Postdoc Fellowships Cultural Value of Coastlines

Postdoc Fellowships Cultural Value of Coastlines

University College Dublin invites applications for two Postdoctoral Fellowships on the Irish Research Council New Horizons Project, The Cultural Value of Coastlines:

Assessing the Cultural Influences and Impacts of Ecosystem Change on the Irish Sea Coasts

(one fellowship in humanities, one in ecology, both for 15 months).

The Cultural Value of Coastlines brings together environmental humanities and environmental science researchers in a transdisciplinary team to investigate the role of culture (aesthetics, heritage, sense of place and identity) in determining human uses and values of the sea and coastlines, and the effects upon culture of changes to marine and coastal environments. The project focuses on three interrelated questions:

  • How do coastal and marine environments contribute cultural benefits to coastal communities?
  • How is the cultural value of coastal and marine environments dependent upon ecosystem functions and conditions, and how does this relationship vary?
  • How can the cultural benefits of coastal and maritime environments be assessed effectively so as to contribute directly to marine spatial planning, cultural heritage management, and sustainability governance?

The research team will work closely with coastal communities around the Irish Sea to address these questions.

Full details of the post are available at: – using the job reference codes: 009026 (humanities) and 009027 (environmental science).

The deadline for applications is March 7th 2017.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. John Brannigan ( or Prof. Tasman Crowe ( The expected start date for the positions is June 1st 2017.

(Source: MARINE-B)

Blue Science for Blue Growth, 2017.02.08, Brussels

Blue Science for Blue Growth, 2017.02.08, Brussels

“Blue Science for Blue Growth, connecting ideas and people”
European Parliament – room PHS 3 C 050 , Brussels
8 February 2017, from 15:00 to 18:00

The event will be hosted by Ricardo SERRÃO SANTOS MEP, and is organized together with Euromarine and SEARICA Intergroup to discuss issues related to science and the oceans.

You may find the Provisional Programme here.

You need to regsiter here.
Registration is possible until the 31st of January.

52nd EMBS Portorož (Slovenia), 25-29 September 2017

52nd EMBS Portorož (Slovenia), 25-29 September 2017

The 52nd EMBS will take place at PortoRož, Slovenia (25-29 September 2017) organized by the National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station Piran.


  • Marine symbiosis
  • Advanced microscopy and imaging in biology
  • Benthic-pelagic coupling
  • Marine metagenomics
  • General session

Important dates

  • 1 March 2017 – Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • 30 April 2017 – Notification of abstract acceptance
  • 31 may 2017 – End of early bird registration rate
  • 31 August 2017 – Deadline for registration
  • 25-29 September 2017 – 52nd EMBS
More information can be found here.


Online registration is open now!



Forum “Challenges for the future of marine stations” now open

Forum “Challenges for the future of marine stations” now open

– for MARS members only –

During the last decade MARS has organised several scoping and networking activities to advance the research at marine stations and to make it future-proof.

In June 2008 at a joint MARS-MarBEF-MGE meeting in Brussels the future of MARS was discussed. The question was raised whether MARS, as residual body of the marine Networks of Excellence, should take up a role as umbrella for other networks, programmes and projects.

Since then the marine research and research-policy landscape has changed considerably, and it is now the time to evaluate and reconsider the scope and future strategy of MARS.

The main discussion will take place during the next MARS Directors Meeting in Santander (30 January – 2 February 2017).
In the meantime we want to prepare this discussion, and open it also for the MARS members that will not be able to attend that meeting

As a MARS member you are cordially invited to add to the Forum discussion:

The scoping discussion is organized along four topics:

1. A strong profile for marine stations: now and in the future
2. External pressures on research programmes of marine stations
3. A new Action Plan for marine stations
4. Increasing the visibility of marine stations

Please let us know how MARS is doing at the moment and what MARS should do in the future.

At this moment, the forum discussion is open to MARS members only. You need to log in to have access to the forum. You can register at the website, or to send an email to

We are convinced that together we may come to better and advanced ideas on developing an updated strategy for MARS and its marine station to consolidate or advance its niche and position in the scientific and political landscape in Europe and beyond.

With kind regards,

Herman Hummel – President of MARS.

The 11th Baltic Sea Science Congress

The 11th Baltic Sea Science Congress

The 11th Baltic Sea Science Congress – “Living along gradients: past, present, future”

– Rostock, Germany, June, 12 – 16, 2017
– Hosted by the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research and the University of Rostock

Dear friends of the Baltic Sea Science,

Don´t miss to submit your contribution to the BSSC 2017, the great 2017 event: abstract submission is possible until January 16, 2017. Be part of the biggest conference for scientific discussions related to the Baltic Sea!

We are looking for presentations addressing the following session topics:

  1. Dynamics of gradient systems
  2. Processes that affect coastal sea systems
  3. Past and future changes
  4. Coastal seas and society

Four cross-cutting sessions will stimulate the scientific exchange of more specific topics:

  1. Hypoxia
  2. Major Baltic Inflows
  3. Monitoring / Observation / Assessment
  4. Influences of the catchment area

For more information, please, visit our homepage:

or contact:

Dr. Barbara Hentzsch on behalf of the Local Organization Team of the Baltic Sea Science Congress 2017
c/o Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde Seestr. 15 D-18119 Rostock

One of the world’s longest-running marine biological time-series at risk.

One of the world’s longest-running marine biological time-series at risk.

