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
- The second General Assembly of the Ecopath Research and Development Consortium was held the 9th of November 2014 in Barcelona, before the 30 Years Ecopath Conference.
- The Consortium organized the 2014 Ecopath Conference in Barcelona, Spain to celebrate Ecopath 30 years.
- The Consortium established a collaborative software co-development system in May 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.
- The Consortium established a software support system for users in February 2012.
- The Consortium adopted a license model for the EwE software and source code in March 2012.
- 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 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.
Current institutional member of the Ecopath Research and Development Consortium are:
- Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory (UK)
- Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mexico)
- Ecology Department, The Scottish Association for Marine Science (UK)
- Ecopath International Initiative research association (Spain)
- ESSA Technologies (Canada)
- Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu (Estonia)
- FishBase Information and Research Group (Philippines)
- Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Center, Agrocampus ouest, institute for life, food and horticultural sciences and landscaping (France)
- Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (USA)
- Institute for Research and Development (France)
- Instituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (Italy)
- Institute of Marine Sciences, Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
- Institute of Marine Science, Spanish National Research Council (Spain)
- Joint Research Centre, Ispra (Italy)
- Kinneret Limnological Laboratory, Migdal (Israel)
- Louisiana State University (USA)
- M-expertise marine (Canada)
- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (USA)
- The Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center, George Mason University (USA)
- Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
- Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
- Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil)
- University of British Columbia (Canada)
- University of Cape Town (South Africa)
- University of South Florida (USA)
Please contact the consortium if you want to receive further information about the Consortium or you want to become a member.
Executive board, elected November 9, 2014
|Program officer:||Steve Mackinson|
|Members:||Francisco (Paco) Arreguin-Sanchez, Rodrigo Bustamante, Beth Fulton, Gideon Gal, Didier Gascuel, Sheila Heymans, Simone Libralato, Kim de Mutsert, Chiara Piroddi, Lynne Shannon, Marc Taylor, Manuel Zetina-Rejon|
|The technical committee oversees and organizes Ecopath with Ecosim software development, and organizes user support and co-development.|
|Members:||Ekin Akoglu, Joe Buszowski, Villy Christensen, Jerome Guitton, Mark Platts, Frank Poulsen, Carl Walters|
Model repository working group
|The model repository working group is building and deploying a new structure to disseminate and distribute EwE models on-line.|
|Members:||Francisco (Paco) Arreguin-Sanchez, Rodrigo Bustamante, Villy Christensen, Marta Coll, Mathieu Colletier, Beth Fulton, Simone Libralato, Lynne Shannon, Jeroen Steenbeek, Audrey Valls, Sebastian Villasante, Manuel Zetina-Rejon|
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.|
|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, Manuel Zetina Rejon|
Business plan working group
|This WG explores options to secure the long-term sustainability of the EwE approach.|
|Members:||Marta Coll, Gideon Gal, Steve Mackinson, Jeroen Steenbeek|