AquaTT Training News - Newsletter 7 2016

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Newsletter 7 2016
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Training News is a free e-mail news service provided by AquaTT on education, training, news and events in marine science, aquaculture and related sectors. The newsletter currently reaches more than 5,000 international recipients on a monthly basis. Please submit any relevant information for inclusion in next month's edition to Please CLICK HERE to go to the archives of AquaTT Training News and Announcements.




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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.


The Marine Microbiome: A Treasure Trove of Scientific and Industrial Potential

The worlds of science and industry gathered in Berlin, Germany, from 27-30 June 2016 to discuss the untapped biotechnological potential of the ocean’s microorganisms at the ‘Marine Microbiome – Discovery & Innovation’ conference.

Hosted by the EC FP7-funded MaCuMBA project, this joint industry conference and open science meeting brought together experts from across the globe to discuss how novel research discoveries in the field of marine biotechnology can greatly improve Europe’s capacity to generate new commercial opportunities.

The event was held at the Science and Technology Park Berlin-Adlershof and consisted of a one-day industry conference followed by a two-day open science meeting. Most attendees participated in both events, taking advantage of the excellent opportunity for industry and science stakeholders to exchange experiences and generate new ideas to drive this important area forward.

‘Marine Microbiome – Discovery & Innovation’ represented the culmination of the four-year MaCuMBA project, which has focused on increasing the rate of isolation of marine microorganisms using novel high throughput techniques for improved isolation efficiency and cultivation of marine microorganisms, and screening for bioactive compounds and biotechnological applications.

Photo Caption: Moderated by Dr Jerry Reen of UCC, Ireland, the panel participants discuss the challenges and solutions with regard to intellectual property rights and the implementation of the Nagoya protocol in Europe, with a focus on its application in relation to the use of marine microbial diversity.

With a diverse and comprehensive three-day programme, the event brought together more than 30 high-level experts and over 120 attendees from 17 nations, including numerous European countries, the USA, Israel, South Africa, Mexico and Ecuador. The conference activities included round table and moderated panel discussions; an interactive industry exhibition; one-to-one meetings; a plenary programme with key speakers presenting the latest trends and main issues; and relaxed informal networking opportunities. All activities were designed to provide a platform for research and industry alike to diversify their cross-sectorial knowledge, strengthen their existing partnerships and build new opportunities.

MaCuMBA Project Coordinator, Lucas Stal said: “All invited speakers at the industry conference and open science meeting gave wonderful contributions, and the expert panel members discussed their topics enthusiastically. Each of the four round tables were bustling with lively discussions. The contributions of all those who attended, both oral and poster presenters, exhibitors and delegates, all culminated in making this conference such an excellent event! It is my hope that all participants enjoyed the conference as much as I did.”

In addition to the numerous presentations and discussions of novel research results and applications, several interactive round tables were organised, which provided a more focused atmosphere for researchers to engage in detailed conversations about important questions relevant to their line of work.

The exhibition hall in particular showcased key outputs and ‘hardware’ of the MaCuMBA project that have high potential industrial relevance, and are prime candidates for practical commercial development and applications. Researchers were on hand to demonstrate and explain how the European marine biotech industry could benefit from the latest research results in the area. One example is the ‘optical tweezers’ developed by MaCuMBA partners Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK). This state of the art instrument is capable of isolating single cells out of a mixture of cells. They have also developed an integrated optical-microfluidic device to rapidly isolate a large number of cells based on electrokinetic approaches. Start-up companies were also present, among them CellDeg, who showcased their novel high density cultivators, demonstrating live how photoautotrophic cultures can rapidly grow in a membrane based cultivation system.

