AquaTT Training News - January 2014

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Education


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.

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Collaboration

Project to Predict Disease Risk in Eastern Africa Enters Crucial Phase

Healthy FuturesHEALTHY FUTURES (Health, Environmental Change and Adaptive Capacity) is an FP7-funded project that aims to address the risk of outbreaks and transmission of three water-related vector-borne diseases (VBDs) in eastern Africa: malaria, schistosomiasis and Rift Valley fever (RVF). One key output of the project is the development of decision support tools (DSTs) designed to assist health planners in formulating, assessing and comparing strategies for managing human responses to risks posed by these diseases under conditions of global change (including environmental, climate and socioeconomic change).

As HEALTHY FUTURES enters its final phase in 2014, effective communication will be needed to provide a firm foundation for stakeholder uptake, ownership and further development of the DSTs, their dissemination, and their use beyond the project’s end. To ensure this occurs, HEALTHY FUTURES has conducted a stakeholder network mapping exercise to support engagement with stakeholders and to identify relevant entry points into the stakeholder network.

Building on this, representatives from HEALTHY FUTURES held a one-day meeting in October 2013 on ‘Malaria Seasonal Forecasting and Climate Change Adaptation’, which focused on malaria DSTs. This meeting, held in Kampala, Uganda, involved stakeholders from the health sector, academia, researchers, and representatives from malaria-focused institutions. At the meeting, HEALTHY FUTURES project coordinator, Professor David Taylor, emphasised the necessity that the project’s outputs enhance mobility, quantify disease impacts and, above all, facilitate decision-making. Reports on both the network mapping exercise and the stakeholder meeting are available to download from the project website (www.healthyfutures.eu).
 
The feedback received and the recommendations made at the Kampala meeting will contribute to the planning of the upcoming regional stakeholder engagement workshop to be held at the International Livestock Research Institute’s facilities in Nairobi, Kenya, from 24-25 February 2014. Through consultation with stakeholders, the workshop aims to better refine the DSTs in order for them to be of maximum value to the end-users once they are implemented. 

The HEALTHY FUTURES project is also addressing the challenge of providing reliable climate change information to help account for the spatial and temporal distributions of malaria, schistosomiasis and RVF in order to support impact and adaptation efforts in the region. An ensemble of high-resolution climate simulations for eastern Africa has been produced with future climate projections from three different global climate models downscaled, in different combinations, from two regional climate models. All regional simulations are transient and the ensemble samples two Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP) scenarios. Such an ensemble of regional climate simulations for eastern Africa, at an unprecedentedly high resolution, is unique and will provide crucial information for disease modelling and adaptation planning. It is expected that these projections will be made available on the project website in early 2014.

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Climate Change and Vector Borne Diseases Conference Announcement

HEALTHY FUTURES Conference

The HEALTHY FUTURES project is coordinating a conference to bring together researchers at the cutting edge of efforts to understand relationships between climate change and vector-borne diseases. The conference will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, on 18-20 November 2014.

Climate and climate change information can be extremely useful to health planners, as it can help them to understand current distributions of some diseases, notably those involving a biological vector, and anticipate future outbreaks. An understanding of links between climate, societal changes and health can also help in modelling the health impacts of climate change. With this in mind, the sessions and presentations at the Climate Change and Vector Borne Diseases: Past, Present and Futures conference will be organised within three sub-themes: Environmental changes and vector-borne diseases; Statistical and dynamical disease modelling; Climate change related risk analysis and vulnerability assessment; and Adaptation to climate change related health impacts.

Further details about the conference and instructions for those interested in presenting their research and/or chairing a session are available on the conference website: www.climatechange-vbdconference2014.nur.ac.rw

The principal organisers of this conference are HEALTHY FUTURES partner institutions: the University of Rwanda, National University of Singapore and Trinity College Dublin.

