AquaTT Training News - February 2015

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The AquaTT-developed Knowledge Transfer Guide has been published by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency

The AquaTT developed Knowledge Transfer guide for researchers: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN SCIENCE AND POLICY - an Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Resource Kit, is now published and is available to download.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a number of resources to support environmental researchers in delivering their knowledge and insights into the policy process. These resulted from EPA funded desktop studies to improve communication between researchers and policymakers regarding Irish environmental issues and challenges. Over recent years there has been increasing recognition that for environmental policy to be most effective, policy-makers and regulators need to be well-informed by science.

As part of the EPA STRIVE 2012 call “Developing a framework for bridging the gap between scientists and policy-makers”, AquaTT has carried out a desktop study, workshops and a pilot training initiative. The result of these activities was the development of the following resource: EPA Resource Kit: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN SCIENCE AND POLICY - A Knowledge Transfer Guide for Researchers.

The EPA Resource Kit addresses several challenges that currently hinder successful science-policy communication. These include: the absence of a coherent road map on environmental policy-making in Ireland; the lack of validated guidelines for improving communication between policy makers and researchers; and a deficit of understanding between both sides on how to improve interactions.

AquaTT, a Dublin-based scientific knowledge management company, was chosen to address the main issues affecting science-policy communication as part of this desktop study. AquaTT is a forerunner in the area of knowledge management, having gained a number of insights into how knowledge from EC-funded projects is managed and transferred successfully. In particular, AquaTT has recorded several barriers preventing stakeholder access and uptake of relevant knowledge and innovation from research.

Building on its considerable experience in this field, AquaTT’s main objective within the EPA desktop study was to create a validated tool kit to provide researchers with the tools and skills to increase their understanding of policy requirements in an Irish environmental context so they can effectively contribute to how environmental policy decisions are made. Although the policy section is focused on Ireland, the step-by-step Knowledge Transfer guide for researchers can be applied in a non-Irish context also.

This resource is now available to download HERE.

For more information, please contact Cliona Ni Cheallachain, the AquaTT lead project officer for this study: (tel: 01 6449008)



New Screening, Detection and Extraction Methods for Priority Contaminants in Seafood

ECSAFESEAFOOD COL LOGONew Screening, Detection and Extraction Methods for Priority Contaminants in Seafood

The EU-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project is improving seafood safety in Europe by assessing food safety issues related to contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination, and evaluating their impact on public health.

The project’s multidisciplinary team has developed new, sensitive and rapid screening, detection and extraction methods for priority contaminants. ECsafeSEAFOOD specifically focuses on priority contaminants that have not yet been regulated in the EU, including those originating from harmful algal blooms and those associated with marine litter. These contaminants include microplastics, pharmaceuticals, endocrine (gland) disrupting compounds, personal care products (e.g. musks), marine biotoxins, and heavy metals (e.g. methylmercury).


Currently, ECsafeSEAFOOD partners are finalising optimisation tools for assessing the toxicological impact of the contaminants. These tools will provide a better indication of the adverse effects of contaminants on human health. ECsafeSEAFOOD researchers have also examined the benefits and risks associated with processing and cooking seafood, based on the potential for unregulated contaminants to be absorbed by marine organisms as well as the effects of global warming on bioaccumulation and elimination of contaminants.

An online consumer tool which provides details of the benefits and risks of consuming different species of seafood is currently in development. This will enable consumers, health professionals and seafood producers to utilise some of the results of ECsafeSEAFOOD directly.

Dr Antonio Marques, ECsafeSEAFOOD project coordinator, said: “We are now halfway through the project and have already had great success. The progress has been enormous and interesting outputs are beginning to emerge. All the project partners are enthusiastic and eager to begin sharing the project’s unique results.”

The advances made by the project so far were presented at the fifth ECsafeSEAFOOD coordination meeting, hosted by AZTI-Tecnalia in Bilbao, Spain, from 11-12 February 2015. The project’s major results to date will also be detailed in an upcoming ECsafeSEAFOOD special issue of Environmental Research journal entitled: "Non-regulated environmental contaminants in seafood: contributions of the ECsafeSEAFOOD project".

