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SAVE THE DATE! 14th AZTI’s SUMMER SCHOOL from 6th to 8th June 2017

It is our pleasure to announce you the 14th AZTI’s SUMMER SCHOOL, which will be held from 6th to 8th June 2017 (SAVE THE DATE!), at Aquarium of San Sebastian (Spain). The course AZTI is the hosting organization. The summer school is organized under the EEAcademy umbrella (an initiative of the European Environment Agency), and is also supported by the […]

Press release: DEVOTES Final Conference

The European project DEVOTES (DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status), funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme, ‘The Ocean of Tomorrow’, has organized its Final Conference, which will be held at the Madou building – European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture, Brussels (Belgium) from […]

My-GES released for Android and iOS devices!

We are pleased to announce that the application for smarthphone My-GES, developed in the framework of WP 4 “Innovative Modelling Tools” is now available for Android and iOS devices. Click here to get more information about the app.

DEVOTES Ebook online!

We are pleased to announce the publication of the first edition of the DEVOTES Ebook entitled “Bridging the Gap Between Policy and Science in Assessing the Health Status of Marine Ecosystems”, including contributions about marine monitoring techniques and the lessons learnt during these four years of intense collaborations. The book is available for free as […]

PML are recruiting an Environmental Economist Deadline: Oct 11, 2016

The Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to join our ‘Sea and Society’ group to work with other economists, social scientists and environmental scientists. This group undertakes research on the consequences and benefits of the interactions between society and the marine environment to support sustainable and […]

Ecological Restoration: Rivers and Coastal Systems Advanced Course

The advanced course Ecological Restoration: Rivers and Coastal Systems will be held in Coimbra, from 21st to 25th of November, organized by researchers Maria João Feio e João Neto (MARE-University of Coimbra and Instituto de Investigação Interdisciplinar of UC).     The course Ecological Restoration: Rivers and Coastal Systems: – has researchers , students (Ph.D. and M.Sc.) and […]

NEAT new version released!

We are glad to announce that the new version of NEAT (1.2) has been released today! NEAT version 1.2 released with new functionality and even better stability, and an enhanced manual New: software tested under Windows 10 and running fine New: assessment aggregation to higher-level SAUs (this is now the default, while in version 1.1 […]

Happy World Oceans Day 2016!

The Oceans provide multiple and valuable ecosystem services to us, such as fish and climate regulation. But monitoring and assessing the status of the oceans, which cover 71% of our planet, is an enormous challenge. A joint effort by scientists from 14 nations working in the DEVOTES project www.devotes-project.eu funded by the EU, has made […]

COLUMBUS Workshop on NEAT (29th June, Vigo – Spain)

Exploring the use of NEAT in environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment in the marine contex COLUMBUS Workshop, 29th June, CETMAR – Vigo (Spain)   COLUMBUS project aim to ensure that applicable knowledge generated through EU-funded science and technology research can be transferred effectively to advance the governance of the marine and maritime sectors. To this end, […]

My experience as early career researcher in DEVOTES

Hello Devotees and colleagues! Remember me? I am Sónia Cristina, a DEVOTES Early Career Researcher (ECR) and I was the PhD Student of the Month of July 2014. I want to share my experience in DEVOTES with you. My PhD in the DEVOTES project gave me an excellent opportunity to work with different researchers from several […]

Happy International Day of Biological Diversity 2016!

The United Nations declared May 22 the International Day of Biological Diversity to increase public awareness of biodiversity issues and to generate a greater understanding of the worth of Nature.     This date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1992. Every year this Day is dedicated to […]

DEVOTES Final Conference: registration is open!

The registration to the DEVOTES Final Conference “Marine Biodiversity – The Key to Healthy and Productive Seas” is  now open. Click here for more information.

