Program Overview

GLEON 2023 Virtual Meeting Program Overview
  • Pre-recorded Workshops with live Q&A during the virtual meeting
  • Working Group and Ad hoc meetings
  • Poster Session
  • Daily plenary talks or panel discussions 
  • Informal networking and social activities
  • Training on collaborative science and working group facilitation
  • Regional Meetings 

Click here for the Program Overview (v2023-02-12). 

Preliminary Schedule
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 schedule of live sessions to help with planning your schedule for the week:
  • Day 1 - Monday, 13 February 2023: 13:00 - 17:00 UTC
  • Day 2 - Tuesday, 14 February 2023: 14:00 - 18:00 UTC
  • Day 3 - Wednesday, 15 February 2023: 12:00 - 16:00 UTC. Regional gatherings: 16:00 - 19:00 UTC.
  • Day 4 - Thursday, 16 February 2023: 10:00 - 14:00 UTC. Regional gatherings: 08:00 - 10:00 UTC.
  • Day 5 - Friday, 17 February 2023: 10:00 - 15:00 UTC (unstructured time for ad hoc meetings and workshop Q&A)

Regional Gatherings

As with the previous virtual meeting, Regional Gatherings will be organized to allow for discussion of research topics of regional interest. Registration for the full meeting is not required to attend these gatherings, which are free and open to anyone interested.

  • Regional Meeting for Europe, 16:00-18:00 UTC, 15 Feb 2023
  • Regional Meeting for South and Central America, 18:00-19:00 UTC, 15 Feb 2023
  • Regional Meeting for North America, 19:00-20:00 UTC, 15 Feb 2023
  • Regional Meeting for Asia and Oceania, 08:00-09:00 UTC, 16 Feb 2023
  • Regional Meeting for Africa, 09:00-10:00 UTC, 16 Feb 2023

For more information, contact Elvira de Eyto  or Lorena Silva .

Plenary Speakers
  • Day 1 (13 Feb): Jeni Cross, Director, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Colorado State University. Topic: Boundary Spanning and Inter-Cultural Communication.
  • Day 2 (14 Feb): Dominique Roche, Marie Curie Global Fellow, Carleton University (Can) & Université de Neuchâtel (CH). Topic: Open Data Research.
  • Day 3 (15 Feb): Panelists TBA. Panel Discussion on Challenges and Opportunities for Lake Research in Underrepresented Regions.
  • Day 4 (16 Feb): Julita Dunalska, University of Gdańsk. Topic: Limnology in Poland and Preview of the GLEON 2023 All Hands’ Meeting in Poland.
Plenary Speaker Bios