For more information about the ECsafeSEAFOOD project, visit: 




Marine Microbes for Biotechnology – Industry-Focused Special Issue of MaCuMBA Project News Now Available

MaCuMBA newsletter screengrab feb 2015A special marine biotechnology industry-focused issue of the MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) project’s newsletter is now available to download from:

MaCuMBA is a four-year EC FP7-funded project that aims to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies. This special issue of the newsletter focuses on how MaCuMBA is contributing to the marine biotechnology sector. Having an impact on this sector is an important aspect of MaCuMBA as its partners work towards exploiting the results of their research on culturing the uncultured and improving the cultivation of other marine micro-organisms to enable the screening of interesting organisms and their compounds.

This issue of MaCuMBA Project News features: profiles of MaCuMBA’s industry and SME partners; feedback from an industry representative who attended the MaCuMBA round table session at BioMarine 2014; insights from Pierre Erwes, Executive Chairman of BioMarine, on the marine biotechnology sector in Europe; information about the upcoming Marine Micr’Omics for Biotech Applications industry expert workshop, organised in collaboration with the Micro B3 and Pharmasea projects, which will be held in Spain from 30-31 March 2015; a list of relevant marine biotechnology industry events coming up in 2015; and details of the MaCuMBA Summer School which will be held from 12-24 July 2015 in Texel, the Netherlands.

You can also keep up to date with the latest news from MaCuMBA by “liking” the project’s Facebook page at:



Industry Event: Marine Micr'Omics for Biotech Applications, 30-31 March 2015, Madrid (Spain)

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGOThe Industry Expert Workshop “Marine Micr'Omics for Biotech Applications” is a joint event by the MicroB3, MaCuMBA and PharmaSea EC-funded projects that will take place on 30-31 March 2015 at the PharmaMar facilities in Colmenar Viejo, near Madrid (Spain).

Topics include natural products based on marine biodiversity, environmental biotechnology through marine microbial knowledge, bioinformatic tools and methods for innovative blue biotechnology, new strategies for high throughput isolation of novel marine microorganisms and bioactives of marine origin – opportunities and challenges.

For more details, click HERE



MaCuMBA Summer School 2015: "Sampling, Isolation & Cultivation of Marine Microorganisms"

MaCuMBA Summer School screengrabThe MaCuMBA consortium is pleased to announce that the project will host a summer school on sampling, isolation and cultivation of marine microorganisms from 13 –24 July 2015, in Texel, The Netherlands.

During this two-week course, participants will have the opportunity to interact with experts in the field and obtain first-hand experience of isolation and cultivation design along with various other techniques.

Morning lectures will be given by leading microbiologists who will present their ideas about the design of culture media, single cell isolation techniques, identification, and screening for bioactive compounds and their application by the biotechnology industry.

Demonstrations and hands-on practical work related to these topics will be carried out in the afternoons. In small groups, the participants will discuss and practice different isolation techniques for microbes including open seawater, marine sediments and substrates (e.g. seaweeds). A matrix of different marine systems, isolation techniques and culturing methods will be offered to the participants. Participants will design appropriate cultivation media and growth circumstances for photoautotrophic and chemoauto- and heterotrophic microorganisms. Enrichment cultures, dilution to extinction, batch and continuous cultivation, plate and cell-to-cell communication will be part of the training. Aerobic and anaerobic cultivation will be possible under different environmental conditions. State-of-the-art identification techniques will be available for processing the samples.

Technicians, PhD students and Postdoctoral scientists with background knowledge in microbiology (required) are invited to apply. The course is open to both MaCuMBA project partners and external applicants.

Registration deadline: 16 March 2015.

Places are limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

For inquiries and registration: Frida Kraanen ( or check the MaCuMBA website for further information:



Successful Collaboration Unites European Aquaculture Research Infrastructures

After four years of fruitful collaboration, the AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture infrastructures for excellence in European fish research) project has fulfilled its strategic objectives to integrate key aquaculture Research Infrastructures across Europe in order to promote their coordinated use and development.