Climate Change and Vector Borne Diseases: Past, Present and Futures Conference Announcement Leaflet

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Free FP7-Funded Training Course on Use of Advanced Monitoring and Communication Tools in Aquaculture Fish Experiments

AQUAEXCEL Training Course 4 header2Applications are now being accepted for the fourth training course organised by the FP7-funded AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) project. The course, Efficient Utilisation of New Monitoring and Control Systems in Fish Experiments, will be hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and The Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF), in Trondheim, Norway, on 19-22 May 2014. Course attendance is free, thanks to EC Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funding.

AQUAEXCEL aims to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe in order to promote their coordinated use and development. AQUAEXCEL has organised four pioneering new technical training courses in total, with each course focusing on different aspects of aquaculture experimentation. These courses are unique in putting emerging aquaculture infrastructure centres of excellence at the forefront. They also present a valuable opportunity for researchers and technicians in this field to further their experience.

The main focus of the Efficient Utilisation of New Monitoring and Control Systems in Fish Experiments course will be on the use of advanced monitoring and communication tools in aquaculture fish experiments. Experimental methods in first feeding experiments will be introduced, with emphasis on the possibilities offered by instrumentation and control systems. Participants will learn to handle and efficiently use the available cameras, sensors and control systems at the CodTech automated first feeding rig in different types of experiments. Opportunities for applying monitoring and control tools in different production systems will be evaluated. Another objective of the course will be demonstrating how to apply remote access tools in sea-based aquaculture at the Aquaculture Engineering (ACE) exposed farming site. Course participants will visit cornerstone aquaculture companies in the coastal region of Frøya, and will be given the opportunity to interact with Norwegian industry representatives.

The course is aimed at: master’s students in aquaculture, automation and process control, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT); facility operators and researchers in aquaculture research infrastructures; and aquaculture staff with development and operation responsibility (producers, suppliers).

Course attendance is free, thanks to EC FP7 funding. Participants are expected to pay for their own travel, subsistence and accommodation. Applicants are requested to submit their CV and a brief letter outlining their motivation for wanting to attend the course. For more information and online registration, please visit www.aquaexcel.eu/training_courses.

Efficient Utilisation of New Monitoring and Control Systems in Fish Experiments Course Information Leaflet

Efficient Utilisation of New Monitoring and Control Systems in Fish Experiments Course Application Form

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AQUAEXCEL 7th Call for Access Now Open

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The 7th AQUAEXCEL Call for Access is now open, with a deadline of 14 March 2014.

On a regular basis, the AQUAEXCEL project invites proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating Aquaculture Research Infrastructures. The AQUAEXCEL project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities with capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types. These facilities are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technological Development (Infrastructures).

The facilities available cover the entire range of production systems (recirculation, flow‐through, cage, hatchery and pond systems); environments (freshwater and marine, cold, temperate and warm water); scales (small, medium and industrial scale); fish species (salmon, trout, sea bass, sea bream, cod, common carp etc.); and fields of expertise (nutrition, physiology, health and welfare, genetics, engineering, monitoring and management technologies).

Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or in some cases two people to the chosen Research Infrastructure for periods of up to three months. The use of the facilities (excluding any additional costs) is covered through AQUAEXCEL partner funding and the associated travel and subsistence expenses for the visiting scientist(s) will be paid through the host institution, according to their internal rules for reimbursement.

For more information, download the AQUAEXCEL 7th Call of Access information leaflet or visit: www.aquaexcel.eu/call_for_access

AQUAEXCEL Annual Meeting 2013

AQUAEXCEL will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting in Vodňany, Czech Republic, from 3-6 March. The meeting will include workshop sessions on the project’s networking and Transnational Access (TNA) Activities and Research Activities. For more information about AQUAEXCEL, visit www.aquaexcel.eu or contact Marieke Reuver, Programme Manager, AquaTT (email: marieke@aquatt.ie)

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STAGES Joint Stakeholder Consultation Workshop, 12 February 2014, Brussels

STAGES FINAL COL LOGOSTAGES is organising a Stakeholder Consultation Workshop, which will be held on 12 February 2014 in the Regus Centre in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop is planned as a joint activity with the FP7 DEVOTES project.