NEAT Webinars

DEVOTES is organizing webinars to present one of the most challenging products of the project: the software NEAT (Nested Environmental status Assessment Tool). This software allows to assess the status of the different European seas in an integrative way, selecting areas, habitats, indicators, ecosystem components and descriptors in a flexible way. The aim of webinars is […]

DEVOTES breaks into EuroNews TV

After three days of filming a marine scientific expedition in the Baltic Sea, the EU funded project DEVOTES (DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding and assessing good Environmental Status of marine waters) breaks into EuroNews. “Futuris”, the award-winning program of EuroNews on European science, research and innovation, selected DEVOTES as means to bring knowledge on […]

Earth Day – 22 April 2016

On Earth day, remember that 70% of our planet is Oceans   Athough the theme of Earth Day 2016 is trees, take a minute to think about marine plants. There are some marine trees, which are known as mangroves, that play a very important role in tropical, coastal zones. Mangrove forests are hotspots of biodiversity […]

First Announcement “Marine Biodiversity: the key to healthy seas” meeting (DEVOTES final meeting)

Marine Biodiversity: the key to healthy seas DEVOTES final meeting 17th to 19th October 2016, Brussels (Belgium) Venue: Madou building – European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture, Brussels (Belgium) Date: 17th – 19th October 2016 Organizers: DEVOTES Dissemination Team (finalmeeting@devotes-project.eu) Language: English   TOPICS: Marine Strategy  Framework Directive, marine monitoring, management measures, marine biodiversity assessment, cost-effectiveness, marine ecosystem services, […]

ICES Workshop held in Copenaghen

Workshop on providing a method to aggregate species within species groups for the assessment of GES for MSFD D1 (WKD1Agg) Biscay Room, ICES H.Q. Copenhagen, Denmark 10:00 29th February to 16:00 2nd March Chair: Anna Rindorf, Denmark In response to a special request from DG ENV, ICES will be providing guidance on a number of […]

World Water Day – 22nd March 2016

World Water Day, 22 March 2016 Why a World Water Day? World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations (UN) Conference on Environment and Development […]

6th-9th June 2016: join the DEVOTES-EUROMARINE Summer School!

Programme now available! DEVOTES-EUROMARINE Summer School: 6th to 9th June 2016, San Sebastian Go the link below for registration: https://www.ticketea.com/entradas-curso-devotes-summer-school-2016/     Venue: Aquarium. Donostia – San Sebastián (Spain) Date: 6 – 9 June 2016 Organizer: AZTI, SYKE and Plymouth Marine Laboratory Language: English Programme and registration form will be available soon.       […]

Call for Postdocs DEEP

5 Postdoctoral Fellows in Baltic Sea Research and in Plant Sciences The Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (DEEP) at Stockholm University conducts research and education in an international environment. Its subject areas are marine ecology, marine ecotoxicology, plant ecology, plant physiology and plant systematics. The research is both basic and applied, often with […]

NEAT software now available

NEAT is an acronym for „Nested Environmental status Assessment Tool” and the software is an implementation of NEAT as a biodiversity assessment tool used for assessing the environmental status of marine areas according to the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). This software aims to make a solid assessment, not only restricted to biodiversity (although named […]

DEVOTES at Inter-islamic science and Technology Network on Oceanography web site

INOC network (Inter-islamic science and Technology Network on Oceanography) has published  information about DEVOTES activities in their web page (www.inoctr.org), making available the link of DEVOTES web page and available material (as brochures and posters) on their website.   Have a look at http://www.inoctr.org/ for further information.

DEVOTES at ActionMed

The Devotes project has been presented by Dr Angel Borja during the ActionMed meeting, on 23rd February in Athens, Greece. The presentation given by Angel Borja is available here.  

HELCOM Environmental Fact Sheet published

Recently, WP3 work conducted in SYKE has led to the publication of a HELCOM Environmental Fact Sheet, regarding the phytoplankton community composition in relation to the pelagic food web in the open northern Baltic sea. The emerging key messages are: Phytoplankton primary producers constitute the base of the Baltic Sea open sea food web. Based on Suikkanen et […]

Registration Now Open!

Registration now open! DEVOTES-EUROMARINE Summer School: 6th to 9th June 2016, San Sebastian Go the link below for registration: http://www.azti.es/mailings/devotes/devotes_2016_registration.html       Venue: Aquarium. Donostia – San Sebastián (Spain) Date: 6 – 9 June 2016 Organizer: AZTI, SYKE and Plymouth Marine Laboratory Language: English Programme and registration form will be available soon.   The […]

Submit your paper to the DEVOTES Special Issue in Frontiers!