AQUAEXCEL is an EC-funded project which focuses on further improving the efficiency of aquaculture production and supporting European research activities in this area. AQUAEXCEL’s integration of key partners and top class aquaculture Research Infrastructures across Europe has resulted in a number of innovative and highly original research projects.

The fourth and final annual meeting of AQUAEXCEL took place in Benicàssim, Spain, from 4-6 February 2015, and was hosted by Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).

AQUAEXCEL partners at the projects final annual meeting

Marc Vandeputte, AQUAEXCEL Project Coordinator, said: “We are now at the end of the project, and this is the perfect time for analysing AQUAEXCEL’s impact on the individual, organisational, and scientific level, and to see how the project has contributed to the evolution of European Research Infrastructures and our approach to aquaculture science.”

A special session of the meeting focused on the AQUAEXCEL Transnational Access (TNA) programme. The AQUAEXCEL TNA programme enabled research groups to utilise the facilities of participating aquaculture Research Infrastructures to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types. In total, 97 TNA projects were granted over the course of the project. Several researchers who had availed of the TNA Calls for Access also presented their research results at the meeting.

As this meeting concluded AQUAEXCEL’s four year contribution to the European aquaculture sector, the consortium considered options for future collaboration, strategic planning, and sustainability to ensure the legacy of the project and the continued impact of the results achieved. The researcher’s involved in AQUAEXCEL are eager to continue to contribute to the growth of the European aquaculture sector through their industry applicable research.

“One of the major features of this project is its real multi-disciplinary approach, which broadens the landscape of the participating researchers. Certainly, we have started creating a community of aquaculture researchers, which has widened through new connections gained by Transnational Access. We really hope to further build and capitalise on this innovative and dedicated aquaculture research community, and to continue to support the development of the European aquaculture sector,” said Vandeputte.

For more information about the AQUAEXCEL project, please visit:  



Workshop on Current Challenges and Perspectives of Carp Feeding

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The EU-funded ARRAINA project is organising a workshop on the current challenges and perspectives of carp feeding which will be held on 26 March 2015. It will be hosted by the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre, Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (NARIC HAKI) in Szarvas, Hungary.

The ARRAINA (Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture) project aims to define quantitative nutritional requirements for the five main European aquaculture species (Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, common carp, gilthead sea bream, and European sea bass). ARRAINA is also investigating the long-term effects of alternative feeds on fish metabolism, performance, quality and waste management throughout the whole fish lifecycle (egg to brood stock).

Mobility will take place within ARRAINA in order to help improve the research capacity across Europe. The exchange will be primarily targeted at junior professionals and young scientists (eg PhD students and others) working in an ARRAINA related field.

The main target audience of the workshop is fish farmers of Hungary and the neighbouring countries, but the participation of other stakeholders (researchers, policy-makers, etc) is also welcome. The language of the workshop will be Hungarian and English, however, interpretation will be provided for both languages.

The workshop will consist of plenary sessions to present the project’s outputs and overviews on the current issues and challenges in carp feeding. There will be sessions on broodstock nutrition, egg enrichment, larvae feeding and grow out of common carp, followed by discussions to provide a representative view of the research needs of the sector.

In order to apply for a mobility grant for this upcoming workshop, please visit the ARRAINA website,, to download the application form. Contributions (maximum of €200 per participant) will be confirmed at the latest one week before the workshop.

The deadline for submission of the application form is 15 March 2015.

A detailed program as well as technical and logistical details will be provided on the ARRAINA website.

For further information and registration to the workshop, please contact:
Emese Békefi:, Zsuzsanna Sándor:



Congratulations to ARRAINA Researcher Antony Prabhu for his Winning Publication on the Mineral Requirements of Fish

The Wageningen Institute of animal Sciences (WIAS) held their 2015 Science Day on 5 February in the Wageningen Campus. The theme of this year’s WIAS Science Day was: Facing the Future!

There was a huge success for the ARRAINA project when the International Advisory Committee presented ARRAINA researcher Antony Prabhu with a Certificate for Best Publication for his paper on the “Mineral requirements of fish: a systematic view” paper which was developed through the ARRAINA project.

