Town Halls

TH01 RUSTED Town Hall

Time/Date: Wednesday, 07-Jun-23,13:30 to 15:00
Location: Sala Portixol 1
Lead Organizer: Rachel Shelley ([email protected])

Constraining the flux of micronutrient and pollutant trace elements (TEs) across the air-sea interface is a research priority of large international programmes such as SOLAS and GEOTRACES. RUSTED (Reducing Uncertainty in Soluble aerosol Trace Element Deposition) is the new SCOR Working Group 167. Our overarching objective is to assure the quality of TE solubility data produced from aerosol dissolution experiments and to improve the handling of such data in Earth System models. The purpose of the Townhall is to: 1) introduce RUSTED to the Aquatic Sciences community, 2) invite aerosol TE data contributions for inclusion in a new database and 3) assess research interests and understand barriers to participation in a workshop planned for 2025.  Beyond improving understanding of air-sea biogeochemical exchanges, RUSTED outcomes will be a valuable resource for other fields, such as health and climate research. This Townhall will provide a unique opportunity to network with RUSTED members.

TH02 Best Practices for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment in Remote Fieldwork, Facilities and Conferences

Time/Date: Tuesday, 06-Jun-23,13:30 to 15:00
Location: Auditorium Mallorca
Lead Organizer: Brandon Jones ([email protected])

Many funding agencies and universities are beginning to consider best practices for ensuring the safety of individuals and teams in remote field locations, including requirements for preventing sexual harassment. At this Town Hall, a panel will discuss new policies and best practices for preventing sexual harassment in off-campus locations, ships, remote field settings, and conferences. A panel will discuss procedures that support the safety of women in these settings and best practices for preventing harassment of underrepresented groups, who experience harassment at the highest rates.  As a result of this session, participants will have a better 1) understanding of the work being conducted by government agencies, academic institutions and other organizations to eliminate sexual harassment in science, and 2) knowledge of innovative policies, procedures and resources available to prevent harassment. The goal is to continue sharing information and encourage conversation on harassment.

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Resources for the town hall: ASLO-Sexual Harrasment-Prevention.pdf

TH03 Building a Collective Vision for Resilience and Recovery in Aquatic Sciences

Time/Date: Tuesday, 06-Jun-23,20:00 to 21:00
Location: Sala Ibiza A
Lead Organizer: Mona Behl ([email protected])

Coastal and Ocean STEM Equity Alliance (COSEA) proposes to lead a town hall that will engage ASLO participants in a facilitated discussion around the following three themes: (a) opportunities for career development and enhancement of diverse professionals in aquatic sciences, in particular, students, early career professionals and those with historically low access to resources, (b) improvements needed in workplace culture to enable the full participation of diverse people, and (c) building safe, accessible and inclusive spaces for civic dialogue and public engagement. This town hall will leverage and advance the discussions stimulated by a rich array of Education and Policy sessions at the ASLO meeting ( By drawing on the perspectives and experiences of ASLO participants, this town hall will provide a significant opportunity for network-building and collaboration.

TH04 Global Education and Outreach Activities

Time/Date: Tuesday, 06-Jun-23,20:00 to 21:00
Location: Sala Portixol 2
Lead Organizer: Robert Chen ([email protected])

Society is becoming increasingly global, and water is recognized as a critical resource in all social-ecological systems. Therefore, there is an increasing need for all people on Earth to better understand how we are dependent on our water resources and how water systems are dependent on us. While scientists might agree on some basic earth, ocean, or climate literacy principles, different languages, cultures, environments, and modes of communication require different strategies to effectively communicate aquatic science to a diversity of audiences in a diversity of geographical regions and countries. This session invites anyone that conducts or is interested in conducting education and outreach activities from any country, big or small, and on any scale from individual interactions to international programs. Participants are welcome to share a poster, a brochure, or a website.  We hope that by sharing ideas, we can increase the impacts of our collective efforts around the world.

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