One of the key tasks of the FP7 STAGES project is to develop a concrete proposal for a science policy interface (SPI) to support implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in the long-term. As part of this process, STAGES is conducting a stakeholder consultation to collect the views and needs of a broad range of MSFD stakeholders from science, industry, civil society, NGOs, and the national MSFD competent authorities and implementing agencies. An extensive online questionnaire survey has already been completed.

The programme will include a mix of presentations and discussions, including four topic-focused breakout groups. The discussions and views collected will be used to directly inform the development of a STAGES proposal for a durable long-term European SPI to support implementation of the MSFD. A full programme will be available on the dedicated webpage soon.

There is no fee for participation in the workshop, but registration is necessary as places are limited. For more information, click HERE, or contact Doris Abele, European Marine Board Secretariat (dabele@esf.org).

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Results from STAGES Workshops on Research Needs for Assessing Good Environmental Status

In an effort to improve the current scientific understanding for assessing Good Environmental Status (GES), the STAGES project organised three workshops to understand where knowledge gaps exist. Presentations and reports from these workshops are available from the STAGES website (www.stagesproject.eu).

European Member States with marine territories are required to implement measures to ensure that their marine waters achieve GES by 2020. Defining what actually constitutes GES is a significant challenge for Member States. The Marine Strategy Framework Diretive (MSFD) outlines 11 key qualitative descriptors of GES to assess the marine environment. These descriptors are intended to provide guidance on achieving overall GES. Although significant advances are being made in marine research which can support environmental assessment, there is a significant knowledge deficit for certain descriptors which may influence implementation of the MSFD and the achievement of GES in European waters.

The STAGES workshops focused on the following areas:

The aim of the workshops was to highlight where specific knowledge gaps occur for the five Thematic Groups:

  • Biodiversity
  • Contaminants & Nutrients
  • Disturbances
  • Commercially Exploited Fish
  • Hydrographical Conditions

In the workshop reports, the results from the six days of discussion involving 79 experts have been presented thematically; highlighting where specific knowledge gaps occur and providing short-term, medium-term and long-term recommendations for further research which can inform managers and decision makers in developing future research programmes.

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STAGES Project Survey Results Available on the Marine Knowledge Gate

One of the aims of the FP7-funded STAGES project is to ensure that knowledge relevant to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), which has already been generated through publicly-funded marine environment research at both EU and National level, is gathered and made available in a format that is easily accessible and usable by policy makers and the wider MSFD stakeholder community.  Results from an extensive STAGES survey are now available on the Marine Knowledge Gate (www.kg.eurocean.org).

The Knowledge Gate contains the survey details of the 780 projects which indicated relevance to MSFD; 456 responses were from Member State-funded research, while 324 projects were funded at EU level.  A profile of each research project is provided in the Knowledge Gate and, where available, information on the specific “Knowledge Outputs” from the research activity are accessible.

Knowledge Gate

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Aqua-tnet Steering Committee Meeting, 13-14 January 2014, Amsterdam

aquatnet logoThe third Aqua-tnet Steering Committee Meeting was held on 13-14 January in central Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Representatives from all work packages (WPs) attended and provided updates as well as plans for the final year of the project.

All workpackages are on track to complete deliverables on time.

  • WP1 highlighted their continuing work on Aquacase: (www.aquacase.org). If you think you can contribute material to the Aquacase site, please contact Odd Ivar Lekang (odd-ivar.lekang@umb.no).
  • WP2 reported on the successful delivery of their PhD course in Microbiology and plans to make some of the material presented available online.
  • The WP3 mobility portal is due to undergo a major overhaul in appearance, with additional content added over the next several months. The new and improved portal will be launched at this year’s annual event.
  • WP4 continues to develop the generic skills training materials which will comprise of three courses: crafting the message, data management and project management.
  • WP5 reports were presented by the three subgroups and the date set for the hotly anticipated ICT workshop.  If you are interested in taking part in the ICT workshop, run to coincide with the annual meeting in Malta, please email Bernd Ueberschaer (info@bioserve-deutschland.de).
  • WP6 is developing their Flagship concept and we look forward to their report at the annual event. 

