10th Symposium for European Freshwater Science

In July 2017, the 10th SEFS was held in Olomouc, Czech Republic. SEFS is Europe's largest forum for freshwater science, this year’s symposium was attended by over 600 scientists from numerous aquatic disciplines. 

This year, 17 regular sessions ran covering topics such as climate change, non-native species and policy implementation alongside 17 special thematic sessions, highlighting recent developments in a number of disciplines including mesocosm experiments, urban stream ecology and two new European COST action themes: Science and Management of Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams (SMIRES) and Developing new genetic tools for bioassessment of aquatic ecosystems in Europe (DNAqua-Net). Both sessions had very high attendance and a range of exciting current and future research ideas, for more information visit the COST action website.

During the 5 day symposium, over 350 oral presentations were given and 128 posters were presented to the international audience. I gave two talks, firstly on behalf of my supervisor, Bernd Haenfling entitled "eDNA based metabarcoding of fish communities in the UK" which covered our recent study of Lake Windermere and later on in the week I presented my work on comparing traditional kick sampling to molecular methods - both eDNA and bulk sample metabarcoding "eDNA/DNA - monitoring local macroinvertebrate communities in lotic systems"

I won 3rd prize for my presentation on macroinvertebrate monitoring methods using molecular tools, a real treat! The symposium was a brilliant week bringing together some amazing research covering all areas of freshwater science. I learnt about an incredible range of subjects, with some pretty exciting experiments being carried out - which I hope to hear the results of at the next SEFS meeting in July 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia.  

Quick camera skills here :) : https://twitter.com/VascoElbrecht/status/883269572144627712