AquaTT Training News - Newsletter 4 2016

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MaCuMBA Project Final Event: Marine Microbiome – Discovery & Innovation


The MaCuMBA project will host a joint industry conference and open science meeting in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany’s leading science and technology park, from 27-30 June 2016. The conference, entitled ‘The Marine Microbiome – Discovery & Innovation’ will focus on the biotechnical applications of marine microbes.

MaCuMBA focuses on increasing the rate of isolation of marine microorganisms using novel high throughput techniques for improved isolation efficiency and cultivation of marine microorganisms and screening for bioactive compounds and biotechnological applications.

The effective transfer of novel research discoveries in the field of marine biotechnology can greatly improve Europe’s capacity to generate new commercial opportunities. This exciting event represents MaCuMBA’s contribution to exploring how the European marine biotech industry could benefit from the latest research results in the area. It will be a platform for research and industry alike to diversify their cross-sectorial knowledge, strengthen their existing partnerships and build new opportunities.

Target outputs of the MaCuMBA project that have potential industrial relevance will be presented and practical commercial development and applications of these outputs will be discussed.

‘The Marine Microbiome – Discovery & Innovation’ should not be missed. The programme will feature: an interactive industry exhibition featuring MaCuMBA ‘hardware’; round table discussions (on the cultivation of microorganisms, the potential of marine microbiology for industry, the future of synthetic microbiology and the global effects of legislation on marine biodiscovery); moderated panel discussions; one-to-one meetings; and excellent networking opportunities.

Registration for this unmissable event is now open. For more information about this event and to register, please visit, or contact

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Turning ABCs into ABSeas – Engaging Education Stakeholders to Bring Ocean Literacy to European Schools

SEACHANGE Full Logo ColourTeachers, educators, outreach workers, curriculum designers, media representatives, government agencies, parents and students across Europe are coming together under the Sea Change project to discuss key issues associated with incorporating topics related to ‘Ocean Literacy’ in European education systems.

Ocean Literacy refers to an understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean.

Sea Change is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project which aims to create a fundamental change in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea. This will empower them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean and seas, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.


As part of its efforts, Sea Change is organising consultations with education stakeholders in eight European countries (Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK) from April to June 2016, to discuss the barriers that exist to teaching 12-19 year-olds about the ocean, and how to overcome them. A one-day workshop will be held in each country to ensure that there is a sufficient dialogue to include all geographical and cultural differences.

Dr Patricia McHugh of the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, who is leading the consultations, explained: “This is not only an opportunity for participants to network, share experiences and discuss barriers with other participants, but also to address causes rather than solutions and be part of the Sea Change project. The consultations facilitate mutual learning between the project partners and stakeholders involved in teaching, education, outreach, curriculum design and policy. They will enable us to create a map of how the barriers are interrelated for each country, which will then be used to guide other project tasks and also be of benefit to the education community.”

The workshops use a facilitation process called ‘Collective Intelligence’ that helps groups deal with complex issues, such as Ocean Literacy, through systems thinking. The barriers to teaching 12-19 year-olds about the ocean will be identified online prior to the workshop.

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Dr Christine Domegan (NUI Galway), EU Lead Methodologist for Sea Change, said: “Collective Intelligence goes significantly beyond asking people for their opinions, it gives stakeholders a voice about the barriers to change, and ownership of and responsibility for solutions. Collective Intelligence is a vehicle to overcome barriers to promote Ocean Literacy across Europe. The structured dialogue, listening and learning in the consultations will empower teachers, educators, outreach workers, curriculum designers, media representatives, government agencies, parents and students from all over Europe to understand their thoughts, beliefs and mental models compared to others. The time and space afforded to participants allows them to clarify their thinking. Looking at the problem and solutions from different perspectives will contribute to a modelled understanding of the complexity, patterns and interlocking elements of teaching 12-19 year-olds about the ocean.”

The results from the consultations will be compared and analysed on a transnational basis in order to identify commonalities and differences across the different regions and cultures in Europe with the aim of establishing a strong strategy for embedding Ocean Literacy into education in Europe.

