tenth Worldwide Workshop of the Hydrozoan Society

Earlier this 12 months, the Cnidaria and Ctenophora group at UMB organized the tenth Worldwide Workshop of the Hydrozoan Society. The occasion was successful, and we requested visiting researcher Marta Gil to inform us just a little extra about it.

That is what Marta, who’s presently collaborating in our Artsdatabanken tasks ParaZoo and NOAH, has to say:

Hey to everybody!

I’m Dr Marta Gil, a researcher on the affiliation Ecoafrik and a member of the Marine Zoology Group on the College of Vigo, Spain. This spring I started a analysis keep on the College Museum of Bergen to collaborate with Dr Luis Martell on mission PARAZOO. I’ve visited the museum a number of occasions, however this go to had a particular which means for me. This 12 months, in Might, the tenth Workshop of the Hydrozoan Society was celebrated, organised by the Cnidaria and Ctenophora Group on the Division of Pure Historical past, so I took benefit of my keep within the metropolis and determined to attend.

Three images together: one showing the (taxidermied) birds in the staircase of the museum exhibition, one showing participants studying the exhibits in the whale hall - a whale skeleton can be seen over them, and a photo from the reception where the society president is welcoming everyone

Welcome and icebreaker on the College of Bergen Museum of Pure Historical past

This was my first time at this occasion and I have to say it was a really rewarding expertise, I don’t assume I may have loved it extra. We had been welcomed by the organisers on the public collections of the Pure Historical past Museum, which was open just for the event, making a incredible environment to fulfill the individuals and lots of the hydrozoan consultants.

Over the following three days, we listened to talks from college students who’re simply beginning in addition to displays from established researchers who’ve been working with hydrozoans for years. We have now had nice audio system akin to Dr. Nicole Gravier-Bonnet, Prof. Carina Östman, and Dr.Gill Mapstone; and easy methods to neglect the passion of Prof. Paul Bologna’s group, all of the questions and remarks from Dr. Dhugal Lindsay, and the sampling demonstration from our Japanese colleagues Gaku Yamamoto and Aya Adachi? The discussions that passed off after every speak and the participating poster session made this workshop greater than a easy scientific assembly, it was a gaggle of buddies speaking about their favorite animal group: hydrozoans!

A collage of images showing participants presenting at the venue

The convention a part of the Workshop introduced many fascinating talks from a big selection of subjects, along with fruitful and fascinating discussions and networking.

Several images showing people studying large (A0) scientific posters presenting results of their research and projects.

There was a devoted poster session (and catering) to additional focus on about hydrozoans in a extra relaxed setting. Many nice tasks and preliminary outcomes had been offered!

After the talks and displays had been over, the sampling half began, which was probably the most enjoyable for me! We had been in a position to pattern benthic hydroids and pelagic hydromedusae and siphonophores on board the Emiliania and the R/V Prinsesse Ingrid Alexandra, and we later studied them on the Espegrend Marine Organic Station. This half gave us the chance to be taught and share data, methods and really helpful ideas from different consultants to review hydrozoans all through their life cycle.

Snapshots from fieldwork, where people are collecting plankton and benthos from ship and shore

Two busy samplings days adopted the convention half, the place all of us exchanged our experience on sampling, dealing with and tradition methods. This had been a few very productive periods.

To spherical off a tremendous week, on Saturday morning we visited the UNESCO World Heritage Website at Bryggen, the place we discovered in regards to the historical past and traditions of Bergen. At sundown, we took the cable automotive as much as Mount Ulriken and, after having fun with the unimaginable views, we held the award ceremony and the election of the brand new president of the Hydrozoan Society, who was unanimously elected: Dr. Lucas Leclère!

Snapshots from social activities throughout the event; shows people in historical Bryggen, as well as up the city mountains around Bergen

The social actions included a go to to Bryggen, an tour to Fløyen, and the convention dinner within the prime of Mount Ulrikken. The perfect scholar presentation awards got and the brand new President of the Hydrozoan Society was elected. Thrilling occasions forward!

Group photo of the participants up in the mountains, with the city of Bergen in the background

The third group image we took in only a few days, this time with an unimaginable view of town of Bergen as a background.

I want to shut this chronicle by thanking UMB’s Cnidaria and Ctenophora group: Aino Hosia, Luis Martell and Joan Soto, for his or her unimaginable work in coordinating the displays, transfers and discipline work and for internet hosting such a rewarding occasion. I’d additionally like to say the nice work executed by all the scholars of the group, who helped set up the meals on the sampling days and different numerous actions. Due to all of them, the remainder of us merely loved the week.

It was undoubtedly an expertise value repeating. I’m already trying ahead to the following workshop in France!

-Marta Gil

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