It was a sunny November afternoon at La Salada, a shallow lake, when we said our goodbyes to the GLEON 15 meeting participants. From the 4th of November to the 8th, 2014, the meeting was held mainly in the city of Bahía Blanca, Argentina.
It was an extremely fun, productive and successful meeting of the minds and of old and new friends. On Monday, the pre-meeting GSA Workshop started the week-long meeting, where researchers and postdocs joined 56 students from diverse countries such as China, Brazil, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and USA, as well as Argentina.
The next day through the end of the week, workshop attendees were joined by the rest of the participants for the GLEON 15 meeting. 145 researchers, students, postdocs, program managers, and science writers from five continents attended the meeting. The following infographic shows the participation statistics for Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America, and Central and South America.
During the meeting, several lake science topics were discussed. Among them were GLEON’s data sharing policy, infrastructure (DataOne and CUASHI), and format of that data. People divided into working groups and made progress on their previous unfinished projects or put their minds together to think of new unanswered research questions. Working groups included topics like microbiology, information technology (IT) and data management, lake physics and modeling, as well as signal processing, among others.
Not only was science discussed and shared during the meeting, but participants also enjoyed several hours of recreational time where we played soccer, cards, walked, ran, and visited different sites in the city of Bahía Blanca. On the last day of the meeting, we traveled south to La Salada shallow lake and shared a typical Argentinian asado (called barbeque in other parts of the world) while we enjoyed Argentinian folk music and delighted ourselves with the beautiful views of the lake. In the meantime, boats carried participants to visit the Instituto Argentino De Oceanografía’s (IADO) buoy moored in the lake.
Every GLEON meeting has similarities and differences. The countries, cultures and activities vary, but at the heart of each gathering, we are constant in the pursuit of our goal to share information, interpret high-frequency data from lakes and learn from each other without concern about whether you are a student or a faculty researcher.
We are looking forward to our next GLEON meeting in Canada!