Registration for the PRIDE-RCMNS conference is closed.
Registration for the PRIDE-RCMNS conference is open until 14 June 2018, and thus closes in a few days. If you want to join, make sure you register before the 14th of June!
We have a limited number of spaces available, due to the capacity of the plenary room. The maximum number of people for the conference is 120. We will use the first come, first serve principle.
- The deadline for applying for a conference fee waiver is 7 May 2018.
- The deadline for abstract submissions has been moved to 8 May 2018 as well.
There is a limited number of fee waivers available for local and regional scientists and students (PhD, bachelor, master). When you are granted a fee waiver you do not have to pay the fee of the conference. To apply for a fee waiver go to this link: http://pontocaspian.eu/content/application-fee-waiver
We are very excited that Orsolya Sztanó, Oriol Oms, Henri J. Dumont, M.G. Karpinsky, David Lordkipanidze, and David Tarkhnishvili will be keynote speakers at the PRIDE-RCMNS conference, 27-29 August 2018 in Tbilisi.
- Dr. Orsolya Sztanó is associate professor at the Department of Physical and Applied Geology, of the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest.
- Prof. Henri J. Dumont is professor of Ecology at the Universities of Guagzhou, China and Ghent, Belgium.
- Prof. M.G. Karpinsky is working for the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography in Moscow
- Prof. Oriol Oms is professor of Geology at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
- Prof. David Lordkipanidze is professor and director of the Georgian National Musuem in Tbilisi.
- Prof. David Tarkhnishvili is professor of Ecology at the Ilia State University of Tbilisi.
From 27-29 August 2018, PRIDE will organize its final conference together with the RCMNS (Regional Committee on Mediterranean Neogene Stratigraphy) in Tbilisi, Georgia. We are happy to welcome you in Tbilisi. Abstract submission and registration will be open in February 2018. See for more information this page on the website. Stay tuned for updates. More information regarding location, invited speakers, program and everything else will be released as it comes.
We have identified four session topics and a panel session (there might be changes):
- Geological and climatic drivers of biodiversity in the Pontocaspian in the Neogene and Quaternary
- Rise and fall of Pontocaspian biodiversity – origins and controls
- Neogene and Quaternary Terrestrial Ecosystems in the Southern Caucasus
- The role of invasive species in the current Pontocaspian biodiversity crisis
- Panel discussion
From 22 August to 1 September 2017 the PRIDE group had a Network Training in Russia. The meeting was organized by the Southern Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Lomonosov Moscow State University and PRIDE. The meetings were in Kagal'nik, along the Don River and near the Sea of Azov, that is connected to the Black Sea, in Astrakhan and the Volga Delta that draines into the Caspian Sea. The conference with the titel "Where East Meets West: Pontocaspia, the historical dimension of the evolution of a unique biodversity" with students and partners from Western Europe and Eastern Europe, including Russia, Azerbijan and Romania. This is link to the conference excursions book. Many thanks to Vadim Titov and the SSC-RAS team!
The program included:
- two day conference "Where East Meets West" in Kagal'nik with partners from all over Russia, Azerbaijan and Romania,
- field excursions along the shore of the Taganrog Gulf of the Sea of Azov,
- field excursions along the Don river,
- an expedition to Manych, the scientific-expedition base of the Southern Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and excursion to the salt lake of Gruszkoe,
- field excursion to the Volga and Astrakhan biosphere reserve in Damchik
- field excursion to the outcrops of the village Selitrennoe
- field excursion to the outcrops of the village Seroglazovka
Frank Wesselingh, Sri Nandini, Sifan Koriche, Vadim Titov, Alexey Tesakov and Redzhep Kurbanov were interviewed by local television stations:
Rostov regional newspapers
Two day conference in Kagal'nik with (poster) presentations by the PRIDE researchers, and with partners from all over Russia, Azerbaijan and Romania.
