Program & Agenda

Special Conference Activities

Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition Exhibit

Date: Sunday, 22 February 2015   Time: 12:00 - 20:00
Location: Foyer (Floor -3)

The Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition ocean (cf. www.expedicionmalaspina.es) is a large collaborative program conceived and led from Spain, but with a global scope, both in goals and participation. The program was set with the goals to provide an assessment of the state of the oceans in 2011 and to explore, using advanced next-generation sequencing tools, the diversity of life in the ocean with a particular emphasis in the dark ocean. In addition, the project aimed at shifting the interactions among Spanish marine research groups from an excessive focus on competition to a balance between competition and cooperation by demonstrating the power of a cooperative approach and, through this approach, build critical mass and leadership capacity. Furthermore, it aimed at prompting the interest for science by the Spanish public and to foster scientific vocations among its youth. The project involved 35 research groups from Spain and a total of 25 international partners from a total of 18 nations across the world, which continue to grow, with an estimated total of about 400 scientists and a total of 700 persons involved in various capacities, including logistics, outreach and administrative support.

The six-year project, funded by Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, with additional funded from many other contributors including universities, governmental research organization and private foundations, was provided with a total of 10 months of ship time, distributed between 7 months on board R/V Hespérides, operated by the Spanish navy, which circumnavigated the ocean; and 3 months on board R/V Sarmiento de Gamboa, operated by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the institution organizing the expedition, which conducted a detailed study of a section, along 24.5 N, of the Atlantic Ocean and served as a platform for a floating university in her return to Spain.

The Malaspina Expedition sailed the ocean from December 13, 2010 to July 14, 2011, sampling the tropical and subtropical Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean. The cruise track was designed to sample ocean gyres and poorly sampled areas of the ocean, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere and the Indian Ocean down to about 4,000 m depth, while avoiding adverse weather, all within the boundary conditions imposed by the total seven months of ship time allotted to the circumnavigation.

An update on the key results thus far delivered by the Malaspina 2010 Circumnavigation Expedition will be advanced at the forthcoming ASLO conference in Granada, Spain (22-27 February, 2015, http://sgmeet.com/aslo/granada2015/). Most of the results will be presented in the special session “The Global Ocean Ecosystem: Patterns, Drivers and Change” (special session #8), with an overview provided at a plenary talk, opening the conference, on Sunday 22, 2015, delivered by Carlos M. Duarte, coordinator of the expeditions and past ASLO President. In addition, the exhibition “Un mar de datos” with informative panels on the key topics will be displayed during the meeting.

The results published thus far represent, however, only 10% of the total output of the project, which will deliver 70 Ph.D and 35 M.Sc. thesis by the time it be completed. Hence, the mosaic of the state of the ocean in the 21st century the project is depicting only contains 10% of the pieces so far. The rate of publication is accelerating as the results of this great effort emerge from the labs and I anticipate that by the end of 2015 about half of the results would have been submitted for publication. Accordingly, it is difficult as yet to foresee what will be the final aspect of this canvas. Hopefully, these findings will portray a healthier and more resilient ocean than we would have been anticipated.

We have kept one in every ten samples of plankton, genome, gases and water collected in five different sample repositories. These samples will remain in custody to be analyzed only 20 to 30 years after sampling. The Malaspina Collection will, thereby, hand over sample of the ocean in 2010/2011 to a new generation of marine scientists that will use them to quantify ocean change using technology that we cannot yet anticipate and to resolve questions we cannot imagine today.

Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition Exhibit

Date: Monday, 23 February 2015   Time: 08:00 - 20:00
Location: Foyer (Floor -3)

Please see Sunday description of the same name for details.

Guided Tour - Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition Exhibit

Date: Monday, 23 February 2015   Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Location: Foyer (Floor -3)

A guided tour of the The Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition Exhibit. The expedition is a large collaborative program conceived and led from Spain, but with a global scope. The program was set with the goals to provide an assessment of the state of the oceans in 2011 and to explore, using advanced next-generation sequencing tools, the diversity of life in the ocean with a particular emphasis in the dark ocean.

Sunrise Jog Around Granada

Date: Tuesday, 24 February 2015   Time: 06:45 - 07:30
Location: Teatro Isabel La Catolicat

Get to know the city a different way than usual tourists do. Four times per week a group of joggers from Granada go jogging for about one hour in the early morning. They have offered to guide ASLO meeting participants who would like to jog with them  by the historical places of Granada.

Dates and times: Tuesday, 24 February, Wednesday, 25 February, and Thursday, 26 February: 6:45 to 7:30 am and also Saturday, 28 February: 8:00 to 9:30 am

Starting and ending point: Teatro Isabel La Católica, Acera del Casino Street (See map below.)