The theme "Facing the Future" focused on three major future challenges in animal sciences, each of which was introduced on the WIAS Science Day by inspiring keynote speakers:
1. Dr Claire Heffernan, director of the Livestock Development Group at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. She gave a talk about the emergence of animal diseases threatening food production.
2. Prof. dr. ir. Louise O. Fresco, President of the Executive Board of Wageningen UR. She addressed the issue of increasing pressure on land used for global food production beyond the field of animal sciences.
3. Dr Ruth Newberry, associate professor in Animal and Aquacultural Sciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Dr. Newberry discussed the assurance of animal welfare in relation to a growing demand for food.

To view an abstract of the paper published in the Reviews in Aquaculture (2014) journal please click HERE.



Myfish Final Symposium “Targets and limits for long term fisheries management”, 27- 30 October 2015, Athens, Greece

MYFISH SmallThe EU-funded Myfish project is organising its final symposium "Targets and limits for long term fisheries management" which will take place in Athens, Greece from 27- 30 October 2015.

The Myfish project - Maximising yield of fisheries while balancing ecosystem, economic and social concerns - aims to provide an operational framework for the implementation of the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) concept in European waters.

The goal of the symposium is to document and develop the best quality scientific approaches to management advice and implementation under potentially conflicting objectives.

The event will involve a mixture of scientific oral and poster presentations and interactive sessions focusing on implementation of targets and limits in practical fisheries management. It will bring together scientific experts from across the world and from a variety of disciplines, with stakeholders and managers to enable communication between suppliers and recipients of scientific management advice.

The deadline for abstract submission is 1 June 2015.

Please visit for more information.



Socio-Economic Impacts of Management Measures of the New Common Fisheries Policy

SocioEC.smallThe final SOCIOEC symposium took place in the Royal Flemish Academy for Sciences and the Arts, Brussels from 17-18 February 2015. Fifty-five participants attended this timely symposium which focused on the latest developments in policy and research related to the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

The SOCIOEC project has focused on the socioeconomic effects of management measures of the CFP. Since it began in March 2012, the project has explored the development of possible new future measures to be introduced in order to achieve a more profitable and efficient fishing sector that provides sustainable employment, supports society’s aims, and contributes to societal well-being.

SOCIOEC final symposium

The symposium adopted a participatory approach where policy experts and fisheries researchers provided scene-setting presentations on hot topics such as: Assessment of the new CFP and the social and economic impact of new management measures; Regionalisation of fisheries management and Impacts of the Landing Obligation. The presentations were followed by a combination of open discussion, expert panels and facilitated debates ensuring all participants had the opportunity to engage and contribute.

The project closed on 28 February 2015 and therefore this timely symposium provided an ideal opportunity to discuss both the main findings of the SOCIOEC project and the relevant issues that threaten the sustainable development of this sector.

There was lively engagement and discussion between researchers, policy makers and the various stakeholders who attended the event. All discussions will be captured in an event report which will be widely distributed to relevant stakeholders in addition to distribution to EC policy and decision makers.

For more information, visit the SOCIOEC website



Student Corner

Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Summer School

The Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (FFPW USB) are holding an International Summer School for university students in the Czech Republic from 29 June to 24 July 2015.

The summer school is a four-week course within which you are involved in a small research project, working in very well-equipped laboratories under the guidance of experienced researchers of the Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, University of South Bohemia. Laboratory work will be supplemented by many excursions to fish farms and visits to other interesting places. Professional, perfectly prepared lectures of leading Czech and foreign researchers represent another part of the summer school´s program.

Deadline for application: 28 March 2015

For more information, click HERE.



Training Through Research Surveys 2015 Call Now Open

Training Through Research Surveys (TTRS) provides exciting opportunities for graduate and postgraduate students, and researchers of marine science and technologies to gain seagoing experience on a range of dedicated surveys on board the RV Celtic Explorer. This programme is designed to provide mentored training for emerging marine scientists on surveys taking place off the western seaboard of Ireland and ranging as far as Newfoundland.

