Aquatic Sciences for a Sustainable Future: Nurturing Cooperation
Following the pressing needs of the society to ensure a sustainable future, amidst human-influenced environmental changes, the theme of the meeting is Aquatic Sciences for a Sustainable Future: Nurturing Cooperation. Underdeveloped and developed societies face different levels of sustainability problems in aquatic resources and have contrasting capacities to address and adapt to upcoming changes and threats, which makes cooperation paramount for an efficient and increasing exchange of information to find long-term sustainable solutions. Dialogue among scientists, as well as transfer of knowledge for the benefit of the society, are very important in addressing sustainability challenges. To provide a venue for this exchange, we will incorporate the theme into the plenary sessions: The future of seafood resources and the role of cooperation; Restoration of aquatic ecosystems, in line with the United Nations Decade of Restoration; Carbon dynamics in lakes and rivers; Past and future of ocean circulation and its role for the climate system; Linking the health of the oceans to humans; Remote sensing and large scale detection; Integrated management of aquatic resources.
Initially this meeting was scheduled to be held in Palma, but due to COVID-19, it is necessary to hold the ASLO 2021 Aquatic Sciences Meeting virtually. However, we plan to meet in Palma in 2023. We will embrace dialogue in the virtual realm, concentrating on cooperation in an electronic environment.
We look forward to having a dynamic meeting. The ASLO 2021 Aquatic Sciences Meeting was originally scheduled to begin in late February. Due to COVID-19, the date had to be rescheduled to June. ASLO meetings normally begin on Sunday with an opening plenary and reception, then conclude on Friday – with the scientific program scheduled Monday through Friday. Due to the revised 2021 dates, the Sunday through Friday pattern had to be changed with the scientific program scheduled Wednesday through Sunday. Because the meeting will be virtual, some of the activities may be outside of these dates.
ASLO joins the world in adjusting to a new normal. This includes providing a format that best serves ASLO and the aquatic sciences community. We continue working on a state-of-the-art platform and look forward to introducing a fresh format for ASM 2021.