AquaTT Training News - Newsletter 8 2016

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To search for MSc programmes, MSc and PhD courses, and other training opportunities (short courses, online courses, work placements, etc.) in aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resource management, please visit the Aqua-tnet Education Gate. This interactive web portal is the one-stop-shop for education in your field. For information on all educational opportunities (courses, workshops, etc.), as well as general events (conferences, meetings, etc.) please refer to the AquaTT Announcement newsletter which is sent out with Training News. A comprehensive overview of all events is given in the AquaTT Calendar.



 COLUMBUS: Supporting Marine Research Knowledge Exchange for Blue Growth

Additional Logo COLUMBUS weAs the Strategic and Operational Leader for the Horizon 2020 EC Flagship project COLUMBUS David Murphy, General Manager at AquaTT, was invited to speak alongside others from the European Commission, European marine industry, knowledge management institutions and regional authorities at the “Supporting Marine Research Knowledge Exchange for Blue Growth” event on 13 October 2016, hosted by the European Parliament’s Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup together with EurOcean.

Col eventChaired by MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos (Member of the COLUMBUS External Advisory Board), stakeholders debated how the exchange of marine knowledge can be improved to support innovation. By highlighting the challenges arising in the process, attendees aimed to identify practical solutions that allow the best ideas and results from research to be converted into innovative products and services for marine and maritime-related business and activities.

The COLUMBUS project and its activities were presented by Mr. Murphy during this session. A H2020-funded Coordination and Support Action, COLUMBUS capitalises on the European Commission’s significant investment in marine and maritime research through the use of Knowledge Transfer methodologies. The project aims to measurably increase the uptake and application of outputs arising from their publicly-funded marine research projects by different end-users: industry, science, policy makers and society. COLUMBUS has established a “Knowledge Fellowship”, a network of nine fellows whose role it is to carry out Knowledge Transfer, each within a specific focus area. This team has identified knowledge gaps relating to Blue Growth within their respective areas and is proactively collecting, analysing and transferring knowledge from EU-funded research projects which have the potential to fulfil or contribute towards overcoming these gaps.

For more information on the event, please visit:

For more information on COLUMBUS, please visit:


Apply Now for the AquaTT Autumn Training Course Series

AquaTT are pleased to announce that the early bird registration deadline for the following two training courses has been extended to 23 October:

Our specialised training courses are delivered by highly-qualified experts who will share their best practices, techniques, insights and experiences. Each participant will leave with a training pack containing useful tools and templates for their daily work, guaranteed to save time and money.

Apply now to avail of the 10% early bird discount.

AquaTT Training Courses

AquaTT is very successful in securing, managing and implementing European projects, participating in 17 FP7 and 8 H2020 projects in the last 9 years alone. We live through the whole research lifecycle, committing to building relationships and collaborating with our project partners to develop project concepts, win applications and actively contribute to accomplishing the project’s objectives. We regularly provide support to organisations in Ireland and across Europe to strategically identify and apply for funding opportunities.

For further information or to book your place in the workshop, please contact us at: or +353 1 6449008.


Final Outputs of the MaCuMBA Project Available in its Legacy Brochure

macumbalogoThe final key outcomes of the MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) project have been released in the project’s Legacy Brochure.

MaCuMBA was a 4 year EC FP7-funded project that focused on uncovering the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies. To face those challenges, microbiologists from various European research centres as well as pharmaceutical and biotech companies worked together to develop revolutionary new methods to isolate and cultivate marine microorganisms that up until that point had been considered “un-growable”, and at a much faster rate than previously thought possible. In joining science and industry, MaCuMBA strove to bridge the gap from discovery to market, to generate a more direct impact on research and development, and to provide new products and services for the benefit of society.

macumbaLBThe MaCuMBA Legacy Brochure covers the key outcomes of the project including the innovative approaches for isolating microorganisms, improvements of culture efficiency and the development of high throughput techniques and tools. Other highlights included innovative findings on cell-to-cell communication in community cultures, investigations into extreme habitats, advances in genetic and industrial screening, and the dissemination and long-term preservation of the strains in culture collections.

