Program Overview


The GLEON 2021 Program Committee is using feedback from last year's GLEON 21.5 Virtual Meeting to refine the program for this year's meeting. The preliminary program includes:

  • Pre-meeting Workshops
  • Working Group and Ad hoc meetings
  • Poster Session and lightning talks (see links below for more information)
  • Daily networking and social activities
  • Plenary talks (see below for a list of plenary speakers)
  • Training on facilitation and participation in productive Working Groups
  • Regional Meetings (free and open to non-registered participants)
  • Virtual Multimedia Art Gallery (see the Call for Visualizations)
  • Discussion on Challenges and Opportunities for Working Groups (see this blog post for background)
Preliminary Program
Registered meeting participants will receive an email a week before the meeting with connection instructions for the GatherTown meeting platform, a detailed program, and other meeting information. Here is a preliminary program to help with planning your schedule for the week of 4-8 October 2021 (or click here for a pdf version updated on 1 October 2021):

Time Date Day Activity Meeting Platform
13:00 UTC 4-10-2021 1 Opening Plenary GatherTown/Zoom
13:30 UTC 4-10-2021 1 Introduction to the Working Groups GatherTown/Zoom
14:30 UTC 4-10-2021 1 Break GatherTown
14:45 UTC 4-10-2021 1 GSA introduction and Poster Session introduction GatherTown/Zoom
15:00 UTC 4-10-2021 1 GSA Networking Activity (all participants) GatherTown
15:45 UTC 4-10-2021 1 Break GatherTown
16:00 UTC 4-10-2021 1 Training: Facilitation and Participation in Productive Working Groups GatherTown/Zoom
17:00 UTC 4-10-2021 1 Live All Hands' Meeting session ends GatherTown
14:00UTC 5-10-2021 2 Day 2: Opening GatherTown/Zoom
14:05UTC 5-10-2021 2 Plenary Talk and Discussion: Igor Ogashawara GatherTown/Zoom
14:35UTC 5-10-2021 2 Poster and lightning talk viewing  GatherTown
15:35UTC 5-10-2021 2 Break GatherTown
15:50 UTC 5-10-2021 2 Networking activity GatherTown/Zoom
16:20UTC 5-10-2021 2 Transition time GatherTown
16:25UTC 5-10-2021 2 Working group session GatherTown
18:00 UTC 5-10-2021 2 Live All Hands' Meeting session ends GatherTown
18:00UTC 5-10-2021 2 Regional meeting for South and Central America GatherTown/Zoom
19:00 UTC 5-10-2021 2 Regional meeting for North America GatherTown/Zoom
09:00UTC 6-10-2021 3 Regional meeting for Asia and Oceania GatherTown/Zoom
12:00 UTC 6-10-2021 3 Day 3: Opening GatherTown/Zoom
12:05 UTC 6-10-2021 3 Plenary: Shin-Ichiro Matsuzaki GatherTown/Zoom
12:35 UTC 6-10-2021 3 Poster and lightning talk viewing  GatherTown
13:35 UTC 6-10-2021 3 Networking activity: Collaborative storytelling GatherTown/Zoom
14:35 UTC 6-10-2021 3 Break GatherTown
14:50 UTC 6-10-2021 3 Working Group Session GatherTown
16:00 UTC 6-10-2021 3 Live All Hands' Meeting session ends GatherTown
10:00 UTC 7-10-2021 4 Day 4: Opening GatherTown/Zoom
10:05 UTC 7-10-2021 4 Plenary: Augusta Umutoni GatherTown/Zoom
10:35 UTC 7-10-2021 4 Networkwide discussion on working group structure GatherTown/Zoom
11:00 UTC 7-10-2021 4 Networking activity: Limno olympics GatherTown/Zoom
12:00 UTC 7-10-2021 4 Break GatherTown
12:15 UTC 7-10-2021 4 Finalizing report backs GatherTown
13:15 UTC 7-10-2021 4 Break GatherTown
13:30UTC 7-10-2021 4 Plenary: Working group report back GatherTown/Zoom
14:00 UTC 7-10-2021 4 Live All Hands' Meeting session ends GatherTown
14:00UTC 7-10-2021 4 Regional meeting for Africa GatherTown
15:00UTC 7-10-2021 4 Regional meeting for Europe GatherTown
10:00 UTC 8-10-2021 5 Day 5: Ad-hoc meeting time* GatherTown
13:30 UTC 8-10-2021 5 Plenary: report back of regional meetings GatherTown/Zoom
14:00 UTC 8-10-2021 5 Break GatherTown
14:15 UTC 8-10-2021 5 Plenary: Ad hoc group report back GatherTown/Zoom
14:45UTC 8-10-2021 5 Plenary: Wrap up and Meeting Survey GatherTown/Zoom
15:00 UTC 8-10-2021 5 All Hands' Meeting ends GatherTown
      *This has been extended by 1 hour, with other times adjusted accordingly  

Virtual Meeting Technologies

GLEON will be using a variety of technologies during the G2021 Virtual Meeting, including GatherTown (for the main meeting platform), Slack (for interactive dialogue), and Zoom (for plenary sessions accessed via GatherTown or Zoom directly).