Details of the Aqua-tnet annual event should be available soon. The dates will be 26-27 June 2014.

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Aqua-tnet Digital Teaching Skills Workshop

ICT workshop imageIn combination with the final AQUA-TNET III Annual Event in June 2014, a two-day hands-on ICT workshop will be organised by AQUA-TNET Work Package 5 (WP5), “Innovative Lifelong Learning”, under the specific responsibility of WP5C, “Innovative tools and methods”.

This two-day workshop will teach the participants how to handle basic ICTs. The aim of the workshop is to help teachers to develop state-of-the-art content for e-learning in general and for blended learning environments in particular. We intend to achieve this by training teachers to create their own e-learning materials and by raising their awareness of innovative e-learning tools.

We would like to customise the planned ICT workshop to meet the needs of the participants and maximise their benefit. Thus it would be helpful to know, for example, about your background in relation to your teaching obligations, your present knowledge related to the use of up-to-date ICTs, and preferences concerning which topics should be communicated in the workshop. In order to acquire such information from potential participants, we have created an online survey.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please complete the survey which is accessible at the following URL: www.betterview.de/index.php/71668/lang-en

During the final selection of participants for the workshop, preference will be given to those who have completed this questionnaire. However, we would appreciate your participation in this questionnaire even if you are not interested in participating in the workshop. The deadline for registration for this workshop is 31 March 2014.

Please note: This workshop is not aimed at advanced ICT users.

Download the course information flier for further details.

Registration: To register or if you have any questions or queries at this point, please contact the organiser of the workshop: B. Ueberschär (info@bioserve-deutschland.de)

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MaCuMBA Continues to Unlock the Mysteries of Marine Microorganisms

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGOThe EC-funded MaCuMBA project is now in its second year as it works towards its objective of developing new methods for isolating and screening marine microorganisms using cultivation-dependent strategies.  One of the most exciting developments for the project has been the discovery of the smallest aquatic bacterium ever described worldwide.

The discovery was made by the research group led by Prof Rodríguez-Valera (leader of MaCuMBA work package 6) at Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Spain, working in collaboration with researchers at the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology.

This living organism, measuring only 1/5000 mm probably represents the limit of what is possible in terms of containing all components that are necessary for life (such as DNA) within such a tiny package. This exciting discovery shows again how little we know of life in the sea and holds promise for many other discoveries and potential new avenues for biotechnology and pharmacy.

The research results, which have been published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, and acknowledge funding from MaCuMBA, are important in terms of the discovery of a whole new group of bacteria with different genetic characteristics, and the possible ecological significance of this group of bacteria.

In other news for the project, the MaCuMBA Steering Committee will meet from 13-14 February 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal, to undertake a critical review of the progress that has been made by the project so far. The committee will discuss the industry stakeholder meeting planned for November this year, which is being jointly organised with the Micro B3 and PharmaSea projects, and plans for the 2014 and 2015 General Assemblies.

MaCuMBA held its first General Assembly at the end of 2013 in Roscoff, France. The General Assembly was combined with separate progress meetings for the project’s work packages; a two-day local sampling event, including laboratory work; and a Steering Committee meeting.

MaCuMBA’s coordinator, Prof Lucas Stal, said: “The 2013 General Assembly was exceptionally well attended. It was wonderful to see so many colleagues and friends again and to meet new ones. The presentations made by MaCuMBA researchers during the scientific meeting held by the Steering Committee were all of a very high level and quality and, considering the short time the project has been running, showed a remarkable set of new data and results.”

The MaCuMBA partners look forward to more exciting results as the project’s work continues in 2014. More information about MaCuMBA, including partner profiles, news updates, newsletters, and a project video can be found at www.macumbaproject.eu.

