NorMER Annual Meeting
Please join us in Helsinki 4-5 October for the 2012 annual meeting for NorMER
Thursday, 4 October, Venue: University of Helsinki and Rantapuisto Hotel (see the bottom of the page for instructions on travel to and between venues)
Thursday, 4 October 2012
0830 - Assemble in the lobby of Rantapuisto Hotel if you would like to take the bus to the University of Helsinki venue.
0930 – 1210: Morning Programme
Venue: Pieni Juhlasali, Small Hall, Fabianinkatu 33 (University of Helsinki Main Building)
0930 – 0940 Prof. Marko Lindroos - NorMER Partner
Welcome. Importance of NorMER
0950 – 1000 Jukka Kola – Vice Rector of the Univ. of Helsinki
“The Role of the University of Helsinki”
1010 – 1020 Dr. Robert Dickson - Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, UK
University of Oslo Inspiration Awards
1020 – 1030 Tora Aasland - Former Minister of Research and Higher Education, Norway (18.10.07-23.03.12)
“The importance of political leadership in scientific programmes”
10 min break
1140 – 1210 Johan Hjort Chair - Prof. Rashid Sumaila - University of British Columbia, Fisheries Centre, Canada
"Climate change effects on the economics and management of world fisheries"
1220 Bus to Rantapuisto Hotel
1300 – 1345 Group Lunch
Thursday, 4 October 2012
1400 – 1800: Afternoon Programme
Venue: Rantapuisto Hotel
1400 – 1405 Welcome
1405 – 1500 Speed talks by continuing PhD students and postdocs (listed below)
1510 – 1630 Poster session (coffee available during this session)
1630 – 1800 Breakout meetings and continuation of poster discussions
1900 – 2100 Dinner
2130 – 0000 Sauna at the seashore
Friday, 5 October
Venue: Rantapuisto Hotel
0900 – 1200: Morning Programme
0900 – 1020 Presentations by new PhD students and postdocs, Part 1
1020 – 1040 Break
1040 – 1200 Presentations by new PhD students and postdocs, Part 2
1215 – 1300 Group Lunch
1330 – 1730: Afternoon Programme
1330 – 1500 Session A: Management Board Meeting
Session B: Slow Talk session (PhD students and postdocs)
1500 – 1530 Coffee
1530 – 1700 Session A: CAP meeting
Session B: Slow Talk continued
1700 Reconvene for meeting closure
2100 Bus from Rantapuisto Hotel for workshop attendees
*Concept for Speed Talks and Poster Session
Idea: To give all young researchers the opportunity to interact with and get feedback on their work from the invited scientists, senior researchers, and other young researchers. Posters allow for one-on-one discussion and detailed feedback, while speed talks will ensure visibility of NorMER research.
Format: All continuing PhD students and postdocs should present their research in a poster format. Each presenter will have an opportunity to “advertise” their poster during a speed presentation to all meeting attendees. These are envisioned as 5 minute presentations with maximum 2 slides (ideally simply showing the poster), consisting of “Hi, I’m so-and-so, the big question I’m trying to answer is such-and-such, and I’m doing this by x,y,z. Come talk to me and read my poster to find out more.”
The contact person for organizing this part of the meeting is Lauren Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Concept for Small Meetings
A designated period will be set aside for both formal and informal meetings. Most importantly, this time should be used for meetings between PhD students and prospective hosts/collaborators at foreign nodes to discuss practical and scientific aspects of research visits. These meetings should be arranged in advance. For others, this time could be used for discussion of, or work on, collaborative projects, or as a continuation of discussions stemming from the poster session.
**Concept for Oral Presentations
All new PhD students and postdocs (those not present at the Annual Meeting in 2011) should present themselves and their proposed NorMER projects for about 10-20 minutes. If time allows, presentation slots may also be available for continuing young researchers who wish to give extended oral presentations.
The contact person for organizing this part of the meeting is Florian K. Diekert (email@example.com).
***Concept for Slow Talk Session
Idea: To foster in-depth inter-disciplinary discussions of ongoing work among NorMER students by providing them with a sheltered thinking room.
Format: 4-5 people sit in a room and discuss each participant's "manuscripts" for 30-45 minutes. "Manuscripts" are sent around two weeks prior to the meeting and made available to everybody in the respective group. All participants thoroughly read the manuscripts of all others in their group, but always one person is the designated discussant of another person’s manuscript.
Details on the manuscript and the role of the discussant: The "manuscripts" form the backbone of the slow talks. They could range from a 3-4 page rough outline for a research project, to a collection of study results with a short framing, to a recently published article. What is important is that the authors indicate at which level they would want feedback / to discuss the manuscript. The role of the discussant is to frame the discussion in this way. Given that everybody has read the paper, the discussant takes 5 minutes to remind the 2-3 other persons in the room what the paper is about and asks a couple of questions to start the discussion. Then the author can then answer specifically to these questions and the general discussion takes off.
It must be emphasized that the focus is on the quality of the discussion, not on the quality of the manuscript. For example, it could be fully sufficient for the new PhD students to transform their power-point presentations into a text. The purpose of the slow talks is both to encourage a lively exchange of expertise and opinion among ourselves, as well as to mutually improve each others projects.
Managerial aspects: Everybody is asked to send in a manuscript by September 15th. On Monday, September 17th we sort through the received manuscripts and divide them into several groups of 4-5 people and assign who is going to discuss whose paper. The assignment of papers to groups will be done on the basis of topics/methods (to facilitate in-depth discussions) as well as requests made by participants. The discussants should send their comments (one sheet of paper) a couple of days before the meeting, e.g. prior to October 1st. One person in each group will be a designated time-keeper, to make sure that everybody has an even chance to have his/her work discussed.The contact person for organizing this part of the meeting is Wijnand Boonstra (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Getting to Rantapuisto Hotel
Hotel Rantapuisto is approximately 15 kilometers from the centre of Helsinki. thus, it is recommended that you take a taxi to get there from the airport. The company called Yellow Line has a low fixed rate for airport transportation, and should be used if available. Booking in advance is not necessary, but is available online.