCs. This requires better communication, harmonization and access to the best research tools combined with effective open science collaboration. To foster this development in the mesocosm community, WP3 aims to build on the fundament from AQUACOSM, but strengthen the networking and training activities to further increase cooperation, communication, co-ordination, while providing more effective support and updated best practice advices.

Thus, the future mesocosm-based research will be shaped by enhanced activities of the AQUACOSM-plus community through provision of support and knowledge transfer to potential new users, specifically targeting less strong mesocosms- based research EU Member States so that EU-wide network of scientific culture can thrive, and reach out beyond globally to complimentary facilities and their users (WP2 and in cooperation with WP5, 8 & 9, Fig.1.1a,b). In order to foster globally comparable studies in the future, WP3 will ensure transfer of standardised best practice knowledge through many open channels. In addition to reports, SOPs, manuals and scientific publications produced in AQUACOSM, WP3 will continue to update these, but most importantly will make use of new media, such as online freely accessible Wiki-publications. Specific focus will be given on the training of young researchers and facility users to maximise the benefit gained from mesocosm-based research both through training in new harmonised operation procedures at all facilities such electronic data acquirement and as real-time DB-upload (WP4) as well as supporting transferral of personal skills by exchange of experienced personnel between facilities to enhance Transnational Access provision (cooperation with WP 8.5 & 9). Thus, WP3 will effectively contribute to build human capital and competitiveness of AQUACOSM-plus partner infrastructures in the European Research Area (ERA) and beyond.


D3.1 Minutes of the first summer School for knowledge transfer (M03)

D3.2 Report on international view of on mesocosms and water grand challenges (M15)

D3.3 First Report on social media group activities and impacts (M16)

D3.4 Minutes of the second summer School for knowledge transfer (M21)

D3.5 Report on the workshop on international collaboration in mesocosm based research incl. associated partners from (M21)

D3.6 Report on the specific training workshops on networking, communication, open data and hands on training encompassing river, lake/pond, marine and temporary waters (M34)

D3.7 Second Report on social media group activities and impacts (M44)

D3.8Wiki book usage report (M48)