Please upload your oral presentation to your google drive and share it with

Or check it with the technical staff of meeting room at least 2 sessions prior to your scheduled time. Ensure that your presentation runs smoothly on the designated computer.

Poster Presentation:  Ensure your poster is securely placed on the assigned board at least 2 hours
before your poster presentation slot. Please remove your poster after your session ends. It’s essential to be personally present during your assigned poster session.

Book of Abstracts is available now! Click to download!


Program - 5 Days

06 Nov

08:30 - 18:00


Main Room Entrance
10:00 - 10:10

GENERAL ASSEMBLY Opening & Welcome

Main Room

Opening of the 4th General Assembly (GA) & Agenda
Jens Nejstgaard (FVB-IGB), Minutes: Katharina Makower

Welcome by host and logistics of the meeting
Meryem Beklioǧlu (METU)


10:10 - 10:50

WP1: Consortium Management

Main Room

Update on the project status and next steps

Katharina Makower (FVB-IGB), Jens Nejstgaard (FVB-IGB), Minutes: Katerina Symiakaki

10:50 - 11:05

Coffee break

11:05 - 11:50

Transnational Access (WP9)

Main Room

Remaining tasks for facility access providers and TA-Office

Stella Berger (FVB-IGB), Tatiana Tsagaraki (UIB), Silke Langenheder (UU), Katerina Symiakaki (FVB-IGB), Minutes: Katerina Symiakaki

11:50 - 12:30

Future perspectives for the AQUACOSM network

Main Room

Maintaining the network, options for the future/funding

Jens, Nejstgaard (FVB-IGB), Richard Sanders (NORCE), further input invited form all, Minutes: Katharina Makower

12:30 - 13:45

Lunch break

14:00 - 15:40

WP2: Workshop on successful collaborations with the Industry

Main Room

Richard Sanders (NORCE), Minutes: Kyle Mayers/ Aud Larsen

15:40 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 17:20

AQUACOSM outputs

Main Room

• Digital legacy: webpages

  • Wiki book

  • Open Data

  • Other outputs

Jens Nejstgaard (FVB-IGB), Lisette de Senerpont Domis (NIOO), Meryem Beklioǧlu (METU), Minutes: Katharina Makower

17:20 - 18:00

Steering Committee Meeting

Main Room

WP leaders & TA office members, Minutes: Katharina Makower

18:30 - 21:00



Instructions for Presenters

Oral Presentation:
- Familiarize yourself with the schedule: Check your presentation date, time, and hall.
- Your presentation should be in Microsoft PowerPoint format (.ppt or .pptx).
- Make sure images, visuals or videos are embedded in your PowerPoint file.
- Use standard fonts, sizes, and colors for clear viewing.
- Your presentation time is 15 minutes, including Q&A. Ideally, use no more than 20 slides. 
- Give your presentation to the technical staff in the meeting room 2 sessions before you present.
- Before your session starts, introduce yourself to the chairperson.

Poster Presentation:
- Posters should be portrait and 70x100 cm in size. Printing responsibility is yours.
- Use clear fonts and visuals so they can be seen from a distance.
- It's a good idea to include: Aquacosm-Plus logo, title, names and affiliations of authors, introduction, methods, results, conclusion, references, and acknowledgment.
- Stand by your poster during your assigned time. Posters not presented will be removed from the abstract book.
- Take down your poster after your session, as we can't store them safely.

Shuttle Transfers

There is public transportation from the airport to the symposium hotel such as taxis and 'dolmuş' (public shuttles).
However, we suggest you get the shuttle transfer or book a private 'Airport-Hotel-Airport' transfer. The Airport transfer company offers a hygienic transportation service that is compatible with the pandemic regulations.

We suggest you to login your registration account and check your transfer details. And inform us if there are any changes in your flight schedule. Additionally, we’ve updated the booking system accommodate new transfer requests, so you can login you registration account and book your transfer now!. 

The updated shuttle transfer dates and times are as follows;

* Airport - Hotel: €20,00 per person
         04 Nov./ Saturday; 15:30
         05 Nov./ Sunday; 12:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00 or 22:30
         06 Nov./ Monday; 12:00, 16:00, 20:00 or 20:45

* Hotel - Airport: €20,00 per person
        10 Nov./ Friday; 06:30, 08:00, 14:00, 18:00 or 20:00
        11 Nov./ Saturday; 07:00, 09:00 or 12:00

* Private Transfer: €60,00 per 1-2 people
         Private date / time selection is available.

Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,

AQUACOSM-plus is organizing the 3rd International Symposium on Aquatic Mesocosm-Based Research (, to be held in Antalya, Türkiye from November 7 to 10, 2023.  The theme is "Collaborative Science for Tackling Global Grand Challenges" different aquatic realms.

