Where the land ends – AquaScale at EPCN 2017

EPCN (European Pond Conservation Network) is a network dedicated to pond research and conservation, which held its 7th meeting this year in Faro, Portugal.

Our lab participated with three projects, presented by Dunja, Zsófi, and Csaba.

Dunja won a student presentation award, while at the general assembly of EPCN, Zsófi was “upgraded” from observer to steering group committee member.

We also had a chance to visit some Mediterranean temporary ponds at the southwestern tip of Europe – along with a very big pond called Atlantic.


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Fresh Blood for Fresh Water 2017

Dunja and Claudia visited the Fresh Blood for Fresh Water conference in České Budějovice (Czech Republik). This year, the student conference gathered around 60 students and young researchers covering high diversity of research interests in freshwater sciences. Dunja presented our research on feeding of fairy shrimps in turbid waters (Vogelwarte 2 project), while Claudia showed her master thesis topic about mixotrophic algae from Lake Lunz (ChrysoWeb project).

Hope to meet again in 2019 in Tihany at Lake Balaton! 🙂



AquaScale at ASLO 2017

Two members of our team, Csaba and Zsófi, joined the ASLO meeting in Honolulu this year. Zsófi presented how wind dispersal jointly affects community composition and gene flow in shallow temporary waters, while Csaba discussed the effects of chrysophyte algae on zooplankton (ChrysoWeb project).


The conference also had an excellent selection of workshops, with stimulating discussions during the coffee breaks and evenings. Exciting meeting at a wonderful location!


(This is just an incomplete selection of superb Aloha shirt patterns we have seen during ASLO)


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The importance of temporary pools – Dunja at the SCCS Hungary

Dunja participated in a student conference in Tihany, on the shore of the Lake Balaton in Hungary, where she talked about zooplankton metacommunities in temporary pools. The program offered students plenty of diverse and interesting topics in conservation science, workshops for building practical skills and tasting traditional Hungarian food and drinks in the evenings. The initiative of the organizers that international students should bring some traditional food and sweets from their home was strongly supported by students bringing a nice variety of beverages.

SCCS is the largest international conference in conservation science for students and early career scientists, and SCCS Hungary has sister conferences in Cambridge, Australia, Beijing, Bangalore and New York organised every year.

Dunja highly recommends this conference as an excellent choice for young (conservation) scientists to have one of their first presentations in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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