WK01 Science of Science Communication Workshop

Time/Date: Sunday, 04-Jun-23,8:00 to17:00
Location: Sala Ibiza A
Lead Organizer: Hayley Schiebel ([email protected])

Are you an early career scientist interested in learning more about how to present your work to different audiences? The 2023 NSF-funded Science of Science Communication workshop is for you! This FREE workshop will help you better hone your verbal and visual presentation skills. Part 1 will be held virtually in May 2023 for those who already have prepared presentations (oral or poster) and would like some extra skill-building time. Part 2 will be held in person from 9 AM - 5 PM local time in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. You do not need to attend Part 1 to attend Part 2, but you may attend both workshops for extra help with presentation building. Please email Hayley Schiebel ([email protected]) with any questions. Please register for Part 1  here: and/or for Part 2 here:

WK03 Managing one’s own mental health in academia

Time/Date: Sunday, 04-Jun-23,13:00 to16:00
Location: Auditorium Mallorca
Lead Organizer: Mina Bizic ([email protected])

This workshop is an in-person event, part of the webinar series: “Voices for Well-Being in Aquatic Sciences'' run by the Early Career Committee (ECC) of ASLO. We are 12 ECRs in aquatic sciences and we recognize the struggles many of us face in our academic careers. Our goal is to increase awareness and offer support through open conversations about the importance of self-care and self-help tools and techniques that can be easily implemented in daily life to maintain our well-being. The webinar series addresses common well-being challenges such as advisor-ECR dynamics, imposter syndrome, productivity guilt, funding/financial stability, and those specific to aquatic sciences, such as field campaigns (e.g., research cruises, remote expeditions, and underwater research) that promote close quarters, 24/7 interactions. We encourage you to share your academic experiences and the solutions you reached, to inspire and motivate your fellow attendees.

WK04 Chatting with the European Research Council

Time/Date: Thursday, 08-Jun-23,13:30 to15:00
Location: Sala Menorca A
Lead Organizer: Nicolas Van Oostende ([email protected])

This session is targeting potential ERC applicants in order to give an overview of the ERC and its funding schemes and explain how to apply to ERC including step-by-step advice (myth-breaking, "do's" and "don'ts"). The presentation will be followed by a discussion with an ERC Panel Member and ERC grantees.

WK05 Green House Gas emissions in coastal areas; data gaps and analysis-Invitation-only

Time/Date: Wednesday, 07-Jun-23,13:30 to15:00
Location: Sala Santa Catalina
Lead Organizer: Iris Hendriks ([email protected])

Atmospheric levels of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) have increased rapidly due to anthropogenic activities, and influence climate with warming as a consequence. Apart from CO2, CH4 and N2O play important roles while emission estimates for aquatic systems are still uncertain. Here we build on (i) the MarinE MethanE and NiTrous Oxide database (MEMENTO) and (ii) a recent large-scale inter-laboratory comparison by SCOR WG#143 that identified severe under-sampled regions include the Mediterranean Sea, where N2O and CH4 measurements are completely lacking.  Workshop objectives • Initiation of a collaborative network strengthening the southern regions • Assessing and comparing the contribution of key coastal areas in the Southern Mediterranean Sea to the GHG budget. • Contribute gained knowledge on GHG emissions to public repositories

WK06 Ocean Negative Carbon Emissions (ONCE) Approaches to the Migration of Global warming

Time/Date: Tuesday, 06-Jun-23,20:00 to21:00
Location: Sala Ibiza B
Lead Organizer: Xilin Xiao ([email protected])

Anthropogenic CO2 emission induced global warming has become a threat to sustainable development. The ocean is the largest active carbon pool on Earth, absorbing approximately one third of anthropogenic CO2 since the Industrial Revolution. Therefore the ocean has great potential for Ocean Negative Carbon Emissions (ONCE) to mitigate global warming. Given the crisis of ongoing climate change, it is needed to explore the potential of enhancing ocean carbon sinks. This workshop is expected to channel contributions from different ONCE-related perspectives on ocean biogeochemical cycling, including interdisciplinary approaches to reveal processes and mechanisms of carbon sequestration, field trials with ONCE approaches for enhancing carbon storage (e.g., seaweed cultivations, ocean alkalinity enhancement, artificial upwelling, etc.). Contributions that study the science-to-policy interface for the stimulation, coproduction and integration of actionable knowledge on the ocean are encouraged.

WK07 Methane data synthesis across freshwater ecosystems-Invitation-only

Time/Date: Sunday, 04-Jun-23,9:00 to12:00
Location: Sala Santa Catalina
Lead Organizer: Emily Stanley ([email protected])

Recent increases in the availability of data for methane concentrations and emissions in inland water systems (lakes, reservoirs, rivers, and streams) present new opportunities for synthesis and cross-system comparison. To date, the vast majority of such efforts have emphasized global-scale emissions, with the goal of resolving disparities between top-down and bottom-up estimates for these ecosystems. Yet, there are a range of other important questions to be addressed using emerging datasets such as the new Global River Methane database (GRiMeDB). In this workshop, we will bring together researchers studying methane in lotic and lentic systems to develop and advance methane research questions that capitalize on current datasets and emphasize cross-system similarities and differences. More practically, we aim to as assemble a “best practices” document for gas sampling and data collection practices that can strengthen the utility of global databases.