Jeni Cross
Dr. Cross is the Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University. She is the director of the Team Science Core for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. She and her team have developed a series of team science competency workshops that they offer for Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium sitesacross the country. Her research is published in over a dozen fields of science and she serves as a team science expert to large, international team science projects and institutes working on diverse subjects from public health to biology to machine learning to urban sustainability.
Dominque Roche
Dr. Roche is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at Carleton University (Canada) and the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). His work in meta-research (‘research on research’) examines how open data help improve transparency, reproducibility and collaboration in science. He has published upwards of 20 papers on the importance of research integrity and open science practices in environmental science. He is a co-founder and the 2022 President of the Society for Open, Reliable, and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (
Julita Dunalska
Dr. Dunalska is a full professor, Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, University of Gdańsk, Poland. She is a member of the Polish Hydrobiological Society (PHS), and until 2018, the President of Olsztyn branch of PHS and a PHS Board Member; founding member of the Polish Limnological Society; longtime member of GLEON; member of the National Council of Water Management; member of the UNESCO IHP National Committee; and until 2021, the section editor for the Polish Journal of Natural Sciences. Her main research is in the following areas: improving methods of protection and restoration of lakes and water reservoirs; the study of environmental changes in natural and anthropogenically changed lakes; the studies on the causes and mechanisms of progressive degradation of water bodies with particular emphasis on the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles; transformation of organic matter in surface water in terms of climate change; metabolic characteristics of lakes; and evaluation of factors influencing the size of primary production and respiration in conjunction with the dynamics of nitrogen, phosphorus and organic carbon. She has authored and co-authored 130 papers (including original papers, chapters and monographs) and numerous reports on national and international levels. She was a scholar with the Polish-American Fulbright Commission at the University of Wisconsin, Center for Limnology, in 2008. She is the host of the GLEON 2023 Poland Meeting, 25-30 June 2023 in Ryn, Poland.
Plenary Panel Discussion on Lake Science in Underrepresented Regions
A panel discussion on lake science in underrepresented regions will be on Wednesday, 15 February, 2023 at 12:05 - 13:05 UTC in GatherTown (and Zoom). Panelists include:
Marzi Azarderakhsh
Dr. Marzi Azarderakhsh is an associate professor of Civil Engineering Technology at New York City College of Technology since September 2022. She also holds a joint appointment at the CUNY-Graduate Center in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) as doctoral faculty. Before joining City Tech, Dr. Azar was an assistant and associate professor of civil engineering at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey for eight years. Her research includes using satellite remote sensing, urban heat islands, water quality, and environmental justice research. Dr. Azarderakhsh is a faculty member of the Remote Sensing of Earth System Sciences (ReSESS) and is advising graduate and undergraduate students on various projects including impacts of urban heat island and Harmful Algal Blooms on the underserved communities in New York City and the state Lakes. She is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas and a member of several geoscience related professional societies. In addition, she is also a mentor of the NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) program. She has more than 15 years of experience with satellite remote sensing and geospatial data sets.
Sylvia Bonilla
Sylvia Bonilla has a PhD in Biology and is a Professor at the Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República, Uruguay. Her main interests are planktonic cyanobacteria and freshwater eutrophication. In her studies she integrates eco-physiology, pigment structure and ecology of cyanobacteria to better understand their distribution and success. She also applies basic knowledge for management of aquatic ecosystems, collaborating with environmental agencies. She is the PI of the collaborative international initiative “Cyanobacteria in the Americas” with a focus in South American lakes. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Uruguay and abroad.
Geoffery Chavula
Prof. Geoffery Chavula is Associate Professor in Water Engineering; Former Executive Director of the Shire River Basin Agency (SRBA); Former Director of Centre for Water, Sanitation, Health and Appropriate Technology Development (WASHTED) at the University of Malawi - The Polytechnic. Prof. Chavula is a Former Member of the Regional Technical Committee (RTEC) - Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWP-SA), an organization that promotes Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM); a  Member of the East African Great Lakes Observatory (EAGLO) Network and a member of both Climate Change and Lake Dynamics Groups; Fellow of Leadership for Environment and Development (Cohort 6) - LEAD International; and Member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH). He is also the lead of the ACARE Sponsored Lake Malawi/Niassa/Nyasa Basin Fisheries and Aquaculture Network.
Siddhartha Sarkar
Siddhartha Sarkar is a senior research fellow at the Geosciences Division of the Physical Research Laboratory (Department of Space, Government of India) and a research scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. His primary research is focused on the following: carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry in aquatic systems (saline lakes, high altitude Himalayan lakes, engineered rivers, and Himalayan river-lake continuum); paleo-environmental reconstruction using lacustrine sediments; CO2, CH4 and N2O emissions from dry rivers and lakes; transport and transformation of pyrogenic carbon in aquatic systems. He is a recipient of the University Gold Medal of the Central University of Rajasthan and has qualified several national level examinations like the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Junior Research Fellowship in Earth Sciences, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) in Ecology and Evolution, and the National Eligibility Test (NET) for Assistant Professor in Environmental Sciences. He is a lake enthusiast and is actively involved in several GLEON projects since 2021. He participated in the 42nd Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica to study the carbon and nitrogen dynamics in the lakes of Schirmacher Oasis, East Antarctica.
Virtual Meeting Technologies

GLEON will be using a variety of technologies during the G2023 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 and the GLEON meeting space that will be similar to what was used in 2021.
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. They have also prepared this article and "how to" video about using Slack. 
Code of Conduct
Please refer to the GLEON Meeting Code of Conduct, adopted by the Steering Committee in 2019 and updated in 2022:

Updated: 12 February 2023


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