9th EUROLAG Conference on coastal lagoons and transitional environments

20-24 January 2020, Venice, Italy

About the Conference

Coastal lagoons and estuaries are unique systems that offer a large number of goods and services. They are highly productive and include important fisheries and aquaculture exploitations, playing an important role in biogeochemical cycles, protecting and promoting the genetic diversity of the species that inhabit or use them as refuge or nursery. They are ideal for water sports, having a high tourist and recreational value, and can also be used as mesocosm for scientific research and educational projects. However, for the same reasons, these environments are exposed to many human pressures that could affect their biodiversity, resilience or even the entire functioning of the ecosystems they represent.
Due to the high degree of heterogeneity and complexity of the hydrodynamic and the ecological processes that are inherent to these ecosystems, new research and experience gained through observation networks need to be strengthened to further develop, preserve and manage their potential.


This 9th EUROLAG conference on coastal lagoons and transitional environments is devoted to science, research and management issues that are related to lagoons and transitional areas. It seeks to bring together scientists, managers and stakeholders to discuss new scientific findings and experiences on the knowledge and use of coastal lagoons, from cold-fresh-water Baltic lagoons to the warm-hyperhaline lagoons in the Mediterranean.
In addition to the usual session themes that the conference is dealing with, this year one session is dedicated to European Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and its relations with data FAIRness, given the consideration that the issues connected with these topics will be ever more relevant in the next years, therefore a discussion on lagoons and transitional areas is of high importance.

The symposium will be held in the historic island of Venice (Italy) on 20-24 January 2020 and is organized by the Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR) of the Italian National Research Council, the Consortium for Lagoon Research (Corila), and the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari.

There will be themed sessions and poster events during the 5 days of the conference. The venue will only hold a maximum of 200 people, so early registration is recommended.

The abstract deadline is 30th October 2019. Further information and updates can be accessed here.