One of the highlights of the plenary session was the screening of the MaCuMBA short film. “Revealing the Secrets of Marine Microbes” was produced by the creative team at eCOAST Marine Research who shadowed the work of MaCuMBA researchers in Texel, The Netherlands. This video is ideal for educational use and is available to view and download on the MaCuMBA project website:

For more information about MaCuMBA and its final conference, please visit:, or contact Marieke Reuver, email:

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

Photo caption: Dr Lynn Paterson (Heriot-Watt University) demonstrates hardware developed by MaCuMBA researchers including a Laser tweezer, optical pressure-based cell sorter, and MicroDish at the Industry exhibition. Credit: AquaTT



Second Issue of Sea Change Project News Now Available

The second issue of the Sea Change project newsletter is now available to download from the project’s website: Sea Change is a three-year EU Horizon 2020 funded project that aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the ocean. Sea Change will create a deeper understanding of how the health of European citizens depends on the health of our ocean, and how the health of our ocean depends on the actions of our citizens.

The second issue of the Sea Change project newsletter includes some inspiring ideas about how to help tackle ocean acidification and is also a great place to get updates on the project’s recent Ocean Literacy endeavours. This issue features: a report on consultations with education stakeholders about bringing Ocean Literacy into European schools; results of the Think Big, Think Ocean ideas contest and the Future Ocean computer game design contest; details of upcoming eLearning books and new learning resources on the links between the ocean and human health.

Get the latest news on the Sea Change project by following us on Twitter at @SeaChange_EU and liking us on Facebook at

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



Apply now for the FREE AQUAEXCEL2020 Training Course on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS)

Applications are now being accepted for the second training course organised by the Horizon 2020-funded AQUAEXCEL2020 project (AQUAculture infrastructures for EXCELlence in European fish research towards 2020). The Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) course will be hosted by l’Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (Ifremer), in Sète, France from 24 - 28 October 2016.

AQUAEXCEL2020 aims to bring together, integrate, and open up highly diverse key national and regional aquaculture Research Infrastructures in Europe to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, ensuring their optimal use and joint development. AQUAEXCEL2020 will organise nine pioneering technical training courses focusing on different aspects of aquaculture experimentation. These courses present a valuable opportunity for researchers and technicians in this field to further their experience.

RAS allow a constant and adjustable quality of the rearing water to be maintained, therefore contributing to more intensive and reliable production and substantial energy savings. They have become increasingly used for the on-growing of a wide variety of fish (including marine species) and shellfish, as well as to grow out freshwater species and produce marine fingerlings.

The objectives of this course are to review the basics of RAS and examine the different systems, designs, operations and applications. A half day will be dedicated to a RAS industry mini seminar for which industry stakeholders are invited to join.

The full course is designed for aquaculture professionals with a university degree (e.g. engineers, researchers, etc.) interested in the potential applications of RAS (i.e. controlled intensive fish farming, water reuse, use of environmentally friendly technologies, etc.). Interested industry stakeholders who are not involved in the full course are welcome to take part in the industry mini seminar.

Course attendance is free, thanks to EC H2020 funding. Participants are expected to pay for their own travel, subsistence and accommodation. Participants taking part in the full training course are requested to submit their CV and a brief letter of motivation. Places will be confirmed, at the latest, one month before the start of the training course. To submit your registration request, please send your completed official registration form to, with the following subject line: AQUAEXCEL2020 / training course #2 (Ifremer)

Industry participants attending the industry mini seminar only (Friday 28 October 2016, 08.30 – 13.00) are requested to register by submitting their affiliation and contact details via e-mail to Please indicate the following in the subject line: AQUAEXCEL2020 / training course #2 (Ifremer) – industry

The application deadline is Friday 9 September 2016.

For further information about the course content, and other information of interest, please visit or see the course flyer here.  



TRAFOON Open to Innovation Conference, 19 - 20 October 2016

The TRAFOON (Traditional Food Network to improve the transfer of knowledge for innovation) project recognises that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the EU traditional food sector are increasingly under pressure due to developing open markets, increasing 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 with the objective to establish a knowledge transfer network with a focus on food products made of grains, fish, 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. 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 on the 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



COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer – NEAT Workshop

A group of specialists in marine Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) took part in a COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer workshop organised by the Centro Tecnologico del Mar - Fundacion (CETMAR) in Vigo, 30 June 2016. The purpose of this meeting was to assess and validate, from an end-user perspective, the validity and utility of the tool NEAT (Nested Environmental Status Assessment Tool) in different contexts of marine EIA studies.

