Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop The Department of Biology at the University of Malta is hosting the first Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop (MSW 2006) during the period 29th May to 3rd June 2006, at the Corinthia Jerma Palace Hotel in Marsascala. MSW 2006 will bring together seagrass biologists from the Mediterranean region and beyond to discuss current knowledge and present aspects of their latest research. The meeting will be attended by over 110 seagrass experts, most hailing from the Mediterranean region (incuding North African countries, Turkey and Israel).

MSW 2006 will focus on three main themes: (i) Seagrass Biology and Ecology; (ii) Ecosystem Services of Seagrass Beds; and (iii) Monitoring, Management and Restoration of Seagrass Habitat. The meeting will feature over 100 oral and poster presentations on the biology of Mediterranean seagrasses. Three round table meetings, one of which will address topics related to the use of Posidonia oceanica as a bio-indicator in relation to the Water Framework Directive, are also included in the programme. Selected oral and poster presentations will be published as short papers in a special issue of the journal Biologia Marina Mediterranea, while a further selection will be published as full articles in the journal Marine Ecology, An Evolutionary Perspective.

The workshop organisers include Dr Joseph A Borg (Department of Biology, University of Malta) and Dr Giuseppe di Carlo (IAMC-CNR Laboratorio di Ecologia Marina, Palermo, Italy). The meeting is sponsored by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Malta Tourism Authority, Air Malta and SeagrassNet. Further details are available at: http://events.um.edu.mt/msw2006/.