Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,

AQUACOSM-plus is organizing the 3rd International Symposium on Aquatic Mesocosm-Based Research (https://meetinghand.com/e/aquacosm/), 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

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.

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"

When, How to register and pay?

Early registration is appreciated as it helps us manage the limited availability of rooms and ensures a warm welcome at the symposium hotel.
To register, simply click on the "Register Now" button, and our system will guide you through the registration process. This includes abstract submission, hotel bookings, transfers, tours, payments, and check-out.
Even if you don't have all the necessary details at the time of registration, such as arrival dates and times, you can proceed with the registration. You have the option to exclude certain items like transfers and choose "Book now, pay later" at the check-out stage.
Once you have finalized your travel arrangements and gathered the required information, you can log in to your registration account and add or update all the items such as transfer details at a later date. This ensures that your registration is complete, including your room reservation, and covers all additional items.
Please note that payment is not mandatory at the time of registration, and you can log into your account later on to make your payment online by credit card or by wire transfer.

Please note that it may take some time to complete the registration, bookings, and payment process. You have the option to select "Book now, pay later" to save your transactions. The system will keep you logged in, allowing you to add or modify your bookings as needed.

If you require further assistance or have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. You can email us directly (esat@arber.com.tr) or use the "Contact the Organizer" form located at the bottom of this page. Just scroll down to find it. Your smooth registration process is our priority, and we're here to help.

How to submit your abstract?

All abstracts (invited, oral and poster) must be submitted digitally through meetinghand that collects and manages registrations and abstracts for our symposium. The abstract format, including text and length (min 100, max 350 words), will be automatically applied during the submission process. Detailed instructions will be provided to help you submit your abstract easily.
Click HERE to submit your abstract.

To upload an abstract, you must register first. However, you don't have to pay immediately. Just select "book now, pay later" to check out. You can access your account anytime to edit your abstract and track the evaluation process.

Abstract Submission Deadlines 

  • For Poster presentations: Open 
    For Oral presentations: Closed 


Scientific Scope

The aim of this symposium is to share experiences and knowledge from mesocosm-based science tackling ecological grand challenges in aquatic ecosystems. Mesocosms are a well-established experimental technique that can provide a more robust mechanistic understanding and complement controlled laboratory experiments or observational studies of natural ecosystems. This symposium focuses on mesocosm based research tackling grand ecological challenges across different aquatic realms. We welcome contributions from international researchers using mesocosms to address these problems in aquatic environments ranging from ponds, lakes and rivers to the coastal and open ocean and more. Contributions examining impacts across all scales, from local to landscape and regional, are welcome! Submissions from Transnational Access (TA) users of both AQUACOSM and AQUACOSM-plus projects are especially welcome! Additionally, we will explore the boundaries of natural science approaches used in mesocosm research through the lens of other disciplines such as philosophy, art, etc.

Session Themes

1– Understanding ecosystem function through mesocosm research for tackling Grand Challenges including climate change, biodiversity loss, eutrophication, ocean acidification, salinization, invasive species, agrochemical pollution, thermal pollution, microplastics, pharmaceutics and other synthetic pollutants, harmful algal blooms, interactions between stressors, and more
Session Chairs:

We invite presentations (talks and posters) to address a wide range of aquatic experimental studies on food web and system dynamics, including bottom up and top-down changes, community composition, biodiversity, variability, evolutionary adaptation, modelling, ecosystem stability and related topics. Single system as well as cross-domain studies on e.g. aquatic-terrestrial processes, and studies relating to ecosystem services are all relevant.

2– Mesocosm-based research for testing adaptation and mitigation measures

We invite presentations (talks and posters) to address topics of relevance for nature-based and ecological engineering solutions, restoration, rewilding, as well as other actions to counteract and better adapt to present and projected future environmental and societal challenges related to water. We are seeking contributions in a broad sense, of topics that have been or could be tackled with mesocosm based approaches. Contributions are not limited to carbon sequestration and carbon dioxide removal strategies (CDR), but open for presentations on any mitigation actions in aquatic systems.

Session Chairs:

3– Novel methodology and technology (approaches) to advance future ecosystem-scale experimental research, using mesocosms and beyond
Session Chairs:

We invite presentations (talks and posters) to address functional approaches, problems, limitations, solutions and novel ideas around design, construction, and conduction of experiments, specifically including novel analysis approaches (e.g. measurement techniques and instrumentation) that can help study aquatic ecosystems in a better way in future mesocosm experiments. Themes can also include better experimental design and statistical approaches.

4– Bridging ecological realms and RIs for better ecosystem understanding, prediction capabilities and resilience to environmental disturbances
Session Chairs:

We invite presentations (talks and posters) on work done at or across different research Infrastructures (such as (e)LTER, JERICO, ICOS, EMBRC, etc.). Combining observational with experimental approaches allows to bridge scales in time and space. Moreover, considering RI-RI collaboration, processes and trajectories across realms may be addressed that otherwise tend to be studied in isolation (e.g. Land-water interface and feedback-loops between realms). A specific theme of interest is conducted (or also planned) studies linking long-term observational data with process studies or large-scale experiments, bridging experimental scales across land-water-atmosphere interfaces and more. Other specific links of interest are e.g. between theory development and empirical testing, and between mesocosm experiments and management recommendations. We also invite contributions addressing the interface of long-term data, variability in time and resilience of systems and communities.

5– Science of team and collaborative science for developing better understanding
Session Chairs:

Talks are invited to address how to enhance collaborative science within disciplines and also among other disciplines (e.g. art, philosophy, economy, politics)

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 www.thy.com
Pegasus Airlines www.flypgs.com
Anadolu Jet www.anadolujet.com

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 https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ 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