European Federation for Freshwater Sciences



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The aims and objectives of the European Federation for Freshwater Sciences are directed towards the promotion of freshwater sciences throughout Europe, through facilitating improved communication and collaboration among scientists, through the convening of scientific symposia (Symposia for European Freshwater Sciences, or SEFS) and other joint meetings and through extending the benefits of learned-society membership to European nations where no such national organisation exists.

Meeting of Representatives

Here you can download the notes from previous meetings of representatives.
News from EFFS 14 writtedn by Prof. Colin S. Reynolds is summarised below.

SEFS 7 in Girona, Spain

The next SEFS meeting will be held in Girona, Spain -

I think that it is a generally-held opinion that we had an excellent SEFS 6 in Romania. Based in the International Conferences Centre, formerly the Sinaia Casino, with its opulent theatre, the remarkable Mirrors Hall and large foyer (which doubled as an informal meeting room and the display of poster presentations), and the adjacent Palace Hotel, all the proceedings were conducted in an atmosphere of elegance and comfort. Over 200 scientists attended, literally, from all over Europe, a few coming from further afield. They were rewarded with a programme of presentations, a majority attaining a commendably high standard; an encouraging number of these came from young scientists, showing doctoral research that was often imaginative and exciting. We were treated to some excellent plenary overviews, making accessible to all the huge progress being made in, for instance, molecular microbiology, and tropical limnology, as well as good presentations directly addressing the conference theme of global environmental change.

Throughout, the organisation was consistently efficient, attentive and, apparently, crisis-free! The excursions were well chosen and hugely enjoyable to those who attended. The food and drink offered at the welcome Reception and, again, at the Symposium Dinner, not to mention the cakes and delicacies served in the coffee breaks, were also excellent. Many people contributed to a thoroughly successful meeting, and they were applauded at the closing ceremony. The warmest appreciation was reserved for the local organising committee and, most especially, for the ever-smiling Geta Rîşnoveanu, whose meticulous planning and unflappable calm were instrumental in creating for us a perfect environment for the business of SEFS.

EFFS Business

Below are appended the notes of the Meeting of EFFS Delegates that was held in Sinaia on 18 August. A summary of these is scarcely called for, beyond drawing to general attention the progress that has been made over the last two years, to the formal federation of the Romanian Ecological Society as the body representing freshwater scientists in its country, of the formal assumption by the new Austrian Limnological Association of the role previously fulfilled by The Austrian Members of SIL, and of the approaches received from the Limnological Societies of the Czech Republic, of Slovakia and of Turkey anticipating federation to EFFS.

Also to be emphasised is the news that the generous invitation of the AIL to host the next (seventh) SEFS meeting in Girona, Spain in 2011, was warmly received and gratefully accepted by the panel of delegates.

Use the website!

I am very keen that the potential of the website ( is developed. I envisaged the advertisement of new courses, research vacancies and appointments on offer – but there is much more that could be done. We could perhaps entertain some blogging of ideas or speculations of the kind that Journal editors are instructed to abhor! All “entries” will be edited to ensure suitability and that content is inoffensive and, for now, should be sent to me.

Colin Reynolds, EFFS Convener
» Notes from 12 July 2007 – DOC-File, 400.5 KB

» Notes from 18 August 2009 – DOC-File, 462.0 KB