For more information about the Sea Change project, visit:

For press queries, please contact the project Communications Officer:
Tanja Calis, AquaTT (email:, tel: +353 1 644 9008)



How Many Microplastics are Really in the Sea?

COMMON SENSE Logo RGBThe research team from the EU-funded COMMON SENSE project will soon have a preliminary answer to the question "how many microplastics are really in the sea?". On 15 May 2016, the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing’s (FNOB) boat named "King Fisher" left the harbour of Barcelona and went for a half day tour to measure the concentration of microplastics in the sea within 25 miles of the Spanish coast.

COMMON SENSE is an EU-funded FP7 project, coordinated by LEITAT Technological Center (LEITAT) in Spain, which directly responds to the need for integrated and effective data acquisition systems by developing innovative sensors that will contribute to our understanding of how the marine environment functions. These in situ next generation marine monitoring sensors will increase the availability of standardised data on eutrophication, concentrations of heavy metals, microplastics, underwater noise and other parameters.

The boat that was used to conduct the innovative research, an 18m IMOCA 60 yacht, was equipped with LEITAT's highly sensitive microplastics sensor capable of measuring the amount of microplastics such as Polyethylene terephthalate and polystyrene in the surface water, between 20 cm and 100cm depth.

The exceptional thing about this testing exercise is that the sensors installed on the boat continuously transmitted information via wireless connection to the servers of COMMON SENSE researchers. Data was collected automatically, so the boat's skipper did not need to intervene in the process.

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Partners from LEITAT and FNOB prepare the Microplastics sensor for testing. Credit: FNOB

This experiment will be repeated with a scientific research vessel in a few months in the Baltic Sea, under the guidance of project partners of The Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Science (IOPAN). The microplastics sensor could even potentially sail the high seas if the King Fisher gets selected for the 2016 edition of the "Vendée Globe", an around the world race that starts in November 2016. This means that the King Fisher will sail around the world with its sensors tracking microplastics concentration for the length of its journey.

For more information, visit the COMMON SENSE website



Training Workshop on Entrepreneurship


The TRAFOON project and the FooD-STA project are holding a workshop aimed at fostering entrepreneurship dedicated to food researchers at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria on Tuesday 5 July 2016.

TRAFOON is an EU-funded FP7 project that aims to establish a knowledge transfer network with a focus on food products made of grains, fish, fruits, vegetables and mushrooms to support traditional food producing SMEs.

FooD-STA is an ERASMUS+ Knowledge Alliance project which will establish an independent platform with local hubs in different regions, as an organisational frame for international and sustainable collaborations between industry and academia in the food sector.

The workshop will: provide the participants with innovative tools and motivate potential entrepreneurs to innovate their business; set the scene of the business potential of technological and research innovations; provide an overview about the importance of dialogue between research and business; and give some basic tools and innovative perspectives on how to approach the market.

The workshop is a certified Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event accredited by the ISEKI Food Association (IFA) in accordance with the EQAS scheme ( Participants in the course will receive a certificate of attendance and have the option to complete an assessment for possible CPD recognition.

The workshop is supported by ERASMUS+ and free of charge, but registration is mandatory. To register, click HERE.

For more information about the TRAFOON project, see:



Student Corner

DEVOTES-EuroMarine Summer School

The DEVOTES - EuroMarine summer school will be held from 6-9 June 2016 (coinciding with the week of World Oceans Day on 8 June 2016), at the Aquarium of San Sebastian (Spain).

The theme for this summer school is marine ecosystem services and the links between their assessment, mapping and the need for a socio-ecological framework to address the important management issues related to the governance of the oceans.

For more information, click HERE.



Gdansk Summer School 'Upper Ocean Turbulence'

The Gdansk Summer School will take place 25 July - 12 August 2016 at the Gdansk Institute of Technology, Poland. The purpose of this summer school is to teach a group of up to 20 graduate students and scientists the art of turbulence theory and turbulence measurements. Lectures will be given by a diverse set of international experts covering a broad spectrum of problems ranging from the application of spectral methods in turbulence data analysis to numerical methods in turbulence research. The last week of the programme includes at sea collection and hands-on experience in data analysis. This includes a one day ship expedition in Gdansk Bay to collect near surface turbulence data using the VMP200 turbulence microstructure profiler.