DEVOTES, in collaboration with Frontiers in Marine Science, section Marine Ecosystem Ecology, is organizing a Research Topic titled “Bridging the Gap Between Policy and Science in Assessing the Health Status of Marine Ecosystems”, hosted by Angel Borja, Michael Elliott, Maria C. Uyarra, Jacob Carstensen and Marianna Mea. As host editors, we would like to encourage […]

Download the CoCoNet – DEVOTES 2016 calendar!

Go to Reserach Outpus and download the free version on the new CoCoNet – DEVOTES 2016 calendar!

Eco Summit 2016 announcement

Session 0057 – Assessing the status of exploited marine ecosystems Ecological Indicators are being widely used to assess the status of exploited marine ecosystems due to multiple drivers, in particular fishing and the environment, and their impacts over time. This session will provide an overview of the current status of exploited marine ecosystems in a […]

DEVOTES Science News – Estimation of the 90th percentile chlorophyll-a indicator using satellite data, in the south-east of the Bay of Biscay

By Y. Sagarminaga, M. Revilla, A. Borja, G. Rodríguez, G. Chust The indicator “90th percentile of chlorophyll-a values over the defined growing season of a six year period” (hereafter named as P90-chla) is used under the Water Framework Directive (WFD), as one of the indicators within the phytoplankton element, to assess ecological status (high-good and […]

Submit your abstract to the DEVOTES ECSA 56 Special Session!

We are pleased to announce that the DEVOTES is organizing a Special Session at the ECSA 56 entitled “Coastal filters under remake“. This session invites contributions analysing and modelling biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients and pathways of hazardous substances in the coastal zones in relation to climate forcing, biological diversity and direct human-induced pressures. We also invite […]

DEVOTES EUROMARINE Summer school 2016

Save the date! DEVOTES-EUROMARINE Summer School: 6th to 9th June 2016, San Sebastian     Venue: Aquarium. Donostia – San Sebastián (Spain) Date: 6 – 9 June 2016 Organizer: AZTI, SYKE and Plymouth Marine Laboratory Language: English Programme and registration form will be available soon.   The summer school will be held from 6th to 9th June 2016 (coinciding with the week […]

New Doctors in the DEVOTES team!

Successful PhD defence of three DEVOTEES On 17th December, Dr. Ciarán Murray, Dr. Prabath Jayasinghe and Dr. Sirak Gari Robele successfully defended their PhD thesis. Congratulations Doctors, from all the DEVOTES team!

DEVOTES Brief News – December 2015

Hello DEVOTees!!! In case you missed it, here are the DEVOTES Brief News from December 2015. Click on the preview to read the full text.

Successful third DEVOTES Annual Meeting

DEVOTES Annual Meeting 2015, Lisbon (Portugal), 1-4 December   The 3rd DEVOTES Annual Meeting was hosted by the partner IMAR (Instituto do Mar) and took place in Lisbon (Portugal) from 1st to 4th December. 57 participants from 21 research institutes, academia and SME from different countries met to analyse the progress of DEVOTES and plan the next year’s activities and goals. […]

DEVOTES presented at 3rd Ocean of Tomorrow Conference

Angel Borja (AZTI), coordinator of the project, presented DEVOTES at the 3rd Ocean of Tomorrow Conference: What results so far for healthy and productive seas and oceans?, 11 November 2015, at the European Commission in Brussel (Belgium). The objectives of the conference were: to present the results of projects funded under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and […]

First Meeting of the Regional Seas Indicators Working Group

Alice Newton (NILU) and Kemal Can Bizsel (DEU) represented DEVOTES at the First Meeting of the Regional Seas Indicators Working Group, 23 October 2015, Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting was hosted by UNEP and attended by representative of most Regional Seas. The contributions made by the DEVOTES project were much appreciated and, […]

