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.
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!
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.
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!
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!