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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update in relation to the 2nd GYPSUM ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update in relation to the 2nd GYPSUM ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Due to the pandemic outbreak the conference will no longer take place as planned. We are investigating new possible dates but this depends on how the global situation will evolve. We will provide further notice via the conference and GYPWORLD site once a decision is made. Stay healthy!

2nd Gypsum Ecosystems Research Conference: Second Circular

2nd Gypsum Ecosystems Research Conference: Second Circular

Dear Colleagues,

The second circular for the 2nd Gypsum Ecosystems Research Conference is now available here.

We would like to inform you that the project management team and local organisers are monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak and would like to stress that the welfare of all the participants is our primary concern. Given that meetings all over the world are being cancelled or postponed, it is likely that our conference will be affected in some way. A decision regarding the conference will be taken by end of
March. Please be advised to purchase travel insurance and/or
flexible/refundable tickets in case you have to make changes to your
trip.

To keep up to date about the conference please see: https://sites.google.com/view/2nd-gypsum-conference/general-information/about-the-gypworld-project

GYPWORLD Travel Grant: 2nd Gypsum Ecosystems Research Conference

GYPWORLD Travel Grant: 2nd Gypsum Ecosystems Research Conference

Dear colleagues,

The GYPWORLD project is now offering travel grants to students interested in attending the 2nd Gypsum Ecosystems Research Conference (GERC-2020), to be held from the 27th April 2020 – 1st May 2020.

GYPWORLD has a total of 3000€ for the travel grants. Half of this amount will be reserved for students from low and middle income countries (as defined by the World Bank: https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519-world-bank-country-and-lending-groups), the criteria for the selection of candidates will be a motivation letter and the contribution to be presented at the conference, which will be evaluated by the scientific committee of the conference.

Candidates should send their motivation letter and contribution to the GYPWORLD project manager: Emma Lythgoe: emma.lythgoe@csic.es

Deadline: 15 March 2020

Further information about the 2nd Gypsum Ecosystems Research Conference (GERC-2020) can be found at the official website of the conference: https://sites.google.com/view/2nd-gypsum-conference/home?authuser=0

2nd Gypsum Ecosystems Research Conference

2nd Gypsum Ecosystems Research Conference

Dear Colleagues,

we have the pleasure to announce that the 2nd Gypsum Ecosystems Research Conference will be held in 2020 in Nicosia (Lefkosia) Cyprus. The Symposium is sponsored by the GYPWORLD H2020-MSCA-RISE project and organised jointly by the Open Univeristy of Cyprus and the Department of Forests, MANRE.

This conference originates from the activity of the GYPNET network, a network of scientists working on gypsum ecosystems and is part of the activities of the H2020-MSCA-RISE GYPWORLD project, aiming at promoting international research on gypsum ecosystems. As such, it aims to initiate a series of International Conferences focused on any research done on gypsum ecosystems. It will offer an International forum to interested scientists from around the world to present and discuss research results in all aspects related to gypsum ecology.

For Further details please see:

https://gypworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/FIRST-CIRCULAR_2ndGERCONFERENCE.pdf

Conference Website: https://sites.google.com/view/2nd-gypsum-conference/home?authuser=0

Georgia Chrysostomou visits the gypsum outcrops of Almeria

Georgia Chrysostomou visits the gypsum outcrops of Almeria

Georgia Chrysostmou (Department of Forests, Government of Cyprus) has just finalised the first part of her secondment to the University of Almeria.

The secondment has given her the opportunity to improve her knowledge and gain a better understanding of gypsum ecosystems and mechanisms for plant survival on gypsum. During her stay she also learnt about the Sentinet-Hub and how to recognize gypsum outcrops from satellite images.

The secondment has helped Georgia learn new techniques for sampling and has developed foundations for international collaboration.

“A special thank you to Professor Juan Mota, Fabian, Antonio, Esteban and Paco for all the support and guidance they provided for me during my stay. The experience was amazing! “
Georgia Chrysostmou

Highlights from the GYPWORLD workshop in Reggio di Calabria

Highlights from the GYPWORLD workshop in Reggio di Calabria

The GYPWORLD workshop took place in Reggio di Calabria from the 1st from the 1st of April 2019 until the 4th fo April hosted by Universita degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Calabria (Italy). Please see the instagram and facebook links for highlights.

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Expedition hosted by Universidad de Concepción – Chile Nov-Dec 2018

Expedition hosted by Universidad de Concepción – Chile Nov-Dec 2018

Alicia Montesinos Navarro, post-doctoral researcher from CSIC  kindly shares with us her experiences from her secondment hosted by Universidad de Concepción – Chile:

 

 

During the course of the expedition we had the opportunity to visit the study sites in which the host group was developing their research, and participated in some ongoing experiments that were taking place, exchanging ideas and providing the arena for future collaborations.

The group participated in research communication activities taking advantage of the Chilenean Ecological meeting taking place in Valdivia. A seminar and meetings with researchers interested in common topics was organized by Lohen Cavieres at the University of Concepción (host institution).  In particular, I gave a seminar entitled “the effect of mycorrhizal symbiosis on plant facilitation” on the 10th of December, which allowed the interaction with other researchers in the host institution with whom potentially future collaborations might emerge.

Finally, we explored a valley in the Andes, close to Santiago where gypsum exploitation takes place and thus could be a good candidate area to find gypsum soils in non-perturbed areas close by.

 

Here we looked for non-perturbed areas close by where future filed studies could be developed, and identify the main plant species with the host group botanist.

We quantified functional traits of plant species in different semi-arid environments and participated in field experiments of neighbour’s removal to assess the effect of plant-plant interaction structuring plant community assemblages.

The expedition was an excellent opportunity to learn about the different techniques and eco-physiological and functional perspectives that the host group works on. It has enriched my view about other mechanisms that can influence plant-plant interactions and structure plant communities. Although this experience is studied in semi-arid environments in the Andes, it might be interesting to approach it to other semi-arid systems such as those where gypsum soils develop. It is likely that this research interaction will open future avenues for international collaborations with the host group, contributing to my scientific career.

Alicia Montesinos Navarro, post-doctoral researcher from CSIC 

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