Limnología 2020



Murcia (Spain) – June 22nd-26th, 2020


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the exceptional safety and prevention measures undertaken in all countries, the Organizing Committee of Limnologia 2020 Congress  has decided to postpone the meeting.

In the next weeks we will inform you about the format of the congress (likely a virtual congress) and the dates for the celebration of this new virtual AIL congress. The congress will be considered official at all effects.

Invited speakers, regular and special sessions, as well as awards will be kept. The number of oral and poster communications received and accepted, ensure a very prolific and interesting meeting. 

All payments (registration fees) already made by participants will be refunded. A smaller registration fee will be required to participate in the Limnologia 2020 Virtual Meeting. Limnologia 2020 will maintain its commitments with the sponsors and with the companies involved in the event.

More updates in the following weeks.

Between 22nd and 26th of June 2020 the city of Murcia (Southeast of Spain) will host the XX Congress of the Iberian Association of Limnology (AIL-2020). It must be highlighted that, for the first time, the fruitful coordination between the Iberian Association of Limnology (AIL) and the Iberoamerican Associations of Limnology are leading to the celebration of a joined scientific event in the Iberian Peninsula. Thus, Murcia will also host the III Iberoamerican Congress of Limnology (CIL-2020). This event will provide a valuable opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and experiences between the Iberian and Ibero-American limnologists.

One of the main aims of this meeting is to discuss the new scientific knowledge that will be useful to improve the management and conservation of inland aquatic ecosystems (from lakes to deltas and estuaries, through rivers and wetlands). This information will be discussed under a global change scenario and considering new models of man-nature cooperation. Under the slogan “Limnology in a changing world”, the congress aims to discuss key issues to manage these ecosystems that despite being of high importance for humans, are subjected to increasing human pressures and impacts.

The Iberian Southeast is one of the most arid regions in Europe. Inland aquatic ecosystems in this area acquire a great importance for their uniqueness at European scale. Arid environments offer a wide variety of aquatic ecosystems, hosting an extraordinary biodiversity. The functioning of such ecosystems is determined by extreme biophysic conditions, especially at the terrestrial-aquatic interface. Despite its conservation value, the aquatic ecosystems of this region are highly threatened by the high degree of anthropic alteration and global change.

We invite you to participate in this unique event to share experiences, to coordinate works and advance in the knowledge of aquatic ecology, thus contributing to a more sustainable inland aquatic ecosystem management. In this sense, we feel that the involvement of water managers and interested technicians and consultants is essential as a bridge between scientific knowledge and society. For this reason, our invitation is extended to this collective.

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Raquel Mendonça is part of a leading group on CO2 and CH4 emissions from reservoirs and she has published some pioneer studies on the carbon sequestration by inland waters. She will give us a keynote conference at the congress! Don’t miss it! Learn more:

Mariana Meerhoff, PhD. Professor at the Ecology and Environmental Department at University of La República (Uruguay), will give us a keynote conference at the congress! Don’t miss it! Learn more on:

Cayetano Gutiérrez Cánovas @tano_gc explores how climate change impact on river food webs and how this translates into changes in ecosystem multifunctionality. He will give us a keynote conference at the congress! Don’t miss it! Learn more on:

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Keynote Speakers

Experts from all over the world.

Nancy B. Grimm


Country: U.S.A. - School of Life Sciences. Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology; Senior Sustainability Scientist Faculty, TEMPE Campus.

Nancy B. Grimm is an ecosystem ecologist and interdisciplinary sustainability scientist who studies interactions of climate change, human activities, resilience, and biogeochemical processes in urban and stream ecosystems.

From 1997-2016 Grimm directed the Central Arizona–Phoenix LTER (CAP LTER), a pioneering interdisciplinary study of a complex metropolitan region whose conceptual models of social-ecological-technological systems expanded ecology.

She now co-directs the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (URExSRN) and works with cities to co-produce visions of resilient and sustainable futures. Grimm is a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, Past President of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS), and a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, ESA, SFS, and the American Geophysical Union.

She is an editor for Earth’s Future, an editorial advisor for Ecohydrology and the Journal of Urban Ecology, and associate editor for Sustainability and Frontiers in the Built Environment: Urban Science.

She is the Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology in the School of Life Sciences and Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

Cayetano Gutiérrez Cánovas


Country: Spain. Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals. Universitat de Barcelona.

