Call for session proposals: Changing estuaries, coasts and shelf systems (ECSA 57)

The 57th bi-annual conference of the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) will take place from the 3-6 September 2018 in Pan Pacific Perth, Perth, WA, Australia.

The structure and functioning of our estuaries and seas are shifting due to diverse drivers from local to global scales. The resulting threats to these systems are often all too apparent, yet such changes can also present new opportunities. The challenge is to harness these opportunities through new ways of thinking, scientific developments, innovative technology and more effective integration of science and management.

You are invited to propose and convene a special session for ECSA 57 by the 6th of October 2017!

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Scientific Associate: “Stocking of glass eels as management option for coastal waters”

The Research Center for Agriculture and Fisheries of the Federal State of  Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ( in Rostock, Germany, is looking for a scientific associate to work on a project on the stocking of glass eels in coastal waters. The successful applicant should hold a degree in biology or fisheries science, have experience with otoliths, and be able to start on the 1st of September 2017. The position is third-party funded and thus limited until the 31st of August 2020.

Application deadline: 31st of July 2017

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Director of Lake Trout Station

The Center for Limnology (CFL), UW-Madison, USA, invites applications for a Director whose responsibility would be to direct Trout Lake Station (TLS). We seek an outstanding scientist with a track record of publication and extramural funding and an internationally-recognized research program in any area of freshwater science, including but not exclusive to limnology, aquatic ecology, fisheries, stream ecology, aquatic biogeochemistry, or global change biology. We also seek a candidate with administrative leadership who can build community partnerships, and shape and implement a compelling vision for the future of the station.

Review of applications will begin October 12, 2017, with a target start date in 2018.

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Summer School Marine/ Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP)

EcoAqua Third Summer school on Marine/ Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) takes place from the 4th to 8th of September 2017 in the Oceanic Observatory of Madeira, Madeira Technology park, Funchal, Portugal. 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.

The scientific and technical courses will be organized around specific modules focusing on:

  • Marine Spatial Planning: basics, practicalities, legal aspects
  • Different stakeholders: Energy & Transport, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Tourism & leisure, Biodiversity Conservation
  • Marine protected areas, Integrated Coastal Management.

Besides lectures by renowned experts actively involved in different aspects of maritime economy, there will be a field trip and practical challenges. The course will provide a forum for exchange of know-how and good practices between experts and participants.

The course targets early-stage researchers and professionals (Masters and above) interested in Blue Growth, Bio-Economy, Coastal Tourism, Sustainable Aquaculture, Marine Conservation, the application of the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive and related European Directives.

The registration fees include tuition, materials, coffee/tea, lunches, transfers, technical visits and a social dinner. Early registration (Until 23th of June): 150€; Standard registration (From 24th of June to 7th of July): 250€.

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FAO Fishery Officer Positions

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy, is seeking to fill several open fisheries positions:

  • Deputy Director – Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division (FIA) (application deadline 30th of May 2017)
  • Fishery Officer (Information) (application deadline 2nd of June 2017)
  • Fishery Industry Officer (Rural Development) (application deadline 2nd of June 2017)
  • Fishery Industry Officer (Fishing Technology(application deadline 2nd of June 2017)
  • Senior Fishery Officer (Fishing Technology(application deadline 2nd of June 2017)
  • Senior Fishery Officer (Aquatic Animal Nutrition) (application deadline 16th of June 2017)
  • Senior Fishery Officer (Environment And Climate Change) (application deadline 16th of June 2017)

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PhD: Food Resilience by Aquaponics

PhD opportunity at the Institute of Integrative Biology of the University of Liverpool, UK:

“Food Resilience by Aquaponics: solving the technical challenges related to promoting soil-free intensive agriculture at the domestic and community level.”

This project is about solving the technical challenges related to promoting soil-free intensive agriculture at the domestic and community level, reducing transport­ related carbon emissions and delivering food resilience. The method is aquaponics: low­-impact, high-­density agriculture that has a recognised potential to increase food sustainability). By combining elements of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponics offers reduced input requirements and waste disposal load in comparison to each individually, while still providing high volume fish and vegetable outputs.

Operations can be tailored to diverse environments, including arid, urban and soil­ polluted areas. Recirculation and biofiltration of water reduces the load on agricultural water sources (in contrast to both hydroponics and soil­-based growing). Hydro-­agriculture reduces the load on soil, and inland aquaculture can reduce the load on sea fisheries. Access to technology is a key barrier to entry; the method relies on a continuously balanced multi-element ecosystem and requires a combination of technical and agricultural inputs. We propose to lower these barriers by technical innovation and social interventions.

The PhD project will yield open source measurement and control electronics for domestic and small-scale users. The data collected will be aggregated and shared in a community of practice – generating knowledge in this emerging technology. We will also engage schools via events and providing systems and lesson elements.

This PhD project will involve automation of sensing, monitoring and control, exploiting new generation embedded computation (Internet of Things), single­board computers and microcontrollers. We will collect environmental data, log energy use, crop types and volumes and utilize this aggregated data to answer questions such as: will specific cultivars of lettuce grow in Liverpool in winter with no additional lighting? What sustainable fish feed combinations work for trout?

Application deadline: 26th of May 2017

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PRIMER version 7 workshop

A 5-day course for PRIMER version 7 is held at the Marine Biological Association (MBA), Plymouth, UK, 19th to 23rd June 2017. The workshop is targeted at ecologists aiming to improve their multivariate data analyses through a mixture of informative lab and lecture sessions using the software PRIMER version 7. The workshop caters for all abilities from beginners to those who wish to keep up to date with the software’s recent improvements. Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss and analyse their own datasets too in consultation with the lecturer as well as dedicated time on the Friday afternoon session.

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