In 2015 berths are available on the following dedicated research surveys:

  • CE15003 Ocean Climate & Geology Sections: 25 February - 5 March
  • CE15005 Blue Whiting Acoustic Survey: 22 March - 11 April
  • CE15007 Transatlantic Added Value 2015: 21 April - 4 May
  • CE15010 Northwest Herring Acoustic Survey: 24 June - 14 July
  • CE15009 QuERCi - Quantifying Environmental Controls on cold-water coral reef growth: 9 - 23 June
  • CE15004 Celtic Sea Herring Acoustic Survey: 2 - 22 October

TTRS survey information and application procedures are available HERE.



Marine Science, Technology and Management (Do*Mar) Phd Programme

The Campus do Mar International Campus of Excellence offers the Marine Science, Technology and Management (DO*MAR) PhD program this academic year 2014-2015 with the aim of offering internationally acclaimed excellence in marine training.

The DO*MAR programme covers the study of the oceans in a multidisciplinary manner and incorporates the different knowledge fields.

It is cross-border in nature and participants include 6 universities from Spain and Portugal, the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO).

Internationally renowned specialists will participate in this DO*MAR PhD program and will deliver lectures and seminars, to provide quality training that will stimulate research with international impact and provide industry with the best tools to compete at global level.

For more information, click HERE.



PhD Grants for Students in the Portuguese Universities

The Do*Mar PhD programme has just launched a call for applications for PhD grants for students wishing to enrol in the Universities of Aveiro, Minho and Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro.

Do*Mar has a duration of three years and has four curricular branches:

  1. Ocean Observation and Global Change;
  2. Sustainable Use of Marine Resources;
  3. Integrated Management of the Sea;
  4. Technological Progress, Engineering and Business Management.

This doctoral programme requires a compulsory co-supervision by a professor or researcher at a Portuguese partner and at a non-Portuguese partner. Therefore, a mandatory mobility period and placement at a non-Portuguese institution is involved (minimum six months, maximum 24 months). Candidates that successfully complete the programme will receive a joint diploma issued by the Portuguese and Galician universities. A dual diploma may be issued if the mandatory away stay is in one of the associated partners.

The grants are financed by the Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), and require a mobility period of at least six months in one of the non-Portuguese members of the consortium. Six grants are available for the current call.

The deadline is 6 March 2015.

For more information, click HERE.



Two Open Field Courses in the Southern Westfjords (Iceland)

This spring, the University Centre of the Westfjords (Iceland) will offer two field courses in the southern Westfjords on innovations in aquaculture and on innovations in marine resource utilisation. The courses benefit from having agencies working in the field right on their doorstep and company visits are an essential course component.

Students are versed in the opportunities and challenges of cold water aquaculture during the first course, while the second course focuses on innovations in the sustainable utilisation of coastal resources. At the end of each course students work on a business plan for an innovation project of their own choosing.

For further information, click HERE



Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment Summer School

The Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) will hold a summer school on “Water Column Processes from Coast to Ocean” from 4-18 July 2015, at ICBM facilities in Wilhelmshaven and Oldenburg, Germany.

The interdisciplinary scientific programme has a focus on the water column and comprises excursions, sampling, lab work using up-to-date analytical instrumentation, and lectures concerning different topics of coastal research.

Application deadline: 22 March 2015

For more details, click HERE



DEVOTES-EuroMarine Summer School

The FP7 DEVOTES project will hold a summer school entitled “Integrative assessment of marine systems: the ecosystem approach in practice” at the aquarium of Donostia in San Sebastian, Spain from 9-11 June 2015.

The attendees (PhD students, post-docs and researchers willing to discover new tools on integrative assessment) will acquire new knowledge on recent trends in marine research, related to management of our oceans. This course will explore the potential and recent advances in the integrative assessment of marine systems (based upon strong new monitoring tools, such as genomics), including the various ecosystem components (from plankton to marine mammals), at different scales (from water bodies to regional seas), in management applications (e.g. related to the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the Water Framework Directive (WFD), etc.). The main objective of the school is to give an overview on the integrative assessment to ocean and coastal management using an ecosystem approach view.

Registration is now open.

