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World Congress

of Marine Stations

2020

Moscow, Russia | 28-30 October
Hosted by the Lomonosov Moscow State University

Due to the situation around the COVID-19 virus, the WCMS Organising Committee, together with the local organizers, have decided to postpone the World Congress of Marine Stations scheduled for October 2020 to next year (2021). We will finalise a new date for the meeting, which will still be held in and Moscow, and will then be in touch at the appropriate time.

 

We apologise for any convenience this has caused but hope you understand that although October is a few months away, there is still a great deal of uncertainty about how the situation will develop in the coming weeks and months. This uncertainty may prevent people from being able to book travel and arrange visas in the appropriate time. We also only want to commit to running the congress once we are absolutely sure that doing this would not compromise anyone’s health and safety.

Regards,

Organising committee

World Congress of Marine Stations postponement notice

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ABOUT CONGRESS

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There is currently support from the marine community to move forward with the full establishment of the World Association of Marine Stations (WAMS), a key element of the MARS (European Network of Marine Stations) Strategy. The WAMS initiative dates back to 2008, when a small delegation from the MARS network met with representatives from IOC-UNESCO (and then again in 2009 with Luis Valdes, Head of Ocean Sciences). The first full meeting of WAMS was held in 13-14 April 2010 with representatives from a number of organisations in attendance including MARS;
the US National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML); Tropical Marine Network (TMN); Japanese Association for Marine Biology (JAMBIO); IOC-UNESCO; MAB-UNESCO; Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO). This meeting unanimously endorsed the creation of WAMS which was formally established in 2010 by MARS and IOC. There was then a lack of activity around this initiative due to resource issues but the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) has stimulated a renewed interest in WAMS and thus provides a valuable window
of opportunity to move forward with this initiative.

Recent activity linked to its establishment of WAMS includes Matt Frost (MARS President) meeting with, and obtaining endorsement from, IOC-UNESCO for WAMS as a potential delivery mechanism for the UN Ocean Decade. Offers of support for the establishment of WAMS at the ‘World Congress of Marine Stations’, to be held in Moscow in 2020, have also been received from the Japanese Association for Marine Biology (JAMBIO); the US National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML); POGO and directors of Russian marine stations.

In addition, the UK Science and Innovation Network in Russia (SIN Russia) is seeking to support UK-based researchers to actively engage with Russian researchers in the field of Arctic marine science and the WAMS meeting in Moscow provides an ideal opportunity for this to happen. Fostering multi-lateral and bilateral relationships and collaboration should be at the core of WAMS as it connects experts from across the globe, so a UK-Russia bilateral agreement could be a ‘flagship’ agreement.

Day 1

Session 1 – Welcome and Introduction

Session 2  Overview presentations on marine stations at the national and / or regional level

Session 3 Marine stations and the science-policy-societal context

Day 2

Session 4 – Marine stations and science-policy impact

Session 5 – Marine stations and societal impact (including industry and technology)

Session 6 – Plenary discussion on WAMS concept and proposals

Day 3

Russia – UK marine science collaboration in the Arctic and Northern Atlantic

Side-events / meetings of networks and working groups

Event schedule

The programme will be updated as new events and speakers are confirmed.

IMPORTANT DATES

 

03 February 2020 

  • Opening of registration and abstracts submission 

30 April 2020 

  • Deadline for early bird registration

31 May 2020 

  • Deadline for registration of the participants who need visa support

  • Announcement of the full programme

31 September 2020 

  • Deadline for registration of the participants who do not need visa support

28-30 October 2020 

  • The World Congress of Marine Stations

COMMITTEE

 

Programme committee:

  • Dr Matthew Frost - MARS (European Network of Marine Stations); MBA (Marine Biological Association)

  • Dr Alexander Tzetlin - WSBS (Pertsov White Sea Biological Station of Lomonosov Moscow State University)

  • Dr Kazuo Inaba - JAMBIO (Japanese Association for Marine Biology)

Organising committee:

  • Dr Matthew Frost - MARS (European Network of Marine Stations); MBA (Marine Biological Association)

  • Dr Alexander Tzetlin - WSBS (Pertsov White Sea Biological Station of Lomonosov Moscow State University)

  • Dr Kazuo Inaba - JAMBIO (Japanese Association for Marine Biology)

  • Anna Gebruk - LMSU MRC (Lomonosov Moscow State University Marine Research Center); University of Edinburgh

  • Ekaterina Nesmeyanova - LMSU MRC (Lomonosov Moscow State University Marine Research Centre)

  • Anastasia Kovaleva - LMSU MRC (Lomonosov Moscow State University Marine Research Centre)

 

ORGANIZERS

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The Marine Stations Network (MARS)

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Lomonosov Moscow State University

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Lomonosov Moscow State University
Marine Research Center

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The Marine Biological Association

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WSBS MSU
(White Sea Biological Station)

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Japanese Association for Marine Biology 

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