Click here to learn more about GatherTown, the GLEON 2021 meeting platform.

The GSA communications subcommittee has set-up a Technical Support (#technical-support) channel in the GLEON Slack workspace to provide information and help answer questions about virtual meeting technologies, including an article and "how to" video about how to use Slack that was developed for last year's virtual meeting.

Code of Conduct
Please refer to the GLEON Meeting Code of Conduct, adopted by the Steering Committee in 2019.
Plenary Speakers
Day 2 - Igor Ogashawara
Title: "Monitoring water quality from space - A retrospective and future directions"
Abstract: The use of Earth Observations for monitoring water quality in inland waters has been increasing in the last decades. This talk has the goal to showcase the use of remote sensing for limnological studies to the GLEON community. To do that, a retrospective of the developments in the field in terms of instrumentation and methods will be presented. Additionally, future perspectives, gaps and expected sensors will be introduced during this presentation to improve the relationship between remote sensing and limnology scientists.
Bio: Igor Ogashawara is a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB Berlin). Got his BSc in Geography from São Paulo State University (UNESP), his MSc in Remote Sensing from the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and his PhD in Applied Earth Sciences from the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Igor works on the development of Remote Sensing applications for the monitoring of water quality. 
Day 3 - Shin-Ichiro Matsuzaki
Title: "More frequent monitoring, more advanced analysis, and more extensive collaboration: new attempts from Lake Kasumigaura"
Abstract: In this talk, I focus on how we can further develop the long-term monitoring of lakes. Our institute has monitored Lake Kasumigaura, the second largest lake in Japan, monthly for over 40 years. In the intervening decades, technology, analytical and statistical tools, and open data/science have evolved. I would like to share our new challenges: the start of high-frequency monitoring of Lake Kasumigaura, the application of causality analysis to long-term data, and collaborative research through GLEON. This is just “温故維新 (on-ko-chi-shin in Japanese)”, which means carrying knowledge into new fields while learning from the past.
Bio: Shin-ichiro Matsuzaki (Ichiro) is a researcher at the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan. He leads the long-term monitoring project at Lake Kasumigaura, which has an over-40-year history. His research focuses on how and what kind of human activities change lake ecosystems through long-term monitoring, comparisons, and experiments. He first participated in the GLEON 19 meeting. Since then, he has joined a number of GLEON projects. He studied abroad at the Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison for a year before the pandemic.
Day 4 - Augusta Umutoni
Title: "Monitoring methane gas exploitation in Lake Kivu to preserve its stability and the integrity of its ecosystem"
Abstract: Lake Kivu is a meromictic deep tropical lake (485 m). It is part of the East African Great Lakes, located at 1.463 m altitude, between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It presents various gradients layers of density, salinity, and temperature along its vertical profile, which are responsible of its high stability. The oxic life is restrained to the upper 60 meters, while its deep layers have high concentrations of dissolved methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) gases. With the purpose of reducing the risk of an overpressure gas outburst, and at the same time, solve the energy weighing in the region, Rwanda and DRC decided to exploit methane gas for energy generation.
In 2008, Rwanda started exploitation of methane gas, with a small pilot plant producing 3MW. Since 2016, the first industrial plant is operational, producing of 26 MW. 
In parallel, to ensure safe and sustainable exploitation of methane gas in Lake Kivu, in 2008, with the operationalization of the pilot plant, the Government of Rwanda put in place the Lake Kivu Monitoring Program. The Lake Kivu Monitoring is done by monitoring biological, physical, and chemical properties of the Lake around methane gas extraction facilities and on the whole Lake, and by carrying out regular inspections on methane gas extraction facilities to ensure their safety and compliance with international standards.
The Government of Rwanda and the Government of DRC are working together to harmonize the Lake Kivu Monitoring activities on the whole Lake. 
Bio: Mrs Augusta Marie Christine UMUTONI holds a master’s degree in Physics, she has also post graduate diploma in Management of Environment and Project Management. She initiated the Lake Kivu Monitoring Program while working in the Ministry of Infrastructure in 2008. She has been leading and developing the Program since then, until April 2021.  

Book of Abstracts

The GLEON 2021 Book of Abstracts includes information about poster locations in the GatherTown meeting space. A list of poster presentation locations is also be available.

Updated: 3 October 2021

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