MaCuMBA offered opportunities in terms of microbial systems and isolates, novel methods and technical platforms for seeking novel marine active compounds. Thanks to the particular methods, approaches, techniques, apparatus and tools that were developed by MaCuMBA, many more spectacular results are expected to emerge in the coming years.

For more information about MaCuMBA or to download its Legacy Brochure, please visit:, or email Marieke Reuver, AquaTT Programme Manager:

For all the latest updates from the project please follow MaCuMBA on Twitter: @MaCuMBAProject, and like it on Facebook:


Next AQUAEXCEL2020 Call for Access: Fully EC-Funded Access to Top-Class Aquaculture Research Infrastructures

AQUAEXCEL2020 COLThe third AQUAEXCEL2020 (AQUAculture infrastructures for EXCELlence in European fish research towards 2020) Call for Access is closing on 14 October 2016. The fourth Call for Access will open from 7 November 2016. 

On a regular basis, the AQUAEXCEL2020 project invites proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating aquaculture research infrastructures. The AQUAEXCEL2020 project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities who have the capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types. These installations are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

Ae2020Call3Transnational Access involves a research group in one country collaborating with one or more AQUAEXCEL2020 Infrastructures that are located in a different country to the applicant, and which offer facilities and expertise not available in their own country.

The available facilities cover the entire range of production systems (cage, pond, recirculation, flowthrough, hatchery and disease challenge); environments (freshwater, marine and cold, temperate and warm water); production scales (small, medium and industrial); fish species (salmonids, cold and warm water marine fish, freshwater fish and artemia); and fields of expertise (nutrition, physiology, health and welfare, genetics, engineering and monitoring and management technologies).

Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or two people to the chosen research infrastructure for a period of up to three months. Access to the research infrastructures and associated travel and subsistence expenses will be covered by the AQUAEXCEL2020 project. The establishment of new transnational collaborations is strongly encouraged, as well as the participation of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

For more information on Transnational Access and how to apply, please visit:

For more information and press queries, email Dr Claudia Junge, AquaTT Project Officer:


Upcoming TRAFOON Open to Innovation Conference

TRAFOON BANNERThe TRAFOON project recognises that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the EU traditional food sector are increasingly under pressure due to developing open markets, growing demand for standardised and price competitive food products by consumers and the challenges of obeying governmental regulations.

To support these traditional SMEs, the TRAFOON project was started in November 2013 to establish knowledge transfer networks in key food products including: fish, grains, fruits, vegetables and mushrooms. The TRAFOON network has worked to interlink researchers, knowledge transfer agents, and SME associations in 14 European countries to foster sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector of traditional foods for the benefit of the regions of Europe and the European consumer.

TRAFOON will hold a closing conference titled “Open to Innovation: Networks for the sustainability of Traditional Food Sector in Europe” from 19-20 October 2016 ( This event will share a vision for the future development of the SME food sector in Europe, and will be held jointly with TRAFOON’s sister project TRADEIT ( This vision has emerged from three years of regional engagement with SMEs, SME associations and researchers across Europe. The conference will present outcomes, best practices and recommendations from the TRADEIT and TRAFOON projects with a special focus on:

  • Vision for the Development of SME Food Sector in Europe
  • SME Case Studies: Successes and Impacts of the TRADEIT & TRAFOON Projects
  • Best Practice Developed on Knowledge Exchange to SMEs
  • Integrating Entrepreneurial Thinking into Food Research Centres
  • Role of Networks and Intermediaries for the Support of SMEs

The conference is open to all participants and will take place in Brussels at the Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre from 19-20 October 2016.

Participants will have the opportunity to network, share ideas and explore future collaborations with the members of the Networks. The event will close with an extended networking session to allow participants time to formalise connections and next steps.

For more information on the TRAFOON project and its fish sub network, please visit:


COMMON SENSE New Generation Marine Sensors Put to the Test

COMMON SENSE Logo RGBThe COMMON SENSE partners involved in the development of innovative sensors and devices came together in advance of the general meeting at the CNR institute in Oristano, Sardinia, to put their prototypes to the test. From 18 September, sensor partners worked for three days to test the different COMMON SENSE sensors in many locations including within the tanks at the CNR institute, in the nearby Gulf of Oristano, in the touristic harbour and in a coastal lagoon known as Mistras.