We welcome contributions from researchers around the world using mesocosms to address scientific and societal grand challenges in all aquatic realms (including pond, lake, river, estuary, coast and open ocean). We welcome a broad range of contributions examining impacts across all scales, from local to landscape and regional! Submissions from Transnational Access (TA) users of the EU projects AQUACOSM and AQUACOSM-plus are particularly encouraged to contribute!

Thus, we are delighted to invite you to 3rd International Symposium on Aquatic Mesocosm-Based Research, receiving your abstracts for oral and poster presentations, and welcoming you for exiting scientific exchange and social networking at a lovely resort in November 2023.

With best regards,

aquacosmProfessor Meryem BEKLİOĞLU,  METU, Türkiye
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, the Chair
Dr. Jens NEJSTGAARD,  FVB-IGB, Germany
Coordinator AQUACOSM & AQUACOSM-plus

Invited Speakers

Zuhal Akyurek

Professor Zuhal Akyurek

"Mapping and monitoring lakes and small water bodies using remote sensing technology: Challenges and Opportunities"

Thomas Davidson

Dr. Thomas Davidson

"Challenges and potential solutions to measuring Greenhouse gas emissions from mesocosm experiments"

Giulia Faucher

Dr. Giulia Faucher

"Alkalinity addition to fight climate change: A mesocosm approach to study ocean-based solutions for CO2 removal"

Stephan Hartmann

Professor Stephan Hartmann

"The mathematical philosophy of decision making"

Vera Huszar

Professor Vera Huszar

"Environmental crisis in tropical and subtropical freshwaters: challenges and opportunities for mesocosm research in South America"

Marcelo Marinho

Professor Marcelo Marinho

"Environmental crisis in tropical and subtropical freshwaters: challenges and opportunities for mesocosm research in South America"

Symposium Hotel

     Paloma Foresta Resort Hotel     


Paloma Foresta with Ultra Luxurious All-Inclusive concept and its 346 rooms within pine trees with its unmatched beach located where the Taurus Mountains embrace the Mediterranean and the texture offering serenity and calmness invites the guests to its relaxing and soothing world.



A number of rooms have been reserved as a run of the house (standard and garden rooms) for the symposium participants with the concept of "under one roof". Your early registration and booking is appreciated for a better experience. You can always access your registration account to track and update your bookings and make your payments. 

Post Tours

1# Demre St. Nicholas, Myra, and Kekova Daily Tour / Friday, 10 Nov.

Embark on a captivating full-day tour of Demre, St. Nicholas Church, Myra, and Kekova, starting from the Paloma Foresta Hotel.
Begin your journey with a scenic drive to the town of Demre, known for its rich historical significance. Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of St. Nicholas Church, also known as the Church of Santa Claus. Explore the ancient walls and learn about the fascinating history and significance of this revered site.
Continue to Myra, an ancient Lycian city brimming with well-preserved ruins. Marvel at the impressive rock-cut tombs and be awed by the grandeur of the Roman theater. Allow yourself to be transported back in time as you wander through the remnants of this captivating ancient city.
Next, embark on a memorable boat trip to Kekova, a breathtaking region renowned for its underwater ruins and idyllic islands. Cruise along the azure waters and witness the partially submerged ruins of the sunken city of Simena. Absorb the serenity of the surroundings and capture unforgettable moments from the comfort of the boat.
Depending on weather conditions, you may have the opportunity to take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of Kekova and explore the mesmerizing underwater world.
As the day draws to a close, return to the Paloma Foresta Hotel, cherishing the memories of this unforgettable tour.

Fees: €90,00

The tour package includes:
- Private transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Lunch
- Boat cruise
- Professional English-speaking guide

Tour Schedule Details:

- Departure from the Paloma Foresta Hotel: 08:00
- Return to the Paloma Foresta Hotel: 18:00

Additional Information:
- Please note that luggage storage will be available on the tour bus.
- Please note that entrance tickets to museums are not included, wearing sneakers (and your swimming clothes if you wish to swim) is recommended for your comfort, and the tour guide reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary if necessary.

2# Perge, Aspendos, and Antalya Sightseeing Daily Tour / Friday, 10 Nov.

Embark on a full-day historical and cultural tour of Perge, Aspendos, and Antalya, starting from the Paloma Foresta Hotel.
Begin your journey by visiting the ancient city of Perge, renowned for its remarkably preserved ruins from the Hellenistic and Roman eras. Immerse yourself in the rich history as you explore the remnants of this ancient site.
Next, delve into the wonders of the ancient city of Aspendos, home to an extraordinary Roman theater considered one of the world's best-preserved. Marvel at the sheer magnificence of this architectural masterpiece that has withstood the test of time.
Continue your sightseeing adventure in Antalya, often referred to as the "Pearl of the Mediterranean." Discover the enchanting Old Town (Kaleici), characterized by its narrow streets, traditional houses, and remarkable landmarks. Take in the splendor of Hadrian's Gate, admire the elegance of the Clock Tower, and indulge in the beauty of the Antalya Marina.
Depending on timing and weather conditions, you'll have some free time to wander the vibrant streets of Old Antalya, shop for souvenirs, or unwind at a local café.
As the day comes to a close, return to the Paloma Foresta Hotel with cherished memories of the tour.

