MIDAS at IMCC 2014

News date: 
August 17, 2014

Scientists from the MIDAS partnership presented a series of talks on the project and its objectives during a dedicated symposium session at the International Marine Conservation Congress in Glasgow on 17 August 2014. Held over the course of 5 days, the IMCC conference brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy. The MIDAS session, chaired by the project coordinator Phil Weaver (right), comprised six talks that outlined the major areas of work within the MIDAS programme. Session speakers included:

  • Phil Weaver, Seascape Consultants (on behalf of Dan Jones) "Managing the impacts of deep sea mining"
  • Chris Hauton, U. Southampton "Challenges and progress in determining the toxic effects of deep-sea mining activities"
  • Ana Colaco, IMAR "Open versus fragmented marine benthic habitats, relevant spatial scales to conservation in the face of mineral mining in the deep sea"
  • Ana Colaco, IMAR (on behalf of Andrew Sweetman) "Effects of mineral and hydrocarbon exploitation on deep-ocean ecosystem functioning and services"
  • Stefanie Kaiser, Senckenbeg Institute "Resilience of benthic deep-sea ecosystems to mining-related disturbances: Towards predictions of the spatio-temporal scales of mining impacts in the deep sea"
  • Kristina Gjerde, Wycliffe Management "Progress in developing international regulatory frameworks for deep-sea mineral exploitation: addressing risk, uncertainty and precaution".


Above: Ana Colaco presenting at IMCC 2014