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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Postdoctoral Position in Marine Ecology at Marine and Freshwater Research Institute of Iceland

A three year postdoctoral position is available at the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute of Iceland to work on a project studying the benthic fauna and habitats on the Reykjanes Ridge (Iceland).  The aims of this project are to 1) map and describe benthic communities and habitats 2) evaluate associations between fish and physical habitats and 3) examine the impacts of fishing on vulnerable habitat forming species.



Applicants are required to have a PhD in marine ecology or in other relevant fields. The candidate should have background in invertebrate taxonomy and biology and statistical analysis of biological data. It is essential that the candidate can work both independently and as part of a team. The candidate is expected to disseminate scientific findings (meetings, conferences and peer-reviewed articles).


Applications should include a cover letter, a complete CV and contact information for three references. Salaries are according to agreements between the Ministry of Finance and the union of the applicant.


The deadline for applications is 1st of May 2017 and the applicant should be able to start work as soon as possible.


Applications should be sent to or mailed to the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute, Skúlagata 4, 101 Reykjavik. The postdoctoral position is equally suited for men and women.


For further information contact Kristín Helgadóttir, human resources manager at ( and Dr. Stefán Áki Ragnarsson (


Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI) is leading in marine and freshwater research in Iceland, providing advice on sustainable use and protection of the environment. MFRI is highly regarded in the scientific community, active at an international level, with close ties to international marine and freshwater research institutes, and universities. The MFRI headquarters are located in Reykjavik. In addition, the institute has two research vessels, and branches around Iceland. The MFRI has around 170 employees.

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3rd international workshop on trait-based approaches to marine life

Objectives of the workshop:

  • to assess and continue the development of trait-based approaches in different fields of ecology and marine science,
  • facilitate cross-fertilization of ideas and progress between marine, terrestrial and limnology-based researchers and students,
  • use a novel, collaborative format to identify core emerging questions and issues relevant to the use of trait-based approaches,
  • to point out how these methods can be utilized to better understand marine ecosystem functioning and as a framework for marine ecosystem modelling

Expected impact:

  • The trait-based approach is employed in many areas of ecology and ecosystem science, and the series of workshops on ‘Trait-based approaches to Ocean Life’ has proven to be a rare and vital meeting place for different disciplines in this field. With this third meeting we solidify the workshop as an essential clearinghouse for new developments in this field.
  • We expect the workshop will continue to inspire and trigger publications co-authored by participants from the many research groups adopting this approach.
  • The workshop will attract young talented students and future scientists to this vibrant field, and much of funding sources will be used to support travel and accommodation for students.

Host: The Workshop is hosted by the Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics in Bergen, Norway – a research cluster between the Institute of Marine Research, University of Bergen, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, and Uni Research Ltd, Bergen. Together the four partners in the Hjort Centre along with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research represent a substantial knowledge hub within marine research.

Scientific Steering Committee:  Ken Andersen (Technical University of Denmark), Andrew Barton (Scripps Institution of Oceanography and University of California, San Diego), Stephanie Dutkiewicz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Tatiana Rynearson (University of Rhode Island), Øyvind Fiksen (Organizer, University of Bergen and Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics), Agostino Merico (Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology), Nicholas Record (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science), Chris Lindemann (University of Bergen), Jorn Bruggeman (Plymouth Marine Lab)

Any questions? Contact Øyvind Fiksen – University of Bergen (email:


More info:


Where: Bergen, Norway

When: 20-23rd August 2017

Deadline for application: March 31st 2017


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Postdoctoral research fellow in biological oceanography at University of Tromso

The Arctic University of Norway, (BFE). has a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position vacant in biological oceanography, financed by The Norwegian Research Council and part of the international project Sea Patches. The position is attached to The Department of Arcitc and Marine Biology


Field of Research

The position will be part of the interdisciplinary project Sea Patches that aims to locate patches of zooplankton, and delineate physical and behavioral mechanisms responsible for zooplankton patch formation in the ocean. Within the project we will focus on new technology to locate patches and to describe patch structure in detail. This knowledge will be utilized in physical and behavior models to understand patch formation. Pigments, lipids, population parameters and acoustic biomass estimates will be related to satellite remote sensing to study zooplankton ecology and behavior.


The work will be diverse, with field activity, collecting of large data sets by using optical and acoustical technology, statistical analyses of data, experimental methods, and publishing. The successful candidate is expected to substantially contribute to collection of data, data analysis, publications and outreach in interdisciplinary and international venues. The candidate is also expected to contribute to practical issues related to research cruise logistics, organizing workshops and data archival. The postdoctoral research fellow will be integrated into a larger international research team, within Sea Patches and within related research projects. The candidate will also have the opportunity to connect to the ARCTOS researchers network (


Qualifications required

We seek a postdoctoral research fellow with an interest in biological-physical interactions in pelagic systems. The applicant must have experience from research activity in relation to zooplankton, and must have documented experience from publishing in international peer-reviewed journals. Experience from research cruises and from collecting and analyzing large data sets is desired. Experience from optical and/or acoustical measurements of zooplankton is an advantage. Pedagogical competence is strongly desired. The successful candidate must be able to work both independently and within a team and good collaborations skills are required. The overall personal qualifications will be considered.


Deadline for application: 6th March, 2017

More information HERE

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