Arrecife, Lanzarote (Canary Islands, Spain)
17 – 20 April 2018

Conference Scope and Topics

The PREFACE project is funded under the European Union 7th Framework Programme to improve our understanding of the functioning of the tropical Atlantic climate, and to enhance our capabilities to predict it and its impacts, with a particular focus on Atlantic African fishing communities. During the past 4 years, this large project has brought together 28 partners across 18 countries in Europe and Africa with expertise in oceanography, climate modelling and prediction, and fisheries science, and 3 associate partners directly involved in achieving the sustainable management of the three Eastern boundary large marine ecosystems of the tropical Atlantic. An open science conference will be held jointly with the final project assembly to mark the end of this highly successful project.
The aim of the conference is to bring together those working on tropical Atlantic climate and its impacts, especially on the marine ecosystem and fisheries. We thus welcome contributions from the wider scientific and other stakeholder community, as well as from the PREFACE team, in the following broad areas:
Key oceanic processes in the Tropical Atlantic, observations and modelling
We welcome contributions from observations and modelling of key ocean processes, covering the upper ocean heat and freshwater balance, equatorial and coastal upwelling, equatorial and coastal wave processes, exchange between the open ocean and coastal seas, coupled ocean-atmosphere dynamics or physical-biogeochemical/biological coupling. Contributions on the evolution, gaps and future perspectives of the tropical Atlantic observing system and on improvements and limitations of forced ocean models may contribute to this topic as well.
Climate variability, modelling and prediction
Despite progress in our understanding of tropical Atlantic variability (TAV), key uncertainties still exist. We welcome contributions on the various modes of TAV, on their underlying dynamics, teleconnections, and predictability. Particularly welcome are studies on understanding and reducing model systematic error in the tropical Atlantic, and on climate prediction.
Marine ecosystems, fisheries and climate change
Land use and fisheries are primary sectors in the response of African Atlantic societies to climate change. We welcome contributions on ecosystem processes and on how they are impacted on by climate variability, and will be altered according to future climate conditions. Also sought are contributions on regional climate change and the uncertainties linked to mean state errors. Finally contributions on the socio-economic impacts of climate variability and change on the fisheries sector are highly welcome.

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Important dates
Abstract submission: CLOSES ON MARCH 4th.
Registration: Opening soon. If you need to register now for visa or other urgent matters, please contact: mahaut.vareilles(at)
Final Conference: Tue. 17th – Fri. 20th April 2018 (registration desk opens Monday 16th afternoon).
Icebreaker:: Tuesday 17th April.
Science-Policy event: Thursday 19th April.
Networking Dinner: Thursday 19th April.

Registration and Abstract Submission
To submit an abstract, click here. You will be notified of acceptance/rejection shortly after submission deadline.
To register, click here.

Meeting venue
The Open Science Conference and Final Assembly will take place in [ADDRESS tbc] Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Spain). The conference will have a plenary format and oral presentations will take place in [tbc]. Posters can be found at [tbc]. Registration will take place from 8:00-9:00am each day in front of the room for plenary. Registration will also be possible on Monday 16th afternoon [time and location tbc]. Lunch will be served [here] and coffee breaks [here].
Preliminary Agenda
Map and more information available [HERE] coming soon

All participants need to arrange for their own accommodation. Below is a small selection of recommended hotels nearby. We also recommend checking airbnb and booking as there are many affordable apartments and rooms in Arrecife. Accommodation can also be found in nearby areas, such as Costa Teguise or Puerto del Carmen, but you will need to check public transport options or car rental. You are encouraged to reserve your room as soon as possible to get the best rates.

  • Lancelot (3 stars): Offer a special price for conference participants of 75€ double room/65€ single room. Offer valid only while supplies last.
  • Hotel Diamar (3 stars): Offer a special price for conference participants of 66€ double room/55€ single room. Offer valid only while supplies last.
  • Gran Hotel (5 starts): Offer a special price for conference participants of 95€ double room/85€ single room until 28th February.
  • “Albergue La Santa” is very affordable but 30 min (by car) to 60 min (by bus) away from Arrecife, on the west coast of Lanzarote. There are bus connections from La Santa to Arrecife at 07:00/08:00/09:00…and return Arrecife-La Santa at 15:45/17:30/19:00/20:30

Do not hesitate to contact the local organisation [contact info] in case you need help.

The venue can be reached (coming soon)
Travelling by airplane
To find your flight you can compare prices on
For those who wish to compensate for meeting/travel-associated carbon emissions the following links may be helpful. Be aware that PREFACE has no association with any of these providers and that the list represents an exclusive selection of examples:

Find out if you need to apply for visa. Even if you do not need to, make sure that your passport/ID card is valid for at least 3 months beyond your visit.
Further Questions?
If you should encounter any difficulties or have further questions about the meeting, please contact the organising committee: prefaceproject(at)

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We would like to thank Elena Mateos Medero and the Cabildo de Lanzarote for hosting and co-organising the conference and Final Assembly with the PREFACE Office. We are very grateful also to IRD for their generous support. And a special thanks to Belén Rodríguez de Fonseca, Elsa Mohino and Teresa Losada from UCM, and Patrice Brehmer from IRD, for valuable support in organisation.