WORKSHOP – CADAGNO 2017
The first LimnoAlp workshop took place from 10 to 15 September 2017 at the Alpine Biology Center Piora, on the shores of Lago Cadagno, Switzerland (http://www.cadagno.ch). 14 participants from different Universities and research centres in Italy, France, Switzerland and Austria met and work on a mutual strategy on how to best unite our expertise within and among our labs.
The atmosphere at the field station up to 2000 meters asl was very inspiring: surrounded by beautiful mountains and supported by delicious chocolate, the scientists could have fruitful discussions and took important decisions on how to future fostering our transnational collaborations and develop a new and common scientific research line.
Fundamental aims of the network are to support young scientist and promote exchange among research groups working on limnology in the alpine space. The Marie Curie International Training Network (https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/about/innovative-training-networks_en) was identified as ideal funding option and we decided to work on a joint proposal to support PhD students and offer them unique training opportunities that they would not be able to get within their host universities alone.
During the workshop we identified relevant research questions at the scale of the Alpine range and worked on a mutual strategy on how to best unite our expertise. There is increasing evidence that our mountain lakes currently undergo substantial changes, they warm up rapidly and some of them don’t even fully freeze over during the winter time anymore. What is this legacy of changing in winter conditions on seasonal processes and on the overall functioning of the lake? How shifts in the lake hydrodynamic and mixing regime can affect3 organisms composition and metabolism in these unique aquatic ecosystems?
Working in collaboration with administrators and non academic partners such as hydroelectric companies and national parks, we will form students to multidisciplinary research approaches and new technologies to investigate the ecological vulnerability of our ecosystems. We will train a generation of young scientist with an innovative vision on common strategies for sustainable lake services across the Alpine space.
List of participants:
Damien Bouffard, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Sciences and Technology, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland
Andreas Bruder, University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Canobbio, Switzerland
Matthieu Bueche, University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Cristiana Callieri, Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Pallanza, Italy
Hannah Chmiel, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland
Isabelle Domaizon, French National Institute for Agricultural Research, Thonon-les-Bains, France
Diego Fontaneto, Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Pallanza, Italy
Martin Kainz, WasserCluster Lunz, Lunz am See, Austria
Emilie Lyautey, University of Savoy-Mont Blanc, Le Bourget-du-Lac, France
Marie Perga, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Serena Rasconi, WasserCluster Lunz, Lunz am See, Austria
Christopher Robinson, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Sciences and Technology, Zürich, Switzerland
Rocco Tiberti, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
Mauro Tonolla, University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Bellinzona, Switzerland
Monica Tolotti, Edmund Mach Foundation, Trento, Italy
Next appointment to continue jointly work will be at the SIL-Austria meeting, Innsbruck 26-28 October (http://limnoalp.eu/2016/08/21/news-upcoming/).
LimnoAlp is an innovative network of limnologist and stakeholders that work together on aquatic ecosystems in and around the Alps in a common effort to bring together expertise, connect competences and expand our awareness of how lakes are changing from the current regional scale to the overall Alpine space.
Our strenght is communication: using modern and classical tools everybody can contribute and share. This network is highly interactive and non-hierarchical, the main aim is to support research from young students all the way up to advanced researchers.
Research stations next to the studied lakes will jointly work on data collection, common analysis and methods. This will then allow us forge synergies from other projects across Europe, to future fostering of transnational collaborations and develop new and common tools.