CETMAR are the Node Leader and Knowledge Fellow for the COLUMBUS Marine Governance and Management Node, where sustainable implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, as well as other marine related policies, is the main focus. The NEAT software was developed through the FP7-Oceans of Tomorrow Project DEVOTES. This Knowledge Output was identified by CETMAR through the application of the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology as one of the Knowledge Outputs from the DEVOTES project with a clear potential impact if transferred correctly to identified end-users.

In its first 18 months, COLUMBUS has already established a “Knowledge Fellowship”, a network of nine full-time Knowledge Transfer Fellows whose role it is to carry out Knowledge Transfer, each with a specific focus area, including as above Marine Governance and Management. Trained in the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology developed by AquaTT, this remote team has identified knowledge gaps relating to Blue Growth within their nodal areas and is proactively collecting knowledge from EU-funded research projects which have the potential to fulfil, or contribute towards filling, these gaps.

During the workshop, all participants made numerous and valuable contributions for the improvement of the tool in the future, and CETMAR will continue working with DEVOTES to ensure the Knowledge Output is transferred and applied as quickly as possible, ensuring it achieves maximum potential.

Please visit the COLUMBUS website to find more detail on the Knowledge Transfer methodology and expected impacts of the COLUMBUS project:

If you would like to know more about the COLUMBUS project or would like to receive regular updates on its progress, please contact the Project Manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (email: or tel: +353 (1) 6449008). 

Photo caption: Participants at the first COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer workshop in Vigo, Spain. Credit: Mónica Incera 



COLUMBUS Drives Forward On a Wave of Activity

Representing the EC’s most substantial investment in Knowledge Transfer to date, COLUMBUS intends to capitalise on the EC’s much larger expenditure on marine and maritime research by ensuring accessibility and uptake of research Knowledge Outputs by end users, policy, industry, science and wider society.

Recently, the project partners came together for their 4th Partner Meeting, held in Vigo, Spain from 12-13 July 2016. The aim of the meeting was to facilitate the COLUMBUS Knowledge Fellows and partners to come together for focused Knowledge Transfer workshops - making science count! COLUMBUS brings together a new extended multi-stakeholder, multidisciplinary, transnational partnership with the experience, strategic positioning and track record in the marine and maritime sectors to achieve the ambitious impacts of the project.

If you would like to know more about the COLUMBUS project or would like to receive regular updates on its progress, please visit or contact its Project Manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (email: or tel: +353 (1) 6449008)

Photo caption: COLUMBUS fourth partner meeting Vigo, Spain.



Join the Sea Change - Take Action to Protect Our Ocean, Our Health

The Sea Change project invites you to take simple steps towards protecting our ocean by joining its new “Our Ocean, Our Health” campaign to raise awareness of the interconnectedness of ocean and human health.

Sea Change is an EU Horizon 2020-funded project which aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the intrinsic links between ocean and human health, and to empower us, as “Ocean Literate” citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.

“Our Ocean, Our Health” emphasises the vital role of the ocean in making life on Earth possible. Our ocean provides us with oxygen, it regulates our climate and produces over 140 million tons of food each year. But human activity and our way of life is affecting the ocean’s health. If we don’t take care of the ocean, we endanger our own survival.

You can help to spread the word about the ocean’s life-giving vitality by sharing Sea Change’s new video, which highlights the ocean’s contribution to the oxygen we breathe. Watch “Our Ocean Our Oxygen” on the Sea Change website,, or the Sea Change Vimeo channel at

Sea Change encourages you to take action by pledging to make a “sea change” in your daily behaviour at and sharing your commitment online using #OurOceanOurHealth. Even by making small changes in our activities, together we can achieve big results to tackle the marine issues of plastic debris, acidification, pollution and depletion of fish stocks.