Outcrop along the sea of Azov
At a branch of the Wolga in the Astrakhan Biosphere reserve
Excursion in the Astrakhan biosphere reserve of Damchik
At Manych Natural Reserve
In June 2017 we had a very good sampling expedition on the Caspian Sea organized by Feodor Klimov of the Kazakhstan Agency for Applied Ecology. Many thanks to Feodor and the vessel crew!
Diksha an Anouk were recently on board of the Mare Nigrum on a sampling expedition on the Black Sea, together with Bianca Pavel from GeoEcoMar.
On 16 February we had the mid-term review meeting in Leiden. The conclusions of the EU project officer and the expert reviewer were very positive:
“PRIDE provides an excellent training, scientific and career development platform for young scientists. [..]
The presented results during the reporting period are in very good scientific quality. [..]
The work contributes to European policy objectives and strategies in particular in relation to biodiversity. The work will provide a deeper understanding of the causes of the Pontocaspian biodiversity crisis and thereby enable more effective management of this crisis [..]
Outreach planning has been excellent and communication actions to date (e.g. the website) are good. [..]
The project management is running very well and is highly professional. [..] ”
We are very happy and will keep up the good spirit.
Part of the PRIDE group plus partners after the mid-term review at the presentation of the new book of Salomon Kroonenberg called Spiegelzee.
PRIDE proudly presents the identfication sheet to the most characteristic mollusk species of the Black Sea. We invite everybody to participate in the PRIDE project by uploading observations to the iNaturalist portal. Find pdfs of the identification sheets in four different languages on this page.
To engage with citizen scientists the PRIDE project has developed an identification sheet to the most chararcteristic mollusks of the Black Sea. The identification sheet covers species that occur in the Black Sea, Estuarine-coastal lake areas - the typical Pontocaspian habitat, and in fresh water habitats. The identification sheet also has a short manual on how to upload your observations to the iNaturalist portal and allows everybody to particpate in PRIDE and to enrich the dataset available to biodiversity science in the Black Sea.
The purpose of the leaflet is: (1) Raise awareness of the uniqueness of Pontocaspian biodiversity and the current biodiversity crisis in different target groups. (2) Collect data on recent distribution of the Pontocaspian, Marine, Freshwater and invasive mollusk species in Northern Black Sea through the joint efforts of citizen scientists. This will help us update our distribution maps on our taxonomic platform: PC-Tax (www.mollusca.myspecies.info) whereupon we will be able to identify the areas of follow up action.
We are very pleased that WWF Ukraine has become a partner in PRIDE. WWF Ukraine will be advisor to our PRIDE project. WWF Ukraine Project officer for Danube/Freshwater Ms. Nataliia Gozak will be advising us on outreach activities in general and will help us organizing outreach activities in Ukraine.
Nataliia Gozak is also involved in the Life for Danube Sturgeons (LIFE+ project). Nataliia Gozak aims to enhance inter-project cooperation, networking and leveraging the results in both the Sturgeons and PRIDE project.
The Life for Danube Sturgeons project for “Sustainable protection of lower Danube sturgeons by preventing and counteracting poaching and illegal wildlife trade” is coordinated by WWF Austria and implemented in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine from October 2016 until December 2020. The project is financed with the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community and by WWF.
This is a follow up of the Sturgeons - protect Danube's treasures project for “Joint actions to raise awareness on overexploitation of Danube sturgeons in Romania and Bulgaria” that ran from July 2012 to September 2015 and aimed to tackle overfishing, the main direct threat to the survival of Danube sturgeons.
We are very happy to announce that SSC-RAS and CEREGE have become partners in the PRIDE programme in March 2017. The Southern Scientific Centre of Russian Academy of Sciences (SSC RAS) will be represented by dr. Vadim Titov. He will help us organize the Network Training Event in Rostov on Don and Astrakhan in August 2017, together with prof. Tamara Yanina of the Lomonosov Moscow State University.
CEREGE, Centre Europeen de Recherche et d'Enseignements des Geosciences de l'Environment, in Aix-Marseille, will be represented by dr. Francoise Chalie and prof. Suzanne Leroy. They will be program advisors and Manuel Sala Perez will join them on his secondment at CEREGE.