The growing demand for a sustainable use of aquatic resources has stimulated research interest in untangling the functional relationships between aquatic organisms, including interactions at the basis of food webs. Knowledge of these (trophic) interactions is a prerequisite to understand and to protect the carrying capacity of aquatic ecosystems. Stable isotope analysis (SIA) has proven to be a useful tool in reconstructing diets, characterizing trophic relationships, elucidating patterns of resource allocation, and constructing food webs.
Capacity building and training
The second edition of the Blue Growth Summer School is taking place at GreenBridge, UGent Campus Ostend in Belgium from 11-22 September 2017. The Summer School will cover a wide range of topics throughout its run, from exploring the challenging role of oceans and seas in our future society, to assessing how people from multiple backgrounds and disciplines can work together to achieve goals that would not be possible without collaboration.
The school is mainly aimed at Master's or PhD students in engineering, bio-engineering, geography, or marine biology.
To achieve a better understanding of the connectivity of lab and modelling work, the 2017 Hjort Summer School has a strong focus on hands-on work. Accompanied by lectures, students will conduct lab experiments and link them to modelling experiences using examples highly relevant to the changing marine environment of today like mixotrophy, zooplankton fecal pellet production and carbon export. Students are also asked to prepare a poster-presentation of their own research. Upon completion, they receive a course diploma with a recommended 3 ECTS.
This edition of the summer school course will provide the participants a solid overall understanding of basic and applied aspects of Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). This course will follow a holistic approach to MSP, addressing stakeholders’ involvement, maritime sector’s needs, marine environment conservation, national / international legal aspects and finally, applicable data management. Academics and professionals, with practical knowledge, experiences, and applicable methods as related tools, will give the course.
Since 2001, SARAF aims at training engineers and technicians to the modern methods of analysis of residues and contaminants in food.
The lectures are provided in English by leading European experts and are made up of theoretical and practical courses alike.
The programme allows the participants to get up to date with the very latest technologies used within the National Reference Laboratories and to increase their network of contacts for further cooperation.
Microalgae biotechnology is a fast growing domain emerged in the last decades due to their huge potential as raw matter for a great diversity of products and services. Microalgae biomass consists of important primary metabolites such as sugars, oils and lipids, used for the production of food, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetic, biofertilizers, animal feed. Moreover microalgae biotechnology has also a high potential as an environmental technology for GHG abatement or wastewater treatment.
The summer school “How to govern marine environment: Baltic Sea and sediment services as a case study“ will give an interdisciplinary overview on topics related to the functioning of marine environments and their possible response to human impacts and their governance.
This one day training event is aimed at practitioners with good existing knowledge of plant taxonomy. The training covers the use and limitations of the key and will help develop confidence in identification based on vegetative characteristics.
This course introduces the principles of fisheries acoustics and the fundamental steps required to design, conduct and analyze data to estimate the abundance and distribution of marine fauna. A case study will use an example fish stock for the design of a survey and simulated results will be used to estimate the abundance at age of the fish stock using the R statistical programming language (computer code will be provided to demonstrate the steps required to estimate the abundance at age).
As part of the EO Science For Society – scientific exploitation programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an advanced Remote Sensing Training Course devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO Missions (e.g. Copernicus Sentinels) for science and application development