When and where: Tuesday, 11 October 2016, Florianopolis, Brazi, 17th International ISSHA Conference on Harmful Algae
Conveners: Elisa Berdalet (Chair), on behalf of the GlobalHAB Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), Henrik Enevoldsen (IOC/UNESCO).
The international HAB research community is invited to actively engage in GlobalHAB. Thus, the Town Hall was a fantastic opportunity to discuss the Scientific and Implementation Plan of the new programme, and to identify ways of dynamic participation.
The Town Hall meeting was aimed to:
Highlight the main pressing issues that face the international harmful algal bloom (HAB) science community, including e.g. toxin-related challenges, impacts of aquaculture on HAB occurrences, the potential climate change impacts on HABs occurrence in freshwater and marine ecosystems, etc.
Identify specific activities to address these topics.
Facilitate interactions among scientists interested in implementing GlobalHAB-related activities
Discuss science/stakeholder forums to assess the potential socio-economic impacts of HAB occurrences and to engage the medical community to improve human health protection.
Foster and develop links with existing international and regional initiatives that have HAB research among their priorities, fundamental for the implementation of GlobalHAB.