For more information, click HERE



Grant Funding for Attendance of Young Fish Technologists at the 2015 World Seafood Congress

The International Association of Fish Inspectors invites applications for the 2015 Peter Howgate Award. This award will fund the attendance of a young fish technologist (under 30 years of age) to the IAFI World Seafood Congress 2015 in Grimsby UK, from 5-10 September 2015. The Award will cover travel, accommodation and the congress fee.

The International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) was established in 1999 to serve the world fish inspection community. IAFI exists to promote the exchange of ideas and information, foster interaction, understanding and professional collaboration among individuals, organisations, and governments, disseminate knowledge about seafood and associated products inspection, and promote advancement of the state-of-the-art in fish inspection research and education. For more information visit

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, 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 International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) in 2014.

The deadline for submission of applications is 31 March 2015.

More information and an application form is available from



Other News


Robots of the Deep

Underwater robots can explore seas and rivers, gathering in groups to solve problems together, if they learn to cooperate.

Engineers in the Portuguese town of Porto are working on SUNRISE, a European research project developing drone submarines, which talk to each other using sound signals.

A group of robots – each carrying a particular set of sensors – will scour the seabed looking for a lost object or a chemical leak. By working together, they can collect a lot of information in a short space of time.

For more information, click HERE



Expert Consultation on Discards in EU Small-scale Fisheries

As part of a report requested by the European Parliament, University of Santiago de Compostela and University of Aveiro are conducting a questionnaire to gather information on discards in EU small-scale fisheries.

Your response is crucial, as it will help us better inform the European Parliament. Your answers will be confidential and will never be traced back to you at any time. The questionnaire should take less than 20 minutes. Please respond by the end of March.

To access the survey, click HERE.



Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan to hold "Somos Atlánticos" Workshop

The Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan is holding its first national event on 25 March, in Santander, Spain.

The workshop will introduce Atlantic stakeholders to different EU funding instruments such as Transnational Cooperation Programmes, H2020 Societal Challenges, Life+ or COSME, and will present guidelines about the utilisation of EU structural funds.

This will be a Spanish-speaking event.

For more information, click HERE



New Device Sniffs Out Seafood Fraud

Researchers at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science have developed a handheld sensor capable of debunking fraudulent seafood species claims, helping to ensure that consumers get what they pay for.

For more information, click HERE.



Ex Post Evaluation of FP7-Environment

Directorate I of DG RTD has recently published the Ex Post Evaluation of FP7-Environment.

This report assesses the rationale, objectives, participation, outputs, outcomes and impacts of the FP7-Environment programme. This report provides very valuable feedback to improve the management of Horizon 2020, both at the level of projects and strategically.

To view the full report, click HERE.



Copernicus' Monitoring Services Moving Closer to Operational Phase

The European Commission has moved a step closer to the start of the operational stage of three of Copernicus's earth observation services: Atmosphere Monitoring, Climate Change, and Marine Environment Monitoring.

For more information, click HERE



Plastic Waste Dominates Seafloor Litter in Mediterranean and Black Sea Surveys

Researchers have trawled coastal areas of the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea for waste and found up to 1211 items of litter per km2. Plastic bags and bottles were some of the most commonly found items.

For more information, click HERE.



ERA Chairs Grants to Boost Research Excellence in the EU

Thirteen universities, technical institutes and private organisations from Member States with a high potential for research excellence, are to receive up to €2.5 million each in EU funding to boost their research capacity through the appointment of "ERA Chairs".

The Horizon 2020 funding will enable these institutions to attract top academics so that they can compete with centres of excellence elsewhere in the European Research Area (ERA). The aim is to bridge Europe's innovation divide by making sure that no one with potential is left behind.

For more, click HERE



New Website Highlights an Innovative Approach to a Sustainable Future for our Seas

The research findings of VECTORS, an EU funded marine research project, are now available on a new website ( This website focuses more on appreciating the impact that the marine environment has on our societies and economies, as opposed to the traditional angle that emphasises the impact humans have had on the marine environment. This enables us to put a value on marine ‘goods and services’.

For more information, visit



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