Proceedings of the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology (SIL)

The Proceedings of the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology (SIL) (Verhandlungen der IVL) are the proceedings of SIL's quadrennial international congresses. On the occasion of each international scientific congress four to five volumes with between two and three thousand short papers (extended abstracts) are published which summarize the sessions convened at the congress, marking the state of discussion in these particular fields or subdisciplines of limnology, freshwater science or aqueous ecology.

The Organizing Committee (Chaired by Dr. Yves Prairie) hosted the 30th Congress of the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology at the Palais des Congrès in Montréal, Québec, Canada during 12-18 August 2007. The Congress was attended by some 1200 scientific delegates from over 60 countries. Overall, there were over 1100 presentations (75% oral and the rest as posters) covering the entire spectrum of limnology, from microbial ecology to remote sensing from space. This nearly paper-free green congress included the planting of some 7000 trees necessary to compensate for carbon equivalents of attendees travel. Trees planting occurred in the watershed of a lake known to experience cyanobacterial blooms to reduce external phosphorus loading.

The Baldi Lecture was presented by Dr. Michio Kumagai of the Lake Biwa Environmental Research Institute, Japan and the Kilham Lecture by Dr. Kevin Rogers, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Plenary lectures were presented by Drs. John Downing (Iowa State University, USA), Lauren Chapman (McGill University, Canada), Luc DeMeester (University of Leuven, Belgium), Miguel Pascual (Centro Nacional Patagónico, Argentina) and Diane McKnight (University of Colorado, USA). Numerous workshops by SIL Working Groups and others, were held during the Congress.

Some 360 manuscripts were submitted for publication in Volume 30 of the Verhandlungen. Session chairpersons provided peer review comments for each of the published manuscripts.