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Thursday, December 11, 2014, 10:45-12:45

Genomics in marine monitoring:
New opportunities for assessing marine health status

The objective of the symposium is to coordinate leading marine genomics approaches in environmental research in Europe, and prepare these for large scale applications in LifeWatch, EMBRC, as well as for upcoming H2020 consortia.

This symposium assesses the use of genomics as a cost effective technology for measuring marine biodiversity and marine health status in European waters. Genomic methods can yield faster results from monitoring, provide easier and more reliable taxonomic identifications, and deliver quicker and more information-rich assessments of the environmental status in marine waters. Thereby, the use of such modern approaches in future monitoring programs has the potential to improve the ecosystem based management in the marine environment, and helps achieving the goals of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) as well as other marine legislations world-wide. However, genomics methods are developing and changing fast. They are often computationally intense, and difficult to standardize for use in monitoring programs. In addition, genomic methods have to be carefully integrated with conventional ecological practice as well as with other new monitoring technologies in order to be meaningful. The symposium brings together leading scientists from the fields of marine genomics and marine ecology, all representing major European initiatives in the field of environmental monitoring. We will use the meeting to discuss the scientific progress of marine biodiversity genomics and its utility for at least four major descriptors of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (biological diversity, non-indigenous species, populations of commercially exploited fish/shellfish, and elements of marine food webs). The expected outcome of the meeting will be accelerated integration of marine genomics and ecological research programs in European waters.

Matthias Obst, Göteborg University, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Box 463, SE-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden, Tel:  +46 (0) 317863827, Email:"




19 February 2015

At the final review of the project by the EC, one of the reviewers said: “Incredible work done with a community that is not unified. Remarkable work. It opens for new development in a near future. Hope for success. Good project. Happy that you have been financed three plus years ago.”

Read all about the project and its results in the Project Final Report or read the Executive Summary only.