Jon Parr, Sea Change Coordinator, said: “We are very excited to launch the ‘Our Ocean, Our Health’ campaign, which is all about making a ‘sea change’ in our lives, celebrating the ocean and recognising how it is at the heart of everything we do. We encourage everyone to get out there and take on the challenge. We’ll be following #OurOceanOurHealth closely and look forward to seeing what changes people have pledged.”

Find out how you can help protect the ocean, and make your pledge at: Don’t forget to share your commitment with #OurOceanOurHealth.

Get the latest news on the Sea Change campaign by following us on Twitter at @SeaChange_EU and liking us on Facebook at



Learn All About ARRAINA – 2016 Newsletter Available Now!

The ARRAINA (Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture) newsletter will be used as a medium to keep all interested stakeholders up to date of the efforts of the ARRAINA project, something which is especially important now as the project nears its end point with significant work still being carried out.

The latest newsletter of the ARRAINA project is now available to download from This 2016 issue of the ARRAINA Newsletter features articles such as: Biomarker discovery and validation in fish nutrition; The relation of nutritional value and micronutrients in plant based feed; Successful production of broodstock on diets based largely on plant meals and vegetable oils; Effects of alternative feeds on waste production and management; New data for the metabolism of juveniles related to nutritional stimuli; and the latest news from ARRAINA's project partners. The ARRAINA Newsletter is compiled by Work Package Leader in charge of Communications, Wageningen University, with input from project partners.

The ARRAINA project factsheet can be downloaded here. For more information, please visit the project website or contact the ARRAINA Project Coordinator, Sadasivam Kaushik ( or the Project Manager, Olga Mackre (



AquaTT Attendance at Aquaculture Europe 2016

Aquaculture Europe 2016 (AE2016) will take place from 20 - 23 September 2016 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Scotland. With the theme ‘Food for Thought’, AE2016 will present the latest science to support further development of the aquaculture sector and will include industry panels to discuss key opportunities and identify areas to encourage further sustainable growth in aquaculture. AE2016 is organised by the European Aquaculture Society with the cooperation and support of Marine Scotland and The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland.

AquaTT will have 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 are strongly rooted in the area of knowledge management, we are eagerly looking forward to attending AE2016. As in previous years, AquaTT will also be co-organising (together with Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) Ltd) the Lindsay Laird Award for Innovation in Aquaculture, awarding the best student poster at AE2016. The award consists of a certificate and a new iPad Mini.

AquaTT has booth number 19 at AE2016 and you are all very welcome to come visit Cliona NÍ Cheallacháin (AquaTT Senior Project Manager) and Claudia Junge (AquaTT Project Officer), who will be manning AquaTT’s booth.

For more information on AquaTT:

For more information on AE2016, click here



Call for Mobility for Aquaculture Europe 2016 Open – ARRAINA: Learn About Nutrition in Fish Feed

The ARRAINA (Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture) project’s key objective aimed to improve the use of sustainable vegetable products in the formulation of cost-efficient, environmentally friendly fish feeds that ensure production of seafood of high nutritional value and quality.

Mobility awards have been taking place within ARRAINA in order to help improve the research capacity across Europe. The exchange has primarily been targeted at junior professionals and young scientists (e.g. PhD students and others) working in an ARRAINA related field. The ARRAINA session at the upcoming Aquaculture Europe conference in Edinburgh, from 20-23 September 2016, will focus on the progressive efforts being made in nutrition and quality of Aquaculture feeds.

The last ARRAINA Call for Mobility, presenting grants of €500 per person towards the conference fee of the Aquaculture Europe 2016 meeting, is open now. Mobility grants are available only for new member states and candidate countries. Deadline for submission is at the latest by 5 September 2016. Grants are paid on receipt of payment of the Aquaculture Europe conference as well as the submission of a report based on the ARRAINA session, to be held for the full day of Wednesday 21 September 2016.

