EMBS 53: Belgium, 17-21 September 2018

EMBS 53: Belgium, 17-21 September 2018

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53rd European Marine Biology Symposium

Venue: De Grote Post @ Ostend, Belgium
Date: 17-21 September 2018
Local organisation: VLIZ

THEMES

– SCIENCE FROM A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
– SCIENCE IN A MODERN ERA
– CITIZEN SCIENCE
– SCIENCE IN THE NORTH SEA
– GENERAL SESSION

REGISTRATION & ABSTRACT

Submission opened: January 15, 2018
Deadline abstract submission: April 15, 2018 (no extension)
Notification on abstract acceptance: May 15, 2018
Deadline early bird registration: May 31, 2018
Deadline late registration: August 31, 2018
EMBS53: September 17-21, 2018

MORE INFORMATION

EMBS 53 SECRETARIAT
Flanders Marine Institute – VLIZ
InnovOcean site – Wandelaarkaai 7
8400 Oostende
www.vliz.be | E-mail: info@embs53.org
T: +32 59 34 21 30 | www.embs53.org

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WCMB (Quebec, CA, 13-16 May 2018): Keynote speakers

WCMB (Quebec, CA, 13-16 May 2018): Keynote speakers

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity May 13-16, 2018 Palais des Congrès Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce the schedule for our 3 keynotes presentations:
• Monday, May 14th: Dr. Linwood Pendleton, Global Ocean Lead Scientist at the World Wide Fund for Nature.
• Tuesday, May 15th: Professor Emma Johnston, Dean of Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
• Wednesday, May 16th : Dr. Amanda Bates, University Research Associate Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Exhibitors List

The 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity is glad to announce the participation of several exhibitors present at the Montreal congress.
To access the list, click here.

“North Atlantic VMEs, EBSAs and MPAs in a changing ocean”

Join the 1-day symposium titled “North Atlantic VMEs, EBSAs and MPAs in a changing ocean”, which will be held in Montreal on May 12th 2018, just before the opening of the 4th WCMB, as part of the EU-funded ATLAS project.
Program details are available on the website.
More details related to the program will be available shortly. Stay tuned!
Registration is free but spaces are limited! Registration deadline is April 30th 2018.
For more information and to register, please contact Dr Vikki Gunn (vikki.gunn@seascapeconsultants.co.uk)

Thank you to our sponsors.

The 4th World Conference is active on social media! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Be a part of the conversation and be the first to get the last news.
For more information contact the 4th WCMB Secretariat at: wcmb2018secretariat@jpdl.com
or +1-514-287-9898 ext. 334.

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EMBS 53: FINAL REMINDER – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

EMBS 53: FINAL REMINDER – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS


From 17 till 21 September 2018, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and LifeWatch Belgium will be organizing the 53rd edition of the European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS53) in Ostend, Belgium.

More information: www.embs53.org.
Don’t hesitate to share this event with your network. Thank you.

Leen Vandepitte
On behalf of the EMBS53 Organizing Committee

EMBS53 is organized by Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and LifeWatch Belgium

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2018 Call for SCOR Working Group Proposals

2018 Call for SCOR Working Group Proposals

2018 Call for SCOR Working Group Proposals

SCOR is now accepting proposals for new SCOR working groups. Proposals are due by 12:00 p.m. UCT on 16 April 2018. Proposals will be posted after that time on the website and open to review by national SCOR committees and others until 1 August 2018. Decisions about which proposals will be funded will be made at the annual SCOR meeting on 4-6 Sept. 2018 and new groups will start in 2019.

Ed Urban
SCOR Executive Director

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Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn: Call for members of evaluation panels

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn: Call for members of evaluation panels

Call for members of the evaluation panels of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn

The Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn is opening a call for the establishment of independent expert
panels.

  1. The Stazione Zoologica hereby invites application for the establishment of a database of
    independent expert evaluation panels;
  2. The Evaluation Panels, once selected, will be invited to review and evaluate the Projects of
    the PhD Program; flagship project of the SZN, International extra EU project funded by SZN
    and other evaluations requiring a specific scientific expertise;
  3. Independent experts shall be chosen on the basis of skills, experience and knowledge,
    appropriate to carry out the tasks assigned to them;
  4. The experts can be either professors or assistant professors of the university or researchers
    / technologists of the public research institutions;
  5. The University/Research Institution to which the expert belongs must member of EMBRC or
    Euromarine or MARS Network;
  6. The expert activity is unpaid, unless differently specified;
  7. The evaluation and review work may be carried out fully or partially at expert’s home or
    place of work. All exchanges with independent experts shall be carried out through the
    electronic systems available, including meeting via video in remote or call conferences;
  8. Prospective independent experts are expected to have a high level of professional
    experience in one or more of the following ERC sector LS (Life sciences) LS1, LS2, LS3, LS4,
    LS5, LS6, LS7, LS8, LS9;
  9. The SZN shall take appropriate measures to seek a balanced composition within the expert
    groups and evaluation panels in terms of various skills, experience, and knowledge,
    geographical diversity and gender, depending on the situation in the field of the action;
  10. In order to declare your potential availability please fill the Application form and
    send it together with a short CV to the email address phdszn(at)szn.it;
  11. The Deadline for application 28/02/2018 h. 12.00.

