[Taxacom] LifeWatch ERIC: e-Science for NIS Research Workshop

Christos Arvanitidis arvanitidis at hcmr.gr
Thu May 6 03:05:24 CDT 2021

On 20 and 21 May 2021, LifeWatch ERIC will be hosting the online  
workshop "e-Science for NIS Research" with the support of the  
ENVRI-FAIR Project. The workshop will showcase the results of four  
validation cases  
(https://www.lifewatch.eu/web/guest/iji-validation-cases) into  
Non-indigenous and Invasive Species (NIS) conducted over the last  
eighteen months within the LifeWatch ERIC Internal Joint Initiative  
Registration is compulsory and free of charge  

The first day will be dedicated to the marine domain, with sessions  
focusing on the long-term monitoring of hard-bottom marine communities  
and marine/transitional NIS occurrence and trophic niches dynamics.  
LifeWatch ERIC and Distributed Centre staff will also be presenting  
workflows using photographic, metabarcoding and stable isotope tools  
to extract and analyse data of different typologies from varying  

The second day will be devoted to the terrestrial domain, with a  
particular focus on the detection and monitoring of invaders through  
remote sensing and habitat vulnerability to NIS and impact on  
biotopes. Presenters will also showcase workflows involving the use of  
satellite and occurrence data, combining different statistical and  
machine-learning algorithms to map the distribution of invaders and  
identify which habitats are most at risk.

Several round tables will enrich the workshop programme, covering hot  
topics within the biodiversity and ecosystem research community such  
as cooperation between Research Infrastructures, the impact of NIS on  
marine ecosystems as well as their impact on economy and society,  
disruptive technologies for NIS research and how open science and open  
access can benefit researchers.

As a follow-up to the workshop, a hands-on training session on the use  
of the four workflows and Virtual Research Environments (VRE) will be  
held on 4th June, subject to sufficient interest. The full programme  
and any relevant updates can be found here:

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