MARES Closing Event

Friday, February 15, 2019

On Friday February 15th, 2019 the MARES Closing Event will be organised at Ghent University.

The MARES Joint Doctoral Programme on Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation is an Erasmus Mundus funded programme, which originally started up in 2011 and is offered by a consortium of 24 international partners originating from 14 different countries. The MARES Programme focuses on six scientific and applied fields, all dealing with the effects of the impact of humans on the natural marine environment. After a 9-year track the MARES Programme will come to an end in 2019. During this 9 years Ghent University - represented by the Marine Biology Research Group - acted as Coordinating institute.

This one-day event will include presentations of MARES alumni that are now active as postdoctoral marine researchers worldwide and an inspiring talk by the renowned marine scientist prof. dr. Carlos Duarte.

Participation at this event is free, but we like to ask you to register your attendance through following link.


09:00 – 09:30    
Registration & welcoming coffee/tea

09:30 – 10:00    
Welcome by the current and former MARES Coordinating team: prof. dr. Marleen De Troch, em. prof. dr. Magda Vincx and dr. Tim Deprez.

10:00 – 13:00    
Presentations of MARES alumni

  • 10:00 – 10:30    
    Zooplankton performance in a changing ocean - Adaptive capacities to a shifting food regime
    by Rita Melo Franco Santos
  • 10:30 – 11:00    
    Recreational boating as a major vector of spread of non-indigenous species in the Mediterranean Sea
    by Aylin Ulman
  • 11:00 – 11:30    
    Coffee break
  • 11:30 – 12:00    
    MARES PhD and post-PhD life; A scientific journey across Marine Protected Areas
    by Ines Gomes
  • 12:00 – 12:30    
    “Ocean acidification reduces residential zooplankton abundances in coral reefs”
    by Joy Smith
  • 12:30 – 13:00    
    Explorations of the science-policy interface: applications of ecological insights into adaptation and conservation planning
    by Veronica Lo

13:00 – 14u30   

14u30 – 15u30  
Rebuilding Marine Biodiversity” by prof. dr. Carlos Duarte (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)

16:00 – 18:00    
Closing Reception