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PiscesTT: Job Vacancies, MSc & PhD Vacancies and Student Placements

pisces-logo-blue Sept 2007If you are interested in viewing or posting a job vacancy in the marine sector and related areas, please visit the PiscesTT website or contactaquatt@aquatt.ie. Click HERE to subscribe to live RSS updates of new job postings.

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Student Corner

Science@Sea 2014

The Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) has opened the 2014 call for applications for Science@Sea research vessel-based training courses. Courses are aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students of marine-related science, technology and engineering, as well as researchers and professionals working in the marine sector.

The two-day training courses will be held from 4-9 April 2014 in waters off Cork, Ireland, and will offer students the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience onboard the national research vessel RV Celtic Voyager.

Science@Sea introduces participants to the concept of a multidisciplinary research approach through immersion in key disciplines. Training addresses the practical, cross-disciplinary skills necessary for marine sampling, data collection and processing. Participants gain hands on experience in deployment of a wide range of instrumentation and deck equipment as well as other areas essential to working at sea, including survey design and planning, safety at sea, and post-survey analysis and assessment.

Applications and further information are available online at: www.smartseaschool.com/content/sas2014 and queries can be addressed to smart@gmit.ie.

Completed applications should be received no later than Tuesday 11 March 2014. Please note a course fee of €300 applies for applicants in full-time employment and €50 for full time students and unwaged graduates with a marine science and technology background. 

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Ramon Margalef Summer Colloquia, 7-18 July 2014, Barcelona, Spain

In 2013, the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona, founded the Ramon Margalef Summer Colloquia, a series of annual two-week summer encounters aimed at recent PhDs and advanced graduate students. Its main objective is to explore special topics of the Earth Sysem, promoting the exchange of ideas between young and experienced researchers.

The central topic of the colloquium is planned to change every year. This year the topic will be: “What Ecology can learn from natural and human-induced disturbances – A cross-system view”. The colloquia will include theoretical and practical activities, all within this central topic, as well as group discussion sessions.

The Colloquia is jointly organised by the Institute of Marine Sciences (www.icm.csic.es), the University of Barcelona (UB), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) and the Catalan Association of Oceanographers (www.acoio.org).

For further information, visit www.acoio.org/margalef-summer-colloquia or write to margalefcolloquia@acoio.org

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World Ocean Council Launches Professional Internship Programme

The World Ocean Council (WOC) – the international, multi-industry leadership alliance for “Corporate Ocean Responsibility” - has created an internship programme to provide opportunities for professional development and training. The WOC Internship programme creates a unique opportunity for early professionals and graduate students from around the world to work with the WOC and the ocean business community in advancing industry efforts on ocean sustainability, science and stewardship. The closing date for applications is 11 February 2014.

Currently, the WOC has three open internship positions:

  1. Membership Coordination/Information Management
    The Membership Coordination/Information Management Intern will work directly with the WOC Secretariat to help with overall membership coordination and information system improvements.
  2. Communications/Website
    The Communications/Website Intern will work directly with the WOC Secretariat to identify and implement the best methods to communicate with WOC Members and interested parties and to grow a community of ocean businesses involved with WOC programmes and initiatives.
  3. Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Programme
    The MSP Programme Specialist Intern will work directly with the WOC Director of Programmes/MSP Project Director to develop a series of tools and products useful for the engagement of the ocean business community in the process of marine policy and planning, with a focus on the U.S.

Full internship descriptions and information on the application process can be found at www.oceancouncil.org

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Micro B3 Summer School: Crete, Greece, 27 May - 6 June 2014

The Micro B3 project is holding a multi disciplinary summer school focusing on standardised sampling and analysis for Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) participants within the Micro B3 training pipeline. This summer school is will take place from 27 May - 6 June 2014 at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) in Crete, Greece.

It is targeted towards participants in the OSD in June 2014 with a focus on scientists, Postdoctoral researchers, and PhD students in their third year, from environmental bioinformatics, marine biology, and marine biotechnology fields.

Every day a high-level lecturer will share expertise with the students, focusing on standards and methods, with theory in the morning and interactive practical work in the afternoon.

