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)

This day starts with a Morning Programme at the University of Helsinki that is open to the public, followed by lunch and an Afternoon Programme at the Rantapuisto Hotel.

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

0940 – 0950    Prof. Nils Chr. Stenseth - Chair of NorMER
NorMER – status and further development

0950 – 1000    Jukka Kola – Vice Rector of the Univ. of Helsinki
The Role of the University of Helsinki

1000 – 1010    Ville Niinistö - Finnish Minister of Environment
Topic to be determined

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

1040 – 1110    Prof. Gregory Beaugrand - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Laboratoire d'Océanologie et de Géosciences, Wimereux France
"The effects of climate change on biological and ecological systems"
1110 – 1140    Prof. Kathleen Segerson - Department of Economics, University of Connecticut, USA
"Voluntary Approaches to Marine Conservation:  An Economic Perspective"

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)

1500 – 1510    Martin Pedersen & Ana Sofia Ferreira (Copenhagen)
                                        The “Tasty Haystack” project

1510 – 1630    Poster session (coffee available during this session)

Ana Sofia Ferreira (Copenhagen)
Weak Subpolar Gyre may lead to early blooms
Emmi Nieminen (Helsinki)
Game theoretical analysis of multispecies fishery in the Baltic Sea
Florian Diekert (Oslo)
Threatening Thresholds?
Giovanni Romagnoni (Oslo)
North Sea cod in space and time; stock-recruitment models for spatial population structure
Hlynur Bárðarson (Reykjavik)
Phenotypic tools to discriminate stock components
Lauren Rogers (Oslo)
Climate and population dynamics of Skagerrak cod: a state-space approach
Maija Holma (Helsinki)
Seal-fishery conflict in the Northern Baltic Sea
Martin Wæver Pedersen (Copenhagen)
Finding gaps in Nordic marine climate change research
Rebecca Holt (Bergen)
Climate responses in fish: temperature dependence of physiological performance and consequences for ecological functions
Sara Bonanomi (DTU Aqua Silkeborg and Greenland)
The use of archived tags in retrospective genetic analysis of fish
Will Butler (Reykjavik)
Atlas of Icelandic cod spawning sites
Wijnand Boonstra (Stockholm)
Swedish fishing styles in the Baltic

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

Katharina Ottosen (Faroe Islands)
Spatial distribution of cod on the Faroe Plateau in relation to climate and other environmental conditions
Benjamin Weigel (Åbo)
The role of benthic fauna in the coastal food web under environmental stress
Anna Törnroos (Åbo)
Species traits and benthic functioning: from toolbox to implementation
Pamela Woods (Reykjavik)
Bottom-up controls in fisheries management and adaptation to climate change
Johanna Yletyinen (Stockholm)
Using network analysis to quantify the effect of climate on spatial explicit marine food web interactions in the context of social-ecological system dynamics

1020 – 1040    Break

1040 – 1200    Presentations by new PhD students and postdocs, Part 2

Kristina Kvile (Oslo)
Climatic influences on zooplankton dynamics in Lofoten and the Barents Sea
Martin Snickars (Åbo)
The role of habitat composition to zoobenthos
Andries Richter (Oslo)
Strengthening the adaptive capacity of institutions in fisheries

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

1800                Dinner

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 (

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 (


***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 ( 

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.

Published Aug. 15, 2012 2:30 PM - Last modified Oct. 2, 2012 12:40 PM