Professor in Ecosystem Approach to Marine Management

DTU invites applications for a position as professor in the research field Ecosystem approach to marine management. The professorship is affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), Section for Ecosystem Based Marine Management, and it is based at DTU in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark. The successful candidate is expected to take the lead of the section. The section consists of four research areas: Marine habitats, Fisheries technology, Fisheries management, and Ecosystem effects of fishing.

Responsibilities and tasks:

  • lead the section for Ecosystem Based Marine Management, implying academic, strategic, human, and other resource management as well as active engagement in the department’s leadership in helping to develop both other research sections and support functions.
  • develop and operationalize methods considering ecosystem, economic and social aspects in fisheries management to improve ecosystem-based fisheries management.
  • foster positive interactions of fishing and other maritime activities as a contribution to maritime spatial planning.
  • give advice on the next revision of the Common Fisheries Policy; contribute to international fisheries advisory (e.g. ICES) and management organization (e.g. the EU Commission) and to the implementation of environmental directives.
  • disseminate results in peer reviewed publications and dedicated outlets
  • take a lead role in teaching at the BSc, MSc, and PhD levels, including supervision of PhD students and postdocs.
  • innovative focus on introducing new fishing gear technology and suggesting management regulations reducing negative impacts on the ecosystem while sustaining ecologically and economically viable fisheries.

Application deadline: 2nd of March 2020

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ICES Annual Science Conference 2020: Call for abstracts

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) welcomes you to ICES Annual Science Conference 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 7th to 10th September of 2020. Call for abstracts now open, deadline for submissions: 11 March!

Theme sessions:

  • A – Top predators, food webs, and ecosystem-based fisheries management
  • B – Biomass, biodiversity, and ecosystem services in the mesopelagic zone ​
  • C – Co-existence of sustainable fisheries and offshore wind energy development – lessons learned​
  • D – Past, present, and future of marine plankton assemblages and communities
  • E – Connecting economic, social science, and interdisciplinary research and management advice
  • F – Aquaculture health management – moving the needle forward from science to advice
  • G – Beyond recruitment correlations: accounting for environmental change in single-species advice
  • H – Can technology-based monitoring deliver timely, cost-effective, and high quality
    fishery-dependent data?
  • I – The impacts of marine shipping and their effects on coastal communities and ecosystems
  • J – Advances and challenges in marine litter pollution
  • K – Taking stock on ocean acidification research for provision of future efforts​
  • L – Studying fisher attitudes, behaviour, and beliefs to customize fisheries management
  • M – Known unknowns: structural uncertainty in fishery stock assessment and management strategy evaluation
  • N – Understanding values related to the sea to resolve policy tradeoffs
  • O – Impacts of human pressures on ecosystem components assessed by dynamic modelling
  • P – Marine sediment extraction: footprint, sustainability, and effects
  • Q – Making transboundary ocean and coastal governance work – state of the art, problems, and enablers
  • R – Scientific advances under ICES Science Plan
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International Value Chain Development Specialist/ Socio-economist (Fisheries and Aquaculture)

The Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is looking for a consultant (up to 11 months, home-based) on fisheries and aquaculture value chain development to take a leading role in Fish4ACP, a 5-year project funded by the European Union.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Managerially and technically lead the value chain analysis (VCA) and action and investment plan development in one or more of the selected ACP country value chains.
  • Participate in a training workshop on the methodology that will be used for the economic, social and environmental analysis of the value chains. This Fish4ACP methodology combines FAO’s Sustainable Food Value Chain (SFVC) Development approach ( with elements of the EU’s VCA4D approach.
  • Use the FAO VCA Tool ( in order to conduct the functional and quantitative economic and financial analysis.
  • Manage the value chain analysis team(s) of international and national consultants for selected value chain(s); assist in the identification of team members; and train them in the Fish4ACP methodology (ensuring a common understanding and application by the team).
  • Oversee, support and provide quality control to the data collection and report.writing process throughout.
  • Ensure that a participatory approach is taken by leading the planning and execution of inter-ministerial and public-private value chain stakeholder meetings and conducting no less than three workshops (e.g. inception workshop, validation workshop, strategy and action plan workshop).
  • As lead author, coordinate and finalize the value chain analysis and action/investment plan reports, following the provided guidelines, with inputs from all members of the team.
  • Lead the overall economic sustainability analysis, elaborating the financial accounts for value chain actors, and economic analysis for the value chain, including international competitiveness, calculation of value added (direct and indirect) using the FAO VCA Tool (
  • Support global learning, exchange of information, lessons learned and good practices to improve the VCA methodology, and its application for potential fisheries and aquaculture projects going forward.

