Save the date - GEANS Stakeholder workshop Advances in DNA-based methods for marine management questions 26 October 2022 (9:30 – 13:00 CET)

13 September 2022 - Published by Nele Jacobs
Are you involved in ecosystem health management or responsible for setting out environmental impact assessments or commissioning tenders? Are you interested what the possibilities of DNA-based monitoring are for assessing ecosystem health, NIS monitoring, impact monitoring or biodiversity monitoring? Then this GEANS workshop might be of interest to you!

On Wednesday 26 October (9:30-13:00 CET), the GEANS consortium is organizing a workshop to present the advances in DNA-based monitoring based on the pilot projects conducted within this Interreg North Sea Region project. These pilot projects are examples from the real world showing how molecular tools can be used or introduced in marine management and the considerations involved. Additionally, there will be testimonies from marine managers with experience in the use of DNA-based methods for some of their management questions. Lastly, GEANS partners would like to discuss where you as managers see opportunities and what your concerns are. We really look forward to interact!

Practical information


9:15 – 9:30: Welcome and coffee for the on-site participants

9:30 – 9:50: Welcome to the online participants and introduction to GEANS objectives and overall results - Annelies De Backer - ILVO

A presentation introducing the Interreg North Sea region project, its objectives and the main outcomes so far.

9:50 - 10:05: DNA-based marine biodiversity monitoring with relevance to directives - Matthias Obst - SeAnalytics and Peter Stæhr – Aarhus University

A joint presentation on the use of DNA-based monitoring of marine biodiversity in hard bottom habitats in the light of the needs and requirements for national reporting and MSFD.


10:10 - 10:25: Use of DNA-based methods for ecological impact assessment in the marine environment - Sofie Derycke - ILVO

A presentation on the use of standardized DNA-based methods for monitoring biodiversity in soft sediment habitats and their application to assess impact of sand extraction and offshore wind farm exploitation.


10:30 - 10:45: DNA-based monitoring for marine Non-Indigenous Species (NIS)  - Pascal Hablützel - VLIZ

A presentation on the sensitivity, accuracy, costs and required resources for DNA-based monitoring in support of early detection and management of NIS.


10:50 – 11:05: Towards zero-impact North Sea reef monitoring using environmental DNA - Reindert Nijland - WUR

A presentation on the use of eDNA analysis for the detection and monitoring of artificial and natural reefs in the North Sea, with a focus on the effect of sampling distance on reef detection.


11:10 – 11:30: COMFORT BREAK

11:30 – 11:45: Application of DNA-based tools for monitoring and management of Non-Indigenous Species in the Danish seas Martin S. Jørgensen - Danish EPA


11:50 – 12:05: The use of DNA-based methods for management of Swedish water Erland Letteval – Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management


12:10 – 12:45: Poll & discussion on potential implementation and application for management - Silvana Birchenough – CEFAS

The discussion is kicked off by a short introduction on what we have learned. An interactive poll and discussion will focus on why you would or would not use DNA-based methods, what is still needed for implementation and what are opportunities or concerns for operational management.

12:45 – 12:50: Closing remarks



Online (zoom link will be provided later on) or @Aarhus University, room A1.20, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde.


For who?

Everyone involved in daily operational marine management related to ecosystem health, marine conservation, NIS, impact assessment, MSFD and other European directives,...

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