Application form download link: Application-Form-expert-2018EU.pdf

 

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TCD (IRL): PhD project on impacts of multiple stressors on marine benthic resources

TCD (IRL): PhD project on impacts of multiple stressors on marine benthic resources

The Department of Zoology, Trinity College Dublin, is seeking a highly qualified and ambitious candidate to undertake a PhD project that will quantify the impacts of multiple stressors on marine benthic resources.
NOTE: The deadline for receipt of 1st phase applicants is 30th April 2018.

This project will use novel experimental methods to address research questions that specifically quantify and characterise the independent and cumulative effects of multiple stressors (e.g. ocean warming, nutrient enrichment and acidification) on key ecological processes.

The Provost Scholarship Project Awards:
This new award includes:
• Fees for a Ph.D in Science: €7,013 (EU); €13,768 (non-EU)
• Annual stipend: €16,000 for 4 years
• Access to new infrastructure at Trinity College including a mesocosm-based platform – Quantifying the Impacts of Multiple Stressors on marine benthic ecosystems (QIMS)

Applications
You are applying for a highly competitive 4 year fully funded scholarship.
You must have a full, clean driving license, be willing and able to work independently and as part of a team and have a positive attitude.

Phase 1:
Send preliminary applications to: Dr O’Connor (n.oconnor@tcd.ie) Please place ‘Provost PhD application’ in the subject line of the email.
Attach a single PDF Document that contains the following:
• A cover letter: Your letter should clearly set out your suitability and motivation for this PhD with reference to your past relevant experience and achievements.
• A CV that includes your relevant experience, undergraduate results, postgraduate results (if applicable), any relevant publications and contact information for 2 academic referees.

Phase 2:
Successful Phase 1 candidates will proceed to Interview.
The successful candidate will then be invited to submit a full application to Trinity College Dublin.

PhD start date is September 1st 2018.

Dr. Nessa E. O’Connor
School of Natural Sciences
Zoology Building
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Dublin 2
Ireland

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MERCES: webinar on ‘Getting Better Value from Our Coasts’ at 15.00h CET 15 February.

MERCES: webinar on ‘Getting Better Value from Our Coasts’ at 15.00h CET 15 February.

The EU Horizon 2020 project MERCES (Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas) (http://www.merces-project.eu/) is holding a webinar on ‘Getting Better Value from Our Coasts’ at 15.00h Central European Time on Thursday 15 February. Further details can be found at https://news.grida.no/getting-better-value-from-our-coasts. Pre-registration is required.

Further information on the MERCES project can be obtained by contacting merces@deepseasolutions.co.uk

There are two talks of about 20 minutes each.

Valuing Multiple Eelgrass Ecosystem Services in Sweden: Fish Production and Uptake of Carbon and Nitrogen

Dr Scott Cole, EnviroEconomics Sweden Consultancy, Gothenburg and Dr Per-Olav Moksnes, University of Gothenburg

Eelgrass meadows create several important ecosystem functions, which in turn provide society with important ecosystem goods and services. Along the Swedish northwest coast, more than 60 %, approximately 12 500 ha, of the eelgrass beds have vanished since the 1980s as a result of coastal eutrophication and overfishing. How can we value the many different benefits of eelgrass beds and what have we lost? Scott Cole, an environmental economist, will discuss a three-year research project that developed an interdisciplinary framework for estimating the monetary value associated with multiple ecosystem services provided by eelgrass meadows and how the consideration of multiple benefits in the coastal zone leads to better management decisions.

Using 3D Computer graphics to convey restoration goals to decision makers and the general public.

Professor Johan van der Koppel, Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)

In this session, Johan van de Koppel will outline a new technique for presenting the projected outcome of nature restoration and compensation projects using a combination of ecological models and 3D visualization techniques. Using ecological simulation models, we predict the way in which ecosystems might evolve following restoration measures. This is then used as the basis for 3D Computer Graphics techniques that can build photo-realistic representations of what ecosystems may look like following restoration. These representations, in photo, video, or virtual reality formats, can be used the convince decision makers and the general audience of the value of ecosystem restoration and how they might be used for habitat compensation planning in the coastal zone.

We hope you and your colleagues will be able to join us.

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Opportunity to get Antarctic marine biological samples

Opportunity to get Antarctic marine biological samples

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a member of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) UK node. EMBRC is a group of leading European marine research centres, which is also known as a distributed Research Infrastructure (RI). It provides access to European coastal seas and the endemic fauna, with the addition of Antarctica via BAS.

As part of EMBRC, ASSEMBLE PLUS brings together and opens up research infrastructures to all European researchers in the marine field, from both academia and industry. Researchers can apply for funding bi-annually to collaborate with BAS and collect samples and specimens from the BAS Rothera Research station in Antarctica.

For further information and to apply click here.

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AWI: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: NF-POGO CofE

AWI: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: NF-POGO CofE

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: NF-POGO CofE at the AWI on Helgoland & Sylt, Autumn 2018 (1. year , phase III)

The Alfred Wegner Institute is delighted to announce its 5th year hosting the Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence (NF-POGO CofE); providing world class education, training and career development programmes in oceanography.

The 10 month training programme will take place on the offshore island of Helgoland and the UNESCO reserve Wadden Sea island of Sylt, Germany.

Scholars will receive training in core research skills (project design, implementation, analysis and presentation) and specialized topics including remote sensing, ocean-atmosphere interactions & modelling.
Scholars will carry out an independent research project, mentored and supervised by an AWI scientist.
Applications are invited from ocean science trainees from emerging and developed countries. (Applications from emerging countries are particularly encouraged and 1-2 places will be allocated for developed countries)

A full scholarship will be provided by the NF-POGO CofE covering travel, accommodation, tuition and a modest allowance.

Deadline for applications is *9th March 2018*. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May and the programme will begin in *September 2018*.

For further information including details of the application process see https://www.awi.de/en/about-us/sites/helgoland/visiting-scientists/centre-of-excellence-nf-pogo.html

Application: https://www.awi.de/en/about-us/sites/helgoland/visiting-scientists/centre-of-excellence-nf-pogo/submission.html

Apologies for any cross-posting.
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Dr. Eva – Maria Brodte
Biosciences | Shelf Sea System Ecology

Koordinatorin der Gastforschung AWI Helgoland
und Sylt Scientific coordinator NF-POGO Centre of Excellence Coordinator Guest Science Programme AWI Helgoland and Sylt

Biologische Anstalt Helgoland
Alfred Wegener Institute
Kurpromenade
D-27498 Helgoland

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WCMB 2018: 1st recipient of Carlo Heip Award announced

WCMB 2018: 1st recipient of Carlo Heip Award announced

The Carlo Heip International Award for outstanding accomplishments in marine biodiversity science was inaugurated in recognition of Carlo Heip’s leadership in marine biodiversity research and founding of the ‘World Conference on Marine Biodiversity’. http://www.wcmb2018.org/carlo-heip-award.html

After reviewing 9 outstanding nominations, the IABO nominated jury made the award to Carlos Duarte:

1st Carlo Heip Award Recipient

Prof. Carlos M. Duarte, Director of the Red Sea Research Center and Tarek Ahmed Juffalli Chair in Red Sea Ecology of King Abdullah University of Science Technology of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been selected as the first recipient of the Carlo Heip Award. He is a world-wide leading authority on seagrasses. He has published on all aspects of seagrass ecology, from population biology to genetics, from depth and geographical distribution patterns to their role in biogeochemical cycles, and from conservation strategies to their sensitivity towards climate change. His pioneering work on seagrasses and other vegetated systems eventually led – in collaboration with different UN agencies – to the development of “blue carbon” strategies, which has provided a strong impetus to the conservation of vegetated coastal ecosystems.

Carlos may be the most versatile aquatic ecologist of his generation: he works from the tropics to polar ecosystems, from macrophytes to microbes, from coastal systems to open ocean gyres using all type of approaches. His research is characterized by independence, creativity, serendipity and interdisciplinary linking of thought-to-be separate fields. Many of his synthesis papers have set the stage for the field; e.g. his work initiated the discussion on the heterotrophic nature of oligotrophic systems and identified the role of hypoxia thresholds for marine biodiversity. To date, he has over 630 publications cited 42,000 times. As was Carlo Heip, he has been listed amongst the mostly highly cited scientists by Thomson Reuters.

Recognizing the many gaps in our understanding of the deep-sea pelagic ecosystem, Duarte lead the Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition, involving more than 500 scientists, and that sailed the oceans between 2010 and 2011 to provide a global assessment of the deep- sea biodiversity and functioning. Other leadership service roles included editing journals, being a member of numerous international scientific committees, and being President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.

