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Previsional programme

This workshop will be organized over 3 days, around:

  • Sessions presenting MISTRALS main topics and their state of the art, as well as the HOMERE initiative dedicated to Human and Social Sciences;
  • Keynotes speeches on Mediterranean stakes;
  • Prospectives workshops;
  • Special session dedicated to funders, stakeholders and managers putatively involved in the sustainable development of the Mediterranean.

DAY 1 / 30 march 2011

9h30-10h15 : Official opening Session

  • High Representative of Maltese Government
  • High Representative of French Government
  • Dr Juanito Camilleri, Rector of Malta University

10h15-10h45 : Aims of the workshop / international co-construction with MISTRALS

10h45-11h30 : Coffee break

11h30-13h : euro/med organizations in relation to mediterranean sustainability ICSU CIESM Union for Mediterranean

13h-14h30 : LUNCH

14h30-18h30 : Sessions presenting MISTRALS and HOMERE topics and state of the art (co-presentation French / mediterranean)

HyMeX (Hydrological cycle in the Mediterranean eXperiment) aims to improve our understanding of running-water cycle, particularly focussed on evolution and predictability of extreme events in the perspective of climate change.

MERMeX (Marine Mediterranean eXperiment) is focused on the biogeochemical changes that will take place in the Mediterranean Sea due to natural changes as well as the socio-economic impacts, and how they will affect marine ecosystems and biodiversity.

ChArMeX (Chemistry-Aerosol Mediterranean eXperiment) aims to evaluate current situation of the Mediterranean basin atmospheric environment and to anticipate its future development and its impact on regional climate, air quality, marine and continental biogeochemistry.

TERMeX (Terra Mediterranean eXperiment) aims to better understand, in the Mediterranean context, interactions between dynamic processes of the lithosphere, on a short time scale ( 10-1000 years for earthquakes or volcanic eruptions) and on a long time period ( 10e6-7 years for constrains accumulation and resources concentration).

Coffee break

SICMED (Surfaces et Interfaces Continentales Méditerranéennes) is dedicated to the study of eco-anthroposystems of rural and peri-urban areas under present and future climate and man-induced pressures; the impact of climate variability on hydrological and biogeochemical cycles, as well as the social, economic and biotechnological mechanisms associated to these cycles, in order to optimize the management of these systems.

PaleoMeX (Paleo Mediterranean eXperiment) is dedicated to the study of climate change in the Mediterranean area during the Holocene, ie the last 10000 years. Overall, this program proposes to understand the interactions between climate, societies and civilizations of the Mediterranean world during this period of time.

BioDivMex (BioDiversity of the Mediterranean eXperiment) is committed to monitor the specific biodiversity of the Mediterranean area, its vulnerability to anthropogenic and climate pressures, which have multiple and often adverse impacts on the specific Mediterranean habitats and ultimately on the diversity of animal, plant and microbial biosystems.

HOMERE was started as a crosscutting initiative between INSU, INSHS,“Human and Society Sciences Institute” and INEE, “Ecology and Environment Institute) and in partnership with other research organizations. It aims to develop more interdisciplinary researches and to address directly the societal issues related to global climate changes in the Mediterranean Basin.

20h : Reception dinner

DAY 2 / 31 march 2011

Plenaries and workshop day. Keynotes are given as an introduction / reflexion points for the workshops following them.

8h30-10h15 : Keynotes speeches sessions PART 1

  • Livability of the region in the next century
  • Living in the mediterranean cities, from BCE towards 2100
  • Ressources management, from survey to sharing

Coffee break

10h30-13h : Workshops session PART 1, organized by 20/30 people groups

  • Information and communication systems
  • Living resources: agriculture, fishery, farming / food security
  • Territories Culture and societies
  • Water resources and sustainability
  • Air quality

13h-14h30 : LUNCH

14h30-16h30 : Keynotes speeches sessions

  • Land management, optimization
  • Climates and paleo-environment
  • Natural risks in the Mediterranean

Coffee break

17h-19h : Workshops session PART 2, organized by 20/30 people groups

  • Integrated modeling of the mediterranean basin
  • Extreme climatic event/perception/hazards
  • Landscape approach, paleo-environment
  • Observation systems
  • Exploitable natural energetic resources: prospection and exploitation / appraising the impact of the exploitation on their cycle

Workshops reporting working session for the chair-persons

DAY 3 / 1st April 2011

9h00-12h30 : Workshops reporting session (plenary), coffee break within

12h30-14h00 : LUNCH

14h00-17h00 : Special session dedicated to funders, stakeholders and managers putatively involved in the sustainable development of the Mediterranean / Large equipments and observatories, coffee break within