Author Archives: Pim van Avesaath

MARS increases support to EMBS

MARS increases support to EMBS

During the last years a stronger link between the EMBS and the MARS network has been established. Firstly the support was restricted to some announcements of the next conference in the MARS Newsletter. At this moment a few dedicated EMBS pages can be found at the MARS website. For the near future, the EMBS Committee has agreed to accept the offer of the MARS foundation to host the EMBS website, thereby mutually increasing the traceability and visibility of MARS and the EMBS conference series. Moreover, MARS supports the EMBS by promoting participation and increasing interest, through MARS poster awards (of about 100 to 250 €) at each EMBS meeting. New activities to be developed jointly are the installation of an archive on earlier symposia webpages, the maintenance of a database on (potentially/earlier) EMBS participants (facilitating on-line changes of addresses of (potential) participants, and electronic registration), and a strengthened outreach and fund raising.
Herman Hummel, President of MARS

MARS input Round Table “150 Years of Ecology”

MARS input Round Table “150 Years of Ecology”

Abstract of the Intervention by Herman Hummel, on behalf of the European network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations (MARS).
At the Round Table on “150 Years of Ecology. An Evolving Science Challenging Society & Citizenship”.
European Parliament, Brussels; 11 October 2016.

As previous speakers in this Round Table already stated we need to move to a new balance between nature and mankind. The question we need to address now is how do we reach this new balance.
An important element is, to our opinion, to interest the society and the citizens for the ecology of all the domains, i.e. terrestrial, freshwater and marine. To this end, in these domains we need proper locations for meeting, learning and studying nature, in order to see and understand how we can live in harmony with nature. Field stations play a vital role in this. We should not approach, observe and study nature at an increasingly large distance with a globalised view and in an automated way, often intended to only use and benefit from nature, like is done nowadays.
Therefore, on behalf of the MARS foundation, we support the plea, made earlier in the Round Table, for a revolution. This should be a revolution at the societal and political level, in order to give much more attention, i.e. more support and funding, to the observation of nature, and its ecology and biodiversity, on the spot in the field. There where we can touch it, feel it, learn about it, and study it, for experimentation, for innovation, and to benefit from nature in a balanced and sustainable way. Field stations, as the meeting locations par excellence for society and for trans-disciplinary research, are elementary to understand nature and its ecology.
Therefore our plea is to make sure that field stations are sufficiently supported, and not closed, reduced, or disappearing at an unprecedented rate that resembles the decrease of biodiversity.

MARS call for travel awards 2017 now open

MARS call for travel awards 2017 now open

A call for the MARS travel awards for young scientists is now open.

For 2017 two awards of in total 800 € will be granted to promising young scientists or students at MARS member institutions.  The award will consist of two parts.

  1. A travel grant of 500 € to cover (part of) the costs to carry out research at another MARS member institute.
  2. An additional and conditional contribution of 300 € to cover (part of) the travel costs and/or registration fee to present the results of the project at the EMBS.

More information is available here.

Deadline: 15 February 2017

EMBS50 – Publications of EMBOS

EMBS50 – Publications of EMBOS

EMBOS, the European Marine Biodiversity Observatory system aims at setting up a network of marine coastal observatories and providing tools for the large scale and long term sustained observation of marine biodiversity (species richness) at a pan-European scale.
The first phase of this former COST Action (ESSEM ES1003) focused on networking activities and development of the methodology.
In 2014 EMBOS started the Pilot Project to provide proof of the EMBOS concept with actual carrying out field observations using the standardized sampling methodology. In total 27 institutes of 16 different countries participated in this voluntary action (among which many MARS members), and in total 41 different location have been sampled and analyzed.
The data are being kept by LifeWatch Greece.

The following habitats and taxonomic groups were inventoried:

  1. Softbottom of coastal sites (mainly macro-zoobenthos; 12 stations)
  2. Softbottom of lagoons (mainly macro-zoobenthos; 7 stations)
  3. Hard substrate of coastal sites (macro-zoobenthos; macro-algae; 15 stations)
  4. Pelagial (phytoplankton, zooplankton; 11 stations)

EMBOS ended its first (COST) phase, with a presentation of the end results at the EMBS50, Helgoland (Germany), September 2015.
The EMBOS Pilot project presentations resulted in five publications:

Hummel, H., M. Frost, J.A. Juanes, J. Kochmann, C.F. Castellanos Perez Bolde, F. Aneiros, F. Vandenbosch, J.N. Franco, B. Echavarri, X. Guinda, A. Puente, C. Fernández, C. Galván, M. Merino, E. Ramos, P. Fernández, V. Pitacco, M. Alberte, D. Wojcik, M. Orchowska, M. Jahnke, F. Crocetta, L. Carugati, S. Scorrano, S. Fraschetti, P. Pérez García, J.A. Sanabria Fernández, A. Poromov, A. Iurchenko, A. Isachenko, A. Chava, C. Pavloudi, F. Bordeyne, S. Fie Andersen, E. Grace Tunka Eronat, T. Cakmak, P. Louizidou, J. Rico, S. Ruci, D. Corta Diego, S. Mendez, M. Rousou, L. de Clippele, A. Eriksson, W. van Zanten, A. Diamant, V. Kirienko Fernandes de Matos, 2015. A comparison o the degree of implementation of marine biodiversity indicators by European countries in relation to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 2015, 95(8), 1519–1531.