Scientific trajectory: I developed my PhD in Ecology at University of Murcia (2014), where I studied how ecosystems respond to natural and anthropogenic stressors using different approaches. In my first postdoctoral position (Cardiff University, 2015-17) quantifying multiple-stressor effects in European rivers and identifying which river biodiversity aspects best predict ecosystem service delivery in UK upland rivers.

Later, I worked at University of Barcelona the mechanisms explaining river metacommunities at rivers in response to predictable drought.

Currently, I work as a postdoc at University of Minho exploring how climate change impact on river food webs and how this translates into changes in ecosystem multifunctionality.

During these years, I published 23 papers in SCI-journals, and published/edited ~200 outreach posts at my co-managed blog and other media.

Research lines: In my research, I explore the effects of multiple global change pressures on biodiversity and multiple ecosystem functions and services, using a variety of quantitative approaches. Combining taxonomic and trait-based approaches, my studies aim at identifying which ecological mechanisms link multiple-stressors, biodiversity and ecosystem multifunctionality.

My studies cover different ecosystems and organisms (river invertebrates and fishes, coastal plants, vertebrate scavengers) to look for general responses to global change.

Mariana Meerhoff

PhD. Professor

Country: Uruguay. Universidad de la República/ Centro Universitario Regional Este - UDeLaR / Departamento de Ecología y Gestión Ambiental

PhD. Professor at the Ecology and Environmental Department of Universidad de la República, Uruguay.

Her research focuses particularly on the potential effects of climate warming and land use changes on community structure and trophic dynamics, as well as ecosystem processes, of shallow lakes, streams and reservoirs. Her work involves laboratory and field experiments, field studies and space for time substitution studies.

She has published around 60 papers and several book chapters and edited books. She is Associate Editor of the journals Freshwater Biology, Hydrobiologia, Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation, and Ecología Austral. Collaborates with research groups in Argentina, Brazil, USA, Spain, Denmark, The Netherlands, Turkey.

Raquel Mendonça


Country: Brazil. - Department of Ecology. Uppsala University. Researcher at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, in Brazil, where she is a co-leader of the Aquatic Ecology group.

She got a PhD in Ecology from the University of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, in 2012. Her thesis was about carbon emission and sequestration in hydroelectric reservoirs and it was partly developed at Wageningen University in The Netherlands.

Raquel was a post-doc at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, in The Netherlands, where she studied the sinergic effects of warming and eutrophication on the carbon balance of shallow lakes.

At Uppsala University, in Sweden, she worked in an ERC-granted project that aimed to improve the knowledge about the carbon dynamics of tropical reservoirs.

Raquel is interested on the various aspects of the aquatic biogeochemistry. She is part of a leading group on CO2 and CH4 emissions from reservoirs and she has published some pioneer studies on the carbon sequestration by inland waters.

Dr Luisa Orsini

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor

Country: Italy. Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Biosystems and Environmental Change at the University of Birmingham (UoB), and a time traveller.

She studies the processes and mechanisms of evolutionary response to climate and other environmental factors with relevance to climate – pollution, anthropogenic land-use. To reconstruct long-term dynamics she applies high throughput technologies to sedimentary archives of inland waters, which have the unique advantage of preserving biological and environmental signals temporally.

Moreover, she applies high throughput technologies to ‘resurrected’ specimens of the keystone species Daphnia magna (waterflea) to identify the molecular mechanisms that enable evolutionary changes through time and space.

Dr Orsini strongly believes in bridging the science/policy divide. To this end, she works on biotechnology solutions for the removal of pharmaceuticals, pesticides and other suspended materials from wastewater and surface water.

Profesor Dr. Narcis Prat i Fornells

Lifetime Achievement Award in Limnology of the Iberian Association of Limnology-2020

Country: Spain. Lifetime Achievement Award in Limnology of the Iberian Association of Limnology-2020.

The Iberian Association of Limnology has awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award in Limnology to Professor Dr. Narcis Prat i Fornells for his contribution to the development of Limnology in the Iberian Peninsula.

In the same way this award acknowledges his vast scientific production, his enthusiastic teaching and training dedication, his activity in outreach actions to both society and water resource managers, and his commitment to the conservation of aquatic ecosystems.