NECCTON Stakeholder Workshop

Co-design of future products

Previous events


Interactive Ecosystem Modelling Workshop at AMEMR 2024. 12 July 2024, Plymouth, UK.
NECCTON co organised an interactive ecosystem modelling training workshop was held at Plymouth Marine Laboratory following the AMEMR 2024 Sympoisum in Plymouth in early July 2024. The workshop titled ‘Introduction to new capabilities in marine biogeochemical and ecosystem modelling’ was aimed at scientists of all levels looking to expand their repertoire of models and tools. Participants, comprising Early Career Researchers as well as established scientists, were able to explore ecosystem models of varying complexity (MOPS, ERGOM, ECOSMO, PISCES, iHAMOCC and ERSEM and apply them within water column and global 3D simulations. Unique feature of the workshop was that each model was introduced by one of its authors, developers or main users, who shared their expertise and also supported the practical sessions.

Workshop organisers Dr Jorn Bruggeman, partner at Bolding & Bruggeman ApS and Dr Gennadi Lessin, Marine System Modeller at PML, commented about the workshop:

“It is a huge privilege to be able to share our expertise with others who are keen to learn about amazing new capabilities in ecosystem modelling to help expand their own research. We had a fantastic group of participants and it really made for an exciting and dynamic session. We are very much looking forward to future workshops so if you are interested in learning about state-of-the-art ecosystem modelling in a hands-on way then please get in touch."

“Due to the high level of interest, instead of initially announced maximum of 30, we opened the workshop to more than 40 participants of AMEMR, mostly early-career researchers. It was a great success, and we are grateful to our colleagues from Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, GEOMAR, Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany, Mercator Ocean International for their support in delivery of the workshop”.



Co-design of future products: 28th-29th June 2023

Workshop Outcomes

The ocean’s biodiversity supported the livelihoods of over three billion people, providing vital services, including food and nutrient cycling.

Our objective was to enable Copernicus Marine Service to deliver novel products that informed marine biodiversity conservation and food resources management, by fusing new data into innovative ecosystem models that integrated biological and abiotic components, habitats, and stressors of marine ecosystems.

The workshop gathered key stakeholders, potential users, co-designers, and the scientific teams dedicated to the development of products, to refine the characteristics and specifications of the new products.

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14 July 2024|News

Interactive ecosystem modelling workshop

NECCTON played a key role in the interactive ecosystem modelling training workshop held at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) as a finale to the Advances in Marine Ecosystem Modelling Research (AMEMR) Symposium.

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11 July 2024|News


Many researchers from the NECCTON project have actively participated in the AMEMR 2024 conference (Advances in Marine Ecosystem Modelling Research), sharing exciting results from the first year of our project. 

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24 April 2024|News

NECCTON at the Ocean Decade Conference 2024

The 2024 Ocean Decade Conference, held in Barcelona from April 10 to 12 and co-organized by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO), brought together over 1,500 participants from 124 countries and drew over 3,000 online viewers. Serving as the culmination of Ocean Decade Week with 120 Satellite Events (April 8-12), the conference's main outcome was the Barcelona Statement. This statement outlines priority...

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01 March 2024|News

NECCTON Project Endorsed by UN Ocean Decade Programme

NECCTON Project Endorsed by UN Ocean Decade Programme: Advancing Marine Biodiversity Conservation
The NECCTON is proud to announce its endorsement by the UN Ocean Decade Programme, as a project of the Marine Life 2030 programme, reconfirming its commitment to safeguarding the marine ecosystems. This endorsement signifies a significant milestone in NECCTON's mission to improve the monitoring and management of our...

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06 February 2024|News

NECCTON Releases Best Practices Guide for Model Development

NECCTON is dedicated to enhancing the Copernicus Marine Service, and this week announces the release of its concise guide for biogeochemical/ecological model development. This document outlines practical strategies for model implementation, fostering interoperability across CMEMS Monitoring and Forecasting Centres (MFCs). 

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17 January 2024|News

NECCTON new video

We are pleased to share with you our first project video. This short video introduces the wide range of activities and research developments that will be undertaken by the team, highlighting how they will be useful in support of Copernicus Marine Service and wider user community. 

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24 November 2023|News

Better models for ocean conservation: Horizon Europe guarantee

Through a Horizon Europe guarantee grant, the UK is continuing to provide improved monitoring of the marine ecosystem. 

Around the globe, there’s a growing awareness of the importance of the seas for all life on our planet. And if we are to protect the marine environment accurate monitoring and prediction of its behaviour is crucial, we cannot manage what we do not observe.

In Europe, the Copernicus Marine Service...

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30 October 2023|News

NECCTON's Latest: Reports on Advancements in Key Products

We're pleased to announce the release of a comprehensive series of reports that unveil the innovative products our project aims to develop across various key areas. At NECCTON, we're dedicated to pushing the boundaries of innovation, and these reports underscore our commitment to delivering advanced solutions.

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12 July 2023|News

NECCTON's first Virtual Science Meeting

NECCTON's first virtual science meeting was a great success. Providing an opportunity for the whole team to gather and share details of scientific advancements in the first six months of the project. 

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03 July 2023|News

NECCTON Co-Design Stakeholder Workshop

Last week, the NECCTON Stakeholder Workshop: Co-design of Future Products was held virtually. This two-day workshop took place on June 28th and 29th with the aim of presenting NECCTON's future products and gathering stakeholder needs. The first public event of NECCTON attracted over 100 participants, including key stakeholders, project scientists, and potential users of NECCTON products.

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28 June 2023|News

Advancing the Conservation of Ocean Biodiversity through Copernicus Marine Service Evolution

The New Copernicus Capability for Tropic Ocean Networks project (NECCTON) aims to expand the Copernicus Marine Service product catalogue by delivering new and improved biogeochemical products, by means of new models of higher trophic levels, the benthic habitat, and of marine pollution. Launched in January 2023, the project received funding under a Horizon Europe Call for the evolution of the Copernicus Marine Service and will run...

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