Hummel, H., Van Avesaath, P., Wijnhoven, S., Kleine-Schaars, L., Degraer, S., Kerckhof, F., Bojanic, N., Skejic, S., Vidjak, O., Rousou, M., Orav-Kotta, H., Kotta, J., Jourde, J., Pedrotti, M.L., Leclerc, J.-C., Simon, N., Rigaut-Jalabert, F., Bachelet, G., Lavesque, N., Arvanitidis, C., Pavloudi, C., Faulwetter, S., Crowe, T., Coughlan, J., Benedetti-Cecchi, L., Dal Bello, M., Magni, P., Como, S., Coppa, S., Ikauniece, A., Ruginis, T., Jankowska, E., Weslawski, J.M., Warzocha, J., Gromisz, S., Witalis, B., Silva, T., Ribeiro, P., Fernandes De Matos, V.K., Sousa-Pinto, I., Veiga, P., Troncoso, J., Guinda, X., Juanes De La Pena, J.A., Puente, A., Espinosa, F., Pérez-Ruzafa, A., Frost, M., Mcneill, C.L., Peleg, O. and Rilov, G. (2016) ‘Geographic patterns of biodiversity in European coastal marine benthos’, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, pp. 1–17.

Kotta, J., Orav-Kotta, H., Jänes, H., Hummel, H., Arvanitidis, C., Van Avesaath, P., Bachelet, G., Benedetti-Cecchi, L., Bojanić, N., Como, S., Coppa, S., Coughlan, J., Crowe, T., Dal Bello, M., Degraer, S., De La Pena, J.A.J., Fernandes De Matos, V.K., Espinosa, F., Faulwetter, S., Frost, M., Guinda, X., Jankowska, E., Jourde, J., Kerckhof, F., Lavesque, N., Leclerc, J.-C., Magni, P., Pavloudi, C., Pedrotti, M.L., Peleg, O., Pérez-Ruzafa, A., Puente, A., Ribeiro, P., Rilov, G., Rousou, M., Ruginis, T., Silva, T., Simon, N., Sousa-Pinto, I., Troncoso, J., Warzocha, J. and Weslawski, J.M. (2016) ‘Essence of the patterns of cover and richness of intertidal hard bottom communities: a pan-European study’, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, pp. 1–14.

Bello, M.D., Leclerc, J.-C., Benedetti-Cecchi, L., Andrea De Lucia, G., Arvanitidis, C., Van Avesaath, P., Bachelet, G., Bojanic, N., Como, S., Coppa, S., Coughlan, J., Crowe, T., Degraer, S., Espinosa, F., Faulwetter, S., Frost, M., Guinda, X., Jankowska, E., Jourde, J., Juanes De La Pena, J.A., Kerckhof, F., Kotta, J., Lavesque, N., Magni, P., De Matos, V., Orav-Kotta, H., Pavloudi, C., Pedrotti, M.L., Peleg, O., Pérez-Ruzafa, A., Puente, A., Ribeiro, P., Rigaut-Jalabert, F., Rilov, G., Rousou, M., Rubal, M., Ruginis, T., Silva, T., Simon, N., Sousa-Pinto, I., Troncoso, J., Warzocha, J., Weslawski, J.M. and Hummel, H. (2016) ‘Consistent patterns of spatial variability between NE Atlantic and Mediterranean rocky shores’, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, pp. 1–9. .

Puente, A., Guinda, X., Juanes de la Pena, J.A., Ramos, E., Echavarri-Erasun, ., De La Hoz1, C.F., Degraer., S., Kerckhof, F., Bojanic, N., Rousou., M., Orav-Kotta, H., Kotta, J., Jourde, J.,
Pedrotti., M.L., Leclerc, J.-C., Simon, N., Bachelet, G., Lavesque, N., Arvanitidis, C., Pavloudi, C., Faulwetter, S., Crowe, T.P., Coughlan, J., Benedetti Cecchi L., Dal Bello, M.D., Magni, P., Como, S., Coppa, S., De Lucia, G.A., Rugins, T., Jankowska, E., Weslawski, J.-M., Warzocha J., Silva T., Ribeiro , P., MatosV., Sousa-Pinto, I., Troncoso, J., Peleg O., Rilov, G., Espinosa, F., Perez Ruzafa, A., Frost, M., Hummel, H., Van Avesaath, P. (in prep) ‘The role of physical variables in biodiversity patterns of intertidal macroalgae along European coasts’ Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom,

The website of EMBOS is still alive and will be updated soon.

