1. European Fresh and Young Researchers

Date: Sunday July 25th

Time: 13.00 – 16.00

Join this two hour workshop where you will have the opportunity to network with other Early Career Researchers and senior academics before SEFS 12 starts. The focus of the session will be mental health and wellbeing, and we will discuss challenges and strategies in a safe space. We hope that this will provide a nice introduction to SEFS 12 and help you navigate the conference.


Leaders: EFYR (Fredric Windsor, Nabil Majdi, Zeynep Ersoy, Clara Mendoza-Lera, Vesna Gulin, Daniel Morant, Patrik Macko, Edward Cox, Vanessa De Santis, Anett Endrédi, Vojtěch Kolář)


2. The Application of Remote Sensing Technologies as a complement for the Study and Management of Inland Waters.  

Date: 28th July

Time: 12.00-14.00

Time: 2 hours

Participants: 60

Recent advances in remote sensing technologies along with corresponding developments in data exploration and analyses methodologies have the potential to address the spatial and temporal limitations often associated with traditional methods of gathering limnological data. This workshop aims to provide an interactive format which will highlight the recent developments in remote sensing technologies and their application in supporting effective understanding and management of freshwater systems. Participants will gain an insight into how best to use available remote sensing products and develop synergies with traditional and sensor-based monitoring techniques in order to meet future global challenges.  


Leaders: Carmen Cillero, Igor Ogashawara, Alo Laas, Valerie McCarthy.

3. Effective Science Communication to Stakeholders – Strategies, Tools and Processes

Date: 28th July

Time: 10.00-12.00

Time: 2 hours

Participants: 150

Effective knowledge transfer to key audiences can ensure greater impact from research – a key priority of all funding programmes. Overcome the challenges involved in reaching different stakeholders by developing strategies to share information in an effective and efficient manner. The two hours will cover key processes in communicating and disseminating scientific information to appropriate audiences:

  • Identifying target audiences and profiling end users.

  • Creating channels to connect science to policy, industry and society.

  • Developing key messages for eventual impact.

  • Delivering high-quality outputs and tools (policy briefs, visuals, words).


Leader(s): Sive Finlay (AquaTT), Eva Greene (Erinn Innovation)

4.  Deployment of Water Monitoring Equipment

Date: 28th July

Time: 14.00-16.00

Duration: 2 hours

Participants: 50

This two-hour workshop on deployment involves the setup and maintenance of water monitoring equipment. This workshop will be divided into four parts:

  1. The aim of a monitoring campaign in terms of a scientific question, the design and scoping.

  2. The sensors and instrumentation required, description and capability of the tools (passive sampling, in-situ sensors, composite samplers).

  3. Deployment and maintenance of sensors and equipment.

  4. Data handling from on-board storage, real-time delivery and ensuring capacity is suitable for needs. 


Leader: Fiona Regan


5. Citizen Science in Practice

Date: 29th July

Time: 18.30-20.30

Duration: 2 hours

Participants: 50

This two-hour workshop will deal with how to establish a project, engage and inform citizens, and collection and transfer of data with a particular focus on tools and supports. This workshop will cover the following aspects:

  • Planning a project involving citizens. This planning stage should involve citizen input and a clear scientific question to be addressed.

  • Recruitment and training of citizens - the training type will depend on the measurements being carried out including safety issues relating to environmental sample collection.

  • Data management, interpretation and transfer including the use of digital data transfer.

  • Information provided by citizen science, the filling of data gaps and potential use of such data with examples of citizen science activities.


Leaders: Fiona Regan, Mary Kelly-Quinn