Dr. Danish Ali Ahmed, Assistant Professor at the Mathematics & Natural Sciences Department at GUST and member at Center for Applied Mathematics and Bioinformatics (CAMB) was invited to attend the InvaCost workshop near Paris, France, during Nov 2019.
Out of 130 applicants, 47 scientists were selected from 23 different countries, to analyse the InvaCost database - the most up-to-date, comprehensive compilation of economic cost estimates associated with biological invasions. Dr. Danish was the only attendee based in Kuwait, and more broadly, the middle east region. The workshop was organized and directed by Prof. Franck Courchamp, a prominent scientist who is at the forefront in the study of invasive species. Since the original meeting, the InvaCost community has now grown to 93 collaborators from 39 countries. These include ecologists, economists, statisticians, biodiversity managers, and in the case of Dr. Danish, a mathematical modeller/ecologist. These experts work on various taxonomic groups, encompassing all terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems affected by biological invasions.
To date, this cohort of researchers are collectively working on 64 different papers, of which 14 have been published and another 20 are currently submitted. In particular, this collaborative effort led Dr. Danish to publish two papers in a high impact peer reviewed journal, i.e., the ‘Science of the Total Environment’ journal (Q1, Impact factor 6.55):
Cuthbert RN, Pattison Z, Taylor NG, Verbrugge L, Diagne C, Ahmed DA et al (2021). Global economic costs of aquatic invasive alien species. Science of the Total Environment, In Press.
Dr. Danish commented: ‘‘Although attending research conferences is very important for disseminating research results, participating in workshops of this kind should also be highly encouraged. This opportunity has further extended my network of colleagues, and opened the door for collaborative work on many future projects. The InvaCost workshop is a perfect example of how highly intensive collaborative efforts that bring together scientists from multi-disciplinary backgrounds from all corners of the globe are extremely important for the advancement of science.’’
The InvaCost workshop was sponsored by INEE CNRS (PEPS ECOMOB) and by the AXA Research Fund (Invasion Biology Chair of the University Paris Saclay, France) and is part of the InvaCost and AlienScenario programs.
For more details on the workshop, please see the short communication article: https://neobiota.pensoft.net/article/55260/list/9/