LifeWatch ERIC e-Science for NIS Research Workshop 20-21 May 2021

On 20 and 21 May 2021, LifeWatch ERIC will be hosting the online workshop “e-Science for NIS Research” with the support of the ENVRI-FAIR Project. The workshop will showcase the results of five validation cases into Non-indigenous and Invasive Species (NIS) conducted over the last eighteen months within the LifeWatch ERIC Internal Joint InitiativeRegistration is compulsory and free of charge. Click here to register!

The first day will be dedicated to the marine domain, with sessions focusing on the long-term monitoring of hard-bottom marine communities and marine/transitional NIS occurrence and trophic niches dynamics. LifeWatch ERIC and Distributed Centre staff will also be presenting workflows using photographic, metabarcoding and stable isotope tools to extract and analyse data of different typologies from varying sources.

The second day will be devoted to the terrestrial and freshwater domains, with a particular focus on the detection and monitoring of invaders through remote sensing and eDNA metabarcoding, and habitat vulnerability to NIS and impact on biotopes. Presenters will also showcase workflows involving the use of satellite, eDNA and occurrence data, combining different statistical and machine-learning algorithms to map the distribution of invaders and identify which habitats are most at risk.

Several round tables will enrich the workshop programme, covering hot topics within the biodiversity and ecosystem research community such as cooperation between Research Infrastructures, the impact of NIS on marine ecosystems as well as their impact on economy and society, disruptive technologies for NIS research and how open science and open access can benefit researchers.

As a follow-up to the workshop, a hands-on training session on the use of the five workflows and Virtual Research Environments (VRE) will be held on 4 June, subject to sufficient interest. The full programme and any relevant updates can be found here