Sensors for the measurements of underwater noise, heavy metals, nutrients, microplastics as well as water temperature, pH and pCO2, were tested at the CNR institute in Oristano where facilities include a 2300 litre tank was filled with sea water with controlled temperature, salinity and current speed. Partners also worked together to connect and integrate their sensors through a data aggregator developed in the framework of the COMMON SENSE project called the Smart Sensor Unit (SSU). When finalised, the SSU will collect all data from the different sensors and communicate it to the COMMON SENSE web platform which is an online database to make the data of the COMMON SENSE project available to a wide range of users.

An example of one of the testing experiments was the underwater noise sensor which was deployed in the touristic harbour of Torregrande continuously for several days to obtain the data from the passage of boats and verify its limits as a prototype.


COMMON SENSE developers testing their sensors in Italy

From 29-30 September 2016, COMMON SENSE held its General Assembly, with a focus on ongoing and remaining project activities before its planned end in February 2017. The meeting began with a concise overview of the technical developments since the previous partner meeting, 6 months previously, highlighting the significant progress carried out. This was followed by in-depth and intensive discussions with partners, to identify remaining challenges and improvements that can be carried out.

The second day of the meeting was devoted to dissemination, exploitation and management, where COMMON SENSE will focus a significant amount of effort during the last part of the project to ensure effective and efficient transfer of results.

It was a great opportunity for all partners to come together and determine solutions for final snags related to device interconnection. The project coordinator, Sergio Martinez (LEITAT), as well as the partnership as a whole, would like to thank CNR for hosting the deployment of COMMON SENSE sensors, as well as organising the meeting.

For more information on the project, please visit:


First Issue of ParaFishControl Project News Now Available

ParaFishControl Logo ColourThe first issue of the ParaFishControl (Advanced Tools and Research Strategies for Parasite Control in European farmed fish) project newsletter is now available to download from the project’s website

ParaFishControl is an EU Horizon 2020-funded research project that aims to improve our understanding of fish-parasite interactions and develop innovative solutions and tools to prevent, control and mitigate harmful parasites which affect the main fish species farmed in Europe (Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, common carp, turbot, European sea bass, and gilthead sea bream).

PFC nlAquaculture is the fastest growing food producing sector worldwide, currently providing half of all fish for human consumption. Fish disease prevention and management are essential for the sustainability of the aquaculture industry. ParaFishControl aims to improve the productivity, economic performance and image of European aquaculture through improved biosecurity, health and welfare of farmed fish.

In this first ParaFishControl newsletter Dr Ariadna Sitjà-Bobadilla, ParaFishControl Project Coordinator, welcomes everyone: “This has been an exciting year for ParaFishControl! Extensive coordination and management was necessary to organise the work ahead and kick off the various activities from each of the project’s different work packages. We have already made significant progress in achieving the aims of various tasks in the project.”

The newsletter introduces the ParaFishControl project, providing an overview of the parasite-related challenges the aquaculture industry is facing and how the ParaFishControl project will address them. The expected outcomes of the project and their potential uses are also discussed. Highlights of activities which have taken place within the ParaFishControl consortium are given, including exchanges between partners and the project kick-off meeting. One of the main features of this and future ParaFishControl newsletters are the “parasite portraits” which introduce different parasite species studied in ParaFishControl. This first edition also contains further information on the projects publications so far and relevant events.

The project’s work is going full steam ahead. To stay informed about the progress and results of ParaFishControl, visit the project’s website:

For more information and press queries, email Dr Claudia Junge, AquaTT Project Officer:

To download the first ParaFishControl newsletter, please visit:


COLUMBUS’ First Brokerage Event Ready to Take SeaTech by Storm

Additional Logo COLUMBUS weManaged by AquaTT, the H2020 COLUMBUS project aims to measurably increase the uptake and application of outputs arising from publicly-funded marine research projects by different end-users: industry, science, policy makers and society. It has many objectives, one of which is to facilitate events and activities to bridge the gap between research communities and end users in the marine and maritime sector to stimulate knowledge transfer for Blue Growth.

