Autumn Research Symposium (11 to 13 September 2019)

Welcome to the CIRC annual Autumn Research Symposium
Abisko Scientific Research Station
11-13 September 2019

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We will hold our annual Autumn Research Symposium from 11-13 September 2019. The schedule is designed to accommodate train travel between Umeå and Abisko. Please take the train!

Participants should arrive no later than 11 September. The symposium will take place at the Abisko Scientific Research Station. All meals served are vegetarian.

On 11 September, there will be an optional full-day workshop, ‘Communicating your science effectively to the public’. It is open to all researchers, limited to 20 persons, and you must register in advance and participate in the entire days activities. The goal of the workshop is to help researchers to put their research into a perspective that is both interesting for the public and has impact. We focus on story-telling and crafting a two-minute elevator talk. Those who participate will be encouraged to present their elevator talk at the "speed talk" session.

Wednesday 11 September

Communicating your science effectively to the public (B-House; lead by Andy Ridgway, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at the University of the West of England and Keith Larson, Project Coordinator, CIRC)
08:30-10:00 - Introduction and workshop activities
10:00-10:30 - Coffee break (ANS dining room) and fresh air
10:30-12:00 - Workshop activities
12.00-13.30 - Lunch
13:30-15:30 - Workshop activities

Wednesday 11 September

Start of symposium

17.00-17.15 - Introduction, Jan Karlsson

17.15-17.45 - Environmental communication in the online era – lessons from 20 years in journalism. Andy Ridgway, Senior Lecturer in Science Communications, University of the West of England

17.45-18.15 - Speed talks (elevator talk - two minutes and one PowerPoint slide each)

  • Sources of winter CO2 fluxes. Josefine Walz

  • Did trees grow during the early Holocene on Mount Njullá? Christian Bigler

  • Forty years of global phenological change. Ellen Esch - postponed to 2nd day

  • Evaluating recent C accumulation in a changing arctic climate: rapid ecosystem responses. Bror Holmgren

  • Winter ecology: do plants stay active throughout the long cold season? Niki Leblans

  • Role of aquatic networks in the landscape C cycle. Dominic Vachon

  • How do airborne lasers help to understand lakes in the arctic. Cristian Gudasz

  • The vole and lemming year in Abisko as seen from a drone. Matthias Siewert

  • Metabolic regimes of Arctic streams and rivers. Ryan Sponseller

18.15-19.00- Welcome mixer & tundra bar (ANS dining room)

19.00- Dinner (ANS dining room)

Thursday 12 September

07.00-08.00 - Breakfast (ANS dining room)

Biogeochemical cycles & Ecological Dynamics

08.15-08.45 - Arctic Soil Biogeochemistry. Philip Wookey, Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling

08.45-09.00 - Laboratory modelling of the microbial mediation of organic matter processing in freshwater systems. Eva Perrin, PhD Student, University of the West of England

09.00-09.15 - Ambient reducing capacity of dissolve organic matter as determined by mercury (II) abiotic reduction: influences of different DOM origins in Nordic lakes from Arctic Circle to sub-circle. Tao Jiang, Researcher, SLU Umeå/Southwest University (SWU), Chongqing, China

09.15-09.30 - Silencing a key flavonoid biosynthetic enzyme in Betula pendula decreases foliar condensed tannins, with consequences for leaf-feeding Epirrita autumnata larvae. Paula Thitz, PhD Student, University of Eastern Finland

09.30-10.00 Coffee break (ANS dining room) and fresh air

10.00-10.30 - Methane mitigation by the lake microbiome. Ruth K. Varner, Professor of Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire

10.30-10.45 - Light vs. nutrient effects of DOM on benthic production in Boreal and Arctic lakes. Megan Fork, Post Doctoral Researcher, CIRC, Umeå University

10.45-11.00 - Seston fatty acid composition in two Swedish mountain regions with different nutrient limitation regimes. Ann-Kristin Bergström, Professor, CIRC, Umeå University