During the last decade, his publications have been instrumental to advance our understanding of the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems, organisms and biodiversity. He has also contributed original work to science in support of policy and management towards sustainable use of ecosystems.

Finally, Carlos Duarte together with the late Carlo Heip initiated the World Marine Biodiversity Conference series and organized and chaired the first of these conferences in Valencia.

Carlos will be a keynote speaker at the WCMB in Montreal 13-16th May 2018. All WCMB delegates are invited to the Carlo Heip Award ceremony on Tuesday evening 15th May 2018.

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Dr Mark J. Costello, Institute of Marine Science,
Science Building 302, Level 3, Room 315, 23 Symonds Street,
University of Auckland, P. Bag 92019,
Auckland 1142, New Zealand.

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UEA (UK): PhD project on trace gas production by seaweeds – urgent deadline

UEA (UK): PhD project on trace gas production by seaweeds – urgent deadline

Biogenic trace gas production by seaweeds: exploring the impacts of worldwide aquaculture expansion (MALIN_UENV18EE)

Please read the recruitment introduction http://www.enveast.ac.uk/projects/recruitment-introduction for more information about eligibility, how to apply, and possibilities for further funding.
If you meet the residency requirements but are not a native English speaker please also check the English language requirements https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-degrees/entry-requirements.

Project Supervisor: Dr. Gill Malin http://www.uea.ac.uk/environmental-sciences/people/profile/g-malin
University of East Anglia (UEA) – School of Environmental Sciences
Other supervisors:
– Professor Bill Sturges (UEA)
– Dr. Emma Elvidge (UEA)
– Dr Michael Cunliffe (Marine Biological Association of the UK)
– Professor Siew Moi Phang (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur)

Deadline for nominating a candidate: Friday 9 February 2018, noon. Apply as soon as possible!
Interviews: 12 February 2018 (UEA)

Project description

Scientific Background

Seaweeds are major components of coastal ecosystems worldwide. Alongside microalgae, they provide essential ecosystem services including using carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Our research shows they are also remarkable producers of trace gases that contain halogens (Br, Cl and/or I) or sulphur. Such gases are important for global biogeochemical cycles, chemical reactions in the atmosphere, cloud formation and climate.
This PhD is an exciting opportunity to advance understanding of trace gas production by seaweeds, today and in the future. With climate changing and the population increasing, demand for food, fuel, feed and other products are increasing pressure on marine resources. Seaweed production has increased 20-fold since 1970 and has helped people escape poverty in disadvantaged coastal areas. Your challenge is to investigate whether trace gases from worldwide expansion of seaweed farming could have important consequences for the climate.

Objectives

• Use gas chromatography mass spectrometry to examine trace gas production for a range of lab-grown or field-collected temperate and tropical seaweeds.
• Experimentally determine how current and future conditions (light, temperature, nutrients, CO2,) influence seaweed trace gas production.
• Investigate whether seaweed-derived organics and sea surface microlayer bacteria reduce trace gases emissions.
• Explore future scenarios for seaweed aquaculture in terms of environmental impacts and the positive social contexts for aquaculture. Could low trace gas/strong microlayer seaweeds be selected to reduce emissions?

Supervisory team

Based at the University of East Anglia (Dr Gill Malin, Prof Bill Sturges, Dr Emma Elvidge), this studentship will include travel/research opportunities with co-supervisors Prof Siew Moi Phang (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur) and Dr Michael Cunliffe (Marine Biological Association, Plymouth). We are a strong multidisciplinary team with excellent track records for research on algae, trace gases and microlayers.

Training

You will develop advanced lab and field research skills plus transferable skills to help in your future career.

Funding

This project has been shortlisted for funding by the EnvEast NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, comprising the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, with twenty other research partners.
Successful candidates who meet RCUK’s eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship. In most cases, UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for 3 years are eligible for a full award. In 2018/19, the stipend will be £14,777.

Candidate Profile

This project would suit a self-motivated student, with a good experimental skills and practical ingenuity. Relevant analytical skills and an appreciation of algae would be ideal. You should have/anticipate at least a 2i BSc and/or an MRes or MSc in the Biological, Chemical or Environmental Sciences.
If you are interested please apply as soon as you possibly can so that we can consider your application, arrange a pre-interview etc. Applications must be made via https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply Contact Gill Malin by email g.malin@uea.ac.uk or phone 01603 592531 (leave your contact number if you get my answerphone) if you wish to discuss the project ahead of making an application. Our absolute deadline for nominating a candidate is mid-day Friday 9th February 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed at UEA (Norwich, UK) in person on 12 February 2018.

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