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Project information
Project title
1st FRAM Science Days
Year
2015
Project leader
Melissa Chierici
Participants

organizing committee:

Lis L Jørgensen (IMR, Cost&Fjord flagship)

Arild Sundfjord (NPI, Polhavet)

Laura de Steur (NPI; Polhavet)

Helge Markusson (Framsenteret)

Jo Aarseth (Framsenteret)

 

Total participants at the FRAM Science days were about 86

 

Flagship
Ocean Acidification
Funding Source

FRAM centre: 500 kNOK and internal in-kind contribution for organizing committee hours

Summary of Results

 

Theme: 2015 “Multi-stressors in the Arctic Marine Ecosystem”

 

Invited speakers: 13 (1 had to cancel)

 

Poster presentations: 29

 

Participants: about 85 participants from 7 countries (USA, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Checkia, Poland, Russia)

 

Young Scientist travel awards: 8 travel awards supporting young scientists from Russia, Germany, Norway, USA, Poland,

 

 

 

Appendix: 1st FRAM Science Days program

 

 

 

Background and motivation for the FRAM Science days

 

The FRAM Science Days should be a forum to present interdisciplinary science based on the results and research performed within the FRAM centre Flagships.  The format in 2015 was to invite a combination of internationally and nationally recognized speakers, and internal speakers from within the flagship programmes to place the flagsip research in a larger context. Other objectives are to increase the knowledge on the on-going research and improve cross-collaboration in the flagships. The Science Days should also include a panel discussion on specific urgent issues. The theme in 2015 was Multi-stressors in the Arctic Marine Ecosystem”. To facilitate for participation of Young scientists, the conference funds Young Scientist Travel awards by 10000 NOK/each. The FRAM Science Days was planned to be an annual interdisciplinary science event, jointly organized between 2-3 Flagships. This year the organizing Flagship programs were: “The Ocean Acidification”,” Coast and Fjord”, and “The Arctic Ocean”.

 

We had three sessions with 13 speakers during the two days of conference (see program). Day 1 started with keynote speaker Jaqueline Grebmeier, Univ. of Maryland, USA, followed by six 25 minutes presentations by speakers. Day 2 commenced by a keynote speaker Raul Primicerio (UiT-The Arctic University of Norway), and continued with four (one cancellation due to illness). Day 2 ended by a panel discussion where the following questions where aaddressed:

 

  • Observations: Changes in the physical and chemical environment? Do they really have significant impact on valuable marine life, or does resilience rule?

  • While scientists objectively observe changes in the ecosystem, are politicians quietly waiting for the catastrophe to happen?

  • Is it possible to detect ocean acidification traits from all other multiple stressors on the marine ecosystem?

  • How do we find time to monitor changes in the ecosystem, in a scientific world where more time is spent on competition than on finding suitable indicators? will introduce and describe several aspects of the occurring changes in the biogeochemical processes and the marine ecosystems in the Arctic Ocean, and in the transition zones such as the Barents Sea and high north coastal systems.

 

 

 

 

 

Poster sessions:

 

The FRAM Science Days had two poster sessions where 29 posters were presented. The Award for best poster was an Ipad and was given to Allison Bailey (NPI) after a committee had made a selection.

 

 

 

 

 

Social event:

 

Day 1 evening:  To achieve a relaxed atmosphere to stimulate cross-collaboration and fraternization among scientists we had a social event and dinner at Mack Brewery. The event was very successful and the participants appreciated the brewery tour and dinner at Ølhallen in a relaxed environment which spurred interesting and giving discussions.

 

 

 

 

 

Post-conference:

 

Science journalist Malin Avenius will write an article summarizing the main science high-lights presented at the conference. The summary article is planned to be published in the FRAM Report Series.

 

 

 

For the Management

Annual event presenting scienctific results and high lights from the Flagship programmes.

Published Results/Planned Publications

 

Abstract collection from speakers and poster presentations.

The summary article is planned to be published in the FRAM Report Series.

