iAtlantic 1st General Assembly (kick-off meeting)

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Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

81 Holyrood Road



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The 1st General Assembly and kick-off meeting of the iAtlantic Project will take place in Edinburgh from 17-20 June 2019. BY INVITATION ONLY

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(A full agenda will be made available in the coming weeks)

MONDAY 17 June

7pm - Delegates welcome, informal drinks at the hotel


8:30 - Registration

9:45 am to 4pm - Plenary sessions

VIP Welcome & Opening Address

WP5 Spatial and Temporal Management and Protection (Telmo Morato, Pat Halpin & Kate Larkin)

WP1 Atlantic Oceanography and Ecosystem Connectivity(Arne Biastoch & Didier Jollivet)

WP2 Mapping Atlantic Ecosystems(Veerle Huvenne & Colin Devey)

WP3 Drivers of Ecosystem Change and Tipping Points(Lea-Anne Henry & Marjolaine Matabos)

WP4 Impact of Multiple Stressors(Andrew Sweetman & Marina Carreiro-Silva)

WP6 Capacity Building, Policy, Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach(Vikki Gunn & Sebastian Unger)

WP7 Data Management(Tina Dohna)

WP8 Coordination & Management(J Murray Roberts, Angel Perez, AJ Smit)

Advisory Board & Science Council(Phil Williamson & Gordon Paterson)

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Excursion to Arthur’s Seat & Salisbury Crags (weather permitting)

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm - Reception and/or dinner


8:45 Registration

9:45 am to 1.15pm - Plenary sessions

Role of WP leaders, Regional & Cruise Coordinators (J Murray Roberts)

SW Atlantic Coordination(Angel Perez)

SE Atlantic Coordination(AJ Smit)

NW Atlantic Coordination(Ellen Kenchington)

NE Atlantic Coordination(Stefán Ragnarsson)

Belem Statement session(John Hanus, Sigi Gruber, Andrei Polejack , Yonah Seleti)

iAtlantic Expedition Coordination(Covadonga Orejas)

Role of Innovation & Exploitation Manager

2:30 pm to 5.30 pm - Break-out groups

BG1: N Atlantic Coordinators (Ellen K, Stefan R, Angel P, Albertus S)

BG2: Arne Biastoch (Geomar) WP1Parallel: Advisory Board meeting

BG3: WP4 Marina and Andrew Sweetman + Telmo for WP5 linkages

BG4: WP3 Lea-Anne Henry + Telmo for WP5 linkages

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Steering Committee meeting

7.30 pm - Dinner 9pm – 11pm - Scottish Ceilidh


9:00 am to 1.30pm Break-out groups

BG5: Veerle Huvenne workshop

BG6: Tina Dohna WP7

BG5: Continuation of Veerle Huvenne workshop

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm - Summary and actions arising from Break-out groups

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Summary and actions arising from Break-out groups, initial planning General Assembly meeting venues


Accommodation in Edinburgh must be arranged and paid for by delegates.

*Please note that the Eventbrite tickets show up as ‘FREE’ but accommodation expenses are not included*.

We advise delegates to make their own arrangements for accommodation in Edinburgh as soon as possible as Scotland’s capital city is really busy with visitors in the month of June.

We recommend accommodation is booked at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, which is the venue for the event. We have a limited number of allocated rooms for delegates. The Macdonald Holyrood is a 4-star hotel , features an award-winning restaurant and spa and is situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, adjacent to the Scottish Parliament and Dynamic Earth. Address is: 81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU


Delegates will be able to book accommodation at a fixed rate of £135 (bed and breakfast, en-suite rooms). Lunch and dinner at the hotel are included for all delegates attending the conference.

Rooms will be allocated on a first come first serve basis so please book promptly to avoid disappointment if you would like to stay at the venue.

To book accommodation, please contact the hotel directly either by:

PHONE: 0344 879 9000 / +44 131 550 4500 (international calls)



Please quote corporate/promotion code: UNIV180619

Credit/Debit card details will be required at time of booking to secure the accommodation.

* Please do not try to book ONLINE as you will get an error message saying there are no rooms available even though the hotel has reserved a number of rooms for this event.

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