DEVOTES at the 17th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans

The results of the Devotes project will be presented by Dr Angel Borja at the 17th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions 20-23rd October in Istanbul, hosted by UNEP. The DEVOTES Dissemination and Communication Team have prepared a set of posters for the meeting room and information materials that will be available for the […]

Announcement: DEVOTES Annual Meeting 2015

The third Annual Meeting of DEVOTES will be hosted by IMAR (Instituto do Mar) and MARE University of Coimbra on the first week of December (1st- 4th) in Lisbon (Portugal)   During this 4-days meeting, partners are invited to share their achievements since the last meeting, as well as ideas, problems and, especially, future work plans for coming […]

31st Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

Dr Irina Makarenko of the Black Sea Commission has invited the DEVOTES project to present their results at the 31st Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (Black Sea Commission) on 8th October, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.   DEVOTES will be represented by Dr. Kemal Can Bizsel from […]

New paper by DEVOTES colleagues in IndiSeas

IndiSeas (“Indicators for the Seas”) is a collaborative international working group that was established in 2005 to evaluate the status of exploited marine ecosystems using a suite of indicators in a comparative framework. An initial shortlist of seven ecological indicators was selected to quantify the effects of fishing on the broader ecosystem using several criteria […]

DEVOTES Brief News – July 2015

Hello DEVOTees!!! How was your summer? Hope wonderful! In case you missed it, here are the DEVOTES Brief News from July 2015. Click on the preview to read the full text.

Congratulations Angel, Doctor of Science!

The University of Hull has awarded  the prestigious degree of “Honoris Causa” to Dr Angel Borja, coordinator of the DEVOTES project. The project participants congratulate Angel on this occasion! Click here for more info about the ceremony.

AZTI Press release: The integrated assessment of marine status is the main topic of a summer school organized by AZTI

Within the context of the World Oceans Day, the Aquarium of San Sebastián hosts sessions on 9th and 11th The integrated assessment of marine status is the main topic of a summer school organized by AZTI International experts will show the most innovative tools to assess the marine status The new research focus integrates all […]

5th June – World Environment Day 2015

The World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle to encourage people to take action for the environment. Since 2000, WED has grown to be a global platform, widely celebrated in over 100 countries. The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of […]

Happy International Day for Biological Diversity 2015!

  The United Nations declared May 22 the International Day of Biological Diversity to increase public awareness of biodiversity issues and to generate a greater understanding of the worth of Nature.   This date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1992. Every year this Day is dedicated to […]

Characterization of the biodiversity of dinoflagellates microalgae from the Catalan Coast

Scientists from the Marine Sciences Institute (ICM-CSIC) have studied the presence of dinoflagellates belonging to the order Gymnodiniales in the Catalan shores during three years. The study, led by Dr. Albert Reñé, has allowed establishing for the first time how many species of Gymnodiniales inhabit in that shores. There are about 59 different species, 13 […]

Key Barriers of Achieving Good Environmental Status (GES)

DEVOTES Team is glad to announce the release of the Deliverable 2.2, reporting on the key barriers to achieving Good Environmental Status (GES). Despite a common obligation to implement the MSFD, there are numerous potential conflicting objectives between government departments within and between Member States sharing a regional sea. The legal status and tight time-lines […]

French article about DEVOTES ARMS on Wolu Corail

ARMS and ASUs deployment and sampling activities of DEVOTES in Marseille has been included in the 88th issue of Wolu Corail, the journal of the Royal Wolu Diving Club. You can see a preview of the article here below.   All the information about the activities conducted by IMBE are available here Deployment of ARMS at l’île […]

NOAA’s ARMS website released

DEVOTES, as part of the ARMS Multi-Institutional Project, is pleased to announce the release of the NOAA’s ARMS Webpage ARMS (Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures) were created to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, abundance, and community structure of the cryptofauna community (the most diverse community of organisms on a coral reef) on a global scale. Direct link: www.pifsc.noaa.gov/cred/survey_methods/arms/index.php More information about […]