WK08 Leadership in Ocean Science

Time/Date: Monday, 05-Jun-23,13:30 to15:00
Location: Sala Portixol 2
Lead Organizer: Robert Chen ([email protected])

Done well, Ocean Science is collaborative, interdisciplinary, and global.  It is a field that highly prizes the roles of facilitator, organizer, and leader. However, these skills are often overlooked aspects of ocean science training. Research and teaching skills are developed in academic settings, while stakeholder engagement and partnership-building skills are most commonly gained in government and non-governmental organization positions.  How do you bring it all together to become an effective leader in Ocean Science?  What skills do you need? What characteristics might suggest you would be a good leader? How can you try out this pathway?  In this workshop, Bob Chen, Claudia Benitez-Nelson, John Downing, and Deborah Bronk, will lead a discussion about leadership in Ocean Science. All have held leadership positions in ASLO.  If you are interested in any aspect of leadership, what it means, what it takes, how to get there, please consider participating in this interactive workshop.

WK09 Teaching Introductory Aquatic Sciences Courses: Methods to Engage ALL Students

Time/Date: Wednesday, 07-Jun-23,13:30 to15:00
Location: Sala Ibiza A
Lead Organizer: Robert Chen ([email protected])

Introductory aquatic and environmental science courses provide an excellent opportunity to prepare both majors and non-majors for thinking about some of the largest issues facing society such as climate change and energy needs. Introductory courses can also serve to recruit students from highly diverse backgrounds into the field and/or to engage students of all majors to think deeply about environmental issues such as climate change. Often, these courses are large (>50 students). This workshop will provide strategies to overcome some of the challenges of these large introductory courses while making your teaching engaging, relevant, and effective for all students. A special emphasis is placed on a few big concepts that can help organize examples and knowledge for students to grapple with future ocean and environmental issues.  Come ready to share ideas, to think actively about teaching and learning, and to discuss what works and why.

WK10 Expanding mesocosm-based research and collaboration among early career researchers

Time/Date: Friday, 09-Jun-23,13:30 to15:00
Location: Sala Portixol 2
Lead Organizer: Sarah Hasnain ([email protected])

Mesocosm research provides a transition between controlled laboratory experiments and field studies with facilities found worldwide. Since 2017, AQUACOSM and AQUACOSM-plus projects are leading large-scale, transnational and collaborative mesocosm research across Europe. Recently, early career researchers (ECR) have taken on an informal leadership role within the consortium. This workshop led by the AQUACOSM-plus ECR group is aimed at planning future projects and fostering collaborations. We invite ECRs with interest or experience in mesocosm research to brainstorm ideas and develop proposals for publications. We hope to initiate globally coordinated experiments tackling worldwide environmental issues, and strengthen transnational future collaborations. We will also discuss funding possibilities for mesocosm research on a national or larger scale. The workshop will focus on publication ideas led by ECRs, but we invite researchers from all career stages and fields to join our discussion.

WK11 Vital Interpersonal Communication Skills

Time/Date: Monday, 05-Jun-23,13:30 to15:00
Location: Sala Menorca B
Lead Organizer: Brittany Schieler ([email protected])

To communicate effectively, speakers must connect with their audiences and that interpersonal rapport facilitates the better assimilation of their content. But scientists often struggle to reach non-scientific audiences because they focus more on the information about which they’re speaking instead of the people they’re speaking with. This workshop will share best practices for interpersonal communications by combining lecture with informal exercises allowing participants to engage experientially. Facilitator Biography: BRIAN PALERMO is an engaging actor with an impressive resume. Since 2010, Palermo has led workshops using the techniques of improvisational theatre to teach effective communications skills to professionals throughout the scientific landscape. The workshop will built on the success of previous workshops by Palermo (at OSM and ASLO meetings from 2012 – 2020) organized by Jonathan Sharp (U. Delaware) and Adrienne Sponberg (ASLO).

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Wk12 Sci Comm Social Hour

Time/Date: Tuesday, 06-Jun-23,20:00 to21:00
Location: Sala Portixol 1
Lead Organizer: Brittany Schieler ([email protected])

To complement the formal training and workshops that will take place in person in Palma, we propose an informal meet-up with our team and sci comm experts in Palma. The social hour will be open to any meeting participant, but will specifically target early-career researchers. We will identify two attendees who are experts in science communication fields, either that are attendees or based in Palma, to attend our social hour. Aiding the two experts are: our Hollywood Communications expert, Brian Palermo and Brittany Schieler, ASLO Communications and Program Manager. Event may occur offsite.

If you are interested in attending this event, please make sure to RSVP at to receive up to date information about the location of the social hour.

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