SFG 110th meeting (Spring 2024)

The 110th SFG meeting will take place on Thursday 25 April 2024 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (BST) as a hybrid event providing the option of attending either in-person at the University of Stirling or joining online via Microsoft Teams.

A foreword from our SFG Guest Coordinator, Tom Leatherland

We rely on our aquatic environments to provide valuable ecological services and maintain biodiversity. However, climate change is adding to the stresses on all water environments and we need to keep abreast of the trends which this may be causing. It’s no secret to anyone who knows my background that I’m a great fan of field measurements and monitoring. Back on land, one of the responses to climate change is an increased emphasis on tree planting. I was therefore pleased to see the range of presentations offered for this SFG meeting, and very much look forward to hearing them.

Agenda – “Celebrating the diversity of freshwater work happening across our SFG community”

09:30 In-person SFG meeting campus registration (prebooked Eventbrite ticket spaces only)

09:55 Online SFG meeting waiting room opens

10:05 David de la Haye – (Newcastle University @DJCdelaHaye) – Botanic Rhythms: Echoes from the pond

10:10 SFG110 Welcome, Theme and Introductions

  • Tom Leatherland and Kerr Adams, Scottish Freshwater Group (@Scottish_FwGrp)

Morning session - chaired by Tom Leatherland, with support from Kerr Adams and Rebecca Lewis

10:20 Lauren Harley (WildFish @WildFishCons) – SmartRivers: The highest level of invertebrate monitoring

10:50 Vasilis Louca and Nasrollah Sepehrnia (University of Aberdeen @aberdeenuni) – Assessing the impact of forestry on water quality in Scotland: A review of modelling capabilities

11:20 Helen Reid (SEPA @ScottishEPA) – Will the river do the work?

11:50 Ayushi Arora (University of Edinburgh @EdinburghUni) – A low cost and easily synthesised Bi-TiO2 solar photocatalyst and its journey from laboratory to field trials

12:20 SFG Poster Presenter Pitches (1 min each)

12:30 Lunch break and poster session (see list below)

Afternoon session - chaired by Tom Leatherland, with support from Kerr Adams and Rebecca Lewis

14:00 Sarah Halliday (University of Dundee @dundeeuni) – The value of water

14:30 Michael Hinchliffe (Edinburgh Napier University @EdinburghNapier) – Multiscale assessment of methane derived carbon in freshwater: From catchment to microorganisms

15:00 Linda May (UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology @UK_CEH) – Mitigating climate change Impacts on the water quality of Scottish standing waters

15:30 Shaini Naha (The James Hutton Institute @JamesHuttonInst) – Using a detailed abstraction database to plan assessing current and future water resources availability in Scotland

16:00 SFG Reflections, Announcements & Meeting Close – with latest updates from the SFG Team

**Followed by a social drink in the Meadowpark Hotel for those SFG members able to join us**

Lunchtime poster presentations

  • Adrian Bass (University of Glasgow @UofGlasgow) – Seasonal decoupling of dissolved black carbon and dissolved organic carbon in a temperate urban catchment
  • Adam Fraser (Cairngorms National Park Authority @cairngormsnews) – Cairngorms Nature Index: The freshwater ecosystem
  • Kirsty MacArthur (Edinburgh Napier University @EdinburghNapier) – Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) ponds environmental conditions impact amphibian presence
  • Sarah Halliday (University of Dundee @dundeeuni) – What lies beneath: Emergent global issues associated with reservoir drinking water provision
  • Susan Cooksley & Julie Rostan (The James Hutton Institute @JamesHuttonInst & University of Aberdeen @aberdeenuni) – River woodlands evidence gaps: Stakeholder insights survey 

All attending SFG members are welcome to bring posters on any topic related to freshwaters along on the day and we will do our best to accommodate them as well. 


Next meeting of the Scottish Freshwater Group will be held on Thursday 24 October 2024. The plan for this event is to proceed as a full-day hybrid SFG meeting agenda.