Minimum requirements

  • Advanced university degree in agribusiness, fisheries and aquaculture, business administration, economics, agricultural economics, food industries, international development studies, or a related field.
  • At least 12 years of relevant experience in agribusiness and value chain development.
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of French or Spanish. Knowledge of Portuguese would also be an asset.

Application deadline: 17th of November 2019

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Research associate for hydrographic ocean data

The Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN) at the Universität Hamburg, Germany, invites applications for a 1-year position as research associate for the project “DAM, German Marine Research Consortium”.

The position is being filed as part of a ocean data activity conducted under the umbrella of the newly founded German Alliance for Marine Sciences. Duties of this position allocated at Universität Hamburg call for a secondary quality control of all hydrographic ocean data through data-data comparisons and model-data comparisons, their publication with DOI numbers, the control and possibly improvement of metadata and the publication in international portals.

Application deadline: 15th of November 2019

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EUROFLEETS+ Floating University – “Mapping the Ocean Floor: An Introduction to Practical Aspects of Hydrographic Surveying”

The EurofleetsPlus “Floating University”

Eurofleets+ is a unique consortium of research vessels, equipment and scientists supported by 42 marine institutes, universities, foundations and SMEs from 24 countries around the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.  A key objective of Eurofleets+ is the delivery of five Floating Universities for early stage researchers of marine related sciences.  Floating Universities will address a range of themes and topics and focus on the applications and operation of research vessel data acquisition and sampling systems and equipment.

General course objectives

This floating University will take place on the RV Celtic Voyager in Cork Harbour and its approaches on the South Coast of Ireland.  Teaching will focus on the operation of multibeam echosounders (MBES) and sub bottom profiling and their applications for mapping and characterising the seabed.  Offshore training will be supported by lectures, workshops and online resources.

Learning objectives

The overarching objective of the training programme is knowledge transfer in state of the art hydrographic surveying from key personnel within the INFOMAR project to an emerging cohort of marine scientists and researchers. On completion, participants of this floating university will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in designing and executing an offshore hydrographic survey
  • Articulate understanding of the principles and methods applied to seabed surveying
  • Practice data acquisition and data processing for MBES and Sub-bottom Profiler systems
  • Operate software suites for data visualisations
  • Present the applications of hydrographic data products to policy makers, managers and stakeholders
  • Recognise the interpersonal skills for professional conduct on board research vessels.
  • More effectively compete for studentships, research opportunities and employment in the Blue Economy

Course content

This Floating University will take place in Cork on the South Coast of Ireland from the 19th to 25th of February. 

Before joining the vessel, students will attend a two-day workshop on the survey area, data acquisition systems, datasets and the integration of these in products for end users and stakeholders.  Survey planning for seabed mapping, site exploration and environmental status will form a central strand of the workshop.

Offshore training will follow the workshop and occupy three days aboard the Celtic Voyager with students embarking and disembarking each day at 08:30 and 17:30 at the quays in the centre of Cork.

The first day of Celtic Voyager activities on day 3 of the Floating University will concentrate on interactive demonstrations of:

  • Multibeam Echosounding to resolve the bathymetry and texture of the seafloor
  • Sub-bottom profiling for charactering the materials the seafloor is composed of
  • Ground truthing the acoustic classification of the seafloor with physical samples obtained with a Day grab and mini ROV imagery
  • Calibration of echosounders with sound velocity probes

On day 4 students will be presented with the opportunity to practice their new skills through the medium of a team exercise tasking them with the design and implement a hydrographic survey of a potential dredging site in the Harbour approaches.