PhD position SZN (IT)

PhD position SZN (IT)

Marie Curie ITN “MarPipe” – Position on offer International Ph.D. Program 2016/2017

Call for a PhD position in the framework of the MarPipe Project “Improving the flow in the pipeline of the next generation of marine biodiscovery scientists”, to carry out interdisciplinary training at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples (Italy).

Applications are invited from suitably qualified postgraduate candidates (see details).

The closing date for applications is January 16th 2017, although the search will continue until all positions are filled.

Dr. Gabriella Grossi
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
Ufficio di supporto alla Presidenza
Villa Comunale
80121 Naples
Tel 39 – 081 – 5833396
Fax 39 – 081 – 7641355

New President of the EMBS

New President of the EMBS

At the end of this year the term of appointment of the present chair of the EMBS, Prof. Dr. Herman Hummel (NIOZ, NL) will expire. After an additional year (4 years instead of the regular 3 years term) he will pass from January 2017 his tasks to the new EMBS President.

Herman Hummel: “EMBS has faced some difficulties in the past but is alive and kicking at the moment. I am glad that the EMBS managed to survive the economic crisis, and kept its audience despite the vast amount of other scientific events that are being offered each Autumn. I hope the stronger links with the MARS network will contribute to the continuity of the EMBS in the future.
To my opinion the EMBS always has been, and still is, an excellent setting for the presentation of marine biological research (in it broadest sense) to an audience with a perfect mix of senior and early career scientists.
There is ample time for discussions in an open, almost informal, atmosphere. Not only after the presentations, but also during lunches, dinners, and social events (the ‘Yellow Submarine Contest’ turned out to be an important instrument for this).
I thank all the local organizers of the events that have made each individual EMBS a success!
It is now the time, and timely, to hand over the organization to ‘the next generation’ of scientists to keep this valuable symposium series, with a tradition of more than 50 years, ongoing. “


During the last EMBS symposium (Rhodes, Greece, 26-30 September 2016) Assoc Professor Tasman Crowe BSc, PhD (UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science) has been elected as the new President of the EMBS.

EMBS51: MBA – MARS Poster Contest

EMBS51: MBA – MARS Poster Contest

During the 51st EMBS Rhodes (Greece) 25-30 September 2016, the MARS and MBA contests for the best posters have been combined.

The winning contributions of the MBA – MARS Poster contest were:

– 1st prize: Paul Kotterba, Thünen lnstitute of Baltic Research, Rostock, Germany: Predator impacts on inshare Baltic herring (Clupea harengus) larvae: Lions, tigers and bears – but where?

– 2nd prize: Nikoletta Digka, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Anavissos, Greece: Microplastic ingestion in marine biota: A case study in the northern lonian Sea.

– 2nd prize: Daniela de Abreu, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique: Tropical seascapes as feeding grounds for juvenile penaeid shrimps in southern Mozambique revealed by stable isotopes approach.

– 3rd prize: Merli Pärnoja, Estonian Marine lnstitute, Tallinn, Estonia: Relating ambient environment to the growth rate of Mytilus trossulus in the northern Baltic Sea.

– 3rd prize: Laura Bray, Marine lnstitute, Plymouth University, UK: Can offshore structures operate as artificial reefs in the Mediterranean?

– 3rd prize: Giorgos Apostolopoulos, University of Athens, Section of Zoology, Marine Biology, Athens, Greece: Effects of winter phytoplankton bloom on the meiobenthic community of Maliakos Gulf.

Poster Awards at the 51st EMBS (Rhodes, 26-30 September 2016)

Poster Awards at the 51st EMBS (Rhodes, 26-30 September 2016)

icon-img48At the 51st EMBS (Rhodes, 26 – 30 September 2016) MARS will present awards for the three best posters. The best poster contribution on a topic involving Marine Biology will receive 250 Euro. The second and third best will receive 100 Euro.

The posters will be selected at the EMBS by a representative of the MARS network.

Click here for more information on the MARS Poster Awards


51st EMBS Rhodes, 26-30 September 2016

51st EMBS Rhodes, 26-30 September 2016

The 51st EMBS will take place at Rodos Palace, a Deluxe Resort Complex set on a singular location on one of the most alluring destinations of the Mediterranean, the island of Rhodes.

Organized by: Hellenic Centre for Marine Research and the University of Athens.

New registration deadline: 12 September 2016.


  • Climate change Session
  • Marine invasions
  • indicators
  • Transitional Waters
  • Open session
More information can be found here.