The first ABATE field school (in an anticipated annual series that will be rotated among North America, Europe, Asia and Africa) was held at the Abisko Scientific Research Station in Sweden. The station is situated on the south shore of Lake Torneträsk, about 200 km north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden (68ᵒ21’N, 18ᵒ49’E). From August 16-22, 11 ABATE students, lead by 7 instructors from Western and York Universities in Canada, Umeå University in Sweden, and San Francisco State University in the U.S. participated in the field school. It facilitated interdisciplinary learning on the science of algal blooms, discussing theory, demonstrating techniques and comparing systems from participating countries. The field school was highly interactive, with discussions contributing to the project design of student research projects and highly collaborative providing opportunities for students to extend their research productivity.