Ecopath Research and Development Consortium

The Ecopath Research and Development Consortium is a supporting, cooperative network focused on the research, development and sustainability of the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) approach and software, its information basis, and complementary activities and capabilities. The Consortium is a non-commercial activity that is operated on a not for profit basis. It is the aim of the Consortium to distribute the core software and its source code freely and to practice an open-source software development by peer collaboration and production.

Developments and announcements

About the Consortium

  • The Ecopath Research and Development Consortium was established in Vancouver, Canada, in October, 2011.
  • The Consortium is a global, cooperative network focused on the research, development and sustainability of the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) approach and software, its information basis, and complementary activities and capabilities.
  • The Consortium is a non-commercial activity that is operated on a not for profit basis.
  • The objective of the Consortium is to contribute to the sustainability of living resources and ecosystems by developing, applying, teaching, and promoting modelling and analytical tools, with a focus on the EwE modelling approach. The work is done as a cooperative effort between research, technical, and educational entities from around the world.
  • The Consortium has as its aim to advance the development of EwE, to provide value to the users of the software, and to contribute to research and development of ecosystem-based management with a focus on EwE’s contribution to this.
  • The Consortium is organized in an Executive Board, Regional Offices, a Technical Committee, a General Assembly, and a series of Working Groups.
  • The Consortium is governed by an Executive Board and composed of registered Members.

Activities supported by the Consortium include:

  • Maintain, further develop, and disseminate the EwE software and associated structures
  • Develop and promote curricula for related training courses
  • Develop and evaluate professional standards and best practices for EwE modeling
  • Support research and development activities through working groups and projects

Contributing to the consortium:

Support to the Consortium can be provided by members through (i) assigning personnel to develop new or expand on existing modules for the EwE approach and software and/or to support the Regional Offices, (ii) subscribing to software support or fund specific development, (iii) developing training courses with focus on modelling, application and programming of the EwE approach, (iv) organizing, participating in, and promoting EwE conferences.

Joining the Consortium:

Membership to the Consortium is open to any institute, individual or enterprise interested in supporting the Consortium activities and mandate as stated above, and requires signing a Memorandum of Understanding to express the voluntary incentive to support the Consortium mandate. Please contact the consortium if you want to receive further information about the Consortium or you want to become a member.

Members of the Consortium

Current institutional member of the Ecopath Research and Development Consortium are:

Please contact the consortium if you want to receive further information about the Consortium or you want to become a member.

Organization

Executive board, elected May 7, 2012

Chair: Villy Christensen
Vice-chair: Marta Coll
Secretary: Sheila Heymans
Program officer: Steve Mackinson
Members: Francisco (Paco) Arreguin-Sanchez, Rodrigo Bustamante, Lyne Morissette, Lynne Shannon, Beth Fulton, Simone Libralato, Chiara Piroddi

Technical committee

The technical committee oversees and organizes Ecopath with Ecosim software development, and organizes user support and co-development.
Chair: Jeroen Steenbeek
Members: Ekin Akoglu, Joe Buszowski, Villy Christensen,Jerome Guitton, Mark Platts, Frank Poulsen

Documentation working group

The documentation working group manages outreach and promotional activities, maintains the public faces of EwE on the internet, and is planning to take on and revamp the EwE help text once sufficient funcing can be found.
Chair: Jeroen Steenbeek
Members: Francisco (Paco) Arreguin-Sanchez, Rodrigo Bustamante, Villy Christensen, Andres Cisneros, Marta Coll, Mathieu Colleter, Didier Gascuel, Sheila Heymans, Steve Mackinson, Deng Palomares, Lynne Shannon, Maciej Tomczak, Howard Townsend, Audrey Valls

Model repository working group

The model repository working group is building and deploying a new structure to disseminate and distribute EwE models on-line.
Chair: Francisco (Paco) Arreguin-Sanchez
Members: Rodrigo Bustamante, Villy Christensen, Marta Coll, Didier Gascuel, Beth Fulton, Simone Libralato, Lyne Morisette, Lynne Shannon, Jeroen Steenbeek

Training working group

The training working group organizes EwE courses with institutes or on demand from users, and can perform model Quality Assurance assessments on request.
Chair: Sheila Heymans
Members: Francisco (Paco) Arreguin-Sanchez, Villy Christensen, Marta Coll, Didier Gascuel, Sheila Heymans, Steve Mackinson, Kim de Mutsert, Jeroen Steenbeek, Maciej Tomczak, Howard Townsend, Divya Varkey

First General Assembly, May 7, 2012

The first General Assembly of the Ecopath Research and Development Consortium was held the 7th of May 2012 in Edinburgh, before the 6th World Fisheries Congress. Institutes represented were:

  • British Antarctic Survey (UK)
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory (UK)
  • Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mexico)
  • Chaire UNESCO en Analyse Intégrée des systèmes marins, Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (Canada)
  • CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research (Australia)
  • Ecology Department, The Scottish Association for Marine Science (UK)
  • European Commission Join Research Center (Italy)
  • Institute of Marine Science - Spanish National Research Council (Spain)
  • Institute of Marine Sciences Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
  • Instituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (Italy)
  • Pôle Halieutique, Institut Supérieur des Sciences Agronomiques, Agroalimentaires, Horticoles et du Paysage, Agrocampus Ouest-Renne (France)
  • UBC Fisheries Centre, (Canada)
  • University of Capetown, Capetown (South Africa)

Participants of the First Consortium Assembly

Downloads

Agenda
Presentation: Executive board
Presentation: Technical committee
Presentation: Documentation WG
Presentation: Training WG

Establishment meeting, October 17-19th 2011

The Ecopath Research and Development Consortium was established in Vancouver, Canada, in an international meetings held at the University of British Columbia the 17th to 19th October, 2011. Participant institutions to the meeting were:

  • British Columbia Ministry of Environment (Canada)
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory (UK)
  • Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mexico)
  • Chaire UNESCO en Analyse Intégrée des systèmes marins, Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (Canada)
  • Conservation Science Institute (Canada)
  • CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research (Australia)
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada)
  • Ecology Department, The Scottish Association for Marine Science (UK)
  • Ecosystem & Oceanographyq Division. Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (USA)
  • ESSA Technologies (Canada)
  • Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu (Estonia)
  • European Commission Join Research Center (Italy)
  • Fishbase Information Research Group (Philippines)
  • Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Center, Agrocampus ouest, institute for life, food and horticultural sciences and landscaping (France)
  • Fisheries and Ecosystems Ecology Laboratory, College of Marine Science, University of Saint Petersburg (USA)
  • Institute of Marine Science - Spanish National Research Council (Spain)
  • Institute of Marine Sciences Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
  • Instituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (Italy)
  • Louisiana State University (USA)
  • Mountain Soft (Canada)
  • NOAA/NMFS/HC/Chesapeake Bay Office, National Marine Fisheries Service (USA)
  • Spanish National Research Council (Spain)
  • Stockholm Resilience Center and Baltic NEST Institute, Stockholm University (Sweden)
  • UBC Fisheries Centre, (Canada)
  • University of Capetown, Cape Town (South Africa)
  • University of South Florida (USA)

A selection of participants of the first Consortium meeting, October 2011, in Vancouver Canada