Earlier work in the COLUMBUS project has provided insights and reaffirmed the need to promote open source marine data, funded by the EU and Member States, to industry and SMEs. Five COLUMBUS partners (Seascape consultants, EuroGOOS, Plocan, MSE, and Smart Bay Ireland) came together to organise a brokerage event surrounding the topic of marine data. Industry, science and policy actors were expected to attend this workshop to engage in a direct dialogue with other marine data stakeholders, learn what data exists and resolve any barriers for uptake.

This event took place at the SeaTech event in France, from 11-14 October 2016. Event details are available at:

For more information on COLUMBUS, please visit:


Third Issue of ECsafeSEAFOOD Project News Now Available

ECsafeSEAFOOD LogoThe third and final issue of the ECsafeSEAFOOD project newsletter is now available to download from the project’s website. ECsafeSEAFOOD is a four-year EC FP7-funded project that assesses food safety issues related to priority contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination, including those originating from harmful algal blooms and those associated with marine litter, and evaluates their impact on public health.

ECSDnewsletterThis issue of ECsafeSEAFOOD project news includes: an update on the ECsafeSEAFOOD project from ECsafeSEAFOOD project coordinator Dr António Marques, details of the upcoming ECsafeSEAFOOD final event, and several interviews with project partners: Dr Michiel Kotterman, leader of ECsafeSEAFOOD Work Package (WP) 2, which focuses on monitoring environmental contaminants in seafood and the effect of processing/cooking; Dr Tomaz Langerholc, leader of ECsafeSEAFOOD WP 5, which investigates toxicological impacts of chemical contaminants in public health; and Tanja Calis, leader of ECsafeSEAFOOD WP 7, which involves dissemination, Knowledge Transfer and intellectual property rights management.

This newsletter also contains information on the ECsafeSEAFOOD Contaminants Database, a unique tool which can be used to improve contaminant diagnostics and seafood risk assessment. Details are also given on the upcoming FISHCHOICE tool which will help stakeholders to balance the risks and benefits associated with seafood consumption. Finally, the newsletter contains a selection of stories on seafood safety that have been making the news, as well as details about ECsafeSEAFOOD research published in special issues of scientific peer-reviewed journals and key dates for your diary.

For more information on ECsafeSEAFOOD or to download the newsletter, please visit:


New ARRAINA Publication: Understanding Vitamins, Minerals and Other Nutrients in Fish Feed Diets Based on Plant Derived Ingredients

ARRAINA logo smallThe EU-funded FP7 ARRAINA (Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture) project has published a new resource for aquaculture feed producers.

The booklet, titled “Understanding vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in fish feed diets based on plant derived ingredients”, has been designed to inform feed producers on the nutrient requirements of Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, carp, sea bass and sea bream.
This is the second of three technical booklets which will illustrate the developments arising from the ARRAINA project and facilitate access to its research, raising awareness of the science based knowledge supporting the development of high-quality, safe and environmentally sustainable aquaculture feeds. This booklet is specifically aimed at aquaculture feed producers, but also targets other industrial sectors (e.g. fish farmers, feed additives companies, retailers) and individuals interested in gaining further knowledge on the nutritional breakdown of feeds for farmed fish.

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The first technical booklet published by ARRAINA in May 2015 titled “Feed Ingredients in Aquaculture” contains a database of aquaculture feed ingredients covering the nutrient composition, functional properties and their effects on feed processing conditions and the physical quality of extruded pellets. A third and final booklet, to be published in December 2016, will showcase a new integrative tool to predict the effects of alternative aquaculture feeds on fish farmed with known levels of contaminants in relation to food safety.

By developing applied tools and solutions of technological interest in collaboration with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), ARRAINA will further strengthen the links between the scientific community and the EU feed industry and will contribute to increasing the productivity and performance of the aquaculture sector leading to competitive advantage to the whole sector at a global level.

Both ARRAINA technical booklets are available to download from the ARRAINA website:, and can also be requested from the dissemination task leader Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, AquaTT Senior Project Manager, email:

For further information on all other aspects of the ARRAINA project including specific research methods and available results, please visit

For more information, email ARRAINA Project Coordinator, Sadasivam Kaushik:, or ARRAINA Project Manager, Heloise Simonson:


Galway’s Young Coders use their Digital Skills to Raise Awareness of Marine Issues

SEACHANGE Full Logo ColourThirteen young Irish people were honoured for their work in creating innovative digital games and stories based on the health of the ocean at the Sea Change CoderDojo Challenge, which was held in the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), in Ireland in summer 2016.

