By Blaize Denfeld
A little less than a month has passed since the GLEON 19 meeting—despite the busy holiday season and the year coming to an end—GLEON members have kept the G19 momentum going through social media as a platform to share their G19 experience (including Facebook, Twitter, blogs and press releases galore!) and by furthering the scientific ideas developed at the meeting through data requests and follow-up project and working group calls.
Asked on the GLEON Facebook page to describe the meeting in just one word, attendees replied with “awesome,” “productive” and “inspiring.” We created word clouds using the abundant word data from descriptions on social media and follow-up messages posted to the GLEON_all listserv.
The GLEON 19 meeting was successful in bringing together an enthusiastic and diverse group of nearly 250 freshwater researchers representing 31 countries around the world. About half of the attendees were attending their first GLEON meeting. There were about equal numbers of men and women from various career stages, including faculty and senior researchers (44 percent), postdoctoral researchers (15 percent), graduate and undergraduate students (27 percent) and others (13 percent). There was a record high, 109 posters presented at G19 meeting, of which half were presented by students, including about a dozen undergraduate students involved in GLEON research collaborations.
The buzz of ideas generated at the G19 meeting was inspiring, with over 250 tweets made during and immediately after the meeting. By Thursday afternoon, during the report back session, in addition to the eight working groups defined at the start of the week, an additional 30 ad hoc groups and project teams met during the meeting on topics including the impacts of road salt use, harmful algal blooms, methane in lakes, winter limnology, expanding the global lakes database, dry-flux, arts and science, social science, communications, and modeling. There were even groups discussing shallow lakes and subtropical lakes.
As we soon start a new year, we hope the GLEON 19 momentum continues. And of course, we are looking forward to seeing many of you next year at the GLEON 20 meeting, to be held on Rottnest Island near Perth, Australia, 3-7 December 2018.
Blaize Denfeld is currently a postdoc at Umeå University, Sweden and previous chair for the GLEON Student Association.