 

Communicated Results

Science journalists at the conference: Ole Magnus Rapp (Aftenposten) and Malin Avenius (Swedish science journalist)

Interdisciplinary Cooperation

international speakers of all disciplines and the very nature of the Science Days are highly interdisciplinary as can be viewed from the program:


FRAM Science Days


Venue: Arktika Conference Centre, Fram Centre, Tromsø, Norway


Dates: Tuesday 10th-Wednesday 11th November 2015


 


“Multi-stressors in the Arctic Marine Ecosystem”


 


Tuesday 10th November


Registration and refreshments from 10:00, 2nd floor, Fram Centre


 


11:00- Welcome and Introduction to Fram Centre Flagship programmes – Jo Aarseth, Fram Centre


11:10- Overview and objectives of the conference Melissa Chierici, IMR, Tromsø


 


 


Session I-“A changing Arctic system”(chair: Melissa Chierici)


 


11:30-  Jacqueline M. Grebmeier (plenary), UMCES, USA


Multiple Environmental Stressors in a Changing Arctic Ocean


12:10- Helen Johnson,University of Oxford, UK and University of Bergen


           Where the ice meets the ocean:  ocean circulation and ice melt around Greenland


12:35- Mats Granskog , NPI, Norway


Changes in sunlight exposure in the Arctic Ocean – potential effects on biogeochemistry


 


13:10-  Lunch buffet


           


14:00- Rolf Gradinger, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA and IMR


Sea ice primary production in a changing Arctic


14:25- Tore Hattermann, Akvaplan-niva


The role of mesoscale ocean dynamics in Fram Strait for the sea ice-ocean ecosystem"


14:50- Hallvard Strøm, Norwegian Polar Institute


The importance of tidewater glaciers for marine mammals and seabirds


 


15.15- Coffee break


 


15:45- Howard Browman, Institute of Marine Research


Applying organized skepticism to ocean acidification research, or some marine organisms will do just fine in a high CO2 world


 


16:10- Short summary (Lis Jørgensen)


 


16:30- Poster session with refreshments


 


18:30- Dinner and Social event at the Mack beer brewery! Tour, tasting and tapas!


 


 


 


 


Wednesday 11th November


 


Session II- Ecosystem changes (chair: Laura de Steur)


09:00- Raul Primicerio (plenary), UiT, Norway


            Climate warming impact on Barents Sea ecosystem vulnerability


09:40  - Lis L. Jørgensen, IMR, Norway


Multiple impacts on Arctic benthic communities: order in chaos, or chaos in order


10:05- Hartvig Christie, NIVA, Norway


Climate and crab predation cause large scale changes in the kelp forest – sea urchin system


10:30- Coffee


 


11:00- Catriona Clemmesen-Bockelmann, GEOMAR, Germany


Effects of ocean acidification on Atlantic cod


11:25- Randi Ingvaldsen,IMR, Norway


Future fisheries in a changing Arctic Ocean?


 11:50- Janne Søreide, UNIS, Svalbard, Norway


Fate of the key Arctic copepod Calanus glacialis in a changing environment


 


12:15- Lunch buffet


 


 


Session III-Detecting change and possible mitigation (chair Lis L Jørgensen)


13:10 Kick-off introduction to discussion session on ways to detect “a changing Arctic Ocean”


         


13:30- Panel and plenary discussion session. Discussion topics:


 


          Observations: Changes in the physical and chemical environment? Do they really have significant impact on valuable marine life, or does resilience rule?


          While scientists objectively observe changes in the ecosystem, are politicians quietly waiting for the catastrophe to happen?


          Is it possible to detect ocean acidification traits from all other multiple stressors on the marine ecosystem?


          How do we find time to monitor changes in the ecosystem, in a scientific world where more time is spent on competition than on finding suitable indicators?


 


14:15- Summary and closing remarks (Melissa Chierici)


 


14:30 -Poster session and coffee


 


16:00 End of conference


 


 

 

Budget in accordance to results

Yes, costs for travel of speakers, young scinetists awards, poster price, rent of conference room, lunch, dinner and social event.

Could results from the project be subject for any commercial utilization
No
Conclusions

Feedback on site from participants and speakers told on a very successfull 1st FRAM Science Days. Hopefully arranged of other flagships next year.