Announcement: EEFSItE 2015

The 13th European Ecological Federation (EEF) and 25th Italian Society of Ecology (SItE) joint conference, Rome 21 – 25 September 2015 EEF and SItE are delighted to invite you to take part in their joint conference on the theme of “Ecology at the interface”, to be held in Rome from 21st to 25th September 2015 at the […]

Announcement: DEVOTES-EUROMARINE Summer School, 9-11 June 2015

This FP7 DEVOTES project course falls into the first scientific priority and emerging fields identified by the FP7 EuroMarine programme (Understanding marine ecosystems for healthy oceans). Additionally, it could be considered one of the six ’emerging fields’ identified: “Complex interactions including tipping points, regime shifts and shifting assemblages in marine ecosystems”, since the management of […]

The Suez Canal enlargement: scientists call for the sound environmental decision

by B. Galil & S. Olenin “Egypt to build new Suez canal… ‘This giant project will be the creation of a new Suez canal parallel to the current channel’ said Mohab Mamish, the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, in a televised speech. This is ominous news. Expected to double the capacity of the Suez […]

Submit your abstract to the DEVOTES ECSA 55 Special Session!

We are pleased to announce that the DEVOTES is organizing a Special Session at the ECSA 55 entitled “Everyone is involved in Risk Assessment and Risk Management, so how do we achieve good status of transitional and marine waters?”  This session addresses the risks to good status in the continuum from transitional through to coastal and offshore waters […]

ASLO session on Biological connectivity and its importance within the context of global change

In the ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting that was held on 22-27 February 2015 in Granada, Spain, a session on “Biological connectivity and its importance within the context of global change” was organized by Guillem Chust, Naiara Rodriguez-Ezpeleta, Xabier Irigoien, within the framework of DEVOTES project (WP4).   Despite the fundamental role played by dispersal and […]

Invasive ecosystem engineers and biotic indices: giving a wrong impression of water quality improvement?

by A. Zaijko (KUCORPI) Benthic component of an ecosystem is considered in ecological status assessment of the key European Directives. Most of the metrics proposed for the benthic quality assessment are biodiversity based. Their robustness and applicability are widely discussed in many recent studies. However an impact of invasive alien species on biotic indices and […]

How to define Good Environmental Status and how to aggregate multiple information when assessing the status?

by A. Borja The European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) requires EU Member States to achieve Good Environmental Status (GEnS) of their seas by 2020. Also, the environmental status assessment of marine ecosystems is useful for communicating key messages to policymakers or the society, as it reduces the complex information of the multiple ecosystem and […]

Announcement: Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystems Conference, 30th Aug-­4th Sept 2015, Liverpool

Registration and and abstract submission are now open for the Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystems Conference. The Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Evolution, Interactions and Global Change meeting is a conference for aquatic scientists (both marine and freshwater) with a focus on evolution, interactions and long-term change – particularly how these shape patterns of biodiversity and the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. […]

Joining forces for biodiversity, regional updates and review

by A. Zenetos (HCMR) A new review “Adriatic ‘Opistobranchs’ (Gastropoda, Heterobranchia): Shedding light on biodiversity issues” of the Adriatic opisthobranch fauna, provides an updated checklist of 224 species and assess their distribution at regional and country level. This work is the result of a collaboration of scientists from Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and Greece […]

Metabarcoding approach for the ballast water surveillance – an advantageous solution or an awkward challenge?

by A. Zaiko et al.   In this recent collaborative paper, we showcase the performance of metabarcoding approach in comparison to the conventional observations, assessed during the en route experimental ballast water survey onboard R/V “Polarstern”. Ballast waters are considered to be one of the major vectors for human-mediated transport of non-indigenous species (NIS), and therefore contribute […]

Report on the criteria for good indicators selection

by D. Krause-Jensen, A. Bruhn, A. Borja A new DEVOTES Deliverable (D3.2: Report on the criteria for good indicators selection) was produced by a very large team of institutions and colleagues. The study is initiated by a detailed literature survey and critical examination and synthesis of selection criteria for good indicators of the status of marine […]

DEVOTool – the next steps

by T. Berg In January 2014, the DEVOTool was released in order to give interested people access to the WP3 indicator catalogue and allow to browse, search and analyze the metadata recorded by the DEVOTES partners. Now, a year after release, the software has been downloaded more than 100 times and the corresponding web page is […]

