The Interim Executive Board Meeting of LifeWatch-ERIC took place in Melpignano, Lecce, during 26-29 June 2017. This meeting was the first operative session of the ERIC infrastructure, where representatives from Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Greece and Italy, decided on the strategical lines to the operative construction of the infrastructure.
The 1st General Assembly of LifeWatch ERIC, which took place in Seville (Spain) during 8-9 May 2017, elected the interim members of the statutory bodies which will manage the Consortium until the formal ones will be appointed.
Later on during the same month, on the 23rd of May, the official ceremony during which the ERIC plate was awarded to the Lifewatch community took place in Seville. The European Commission Director-General for Research & Innovation, Robert Jan-Smits, awarded the LifeWatch ERIC Plate to the Spanish Secretary of State for Research, Development & Innovation, Carmen Vela.
A new publication implemented within the LifewatchGreece RI has just been released in Aquatic Microbial Ecology by Pavloudi C, Oulas A, Vasileiadou K, Kotoulas G, De Troch M, Friedrich MW and Arvanitidis C.
Diversity and abundance of sulfate-reducing microorganisms in a Mediterranean lagoonal complex (Amvrakikos Gulf, Ionian Sea) derived from dsrB gene (https://doi.org/10.3354/ame01829).
Dr Panagiotis Dimitriou - Nikolakis has been awarded his PhD certificate on the "Effects of eutrophication on the benthic ecological status and ecosystem functions" by the University of Crete, which has been co-funded by LifewatchGreece.
Many people are unaware that the great Greek philosopher Aristotle can also be regarded as “the father of marine biodiversity”. Indeed, this “Linnaeus avant la lettre” spent a considerable part of his life studying marine species. In fact, more than 40% of the animals he studied in his zoological works had a marine origin. If Aristotle was still alive today, he would have made an excellent ambassador for modern marine biodiversity research. In recognition of Aristotle’s important contribution to philosophy and science, UNESCO declared 2016 (the year of his 2400th birth anniversary) as the “Aristotle Anniversary Year”.
The LifeWatchGreece Research Infrastructure and more specifically the Genetics vLab, the RvLab and the micro-CT vLab were presented in the Hellenic Bioinformatics Conference - HBio 2016 which took place in Thessaloniki, CERTH during 19-21 November 2016.
The detailed presentation can be found attached below.
The development of the micro-CT vLab of LifewatchGreece was presented in the 12th International Polychaete Conference that took place in Cardiff - Wales form 1st August to 5th August 2016 at the National Museum of Cardiff.
Dr Christos Arvanitidis, the scientific responsible of LifewatchGreece presented "Micro-CTvlab: A web based virtual gallery of biological specimens using micro-computed tomography". The presentation and the Book of abstracts can be found below.
The report of the first Editor Workshop of the WoRCS initiative (22-25 February 2016, Oostende, Belgium), co-authored by the WoRCS Editor Group and the WoRMS Data Management Team, was published today in the open access journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO):
The Greek Taxon Information System (GTIS), an initiative developed by the LifeWatchGreece Research Infrastructure, was presented to the 16th International Meiofauna Conference (IsIMCo) that was hosted by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Heraklion, Crete, Greece during 3-8 July 2016.
The IsIMCo conference included 69 oral presentations and 94 posters presented by 133 authors from 33 countries. They covered a wide range of research fields, such as the response of meiobenthos to environmental changes, climate change and acidification, biodiversity and ecosystem function, phylogeny and biogeography, amongst many other “hot” topics.
The International Polychaete Day has been celebrated on the 1st of July 2016 as a tribute to Dr Kristian Fauchald (1 Ιουλίου 1935 - 4 Απριλίου 2015) who was a great researcher in the field of Polychaete Taxonomy and worked for many years in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, USA.
The LifewatchGreece team in HCMR has organised a day full of surprises in the Cretaquarium in order to celebrate this day and to attract the interest of people on these marine animals. Activities such as kids drawing, puzzle solving, polychaete-cake tasting, watching 3D-worms in augmented reality and many more were organised.
You can follow all the details in the following link: