Regular Sessions

Oral and poster communications will be available for viewing on demand prior to the start of the congress. The discussion with authors will take place during the congress in Discussion Sessions, specific to each regular session (see calendar). In these sessions authors of oral presentations and posters will be present, together with a moderator. You can also interact with the authors through  enabled fórum.

RS1. Microbial ecology

Microbial diversity in aquatic ecosystems, microbial drivers of biogeochemical processes. Microbial processes and interactions in extreme environments. Genomic, metagenomic and molecular advances in understanding of microbial interactions: Biotechnological advances.

RS2. Population and community ecology

Population dynamics. Resource availability, physicochemical requirements and species interactions (competition, predation, parasitism, etc). Diversity patterns along environmental gradients, effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on genetic, taxonomic and functional community diversity. Functional indexes. Metapopulations and metacommunities.

RS3. Biodiversity and conservation of aquatic ecosystems

Aspects related with the taxonomy and/or distribution of any species or aquatic taxonomic group, or with the conservation of both species and habitats.

RS5. Ecosystem processes and functioning

Biogeochemical cycles: Decomposition, primary and secondary production. Food webs. Ecosystem responses to environmental gradients. Disturbances. Relationships between ecosystem structure and function.

RS7. Stressed aquatic ecosystems

Ongoing research on stressed aquatic ecosystems (temporary, saline, acid, polar, high mountain environments, etc.) due to natural or anthropic processes. 

RS8. Wetlands, lakes and estuarine ecology

Ecological studies of lakes, freshwater, saline and estuarine wetlands addressing how the physical environment, geomorphology, chemistry and hydrology constraint both biota and ecosystem processes.

RS9. Monitoring, management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems

Applied issues related to monitoring programs, management measures and evaluation of restoration projects.

RS10. Alien and invasive species

Population, community and ecosystem responses to invasive species. Dispersal and expansion range. Alien species distribution models. Physiological and biological traits.

RS11. Urban aquatic ecosystems

Studies conducted in urban aquatic ecosystems in their broadest sense (rivers, lakes, ponds, canals and wetlands). This session aims to bring together scientists and managers working in this area, to develop and share a wider understanding and recognition of the hydrological, ecological and social value of these ecosystems. 

RS12. Global change and aquatic ecosystems

Effects of global change (climate, land use, etc.) on any aspect of aquatic ecology (structure, processes, functioning or conservation).

RS13. Ecosystem services

Studies on the supply and demand of the Nature´s contribution to people (ecosystem services) provided by the continental aquatic ecosystems. Including studies at different spatial and temporal scales. About methods ranging from biophysical to socio-cultural and economic approaches and on direct and indirect drivers of the change.