Decrease in water clarity of the southern and central North Sea during the 20th century.

by E. Capuzzo (CEFAS) Light availability in the water column is a key environmental variable which not only affects the primary producers (phytoplankton, microphytobenthos, macroalgae, seagrass) but also the higher trophic levels of the marine-food web. A simple measurement of water clarity is given by the depth of disappearance of the Secchi disk, a white, […]

The DG-MARE ADRIPLAN project on cross-border MSP in the Adriatic-Ionian Seas

by M. Maniopoulou ADRIPLAN aims at defining proposals and recommendations for Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Adriatic-Ionian Region (AIR) and in two Focus Areas namely the Northern Adriatic Sea (Focus Area 1) and the Southern Adriatic – Northern Ionian Sea (Focus Area 2) using an Ecosystem-Based Approach (EBA), as defined in the MSP Directive […]

Post-doctoral Research Associate position at Univ. of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Marine Science has an immediate opening for a POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE in the field of BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY/MARINE ZOOPLANKTON ECOLOGY.   The successful candidate will work with a large, multidisciplinary team of senior and early-career scientists, graduate and undergraduate students and staff in the Consortium for Coastal River-Dominated Ecosystems […]

Research fellowship – ecological resilience, regime shifts and landscape geomorphology

Bangor University offers a very exciting 44 month research fellowship for an ambitious individual. The fellowship will examine how a coastal estuarine landscape (salt marshes) is shaped by interactions of biological and physical processes. Keywords are: ecological resilience, regime shifts and landscape geomorphology. There are no restrictions on applicant nationality. The closing date for applications […]

Successful second DEVOTES Annual Meeting

DEVOTES Annual Meeting 2014, Ancona (Italy), 2-5 December Two years after the kick-off, the DEVOTES (DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status) project, funded by the European Commission under the FP7 research programme, convened for its 2nd Annual Meeting. The very successful meeting was hosted by the partner CoNISMA […]

DEVOTES releases the panels on the “Importance of advanced marine monitoring”

The DEVOTES Dissemination Team is delighted to announce the release of a series of panels on the “Importance of advanced marine monitoring”, as part of dissemination activities undertaken in the context of the Specific objective 7.2 “Provide effective and efficient dissemination to end-users, managers and society” of WP7 The posters are available for all users at […]

DEVOTES releases the European Seas Keystone Species Catalogue and the Keystone Review Report

The DEVOTES Task 6.1.3. team have released their Keystones Catalogue with accompanying Report The Catalogue is a database with 844 entries concerning 210 distinct species and 19 groups classified by major habitats in the Baltic Sea, North East Atlantic, Mediterranean, Black Sea (EU Regional Seas) and Norwegian Sea (Non-EU Sea). Information is detailed on their […]

A new DEVOTES success: the EC highlights another DEVOTES paper!

The research work published by Sue Boyes and Mike Elliott “Marine legislation – The ultimate ‘horrendogram’: International law, European directives & national implementation” has been included in the issue 394 of the Science for Environment Policy news:     Congratulations to the Authors! Click here to read the article “Marine legislation – The ultimate ‘horrendogram’: International law, European […]

DEVOTES has published the first report on the application of non- invasive biosensor, one of the Innovative Monitoring Techniques proposed within the WP5

This report summarise the application of high frequency, non-invasive biosensors (HFNI) to measure biological rhythms and shell growth in bivalves using real time data transfer and analysis. In particular, the “Report on the application of  non- invasive biosensor” documents the method, its applications and the results achieved from so far after 2.5 years of deployment […]

1st November 2014: DEVOTES 2 year anniversary

Happy DEVOTES 2nd Birthday! I am excited about the time that we have been working together and all the important results that have achieved during this first two years. We proposed an operational definition of Good Environmental Status, and we produced a catalogue of the EU monitoring networks for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. We […]

Announcement: First joint Symposium on “Tools for assessing status of European aquatic ecosystems”