The Sea Change game design challenge was launched on 27 February 2016 and invited entrants between the ages of 7 – 18 from Galway, Ireland, to use their coding skills to highlight issues facing our ocean. The challenge was organised by NUI Galway as part of the EU-funded H2020 Sea Change project which aims to change the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them to take sustainable action towards a healthy ocean and ultimately a healthy planet.

Dr Anthony Grehan, Senior Researcher with NUI Galway and co-organiser of the event said: “The challenge was to use the fun and popularity of designing and playing tech games to raise awareness of marine issues like the need to protect cold-water coral reefs, ways to address the scourge of microplastics, and how we can maintain a healthy ocean, for ourselves, for marine life, and for the planet.”

sccoderdojoCiara Heanue from Ballyconneely, Co Galway, won the Irish Junior Award for her ‘Wildlife Awareness’ game. Ciara received a prize of €300 which was donated by Irish Sea Change partners AquaTT and NUI Galway. Her game will be included in an iBook about cold-water corals that will be presented to secondary schools as a teaching resource.

The joint winners of the Irish Senior Award were Conor Salmon and Liam Forde for ‘Gully’s Clean-up’, and Adam Gallagher, Evan Thornton and Daniel Bradley Coyne for ‘Flappy Fish’. The senior winners shared a cash prize of €500.

Due to the high standard at Junior level, three Junior Merit Awards were presented to: Sean Connolly, Ruan O’Dowd and Diarmuid O’Donoghue for their ‘Save My Sea’ game; Paul Schuler, Michael Salmon and Liam Ferrie for ‘SOS - Save Our Seas!’; and Sean Kerr for ‘Animal Saver’.

Dr Veronica McCauley from the School of Education at NUI Galway and co-organiser of the event said: “The surge of interest, with 32 entrants from Galway alone, revealed a strong and enthusiastic coding community, which is particularly relevant considering the 2015-2020 Digital Strategy for Schools and its promotion of coding and programming at both primary and secondary levels of education in Ireland.”

The game design was reviewed by a panel of experts: Alan Duggan (, Gavin Duffy (RealSim Ltd.) and Triona Mac Giolla Rí (Aro Digital Strategy) and judged on ‘best concept’ and ‘ease of use’. The judges sponsored €50 vouchers for the three merit awards.

“The aesthetic and technical merit of the project submissions has been highly commended by the judges,” said Brendan Smith, Education Outreach Officer at INSIGHT, NUI Galway and Co-Founder of CoderDojo Galway.

The marine-themed games are now available at:

For other marine related resources, please visit the Sea Change project website:


ECsafeSEAFOOD Final Event: Seafood Safety – New Findings & Innovation Challenges

ECsafeSEAFOOD LogoThe EU-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project will host a stakeholder event and open science meeting at the Royal Flemish Academy of Science and Art in Brussels, Belgium, from 25-26 January 2017. The conference, entitled ‘Seafood Safety: New Findings & Innovation Challenges’ is a unique event that marks the end of the ECsafeSEAFOOD project which has assessed food safety issues related to non-regulated contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination and evaluated their impact on public health.

Seafood has been recognised as a high-quality, healthy and safe food type and is one of the most important food commodities consumed worldwide. However, seafood, like other types of food, can also be a source of harmful environmental contaminants with potential to impact on human health. To address these issues, ECsafeSEAFOOD provides scientific evidence to serve as a basis for further development of seafood safety, public health and environmental policies and measures, to establish a quantitative link between the contamination of the marine environment and that of seafood.

ecsafeflyerConference participants will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge on seafood safety, identify the key issues associated with seafood safety in Europe and discuss strategies to mitigate these risks, debate seafood safety risks and challenges, and network with food safety experts.

A diverse set of topics will be discussed during the Seafood Safety – New Findings & Innovation Challenges conference, including: consumer concerns and needs; marine toxins in seafood and the environment; toxicity and modelling of seafood contaminants; rapid detection tools for environmental contaminants; quality assurance of seafood monitoring data; the future of seafood safety; communication outreach and education.

Deadline for registration: 15 January 2017 (early bird until 25 November 2016).