Programme syllabus available HERE.

For more information, click HERE.



Hjort Summer School 'Microbial Oceanography - Complexity vs Simplicity in Microbial Ecology'

The Hjort Summer School will take place 29 August – 2 September 2016 at the Espegrend Marine Biological Station, University of Bergen, Norway.

The course adresses the question of how to study the complex world of pelagic micro-organisms. The goal of the summer school is to evaluate how different approaches may fit together to gain an improved system understanding. It is aimed at PhD students who should apply before 1 June 2016.

For details on the event and the application process see the summer school flyer.

For more information click HERE



Summer School – Aquatic & Social Ecology: Theory and Practice

The summer school on Aquatic & Social Ecology: Theory and Practice will take place from 9 - 22 July 2016 on the Samothraki Island, Greece.

The course is designed for Master's and PhD students who will learn and apply aquatic ecology and social ecology approaches in a local setting while supporting current research and building synergy with the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve process. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a real-life project and utilise their scientific training to support the process further, namely the creation of a management plan with a set of activities towards sustainability, and a science plan for further research on the island that would also meet local interests.

For more information, click HERE.



Workshop on ‘Spatial Bio-Economic Modelling with Complex Regulatory Goals’

The Centre for Fisheries and Aquaculture Management and Economics (FAME) are holding a workshop on 'Spatial Bio-Economic Modelling with Complex Regulatory Goals' from 25-26 May 2016 in Esbjerg, Denmark. The regulation and management of biological resources for optimum social benefit is complicated by many potential interacting forces. These forces guide the material for this course.

While some bio-economic problems can be modelled with analytical solutions, in many cases, numerical solutions and related simulations are required. This course aims to provide students with tools to generate analytical and numerical solutions to spatial bio-economic resource questions.

For more information, click HERE.

For more information about FAME, click HERE



Other News

Funding Call Opened: Marine Biotechnology in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Processing

COFASP (Cooperation in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Processing) and MBT (Marine Biotechnology ERA-Net) have launched a Joint Transnational Call. The call supports research and innovative projects that facilitate the use of new biotechnological approaches and toolbox development to solve challenges and enable innovation within fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing sectors. Proposal submission deadline: 20 June 2016.

For more information, click HERE



Huge Coral Reef Discovered at Amazon River Mouth

A huge 3,600 sq mile coral reef system (30-120m deep) has been found below the muddy waters off the mouth of the river Amazon. The existence of this reef, which stretches from French Guiana to Brazil, was not suspected because many of the world’s great rivers produce major gaps in coral reef systems.

For more information, click HERE.



Nested Environmental Status Assessment Tool Webinar

Nested Environmental status Assessment Tool (NEAT) is a new software, created to assess the environmental status of European seas in an integrative way. This software and its manual are freely available for download on the DEVOTES website. Webinars to learn more about NEAT will take place on 9 May from 14:00-16:00 and 20 May from 10:00-12:00.

For more information, click HERE.



New £10 Million Marine Lab for the Scottish Oceans Institute

The University of St Andrews will build a state of the art marine laboratory at East Sands in St Andrews, replacing the internationally renowned Gatty Marine facility. The building will include a new 2,256m2 research building and a technologically advanced 'smart' aquarium, cementing Scotland's reputation as a world leader in oceanic research and species protection.

For more information, click HERE.



Mushrooms, Whales and Hurricanes: How Bio-inspiration Boosts Energy Efficiency

The Biomimicry Institute announced seven finalists in its first Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The competitors developed efficient, nature-inspired solutions to food shortages. Their solutions copy a wide array of organisms, including a propeller inspired by a humpback whale’s flippers, an agricultural drainage system based on earthworms, and a desalinising water still that imitates mangrove trees.

For more information, click HERE.



Aller Aqua Group Builds New Factory in Zambia

Aller Aqua Group is one of Europe's largest producers of environmentally friendly fish feed. One year ago, Aller Aqua's new factory in Egypt was inaugurated, and the company is now building another factory on the African continent, in Zambia, which plays a large part in the company's growth strategy.

For more information, click HERE.


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