Number of participants per day: 20

Event registration deadline: 31 January 2014. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are interested in participating as a jogger, complete the form in the following link: http://ecologia.ugr.es/pages/banners/aslo2015/jogging?lang=en

The final list of participants will be published once the registration period expires.

Participants may, if they wish, purchase an event T-shirt for 10 Euros. Payment will be accepted at the conference.

For any special requirements or information on this event, please contact Carmen Perez-Martinez at cperezm@ugr.es.

A=Palacio de Congreso –ASLO meeting; B=Teatro Isabel La Católica

Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition Exhibit

Date: Tuesday, 24 February 2015   Time: 08:00 - 20:00
Location: Foyer (Floor -3)

Please see Sunday description of the same name for details.

Guided Tour - Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition Exhibit

Date: Tuesday, 24 February 2015   Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Location: Foyer (Floor -3)

Please see Monday description of the same name for details.

Alhambra Night Time Tour (Optional)

Date: Tuesday, 24 February 2015   Time: 20:00 - 22:30
Location: Off-site

SOLD OUT

The Alhambra will be open exclusively to ASLO guests for this very special evening. A walk around the Alhambra, declared a World Heritage by UNESCO, is a required activity for every visitor of the city of Granada. Furthermore, it’s a work of art, complete with elaborate rooms, by its monumental and historic position on the landscape or by the special charm of its exquisitely detailed Islamic art and architecture. Visiting the Alhambra at night is truly a unique and memorable experience. There really is something magical about viewing its magnificent architecture fully lit up under a peaceful Andalusian night sky. Walk by the Nasrid Palaces and the Palace of Charles V in the quiet and relaxed atmosphere of the night. With our guided-tour of Alhambra, you’ll have at your disposal official tourist guides and expert interpreters of Granada’s heritage. You will be guided through the “red fortress,”  and they will  answer any queries that you may have about this spectacular monument. The fee includes transportation to and from the convention center, entrance fees, and tour guides. No food or beverage is included. Price: $40 USD per person.

Sunrise Jog around Granada

Date: Wednesday, 25 February 2015   Time: 06:45 - 07:30
Location: Teatro Isabel La Catolicat

Get to know the city a different way than usual tourists do. Four times per week a group of joggers from Granada go jogging for about one hour in the early morning. They have offered to guide ASLO meeting participants who would like to jog with them by the historical places of Granada. Starting and ending point: Teatro Isabel La Católica, Acera del Casino Street (See Sunrise Jog Around Granada on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 for more information). Limited to 20 participants per day.

Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition Exhibit

Date: Wednesday, 25 February 2015   Time: 08:00 - 20:00
Location: Foyer (Floor -3)

Please see Sunday description of the same name for details.

Guided Tour - Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition Exhibit

Date: Wednesday, 25 February 2015   Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Location: Foyer (Floor -3)

Please see Monday description of the same name for details.

Sunrise Jog around Granada

Date: Thursday, 26 February 2015   Time: 06:45 - 07:30
Location: Teatro Isabel La Catolicat

Get to know the city a different way than usual tourists do. Four times per week a group of joggers from Granada go jogging for about one hour in the early morning. They have offered to guide ASLO meeting participants who would like to jog with them by the historical places of Granada. Starting and ending point: Teatro Isabel La Católica, Acera del Casino Street (See Sunrise Jog Around Granada on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 for more information). Limited to 20 participants per day.

Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition Exhibit

Date: Thursday, 26 February 2015   Time: 08:00 - 20:00
Location: Foyer (Floor -3)

Please see Sunday description of the same name for details.

Guided Tour - Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition Exhibit

Date: Thursday, 26 February 2015   Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Location: Foyer (Floor -3)

Please see Monday description of the same name for details.

Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition Exhibit

Date: Friday, 27 February 2015   Time: 08:00 - 20:00
Location: Foyer (Floor -3)

Please see Sunday description of the same name for details.

Guided Tour - Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition Exhibit

Date: Friday, 27 February 2015   Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Location: Foyer (Floor -3)

Please see Monday description of the same name for details.

Sunrise Jog around Granada

Date: Saturday, 28 February 2015   Time: 08:00 - 09:00
Location: Teatro Isabel La Catolicat

Get to know the city a different way than usual tourists do. Four times per week a group of joggers from Granada go jogging for about one hour in the early morning. They have offered to guide ASLO meeting participants who would like to jog with them by the historical places of Granada. Starting and ending point: Teatro Isabel La Católica, Acera del Casino Street (See Sunrise Jog Around Granada on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 for more information). Limited to 20 participants per day.