The number of participants is limited to 25 and the application period will close on 15 March 2014. For more information about the Micro B3 project and applying for this summer school, please click HERE.

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Other News

 

Inseparable: New Campaign to Promote Sustainable Fishing

On 27 January 2014, Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, launched the European Commission's 'Inseparable' campaign to promote sustainable fishing across Europe. The event builds on the momentum of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which came into force in January 2014. The overall objective of the new CFP is to make fishing sustainable. This message is taken up as the core principle of the Inseparable campaign which provides practical information to European consumers and other market actors on how they can eat, buy, and sell sustainable fish. The campaign's hub will be online through a dedicated website (ec.europa.eu/fisheries/inseparable) - and through social media, including twitter (@inseparableeu) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/InseparableEU).

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European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Agreement

On 28 January 2014, the European Commission welcomed the political agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council on the 2014-2020 European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The agreement is a crucial step towards the EMFF coming into force later this year to support the implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
 
Click HERE for more information.

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First Meeting of UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon’s new scientific advisory committee held its first working session last week in Berlin. Composed of 26 eminent scientists in varied natural, social and human disciplines, the Board is meant to strengthen ties between the UN and the global scientific community so that science can be more effectively integrated in policy-making processes. More information on the inaugural meeting can be found HERE.

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Ocean Literacy: Educating the Public on Species and Habitat Conservation Intergroup Meeting

On 28 January 2014, an intergroup meeting was held in the European Parliament, Brussels, addressing the topic of ocean literacy. The European campaign for Ocean Literacy began in 2012 and is increasingly attracting attention and participation. It is now recognised that a public that is better informed on the protection and the health of the ocean will play a key role in a more marine-oriented economy and society. It is understood that a more informed and concerned public will better understand the need to manage ocean resources and marine ecosystems in a sustainable way.

The objective of this meeting was to raise policy-makers’ awareness on the concept of “Ocean Literacy” as a way to educate the general public about oceans, about conservation issues, and about the human impact on nature, and to facilitate improved cooperation among governments and stakeholders engaged on this topic.

More information, including presentations made at the meeting, is available HERE.

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MEDCOAST Institute 2014

The 10th International Training Workshop on Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (MEDCOAST Institute 2014), will be held from 26 August-11 September 2014 in Dalyan, Turkey. MEDCOAST Institute 2014 is a unique 17-day long workshop which offers an opportunity for hands-on training on the latest ICM developments in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere and includes a study tour along the southern Turkish Aegean coast for seven days on traditional Turkish wooden sailing boats (gullets). The maximum number of participants for the final MEDCOAST Institute will be 25. The closing date for applications is 30 May 2014. For more information, visit: www.medcoast.net

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Call for Abstracts: EMSEA 2014

The second European Marine Science Educators Association conference (EMSEA) will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 1-3 October 2014! One of the objectives of the EMSEA conferences is to address the lack of ocean-related content in science education standards and to envision how to bring ocean sciences into mainstream science education. Furthermore, the conference will emphasise how marine formal and informal education projects lead to more public involvement and active participation.

The EMSEA conference 2014 in Gothenburg has the ambition to draw formal and informal marine educators from all over Europe and beyond. During the conference they will have opportunity to share ideas, experiences and resources, get to know other educators and to participate in lectures and field trips. EMSEA invites the submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 May 2014.

To learn more about the conference and for abstract submission guidelines, visit: www.emsea.eu/conference-2014-gothenburg

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Irish Research Council Creative Connections in Horizon 2020 Workshop

The Irish Research Council, Ireland’s principal research funding body across all disciplines, is organising a Horizon 2020 workshop on the societal challenges of Health, Food (including Marine Research/Blue Growth) and Secure Societies on 11 February 2014. Intended as a stimulus towards the formation of connections across and within the AHSS and STEM domains, this ‘Creative Connections’ workshop reflects an initiative to support existing, and foster the establishment of new levels of real and meaningful collaboration between these disciplines. Click HERE for more information.

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