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Baltic Sea ecosystem models and their applications for management

Nottbeck Foundation

International Workshop
Tvärminne Zoological Station, Finland
September 13-16, 2015

Kone Foundation

A popular article on workshop summary and presentations from the public session are now available here

Program now available.

Wednesday's session is open for public and it will be held in Helsinki. Read its program here and register for it here (number of participants is limited to 40).
The session will be held in the meeting room of the Kone Foundation, Tehtaankatu 21 B 45 (5th floor), 00150 Helsinki

Ecosystem models are becoming increasingly popular for addressing a large variety of questions in marine ecology, oceanography and fisheries, and for providing management advice. A number of research groups around the Baltic Sea are working on modelling Baltic Sea ecosystem, each with different goals, different spatial resolution and different management questions. Scientists involved in the development and application of these models share similar challenges in model parameterization, uncertainty evaluation and interpretation of model outputs for management advice. There is a great potential for further integration of currently available modelling tools, where the strengths of each model are used to enhance understanding of the whole Baltic Sea socio-economic system. This workshop will provide an opportunity to share experiences from the application of modelling to the management of Baltic Sea ecosystes, to discuss cutting edge developments and future research needs, and to enhance collaboration.

Funding: Walter and Andrée de Nottbeck Foundation and Kone Foundation

Convener: Asta Audzijonyte, University of Helsinki (Kone Foundation Research Fellow)

Invited speakers:
Bo Gustafsson, Baltic Nest Institute Sweden
Asbjørn Christensen, Technical University of Denmark
André de Roos, University of Amsterdam
Kari Eilola, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Anna Kuparinen, University of Helsinki
Marko Laine, Finnish Meteorological Institute
Susa Niiranen, Stockholm Resilience Centre

Scientific committee:
Alf Norkko, Tvärminne Zoological Station, University of Helsinki
Rasmus J. Nielsen, Technical University of Denmark
Risto Lignell, Finnish Environment Institute

Organisational committee:
Asta Audzijonyte, Anna Chrysafi and Jarno Vanhatalo: University of Helsinki

Registration deadline: June 30, 2015
Due to space restrictions the workshop will be limited to 30 participants

Venue: Tvarminne Zoological Station.
Transportation will be available from/to Helsinki airport and University of Helsinki


Full description of sessions can be found here.
  1. Modelling coastal ecosystems.
  2. Uncertainty in complex models.
  3. Temporal changes in species characteristics and adaptation to environmental change.
  4. Challenges in modelling biological (multi-species) and fisheries (technical) interactions.
  5. Management applications of Baltic marine ecosystem models.

The schedule of the workshop is flexible, aiming for plenty of time for discussions. Generally, each session will be structured into the introductory lecture, presentation(s) by the invited speaker(s), short (15-20min) presentations by other participants, and the final facilitated discussion. In addition there will be a poster session introducing currently available Baltic Sea models with 5-10 min oral presentation time given for each poster.

On the last day of the workshop (September 16) a short session will be held for media and management representatives at the premises of Kone Foundation in Helsinki (Tehtaankatu 21 B 49).

Social events:

The famous Finnish sauna, boat excursion (to be confirmed) and workshop dinner


Thanks to our sponsors, there is no participation fee, but participants are expected to cover their travel and boarding costs (ca 150e/person for the entire workshop). Limited funds are available to cover boarding on well justified grounds. Due to space restrictions the workshop will be limited to 30 participants. During the registration please describe your research interest and how you will benefit from this workshop. This will help us restrict the number of registrants if demand exceeds the 30 available places. To register please fill in the registration form:

Register here