Social events

1. Welcome reception Sunday, 25. August 2019. 19-21 – Emerald room, congress venue, Hotel Esplanade, Mihanovićeva 1, Zagreb, Croatia
2. Public invited lecture (open to public) Monday, 26. August 2019. 19 – 20 – plenary room, congress venue, Hotel Esplanade, Mihanovićeva 1, Zagreb, Croatia

Change of climate and occurrence of extremes

Change of climate is visible not only in the atmosphere but also in many other parts of the climate system – for example, in oceans, seas, lakes and rivers. Moreover, the change of the mean state of Earth’s fluids is accompanied by a change in the occurrence of extremes and the latter is usually more worrisome than the slow variability of averages.
In the past, air temperature varied on time scales ranging from millennial to decadal and below. Over the twentieth century, global air temperature rose by approximately 0.8 ºC, which was mostly due to anthropogenic emission of greenhouse gases but was additionally influenced by natural processes. Also considerable was spatial variability of the air temperature increase, implying a change in the atmospheric dynamics and in the development of extremes. With the aim of preparing global and regional air temperature projections, models are developed and tested on past time series. They show that a global air temperature rise of 2.6–4.8 ºC could be expected by the end of this century, if the emission of greenhouse gases continues without restrictions. Observations and modeling are also used to investigate precipitation variability in the past and its expected change in the future.
When considering the oceans, of particular interest is variability of sea level, which has been occurring for hundreds of thousands of years and has brought about global sea level rise of approximately 17 cm over the twentieth century. In the Mediterranean Sea, sea level rose more slowly for a while but has accelerated recently. Again, modeling is used to reproduce observations and to prepare projections of global and regional sea level rise. The global rise is expected to amount to 45–82 cm by the end of the present century, if emission of greenhouse gases is not considerably reduced. Occasionally, the sea overflows the coast even today, particularly during storm surge events. The flooding endangers various places around the world, the best known recent events being those in New Orleans (2005), Myanmar (2008), New York (2012), Philippines (2013), and various Adriatic towns (2008, 2012, 2018). Due to the sea level rise, flooding events will intensify in the future.
As for the lakes and rivers, investigation of their response to climate change is presently gaining momentum. Thus, for example, it has been shown that the flow through Plitvice Lakes in Croatia diminished during the past decades and that the regime of riverine floods in Europe has changed since the mid-twentieth century.

About the invited speaker:
Mirko Orlic obtained Ph. D. at the University of Zagreb where he works as a professor of geophysics. Also, he is a full member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the president of the Croatian Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics. Visited several oceanographic institutes in Europe, worked as a visiting scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (La Jolla, Ca, USA). Initiated and led a series of physical oceanographic experiments in the Adriatic; since 1983 supervises tide gauge station at Bakar. Participated in a number of projects, led five national projects and eight international projects. Major research interests include physical processes in the sea, atmosphere-sea interaction and methods of data analysis. Thus, for example, he investigated the currents and circulation of the Adriatic Sea, worked on the formulation of a method that enables global sea levels to be related to global temperatures and contributed to the development of partial wavelet analysis that has recently found application not only in geosciences but also in economy. Authored and co-authored more than 80 refereed publications, more than 140 conference communications and a book on weather and climate of the Adriatic area. The publications have up to now received more than 1700 citations. Was editor of Geofizika, three conference proceedings and a book, guest editor of Journal of Geophysical Research and Journal of Marine Systems. Obtained the Fulbright Award, the Croatian State Science Award and the Croatian Academy Science Award.

10-10:30 plenary room, congress venue, Hotel Esplanade, Mihanovićeva 1, Zagreb, Croatia

4. EPC7 Auction, Thursday 27. August 2019. 19 -21 plenary room, congress venue, Hotel Esplanade, Mihanovićeva 1, Zagreb, Croatia

Tuesday, 27. August 2019, plenary room, hotel Esplanade
Spend time together, meet people, have fun, buy something unusual, support EPC7 student grants & awards
Take something from your lab/home/country; what you can offer during Auction. At least one item, but can be more.
Example: herbarium sheet, old (or new) book which you have in double, unique chocolate from your town, photo of someone (taken before 30years) which that person would like to buy, specific beer-can, T-shirt of your institution,…
Think about starting price 🙂
We will organise all other thinks in situ!
There will be also a competition among participants – what will be the item with the greatest final Auction price!

See you on never-to-be-forgotten EPC7 Auction!​

6. Science meets art - Exhibition opening, Wednesday 28. August

Science meets art event consits of three projects that will be exhibited on three diffent locations in galleries. The finnal exhibition set up will be updated before the congress. The exhibitions are organised by the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, and the Croatian Botanical society is a synergy between science and art that brings together scientists and artists, professors and students, modern technology and various artistic techniques.

About the exhibition: “The Beauty in Detail, Transformation and Structure – Adriatic Coccolithophores” and “The Beauty of Diatoms”,
The scanning electron microphotographs of coccolithophorids that will be exhibited were taken from samples collected in a study which was carried out in the winter and summer of 2013 in the Šibenik aquatorium and the River Krka Estuary, eastern Adriatic Sea. The research is a co-operation between the University of Uppsala, University of Oslo, Faculty of Science University of Zagreb and Rudjer Bošković Institute. The scanning electron microphotographs of diatoms were taken from samples collected during spring and autumn 2017 at the freshwater course of the River Krka, from the beautiful karst Krka River springs near Knin, under the Topoljski slap waterfall to River Krka Estuary. This research is a co-operation between the Krka National Park, University of Skopje, Faculty of Science University of Zagreb and Rudjer Bošković Institute.
These microphotographs of coccolithophores and diatoms were the inspiration for Academy of Fine Arts University of Zagreb students in the art techniques of painting, sculpture, graphic and glass and many more
With the synergy of art and science, scientists are given the opportunity to reveal the beauty in details invisible to the human eye, while the artists get the opportunity to see the dimension of life manifested in the perfection of natural forms and structures. It was observation of the natural environment that gave rise to the first impulse for the development of arts and creativity. The coccolithophorids and diatoms presented in this exhibitions have once again shown some of the magnificent natural structures that fundamentally influence the development of artistic expression.
Underlying our familiar world are hidden some extraordinary microstructures that science has revealed and here become the inspiration for new tendencies in experimental kinetic art, basic elements of the visual arts, constructive art and much more that are part of the legacy of 20th century.

7. EPC7 gala dinner and party in the club, Thursday 29. August 2019.

19:30 – 23:00 Gala dinner in Emerald room, congress venue, Hotel Esplanade, Mihanovićeva 1, Zagreb, Croatia

23:00 – 4:00 party in the club, congress venue, Hotel Esplanade, Mihanovićeva 1, Zagreb, Croatia