In order to apply for a mobility grant for this upcoming workshop, please visit the ARRAINA website,, to download the application form. Successful applications will be confirmed at the latest one week before the event.

The ARRAINA project factsheet can be downloaded from the website. For more information, please visit the project website or contact the ARRAINA Project Coordinator, Sadasivam Kaushik ( or the Project Manager, Olga Mackre (



Learn About Fish Feed Nutrition with ARRAINA at Aquaculture Europe 2016

The theme of this year’s Aquaculture Europe 2016 (AE2016) is “Food for thought” and means something to think about, something to be seriously considered and something that provides mental stimulation and nourishment. Following on from the successful ARRAINA sessions at both Aquaculture Europe 2014 and 2015 in San Sebastian, Spain, and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, respectively, the project's partners will return this year to Edinburgh, Scotland, and highlight the significant and impressive results surrounding the nutritional aspects of aquaculture feed generated by the EC funded project.

The Aquaculture Europe events are all about communication related to the sector. AE2016 will feature a special international trade exhibition, where Scottish and international companies will present their latest products and services.

ARRAINA’S key objective aimed to improve the use of sustainable vegetable products in the formulation of cost-efficient, environmentally friendly fish feeds that ensure production of seafood of high nutritional value and quality. Examples of ARRAINA outputs to be presented include the results of a study examining the effect of three protein sources (fish meal, squid meal and a mixture of vegetable protein concentrates) on gilthead sea bream larvae performance and digestive function. The potential presence and prevalence of contaminants in fish fillets for human consumption as a result of exchanging marine ingredients with those from agriculture will also be explored.

If you are planning on attending AE2016, please drop into the ARRAINA session and learn more about the progressive efforts being made in nutrition and quality of Aquaculture feeds. Also, please make sure to call to the AquaTT stand (#19) where you can meet Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, Senior Project Manager, who will gladly talk about the significant advances made by ARRAINA and provide you with relevant project material.

Aquaculture Europe 2016 takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland 20 - 23 September 2016. For more information, please view the conference brochure

Find out more about ARRAINA at 


Student Corner

Win an iPad Mini at Aquaculture Europe 2016! Lindsay Laird 2016 Innovation in Aquaculture Award

In 2008, AquaTT and Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) Ltd established an award in honour of Lindsay Laird ( for the most innovative poster (in English) submitted by a student to the annual Aquaculture Europe conference, which concerns research in any one of the following areas:

  • Environmental Impacts in aquaculture
  • New species
  • Hatcheries/early life history
  • Stock production
  • Fish diseases
  • New technologies
  • Genetics/genomics

At the time of her early death from cancer in 2001, Lindsay Laird was a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Zoology Department at Aberdeen University. From the beginning of her career, Lindsay worked with the expanding Scottish aquaculture industry on different aspects of salmon farming. In 1998, she became the first Chairman of the Organic Fish Producers’ Association. She served as Vice-Chairman of the Scottish Fisheries Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors of the European Aquaculture Society from 1994 to 2000, when she was obliged to retire for health reasons. Lindsay also carried out research and gave lectures in countries such as Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, and Borneo, where a new species of moth (Dasychera lairdi) was named after her.

The award includes a certificate and iPad mini as well as books from well-known publishers of aquaculture.

Entries submitted by students for the best student poster at the 40th anniversary European Aquaculture Society conference in Edinburgh, Scotland from 20 - 23 September 2016 are eligible.

The winner will join seven previous winners from Germany, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, and Malta.

Click here to learn more about the Lindsay Laird award and previous winners.  

We are looking forward to a bumper crop of entries at this year’s event!


Student Competition to Design a Logo for AQUA 2018

This competition is open to all students, not just members of European Aquaculture Society (EAS) and World Aquaculture Society (WAS). The AQUA 2018 logo should illustrate the theme and scope of the event. Winners will receive free registration to AQUA 2018 and membership to EAS or WAS.