We are pleased to announce the joint Scientific Symposium “Tools for assessing status of European aquatic ecosystems” of the research programmes DEVOTES, WATERS (www.waters.gu.se) and MARS (www.mars-project.eu). The symposium will bring together scientists and environmental managers to present and discuss state-of-the-art indicator development and assessment methods for ecological/environmental status of freshwater and marine ecosystems. The focus of the presentations will […]

DEVOTES releases a new version of the Catalogue of Monitoring Networks

A new version of the DEVOTES Catalogue of Monitoring Networks (3rd version) in Europe is now available for download here. DEVOTES has produced an in-depth analysis of marine monitoring networks in Europe aiming to assess the status of marine biodiversity monitoring, which has focused on Marine Strategy Framework Directive Descriptors 1 (Biological diversity), 2 (Non-indigenous […]

Successful DEVOTES Workshop “Innovative Monitoring Techniques”

On 13 and 14 October 2014 a total of 21 participants from 9 European institutions, including 4 invited speakers, met at the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM) in Barcelona. The objective of the workshop, organized by the partner ICM-CSIC, were to present and discuss the results on the application of innovative monitoring techniques that are […]

DEVOTES presents its recommendations for the implementation of the MSFD

DEVOTES has published its first report providing recommendations for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. This report summarises the main lessons learned from DEVOTES tasks that aim to be valuable for supporting the second cycle of the implementation of the MSFD Directive and define Good Environmental Status. The report covers overarching issues and […]

JRC launches the MSFD Competence Center

The new MSFD Competence Centre was launched on 7th October by JRC Director for Environment and Sustainability, Maria Betti, at the EurOCEAN 2014 Conference in Rome. The Joint Research Centre’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive Competence Centre (MCC) has been set up to help EU countries achieve ‘Good Environmental Status’ of their marine waters by 2020, the main aim […]

Announcement: DEVOTES Annual Meeting 2014

The second Annual Meeting of DEVOTES will be hosted by CoNISMa on the first week of December (2nd- 5th) in Ancona (Italy).       During this 4-days meeting, partners are invited to share their achievements since the last meeting, as well as ideas, problems and, especially, future work plans for coming year. The programme includes also a […]

2015 Aquatic Sciences Meeting

Aquatic Sciences: Global And Regional Perspectives — North Meets South 22-27 February 2015, Granada, Spain   ASLO returns to Europe for the 2015 Aquatic Sciences Meeting on 22-27 February 2015 at the Granada Congress and Exhibition Centre (Palacios de Exposiciones y Congresos de Granada) in Granada, Spain The 2015 meeting will contribute to the ongoing international development of ASLO by […]

COST ACTION Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services (TObeWELL) 2014 TRAINING SCHOOL “TobeWell and the Instagram Effect”: Cultural Tourism in the Digital Age 22-24 October, Turin, Italy

      An International Training School organised and funded by the EU COST Action IS1204 on Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services will be held on 20-22nd October 2014. The Training School will be held at: SiTI, the Higher Institute on Territorial Systems for Innovation in Torino, Italy in conjunction with the Dead Sea and […]

CLOSED: Marine Ecosystem Services Researcher position at PML

PML is looking for post-docs or completing PhD’s with a strong marine ecology background who might be interested in an open ended appointment as an ecosystem services researcher at PML. Location: Plymouth Salary range: £29,228 – £34,581 Full time – Open Ended Appointment Closing date: 8th August 2014 Job Purpose: You will be required to […]

WP5 Workshop on “Innovative Monitoring Techniques”

The DEVOTES WP5 Workshop on Innovative Monitoring Techniques  will be held in Barcelona in October 2014. Work package 5 (WP5) is devoted to the development of innovative tools useful in marine monitoring, including both instrumental and methodological approaches. WP5 aims to improve our understanding of ecosystem functioning and biodiversity changes at the different levels of […]

DEVOTES @ Ocean Sampling Day

A Worldwide Scientific Adventure for Biodiversity: The Ocean Sampling Day, a Global Event for Sequencing the Oceans On June 21 2014 a worldwide sampling campaign of microbial life within marine surface water was successfully within the framework of Micro B3’s Ocean Sampling Day (OSD). It encompassed  185 marine research locations from Iceland to Antarctica and […]