As many of you know, the MBA maintains some of the world’s longest-running marine biological time-series. The MBA monitoring sites also contribute to the Western Channel Observatory, which is run in coordination with Plymouth Marine Laboratory who also maintain high-quality scientific time series (including a buoy – see The Plymouth time-series have also been a core part of European reference sites such as through BIOMARE and EMBOS.

A UK government agency needs to recommend somewhere to dump dredge spoil and has recommended a site overlapping with L4 i.e. exactly where many of our time-series are located.

They claim from p127 onwards that there will be no impact but we are providing very clear evidence that there science is fundamentally flawed.

The MBA and PML are currently replying to the consultation document and objecting in the strongest terms.

MBA long-term science monitoring. Since the opening of its Laboratory in Plymouth in the late 19th century the MBA has undertaken long-term research that monitors natural changes in the physical marine environment and to record the abundance, distributions and population biology of diverse organisms, from phytoplankton to sharks. The purpose of its long-term science monitoring is to provide an environmental baseline for predicting complex physical and ecological responses to natural local, regional and global environmental change. Without multi-decadal data sets of physical and biological measurements it is impossible to undertand how ecosystems like the western English Channel will respond to natural change. To this end, the ‘E’ and ‘L’ Stations for sustained scientific sampling were set up by the MBA in 1902 when the MBA undertook the English share of the international investigations on behalf of the UK following the formation of the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) (Southward et al. 2005). Scientific monitoring at the Stations L4, L5 and E1 including their surrounding sampling areas off Plymouth have been funded by the UK government  and departments since 1902, support which continues to the present day as the Western Channel Observatory (WCO).

The WCO, funded by the UK Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) National Capability, is a partnership between the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) and the MBA. Station L4 (50 15’N, 4 13.2’W; 50 m depth) which is situated 13 km off Plymouth, is a monitoring area of particularly intensive (weekly) scientific observational activity. The WCO is a recognised reference site nationally and internationally for monitoring natural fluctuations in the marine environment and biodiversity that is needed to assess changes in the natural climate system. The WCO long-term marine data provides results to UK departments and agencies, including NERC, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies (SNCB) such as Natural England. Data are used to inform policy deliverables under legislation such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive Part 2 Regulations. WCO data is also utilised within Europe as part of EMBOS (European Marine Biological Observatories).

Dr Matthew Frost Mem.MBA
Deputy Director (Policy and Knowledge Exchange) The Marine Biological Association

MARS increases support to EMBS

MARS increases support to EMBS

During the last years a stronger link between the EMBS and the MARS network has been established. Firstly the support was restricted to some announcements of the next conference in the MARS Newsletter. At this moment a few dedicated EMBS pages can be found at the MARS website. For the near future, the EMBS Committee has agreed to accept the offer of the MARS foundation to host the EMBS website, thereby mutually increasing the traceability and visibility of MARS and the EMBS conference series. Moreover, MARS supports the EMBS by promoting participation and increasing interest, through MARS poster awards (of about 100 to 250 €) at each EMBS meeting. New activities to be developed jointly are the installation of an archive on earlier symposia webpages, the maintenance of a database on (potentially/earlier) EMBS participants (facilitating on-line changes of addresses of (potential) participants, and electronic registration), and a strengthened outreach and fund raising.
Herman Hummel, President of MARS

MARS input Round Table “150 Years of Ecology”

MARS input Round Table “150 Years of Ecology”

Abstract of the Intervention by Herman Hummel, on behalf of the European network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations (MARS).
At the Round Table on “150 Years of Ecology. An Evolving Science Challenging Society & Citizenship”.
European Parliament, Brussels; 11 October 2016.

As previous speakers in this Round Table already stated we need to move to a new balance between nature and mankind. The question we need to address now is how do we reach this new balance.
An important element is, to our opinion, to interest the society and the citizens for the ecology of all the domains, i.e. terrestrial, freshwater and marine. To this end, in these domains we need proper locations for meeting, learning and studying nature, in order to see and understand how we can live in harmony with nature. Field stations play a vital role in this. We should not approach, observe and study nature at an increasingly large distance with a globalised view and in an automated way, often intended to only use and benefit from nature, like is done nowadays.
Therefore, on behalf of the MARS foundation, we support the plea, made earlier in the Round Table, for a revolution. This should be a revolution at the societal and political level, in order to give much more attention, i.e. more support and funding, to the observation of nature, and its ecology and biodiversity, on the spot in the field. There where we can touch it, feel it, learn about it, and study it, for experimentation, for innovation, and to benefit from nature in a balanced and sustainable way. Field stations, as the meeting locations par excellence for society and for trans-disciplinary research, are elementary to understand nature and its ecology.
Therefore our plea is to make sure that field stations are sufficiently supported, and not closed, reduced, or disappearing at an unprecedented rate that resembles the decrease of biodiversity.

MARS call for travel awards 2017 now open

MARS call for travel awards 2017 now open

A call for the MARS travel awards for young scientists is now open.

For 2017 two awards of in total 800 € will be granted to promising young scientists or students at MARS member institutions.  The award will consist of two parts.

  1. A travel grant of 500 € to cover (part of) the costs to carry out research at another MARS member institute.
  2. An additional and conditional contribution of 300 € to cover (part of) the travel costs and/or registration fee to present the results of the project at the EMBS.

More information is available here.

Deadline: 15 February 2017