Theme: #WeRAquaculture

Scope: We are the producers, the investors, the suppliers, the processors, the vendors, the scientists, the educators, the students and the consumers of farmed aquatic products. We R Aquaculture! AQUA 2018 will celebrate the fact that aquaculture is one of the most important food production industries in the world. Aquaculture is the most efficient producer of high quality food and contributes to global health and wealth. Aquaculture respects the environment, creates employment and offers significant investment opportunities.

Designs must be submitted electronically, and be in colour and .jpg format, to Submissions can also be hand drawn. Proof of student status is required.

Deadline: 9 September 2016

For more information, click here.



Online Metabarcoding Course

The demand for low-cost sequencing has driven the development of high-throughput sequencing (or next-generation sequencing) technologies to cost effectively produces thousands or millions of sequences concurrently.

This online metabarcoding course provides an overview of the state of current technology and the platforms available. The course is web-based and will take place from 3 - 28 October 2016.

Topics include:

  • Next generation sequencing
  • Environmental DNA (eDNA)
  • Metabarcoding analytics
  • Applications/recent research

The metabarcoding course will develop your skills to make informed decisions in choosing a next-generation sequencing platform to meet your laboratory needs.

Take advantage of the early bird registration fees. Register before 9 September 2016 for $449 plus tax.

For more information, visit the course website



Ghent University Blue Growth Summer School

Ghent University is organising a two-week Blue Growth Summer School in GreenBridge, Ostend, Belgium, from 12 - 23 September 2016. The course will combine science, business development modules, interactive and hands-on sessions with excursions and socio-cultural activities. Themes tackled include blue energy, aquaculture, coastal engineering, marine ecosystems and societal benefits, multi-use platforms and marine spatial planning. The target audience are master students with different backgrounds passionate about exploring the challenging role of oceans and seas in our future society.

Registration/enrolment fee: €350 for a single week and €500 for two weeks with a maximum travel allowance set at €250.

Credits: a total of 6 credits can be gained upon completion of the entire course.

For more information, click here



GLOBAQUA Course on Stable Isotopes

This course, organised by the Jožef Stefan Institute within the framework of the GLOBAQUA project, will take place in Ljubljana (Slovenia) from 10 - 13 October 2016. It will introduce the basic principles behind isotopic and chemical tracer modelling. Of all the methods used to model hydrological processes in small watersheds, tracers (isotopic and chemical) have provided the best new insights into the age, origin and pathway of water movement. Course organisers intend to organise sampling at two locations on the Sava River in Slovenia and provide training with sample preparation and the use of Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS).

The training course is designed for researchers (master, doctoral and postdoctoral level) and other scientists interested in the use of stable isotopes and other tracers in hydrological studies.

For further enquiries please contact Nives Ogrinc (



Open Call: Science@Sea 2016 Shipboard Training Courses

Science@Sea courses in multidisciplinary marine science will take place from Monday 26 - 29 September 2016 in Cork Harbour (Ireland). These intensive two-day CPD courses aboard the RV Celtic Voyager are aimed at postgraduate and graduate students of marine-related sciences, technologies and engineering, as well as researchers, industry professionals and educators.

Science@Sea concentrates on the cross‐disciplinary skills involved in marine sampling and data collection. Participants will gain first-hand experience in the set-up, applications, and deployment and retrieval of a wide range of sampling equipment and instrumentation. Other elements essential to carrying out research surveys at sea are also addressed including safety at sea, research vessel activities and capabilities, and survey design and planning.

For further enquiries please email or visit the SMART website.



School on Numerical Ecology

A School on Recent Advances in Analysis of Multivariate Ecological Data - Theory and Practice will be held in Trieste (Italy) from 24 - 28 October 2016. It is organised by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics together with Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale, Italy (OGS) and the International Society for Ecological Modelling (ISEM). The school aims to provide both the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to perform advanced analysis of physical, environmental and ecological data, and to provide a bridge between theory and practice.