Abstract submission deadline: 15 October 2016.

For more information about this event and to pre-register, please visit, or email

For all the latest updates as the event approaches follow us on Twitter (@ECsafeSEAFOOD).


Student Corner

Winner of Lindsay Laird 2016 Innovation in Aquaculture Award at Aquaculture Europe 2016

Aquaculture Europe 2016 (AE2016) took place from 20-23 September in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was attended by 1700 participants from 65 countries, making it the biggest Aquaculture Europe event to date. With the theme, "Food for Thought", the conference was organised by the European Aquaculture society with the cooperation and support of Marine Scotland, part of the Scottish Government, and The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland.

AquaTT had a stand at the international trade exhibition promoting its EU funded projects which focus on the management of natural resources and the role, contribution and importance of aquaculture to society through the provision of high quality, nutritious and healthy food. As AquaTT’s experience and expertise is strongly rooted in the area of knowledge management, AE2016 was an interesting and inspiring opportunity to meet with partners, new and old.

As in previous years, AquaTT co-organised (together with Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) Ltd) the Lindsay Laird Award for Innovation in Aquaculture, awarding the best student poster submitted by a student to the annual Aquaculture Europe conference. The award consisted of a certificate, a new iPad Mini and several book prizes, which were awarded to Cecília de Sousa Valente, Federal University of Santa Catarina (FUSC) Brazil, for her poster entitled “Transcription profile of target genes in the Pacific White Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) kept in biofloc and clear seawater and experimentally infected with White Spot Syndrome Virus”.

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Judge Margaret Eleftheriou with 2016 Winner Cecília de Sousa Valente

Due to the outstanding number of entries this year, two runners-up were also chosen: Michael Clarkson, University of Stirling and Eleni Nikouli, University of Thessaly.

For more information on AquaTT and the Lindsay Laird award, see:


Win Funding to Attend the 2017 World Seafood Congress with the Peter Howgate Award

The International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) has announced the opening of applications for the 2017 Peter Howgate Award. The IAFI Peter Howgate Award is a tribute to Peter Howgate's work and career, and a recognition of his immense and ongoing contribution to the field of fish technology and the people who work in it, both during his 35 years at the UK’s Torry Research Station, UK, and thereafter. The Award was set up by fish technology professionals around the world, with the help of the Seafood HACCP Discussion List community and was adopted by the IAFI in 2014.

This award will fund the attendance of a young fish technologist (under 30 years of age) to the IAFI World Seafood Congress 2017 (, to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 10-13 September 2017. The Congress is being held to coincide with the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition from 13-15 September. The Award will cover travel, accommodation and the congress fee. This will afford the winning applicant a career changing opportunity to gain insights and build networks in the global fishery sector.

The deadline for submission of applications is 31 March 2017.

For more information, see:


“Desalination with Solar Energy” Intensive Four-day Course Organised by the European Desalination Society

The general purpose of this 4-day intensive course from 25-28 April 2017, Almería, Spain, is to provide experts, professionals and postgraduate students from all around the world with the latest knowledge of the different existing technologies involving the use of solar energy to drive desalination techniques. More specifically, the course will instruct scientists and technicians on the basic principles of desalination using solar energy, the state of the art of the most promising technologies and the experiences acquired so far. Theoretical lessons will be complemented with practical exercises and visits to the test facilities of Plataforma Solar de Almeria operating on solar power production and desalination, which are the most advanced in the Mediterranean area.

For more information, see:



Undergraduate Bursary Placements Currently Available at the Loughs Agency, UK

The Loughs Agency Bursary Scheme provides financial support to students and allows them to improve their personal and professional development and gain critical experiences through work placements relevant to their future career. There are three undergraduate bursary placements currently available. All details are available for download from the website. Application are open until 3pm Friday 10 February 2017.

The placements available are as follows:
1. Assistant Scientific Officer (Aquaculture)
2. Assistant Scientific Officer (Conservation)
3. IT Officer (Corporate)

For more information, see:


Eukaryotic Metabarcoding Course

Metabarcoding techniques are a set of novel genetic tools for qualitatively and quantitatively assessing biodiversity of natural communities. A Eukaryotic Metabarcoding Course will take place at the Humboldt-University in Berlin, from 20-24 February 2017.