Celtic Voyager activities will conclude on day 5 with training in the operation of the Conductivity Temperature and Depth (CTD) instrument package, sampling of benthic infauna and deployments of core samplers.

Screening, exploration and analysis of the survey data will take place on days six and seven with the aim of producing a detailed model of the survey area.  The programme will finish on the afternoon of day seven with presentations by the students of their data and findings.

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Applications must be received by 22/11/19

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Post-Doctoral Researcher: Transdisciplinary Science for Sustainable Tourism

The Working Group ‘Deliberation, Valuation & Sustainability’ at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) ( in Bremen, Germany, has a vacancy for a 5-years Post-Doctoral Researcher in the social sciences with grounded expertise in marine/ coastal sociology, sustainability, natural resource management, stakeholder engagement, governance, development, anthropology, or ethnography for a BMBF-funded position in the SÖF Junior Research Group project “Transdisciplinary Science for Sustainable Tourism”.

A successful candidate would employ qualitative social science methods and construct a grounded theory investigating social processes in sustainability decision-making. They would organize and conduct, along with other members of the research group, interviews, focus groups, and workshops. Prior empirical field research experience working in the tropics and/ or a developing country is highly desired. The long duration of a Junior Research Group project provides an exceptional opportunity for all group members to delve into their subjects, develop their skills in inter- and transdisciplinary research, and build strong networks.

Application deadline: 6th of July 2019

Envisioned starting date: 01st of September 2019

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2x PhD & 2x Postdocs for project on ecological, economic and social perspectives on recreational uses of freshwater

The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany, invites applications for PhDs and Postdocs within the project AquaTAG: “Recreation activities in inland waters: Dynamics, ecological impacts, social significance and sustainable management”.  AQUATAG is an innovative interdisciplinary project that aims bringing together social-ecological interrelations in the field of recreation ecology. The project considers interactions between recreational uses, condition and attractiveness of water bodies, ecological effects as well as conflicts of use and management objectives and will consider data of social media, surveys, ecological field surveys and modelling.

  • Postdoc 1 (80%): social-ecological conceptual model development and project coordinator. The post is designed to coordinate overall project activities and communication between involved scientific and praxis partners. Further the candidate will be involved in the aquiration, meta-analysis and interpretation of social media data as well as developing spatio-temporal conceptual models to develop/improve management approaches for water based recreational activities in Germany. Beyond this the preparation and publication of central project results in form of international reviewed papers, flyers, policy briefs, web-contents, tweets and blog entries has to be organized and conducted by the candidate.
  • Postdoc 2 (100%): social-ecological modelling. The ideal candidate has a strong mathematical and programming background and a solid understanding of social and/or ecological concepts, combining experience in spatial explicit approaches in environmental modelling (e.g. agent-based or gravity model approaches) with an interest in confronting social-ecological theory and models with experimental data. Research experience in participatory methods during modelling and scenario analysis and in the general ecology of aquatic ecosystems is particularly useful, although not a strict requirement. Expertise in developing empirical-conceptual model approaches would be advantageous.
  • PhD 1 (66%):  ecological impacts of leisure activities. The objective of the PhD project in the ecological impacts work package is to identify and analyse the ecological impacts of a variety of recreational activities in, on and along freshwaters. The focus is primarily on but not limited to non-motorized activities. Beside a meta-analytical exploration of the existing knowledge, the work package has a strong experimental and field work component aiming in spatially and temporally explicitly quantifying potential ecological impacts on fishes, birds and other aquatic and semiaquatic taxa.
  • PhD 2 (66%): spatio-temporal distributions of recreation activities. The objective of the PhD project is to derive dynamics and spatial pattern of recreational uses from various data sources, such as social media data, surveys and field observations. In this context site characteristics (e.g. weather, naturalness, water quality, reachability, social milieus) will be linked with the perception and preferences of users to identify usage-type specific distributions and frequencies at different scales across Germany.

Application deadline: 10. February 2019

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