Fees: €85,00

The tour package includes:
- Private transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Lunch
- Professional English-speaking guide

Tour Schedule Details:

- Departure from the Paloma Foresta Hotel: 08:00
- Drop-off at Airport (prior to the Old City sightseeing segment): 15:00
- Return to the Paloma Foresta Hotel: 19:00

Additional Information: 
- Please note that luggage storage will be available on the tour bus.
- Please note that entrance tickets to museums are not included, wearing sneakers is recommended for your comfort, and the tour guide reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary if necessary.



Antalya International Airport is one of the biggest Airports in Türkiye. Many Airlines have direct flights to Antalya from all over Europe, but you may also have a connected flight via Istanbul Airport to Antalya Airpot. In such case there are local airline flights from Istanbul to Antalya every day and they can provide cheap tickets (Pegasus, Anadolu Jet, Türk Hava Yolları (Turkish Airline).

Turkish Airlines
Pegasus Airlines
Anadolu Jet

Antalya is an accessible destination with direct flights by many international airlines. Antalya International Airport's official website can also help you to discover other flight options.


EU citizens can obtain multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates,
For non-EU citizens please check or contact a Turkish Consulate nearby.

Climate & Clothing

Antalya has a characteristic Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and mild and rainy winters. Around 300 days of the year are sunny. The sea temperature ranges between 15 °C (59 °F) during winter and 28 °C (82 °F) during summer. The air temperature can climb as high as 40 °C (104 °F) in July and August. However, the typical air temperature ranges between the low-to-mid 30 °C (86 °F). There are sea breezes and northeasterly winds which have a cooling effect.


Host City

Antalya, the Turkish Riviera is the most stunning part of Türkiye's Mediterranean coast. It is typical of Türkiye, a thriving modern city, with a historic heart in the center of Kaleiçi within the old city walls. Antalya has a backdrop of stunning mountain scenery, and the city is set high on cliffs, with many of its grandest hotels overlooking the sea on the outskirts of the town.

The most popular Historic Sites of the Antalya Region:

Aspendos: Just 50 km east of Antalya, Aspendos was an important center of trade during Roman times. Today, the most impressive aspect of Aspendos is her stunning theatre, which was built in approx. 162 AD. It seats 15,000 and has been beautifully preserved. Each year it hosts the Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival which takes place in June and July and gives you the opportunity to see performances of classics in a magnificent setting. The aqueduct, which supplied water to the city, is still relatively intact and is an impressive sight.

Phaselis: The three harbors of this Lycian port city were once major commercial centers. In the shelter of Mount Tahtalı, it is a popular stopping point for yachts, and its clear waters and sandy beaches are popular with sun-seekers. The remains are mostly Roman and include a theatre, baths, aqueducts, Hadrian's Gate, an agora, and an acropolis.

Perge: Just 18 km from Antalya, Perge was an important city in Pamphylia and was visited by St. Paul during his missionary journeys. Today, the city gate flanked by lofty towers, theatre and baths is of interest.

Demre: Also known as Kale, the ancient city of Myra, is primarily famous for its connection with St. Nicholas, who was bishop here in the 4th century. His church is the focus of the annual ceremony which takes place to commemorate him on or around his feast day of 6th December. It is well worth seeing the Roman theatre which remains here, overlooked by spectacular rock tombs, dating from the 4th century BC.



Scientific Committee

Behzad Mostajir, CNRS-MARBEC, France
Herwig Stibor, LMU, Germany
Jens C. Nejstgaard, IGB, Germany
Jose Gonzalez, UVIGO, Spain
Lisette de Senerpont Domis, NIOO/KNAW, The Netherlands
Marc Frischer, University of Georgia, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Savannah, GA, USA
Maria Stockenreiter, LMU, Germany
Mariana Meerhoff, Universidad de la República, Uruguay
Meryem Beklioglu, METU, Turkey
Miguel Matias, CSIC, Spain
Núria Bonada, University of Barcelona, Spain
Paraskevi Pitta, HCMR, Greece
Robert Ptacnik, WLC, Austria
Stella A. Berger, IGB, Germany 
Thomas Davidson, Aarhus University, Denmak
Ulrich Sommer, GEOMAR, Germany
Zsofia Horvath, Institute of Aquatic Ecology, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungary

Local Organizing Committee

Meryem Beklioğlu, METU
Cihelio Alves Amorim, METU
Dilvin Yıldız, METU
Gülce Yalçın, METU
Iordanis Magiopoulos, HCMR
Nur Filiz, METU
Sarah Hasnain, METU