A detailed announcement by organisers is available here

For more information, visit the school webpage here



DEST Course Philosophy of Biological Systematics

The 3rd edition of this Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) course is co-organised with the Scandinavian Research School in Biosystematics (ForBio) and will be held 10 - 14 October 2016, in Drøbak, Norway. This is an opportunity to critically examine what is required for systematics to function as a part of scientific inquiry, and discover many of the problems with current methods.

For more information, visit the DEST taxonomy training website



SOLAS Science and Society Workshop

A free workshop on the topic of "SOLAS Science and Society" will take place from 26 - 27 October 2016 in Brussel, Belgium. The workshop will bring together researchers in the field of ocean-atmosphere interactions and social scientists. During the two-day workshop, the discussion will focus on three separate topics:

  • Valuing carbon and the ocean’s role
  • (In)Forming policy across the air-sea interface
  • The shipping industry and air-sea interactions.

For more information, visit the SOLAS website.  

For the workshop announcement, click here


Other News

New Film Examines the Current State of US Aquaculture

A new film from Living Ocean Productions sets out to educate the modern consumer, looking at four established aquaculture farms across the nation. The film, titled “The Working Waterfront,” consults different farmers on a range of topics including environmental responsibility, economic and communal aquaculture benefits, and the value of local production.

The video can be viewed on YouTube here



MEPs and Ministers Strike Informal Deal to Ban Deep Sea Fishing Below 800 Metres

Members in the European Parliament and ministers struck a deal on a ban on fishing below a depth of 800m in the northeast Atlantic. The ban will apply to bottom trawling and would also restrict deep-sea fishing to the area where it took place between 2009 and 2011.

For more information, click here



5th Trans-Atlantic Seabed Mapping Survey

The Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance recently undertook the 5th Trans-Atlantic seabed mapping survey. The expedition, which took place from 22 July to 2 August on board the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent, mapped the seafloor between Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and Tromso, Norway.

For more information, click here



Underwater Microscope Catches Corals Dancing in Their Natural Habitat

A new underwater microscope allows scientists to take their lab right to the bottom of the ocean, where they can get up close and personal with coral and other sea life to see how they behave in their own watery domain.

For more information, click here



Rich Deep-sea Fauna on Polymetallic Nodules Targeted for Mining

By highlighting the importance of nodules for the deep-sea biodiversity, scientists involved in the EC's Joint Programming Initiative for healthy and productive seas and oceans (JPI Oceans) pilot action on the ecological aspects of deep-sea mining call for criteria for designating preservation zones to be based on robust scientific knowledge.

For more information, click here



Report on Integrated Marine Research for Sustainable Ocean Development Now Available

The United Nations acknowledged at a summit in September 2015 that ocean sustainable development is crucial for human prosperity. Seventeen sustainable development goals (SDGs) were defined to ensure peace and prosperity for all, recognising Earth’s limitations and the need to increase global partnerships. Among these is an explicit ocean goal to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”.

For more information, click here



Citizen Scientists Train a Thousand Eyes on the North Pole

During expedition cruises onboard Russian icebreaker 50 let Pobedy, led by the tour company Poseidon Expeditions, tourists participate in collecting scientific data and contribute to ongoing observations of sea ice conditions in the Arctic.

For more information, click here.



Arctic Survey Hunts for Missing Nitrogen and Phosphorus

A new survey, led by researchers from the National Oceanographic Centre (UK) and Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Canada), of ocean waters flowing in and out of the Arctic may shed light on how dissolved organic nitrogen and phosphorus contribute to nutrient cycling in the Arctic.

For more information, click here



New Global Data on High Seas and Large Marine Ecosystems to Support Policy Makers

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) released a suite of products from the Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) data, including a full global assessment report and a more targeted version in summary form for policy makers.

For more information, click here



Scientists Call for Better Plastics Design to Protect Marine Life

Improved materials would encourage recycling and prevent single-use containers from entering the oceans and breaking into small pieces. Better design will be a key element in combating the rapidly growing problem; if most of these materials were better designed, they could be better recycled and captured, which would also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information, click here.



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