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The Carlo Heip Award in Marine Biodiversity was developed in recognition of Carlo Heip’s leadership in marine biodiversity research and founding of the World Conference of Marine Biodiversity. We seek nominations of individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in marine biodiversity science.

Nomination Information

  1. The 2018 award nomination cycle will begin on 1st March 2017 and close on 1st September 2017.
  2. Self-nominations are excluded. The nominator must ensure the nominee has approved to be nominated and the requirement to attend to WCMB.
  3. The award recipient will be expected to present a plenary talk at the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity in Montreal in May 2018. The recipient may choose the topic of the talk. The presentation of the award will take place in conjunction with the talk. The conference will cover the recipients travel to and from the conference, accommodation, and complimentary conference registration. Thus nominations must only be of people available to attend the WCMB.
  4. The recipient of the 2018 Carlo Heip Award will be chosen and notified in November 2017.
  5. Nominations should address these three evaluation criteria:
    1. Research impact. This may be supported by a list of selected top or all publications or link to Google Scholar profile.
    2. Peer recognition. This may be supported by indicators such as awards, honours, funding, and speaking invitations.
    3. Service. This may be supported by evidence such as meetings organised, teaching, leadership, editorial responsibilities, mentorship, public outreach.
  6. Nominations should be submitted to by 1st September 2017. A sub-committee of the International Association of Biological Oceanography (IABO) will act as the jury for nominations.

Submission Documents

  1. Nomination letter, responding to the three evaluation criteria within two pages and confirming the nominee is willing to attend WCMB IV.
  2. Nominee curriculum vitae documenting evidence in support of the criteria. This may include links to supporting materials.
  3. A nomination may include up to three letters of no more than one page each that provide additional support for the nomination. These are optional.


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PhD funding: Polar Algae – UK NERC-funded

PhD funding: Polar Algae – UK NERC-funded

Polar Algae – exploiting cold tolerant phenotypes in polar algae for increased growth and metabolite production

– Deadline by midnight Sunday 18th June 2017 –

– UK NERC-funded Studentship –

NB: VERY SHORT DEADLINE: Applications to Melody Clark by midnight Sunday 18th June Interviews will take place either end of the week of 19th June or early in the week starting 26th June. Studentship must be confirmed by 30th June.

Application procedure: please supply a letter of motivation, CV and two contacts for references to
Lead Supervisor: Professor Melody Clark, British Antarctic Survey,
Co-Supervisor(s): Dr Matthew Davey, Department of Plant Sciences, Professor Alison Smith, Department of Plant Sciences,

– BSc and/or Masters in a biological (marine or plant preferred) or biochemical discipline.
– Ability to travel and work abroad for 3-6 months industrial placement and also spend time in Oban, Scotland for training in algal culture and preservation techniques.
– If CASS application is successful for Antarctic fieldwork, the student will need to pass a BAS medical.

The project has three major aims:
1: to characterise growth and metabolic traits in polar marine algae.
2: to collaborate with industry to screen for large scale biomass production.
3: to understand the intra-specific variation between the native populations of key polar diatoms
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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

  • 15 May 2017 – New deadline for submission of abstracts
  • 31 May 2017 – New notification of abstract acceptance
  • 15 June 2017 – New end of early bird registration rate
  • 31 August 2017 – Deadline for late registration
  • 25-29 September 2017 – 52nd EMBS
More information can be found here.


Online registration is still open!




MARS Directors Meeting 2017

MARS Directors Meeting 2017

The MARS directors meeting has been held last month hosted by IH Cantabria, Universidad de Cantabria(IHC), Centro Oceanográfico de Santander (COS-IEO), and Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico (MMC), Santander Spain, (30 January – 2 February 2017).
The main aim of this meeting was to evaluate the scope of MARS and discuss an agenda for the future.
The discussions were very fruitful and resulted in recommendations for adapting the scope and title of MARS, allocation of the budget, and development of an overarching (research) project.
This all will be taken up by the Executive Board for further decisions and action, including a position paper on the future of marine research and marine research stations, and an outline/proposal for an overarching theme.

We thank Jose Juanes De La Peña, Luis Valdes, Alicia Lavín, Gerardo García-Castrillo and their crew for the excellent organization (and social events) of the MARS directors meeting 2017.

Herman Hummel, President of MARS, and the MARS secretariat

You can find the executive summary and the minutes (MARS members only) of the meeting here.

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.

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

EMBS51: MBA – MARS Poster Contest

EMBS51: MBA – MARS Poster Contest

During the 51st EMBS Rhodes (Greece) 25-30 September 2016, the MARS and MBA contests for the best posters have been combined.

The winning contributions of the MBA – MARS Poster contest were:

– 1st prize: Paul Kotterba, Thünen lnstitute of Baltic Research, Rostock, Germany: Predator impacts on inshare Baltic herring (Clupea harengus) larvae: Lions, tigers and bears – but where?

– 2nd prize: Nikoletta Digka, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Anavissos, Greece: Microplastic ingestion in marine biota: A case study in the northern lonian Sea.

– 2nd prize: Daniela de Abreu, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique: Tropical seascapes as feeding grounds for juvenile penaeid shrimps in southern Mozambique revealed by stable isotopes approach.

– 3rd prize: Merli Pärnoja, Estonian Marine lnstitute, Tallinn, Estonia: Relating ambient environment to the growth rate of Mytilus trossulus in the northern Baltic Sea.

– 3rd prize: Laura Bray, Marine lnstitute, Plymouth University, UK: Can offshore structures operate as artificial reefs in the Mediterranean?

– 3rd prize: Giorgos Apostolopoulos, University of Athens, Section of Zoology, Marine Biology, Athens, Greece: Effects of winter phytoplankton bloom on the meiobenthic community of Maliakos Gulf.

Poster Awards at the 51st EMBS (Rhodes, 26-30 September 2016)

Poster Awards at the 51st EMBS (Rhodes, 26-30 September 2016)

icon-img48At the 51st EMBS (Rhodes, 26 – 30 September 2016) MARS will present awards for the three best posters. The best poster contribution on a topic involving Marine Biology will receive 250 Euro. The second and third best will receive 100 Euro.

The posters will be selected at the EMBS by a representative of the MARS network.

Click here for more information on the MARS Poster Awards