Programme of activities

The summer school is designed to provide participants with high-level teaching activities given by internationally known scientists. The summer school will target PhD students and young post-docs working with biogeochemical cycles and end to end food webs. For each topic shown below, a combination of theoretical courses and practical workshops will be given. The discussion and poster sessions will be organized to stimulate interaction between students and also between students and the lecturers.

Student Handbook

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Advance Reading

The following papers and books are suggested advanced reading in preparatin for the summer school.


Patterns in the ocean: Ocean processes and marine population dynamics. Karl Bansea. School of Oceanography University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195-3940, U.S.A.


Dynamics of Pelagic Fish Distribution and Behaviour: Effects on fisheries and Stock Assessment", Fréon and Misund, Fishing News Books, 1999

Themes of scientific lectures

Lecture series on “Main processes controlling marine food webs”:

1) Fundamentals of food web structure and functioning and biogeochemical cycles: processes and parameterisations

2) Climate-induced controls through
  • Temperature > metabolic rates
  • stratification> nutrient fluxes > phytoplankton community structure
  • ocean acidification
  • Habitat modification> transport- optimal vs realized habitats

3) Anthropogenic induced impacts through
  • Eutrophication
  • Pollution
  • Fishing
  • Alien invasive species

Lecture series on “Advances in end-to-end food web modelling”
  • Coupled physical-biogeochemical models (including optics)
  • Plankton functional type models: ecology vs. biogeochemistry, aggregation
  • Higher trophic level models and their coupling with lower trophic level models
  • Model skill assessments

Lecture series on “The Implications of environmental change for Resource Management’
  • The ecosystem approach to management
  • Environmental indicators
  • Management strategy evaluation tools

Other activities

The lectures will be augmented by hands on practice in the use of advanced modelling tools. Debates will be held on hot topics pertinent to end-to-end ecosystem research. Poster presentations will be made by participants and prizes awarded.

The schedule

The schedule will follow the normal morning-afternoon timetable based on lectures and practical workshops. A basic day will comprise 4 lectures. Each lecture lasts for 1.5 hours with 1.0 hour formal lecturing and 30 minutes discussion/debate on the lecture topic to favour interactions between students and lecturers. Poster sessions will also be organized during the Summer School. The best student poster award will be announced at the end of the Summer School. English will be the official language.