The next MARS Directors meeting will be held at HCMR, Crete, November 27th to the 29th 2018. MARS has been bringing together marine stations and institute directors for over two decades (since 1995) and in 2017 MARS members supported the development of a new strategy. The MARS strategy entitled, “A new Strategy for MARS: Supporting a Decade of Marine Science in Europe and Beyond”, was developed in the context of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). The draft of this strategy is now available for discussion at the meeting along with ideas on its implementation.
In addition, there will also be important discussions on – the World Association of Marine Stations (WAMS); – general science and policy updates; and – models of sustainability for marine stations and institutes; – as well as the chance to network with directors from across Europe and beyond.
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.
The Stazione Zoologica hereby invites application for the establishment of a database of independent expert evaluation panels;
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;
Independent experts shall be chosen on the basis of skills, experience and knowledge, appropriate to carry out the tasks assigned to them;
The experts can be either professors or assistant professors of the university or researchers / technologists of the public research institutions;
The University/Research Institution to which the expert belongs must member of EMBRC or Euromarine or MARS Network;
The expert activity is unpaid, unless differently specified;
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;
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;
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;
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;
Capturing our Coast is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, and engages volunteers in the collection of rocky shore biodiversity data and ecological studies. Over 4000 members of the public have signed up to find out about these opportunities. We are looking for a new team member to work with us from our Newcastle University hub, based at the Dove Marine Laboratory, delivering our volunteer training programmes and collecting and entering ecological data. This person will be qualified to degree level, and will be experienced in fieldwork. She/he will have knowledge of temperate rocky shore ecology. Please contact Dr Jane Delany for information queries Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org . For further information please search for Field Assistant details on: https://vacancies.ncl.ac.uk/LoginV2.aspx Closing Date: 6th November 2017
Open University – Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn International Ph.D. Program 2017 – 2018
NEW CALLS – closing date 12 September 2017
Positions on offer
Ph.D. fellowships are available to carry out interdisciplinary training in Biological Sciences at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples (Italy). Applications are invited from suitably qualified postgraduate candidates.
The closing date for applications is SEPTEMBER 12th 2017 Projects: 1. Integrating observational data to understand phytoplankton dynamics in a changing world 2. New fluorescent proteins from the sea 3. Short-term responses of marine bacteria and phytoplankton to disturbance in marine coastal areas by automated high-frequency flow cytometry 4. Bacteria-diatom interactions in the context of oxylipin production 5. Structure function and evolution of the enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of 5-thiohistidines: from life in the ocean to implications for human health
The Dove Marine Laboratory, a facility of Newcastle University, is the ideal location from which visiting researchers can base their ecological and field based investigations of north-east England’s coastal and marine habitats. We wish to promote collaboration and networking with our researchers, and usage of our excellent facilities. We offer two grants of maximally €2000 annually to support promising PhD students and early-career postdoctoral researchers (PhD obtained within the last 5 years) from across the MARS network of Marine stations (outside the UK) to undertake research at the Dove Marine Laboratory. These research travel awards are generously supported by the Frank and Joy Williams Dove Benefactor Fund. Research areas covered include: marine ecology; marine mammal or seabird behaviour or ecology; marine spatial planning; marine policy and governance; taxonomy, physiology, behaviour, reproductive biology of marine invertebrates and algae; application of object based image analysis (OBIA) to acoustic data for mapping and monitoring purposes; geomorphology and erosion processes of coastal habitats; plankton dynamics and community structure; research that utilises the long-term Dove Time Series of plankton samples; coastal oceanographic processes; research supporting development of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive
For more information, and application, click here.
It was an honour and pleasure to have presided the MARS community for the last 4 years. In these years we have seen drastic changes in the landscape of marine stations. The existence of some stations was threatened and funding has been structured towards strategic applied sciences and large scale infrastructures. The role of, especially smaller, marine stations with their often curiosity driven research, is under pressure. The need for a stronger central representation of marine stations through MARS is more needed and evident than ever before. The set-up for new approaches, an overarching programme and a business plan within MARS has now been recently agreed upon in order to reinforce the position of marine stations. We are now going full steam ahead with the implementation of this new approach. This will be a major task for the new President to lead. It is with confidence that I hand over this task to Matt Frost, deputy director of the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. I wish the whole MARS community a new period of prosperity, with ample funding possibilities to carry out marine science.
Prof. Dr. Herman Hummel was elected as President of the MARS (The European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations) in 2013, after having a successful relevant career as the Executive Director of the MarBEF (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning) NoE (Network of Excellence). After his two successful terms on the presidency of MARS, he leaves behind many glaring achievements, such as: – the update of the MARS statutes, under the Dutch legal system – the collaboration between MARS and WAMS (the World Association of Marine Stations) – a series of successful MARS Assembly (3) and Executive Board meetings (8) – a suite of short term grants for early career scientists (8), which were able to move between the 62 MARS stations and institutes – the successful chairing of the EMBOS (European Marine Biodiversity Observatory System) COST ACTION , which allied 43 senior scientists from 22 EU and other countries. This particular Network created a legacy on marine biodiversity observation all over the EU, which had never occurred in the past. The results of this COST ACTION project are being available as a collection of research articles in the international peer-reviewed JMBA (Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom) – at the same time, as president of the EMBS (European Marine Biology Symposia), he further supported the broader scientific community on the discipline of marine biology in Europe and attracted much more participation from overseas
We thank him for his invaluable contributions and chairmanship.
Christos Arvanitidis, on behalf of the MARS Executive Board
The term of several members of the Executive Board has ended. Ferdinando Boero and Alf Norkko (Full Member), Mike Thorndyke (past President), Pierre Lasserre (co-opted for UNESCO), Ricardo Santos (co-opted for Deep Sea affairs and EU) will have to leave the board. We are very grateful for their investment in, and coordination of, MARS.
We welcome Alexander Tzetlin (MSU, Moscow, Russia) and Iwona Pawliczka (Hel-IO UG, Poland) as new board members (Full Member).
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.