Before attending the symposium there were 2 obstacles to take: Waiting before it was safe again to fly from north-europe after the gigantic ash clouds following the eruption of Eyajallajokull. And secondly, getting my businessvisa (3 days at the visa office) from the Indian Ambassy in The Hague. But the day before departure I finally received the visa and planes were flying again, so Goa, India, here I come!
After 2 days of pre-symposium workshops on stabile isotopes, south (-east) asia, and opportunities to include dugongs in turtle research, the main symposium began. After a very interesting talk of Teresa Alcoverro on Turtle Grazing, it was time for my first presentation for the 700 seaturtle people in the ecosystem functioning session (invitation only). Based on a lot of positive feedback afterwards the talk was very succesfull. Attending the symposium, its many interesting presentations and meeting so many seaturtle people from around the world motivated me a lot. Thank you all!