11.00-11.15 - Diel patterns of CO2 in streams: what biogeochemical processes can we derive? Gerard Rocher-Ros, Researcher, CIRC, Umeå University

11.15-11.30 - Community coalescence and its implications for permafrost systems. Sylvain Monteux, Post Doctoral Research, Department of Soil and Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

11.30-11.45 - Discussion

12.00-13.00 - Lunch (ANS dining room)

13.30-16.30 - Excursion of Stordalen Mire

Special Evening

17.30-18.15 - Evening presentation of climate fiction by artist Olav Westphalen

18.15-19.00 - Tundra bar (ANS dining room)

19.00 - Dinner (ANS dining room)

Friday 13 September

07.00-08.00 - Breakfast (ANS dining room)

New frontiers and interdisciplinary research

08.15-08.45 - Crossing paths with interdisciplinary research - A personal perspective. Darren Reynolds, Professor in Health and Environment, University of the West of England

08.45-09.00 - Plans for a mid-range remote-sensing GHG emission flux measurement campaign in Abisko. Uwe Raffalski, Associate professor, Swedish Institute of Space Physics

09.00-09.15 - Can we use archived air filters to study temporal dynamics and interactions between organisms in a subarctic ecosystem? Edvin Karlsson, Post Doctoral Research, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Umeå University

09.15-09.30 - The downwind effect of evaporation changes in the Arctic. Obbe Tuinenburg, Assistant Professor, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, University of Utrecht

09.30-09.50 - Expert Assessment on environmental change in the Torneträsk catchment. Didac Pascual, PhD Student, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science. Lund University

09.50-10.00 - Discussion and end of symposium

10.00-10.30 - Coffee break (ANS dining room)

10.30-11.00 - Guided tour ANS (optional). Keith Larson

Please contact Keith Larson or Jan Karlsson if you have any questions or need special arrangements.


Name and Affiliation

Andrew MacDougall, University of Guelph, Canada

Andy Ridgway, University of the West of England, Bristol

Anna-Mia Johansson, Umeå University, Sweden

Ann-Kristin Bergström, Umeå University, Sweden

Bror Holmgren, Umeå University, Sweden

Charlotte Smith, BBC

Christian Bigler, Umeå University, Sweden

Colin Bonner, University of Guelph, Canada

Cristian Gudasz, Umeå University, Sweden

Daniel Bennet, BBC

Daniel Svensson, Umeå University, Sweden

Darren Reynolds, University of the West of England, Bristol

Demian Hauptmann, Umeå University, Sweden

Didac Pascual, Lund University, Sweden

Dominic Vachon, Umeå University, Sweden

Edvin Karlsson, Umeå University, Sweden

Elizabeth Murphy, Umeå University, Sweden

Ellen Esch, University of Guelph, Canada

Eva Perrin, University of the West of England, Bristol

Gerard Rocher-Ros, Umeå University, Sweden

Hanna Jonsson, Umeå University, Sweden

Jacob Lewerentz, Umeå University, Sweden

Jan Karlsson, Umeå University, Sweden

Johan Olofsson, Umeå University, Sweden

Jon Moen, Umeå University, Sweden

Josefine Walz, Umeå University, Sweden

Julia Bryce, University of New Hampshire

Keith Larson, Umeå University, Sweden

Magnus Augner, Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

Matthias Siewert, Umeå University, Sweden

Mattias Dalqvist, Umeå University, Sweden

Megan Fork, Umeå University, Sweden

Niki Leblans, Umeå University, Sweden

Obbe Tuinenburg, Utrecht University, The Netherlands; Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden

Olav Westphalen, Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Germany

Paula Thitz, University of Eastern Finland

Per Stenberg, Umeå University, Sweden

Philip Wookey, The University of Stirling, UK

Pär Byström, Umeå University, Sweden

Reiner Giesler, Umeå University, Sweden

Ruth K. Varner, University of New Hampshire, USA

Ryan Sponseller, Umeå University, Sweden

Sylvain Monteux, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden

Tao Jiang, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden

Thomas Parker, The University of Stirling, UK

Uwe Raffalski, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Sweden