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Reflections from ClimBEco summer meeting 2022

Several people on an almost white beach listening to a person talking. Photo.

After this summer meeting, one cannot understate the importance of and unmistakeable delight in meeting in-person after a long, pandemic-sized hiatus.

On the shores of the Baltic Sea, in the crisp early autumn of Skåne, a group of 28 ClimBEco PhD students spent two nights and two days getting to know one another and learning about the topic of sustainable coastal environments. Hosted by the Simrishamn Marint centrum, we engaged intellectually with the area’s unique geology, coastal engineering practices and fishery perspectives. We engaged emotionally with an imagined future of Skåne’s coast through the soundwalk Farewell Falsterbo and engaged our taste buds with the local cuisine. Finally, but definitely not least, we engaged personally with each other and our surroundings during excursions, morning exercises and evening strolls along the harbour.

Here are reflections from a few participants:

“I know much more about problems, solutions and emotion surrounding marine coastal ecosystems after this meeting. I’ve gained a lot of insight into the nuances.”

A large room full with people sitting and listening to a presenter. Photo.

“The best part of the meeting was getting to know and talk to other PhDs in similar fields, and the food was really nice!”

“The fieldtrip to Knäbäckshusen focusing on coastal erosion was the best part of the meeting.”

A red-brown two stories building by the sea. Photo.

“I felt both motivated and pampered during the meeting!”

Thank you warmly to everyone who contributed to making this event a joy and a success!

The next ClimBEco meeting is scheduled for 11-12 January 2023 at Elite Hotel Ideon in Lund. There, PhD students will present their research to one other and continue to foster and develop a common ClimBEco identity.

Cheryl Sjöström, ClimBEco coordinator
October 2022