Session Themes

Discover the full calendar of this week sessions and side events.

Scientific Committees Sessions

Processes of environmental change in the past, linkages between atmospheric pCO2 levels, rate and magnitude of climate change, changes in ocean chemistry including acidification and deoxygenation.

Tectonic processes, tsunamis & meteo tsunamis, erosion, coastal surges, seafloor instability and submarine mass movements (landslides), marine hazard modelling, risk perception & management.

Sediment transport and deposition, shoreline dynamics, coastal erosion, subsidence, blue carbon

Ocean dynamics, water mass variability, thermohaline circulation, mesoscale features, open ocean trends.

Sea level dynamics, implications for coastal areas, integration of different technologies to monitor the sea level.

Med and Black Sea vs. Global Ocean Systems, MEDGOOS, MFS.

Formation and dynamics of eddies, fronts, currents, gyres.

Upwelling and downwelling, riverine inputs, nearshore transport, coastal fronts, submarine canyons dynamics.

Impact of atmospheric gases on biogeochemical cycles, ocean acidification /dynamics of carbonate system and air-sea CO2 fluxes.

Biogeochemistry in coastal areas through the availability of nutrients, exchange and fluxes at estuarine boundaries: sediment-water and air-water.

Impacts on carbon and nutrients cycles; vectors of pathogens, …

Antagonistic or synergistic effects of toxicants on biota, biogeochemistry and fate of long-term emerging contaminants including pharmaceuticals, climate change and pollutant dynamics, …

Interactions in carbon, iron, methane and nutrients cycles, bioluminescence, mineralization.

Ecological, biogeochemical, and climate-related factors affecting the initiation, development, and consequences of phytoplankton blooms including HABs.

Ecology, monitoring and management, early warning systems of viruses, bacteria, biotoxins.

Impacts on metabolic rates, growth, and distribution of marine microbes, shifts in microbial community composition and distribution, including implications for ecosystem functioning and stability.

Research and exploitation of microbial biochemical and metabolic functions (biofuels, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals, bioremediation, bioprocessing, enzyme production, biotechnology techniques.

Connectivity in macrophytes & invertebrates, larval dispersal, genetic connectivity, stepping stones, human impacts on connectivity.

Biodiversity & ecology, habitat and species dynamics, hydrodynamics and sediment transport, anthropogenic impacts, socio-economic implications of lagoons’ exploitation, restoration ecology.

Ecology of alien species, impacts on native biodiversity, biogeographic changes, early detection, …

Vulnerable and endangered species, assessment of habitat loss /degradation, red corals.

Impacts of aquaculture on benthic communities, genetic improvement, best practices and innovative solutions.

Shifts in species distribution, shifts in ecosystem structures, temperature effects on spawning, larval development, and growth rates. Impact of ocean acidification on shellfish, adaptation and resilience.

Stock assessment, by catch impacts, fish biology and ecology, innovations towards more sustainable fishing gear.

Environmental changes impact on zooplankton communities and their interactions with phytoplankton.

Movement patterns, including migratory pathways, corridors, feeding areas, and breeding grounds, aggregations, genetic connectivity

Ecosystem and socio-economic assessments, design and implementation of site-based conservation strategies, spatial planning tools

Impacts of habitat degradation, overfishing and interactions with fisheries, vessel traffic, noise pollution, climate change-related stressors, emerging diseases

Effects of offshore wind farms, oil and gas exploration, shipping, industrial fisheries, on mega-fauna, mitigation and conservations measures

International, coordinated research initiatives

Species distribution, abundance, behaviour, and interactions using large scale aerial and ship-based surveys.

Research and monitoring of the health of the marine fauna of the Mediterranean, such as marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, fish, invertebrates, and other marine species. Science-based information for use in the management and protection of marine animals and prevention of possible massive strandings.

Mass mortalities, species outbreaks, indicator species, desertification, resilience.

Success stories and failure, seagrass and coral restoration.

Including science-based management measures and practices, ecosystem-based approaches, ecotourism.

Local Ecological Knowledge, fishermen-scientists collaborative projects.

Field surveys and experimental studies, habitat mapping, long term monitoring programme.

Socio-economic effects of invasive species and their commercial value, impacts on native commercial species.

Joint Cross-Committee Sessions

Advancements in satellite technology, underwater robotics, sensor systems (smart buoy technology, 3D mapping and visualization, acoustic technology, AUVs, ocean gliders and saildrones…); advances in genetic techniques, biologgers and other technologies (fluorescent tags and genetic markers, e-dna, animal-borne tags, ecoacoustics and passive acoustic monitoring), emerging techniques for marine microbial exploration.

Hypersaline basins, hydrothermalism, mud volcanism and fluid flow, deep sea sedimentary processes, volcanism, extreme oceanic conditions, deep sea processes, extreme ecosystems, geosphere/biosphere coupling processes.

Collecting, organizing, storing and sharing information and data related to the oceans and its surroundings; best practices in data management; spatial data and visualisation, time series; application of advanced machine learning techniques for model development and data analysis; advances in data assimilation techniques to integrate observational data into models.

Models and scenarios applied to sea level rise, ocean warming and extreme events (MHW), ocean circulation, shifts in species distribution, models for fishery management. 

Climate-driven ocean changes, sea level rise, ocean acidification, marine heatwaves, ocean de-oxygenation and decreased deep water ventilation, warming, salinification, change of stratification, reduced frequency of deep water formation, alterations in the biogeochemical cycle related to changes in the thermocline, mass mortalities, shifts in marine species distribution.

Research-based educational programs, outreach initiatives to enhance ocean literacy.