This workshop gives an overview of metabarcoding procedures with an emphasis on practical problem-solving and hands-on work using analysis pipelines on real datasets. After completing the workshop, students should be in a position to (1) understand the potential and capabilities of metabarcoding, (2) run complete analyses of metabarcoding pipelines and obtain diversity inventories and ecologically interpretable data from raw next-generation sequence data and (3) design their own metabarcoding projects, using bespoke primer sets and custom reference databases.

Apply before 20 January 2017.

For more information, see:


16S rRNA Gene Metabarcoding Course

The 16s rRNA gene has become the standard marker for prokaryote phylogenetic analysis, and combined with high-throughput sequencing technologies it is widely used to infer the structure and composition of microbial communities. A course on 16S rRNA gene metabarcoding will take place at the Humboldt-University in Berlin, from 3–7 April 2017.

This workshop is designed to give students the necessary background and practical experience of the strategies for the analysis of the diversity and structure of prokaryote communities, covering i) experimental design and primer choices; ii) wet-lab and library preparation options; iii) sequence quality control and analysis and iv) statistical analysis of microbial community data.

Apply before 3 March 2017.

For more information, see:


Other News

Commissioner Vella Announces EU to Host Global 'Our Ocean' 2017 Conference in Malta

Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries was in Washington DC at the 2016 Our Ocean Conference and announced that the next 'Our Ocean' Conference will be hosted by the EU in Malta. This will be the fourth edition of the Our Ocean conference and will take place on 5-6 October 2017. This choice is a significant recognition of the efforts of Commissioner Vella and the EU to help deliver international cooperation on ocean issues.
Read the full article here.


EU Investment of Over 40 million Euro in Arctic Research and Research Infrastructures

At the Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting in Washington DC in September 2016, Deputy DG Ruxandra Draghi-Akli announced a large EU investment to help understand the Arctic, the changes it is undergoing and the impacts on the rest of the planet. Twenty-two countries signed a Joint Statement agreeing to collaborate to enhance and deepen scientific knowledge and understanding of the Arctic. Read the full article here.


Nature’s Ocean Fertiliser

Scientists have discovered that Antarctic krill – a tiny shrimp-like crustacean – plays a key role in fertilising the Southern Ocean with iron, which stimulates the growth of phytoplankton, the microscopic plants at the base of the marine food web. This finding is important for understanding the oceans’ capacity for carbon capture.
Read the full article here.


Greenland May Be Losing Ice Even Faster Than Thought

A study in the journal Science Advances finds that previous studies may have underestimated the current rate of mass loss on the Greenland ice sheet by about 20 billion tons per year. Rapidly melting Greenland may be shedding its ice even faster than anyone suspected, new research suggests. Read the full articles here.


Scientists Triple the Number of Known Viruses in the World’s Oceans

An international research team has identified triple the number of known types of viruses living in waters worldwide, which they say could help scientists understand the role viruses play in nature and how they can “bolster efforts to curb greenhouse gasses.”
Read the full article here.


New European Research Infrastructure to Provide Key Data on the Sea and Climate Change

The European Commission today granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory (EMSO), a network of observatory nodes installed in European seas providing key data on marine ecosystems, natural hazards and climate change.
Read the full article here.


New Synergies to Protect the Cities of the Sea: Coral Reefs

Bringing together an international team of coral reef scientists, an EU-funded project – the SymbioCoRe initiative, is generating crucial insights into reef ecosystems that may contribute to the conservation of these environmentally, socially and economically important habitats.
Read the full article here.


New Insights into the Impacts of Ocean Acidification

A new study recently published in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles offers clues to the potential impact of ocean acidification deep-sea, shell-forming organisms. This collaborative research found that almost a quarter of the deep sea, shell-forming species analysed already live in seawater chemically unfavourable to the maintenance of their calcareous skeletons and shells. Read the full article here


Marine Snow Fuels Life on the Sea-Floor

City-sized maps of terrain and life on the sea-floor have revealed that drifts of ‘marine snow’, a mixture of dead algal plankton, plankton faeces and other biological debris that sinks through the ocean from the surface, on submarine hillsides act as a source of food to fuel a higher biomass of marine life on the hills than on the flatter plains surrounding hills. Read the full article here.


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