DeFishGear

DeFishGear at the centre stage in the Mediterranean Marine Litter Week   Every year, millions of tons of litter end up in the marine environment worldwide, including the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean Marine Litter Week 2014, was launched by Janez Potočnik, EC Commissioner for Environment and well-known advocate for curbing marine litter in Europe, together with […]

ARMS and ASUs

ARMS and ASUs by A. Borja Within DEVOTES, two innovative biodiversity monitoring devices (ARMS: Autonomous Reef Monitoring System, and ASU: Artificial Substrate Unit) for hard-bottom substratum have been deployed in locations across different regional seas (Baltic, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Black Sea and Red Sea: for details, see DEVOTES Newsletter 2, November 2013). At each location, 9 […]

DEVOTES @ IMBER

The DEVOTES project at the IMBER Open Science Conference by A. Borja and A. Newton When Angel and Alice suggested a special session on Marine Biodiversity to the organizers of the IMBER Open Science Conference in Bergen, Norway, they did not expect such an overwhelming response form the science community. Anna-Stiina Heiskanen presented on the […]

Conceptual models for the effects of marine pressures on biodiversity

Conceptualising our ecosystem problems. Coupling DPSIR with BowTie and Risk Management by C. Smith Conceptual models help draw together, visualise and understand the issues and problems relating to actual or predicted situations and how they might be solved. In recent years, Pressure-State-Response (P-S-R) frameworks have been central to conceptualising marine ecosystem risk analysis and risk […]

Microarray training at Polytechnic University of Marche

Microarray training organized and led by Dr. Marco Berzano was carried out at the facilities of Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy, from 9th to 13th of June 2014. Program included full range of laboratory work from sample filtration, RNA extraction and subsequent microarray preparation, hybridization and scanning, as well as introduction into data analysis.   “It […]

Research project network: ADRIPLAN

ADRIPLAN stands for ADRiatic Ionian maritime spatial PLANning and is a project funded by DG MARE under the theme “Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Mediterranean sea and/or the Black sea”. The total project budget is 1.250.000€, the duration of the project is 18 months from 10 December 2013 until 10 June 2015 and it […]

5th June – World Environment Day 2014

The World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle to encourage people to take action for the environment. Since 2000, WED has grown to be a global platform, widely celebrated in over 100 countries. In support of the UN designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States, this year’s […]

22nd May – International Day for Biological Diversity 2014

The United Nations declared May 22 as International Day of Biological Diversity to increase public awareness of biodiversity issues and to promote a greater understanding of the value of Nature. This date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1992. Every year this Day is dedicated to a different […]

CLOSED: Marine Ecologist/GIS Research Scientist position at KAUST

Marine Ecologist/GIS Research Scientist for a Marine Environmental Observatory     The Saudi Aramco Marine Environmental Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is seeking a marine ecologist/GIS scientist who can lead the development of a significant marine GIS and ecological mapping capability for the coastal seas of Saudi Arabia. The […]

EUROFLEETS Training opportunities

Two practical multidisciplinary ship-based training courses for European Graduated and Postgraduated Students of Marine Related Sciences. Organized within the EUROFLEETS programme, they will be held in summer 2014 1. Multidisciplinary Ship-based training for European graduates and postgraduates students of marine related sciences – 4th – 9th July 2014, Messina- Italy The practical ship-based training course […]

CLOSED: PostDoc fellowships at PML

Exciting opportunities for four Post-Doctoral Research Fellows (PDRFs) to contribute to the growth in its science areas through excellent and novel science. Opportunities for four appointments based at Plymouth Marine Laboratory are available in the following areas of research: – Project 1: Atmospheric correction of remote sensing data – Project 2: Ocean-atmosphere interactions in the […]

PostDoc position at IMBE

PostDoc position at IMBE Station marine d’Endoume on “Marine comparative population genetics and community ecology”   We seek candidates who proved their autonomy in data analyses and in writing international scientific papers. A solid experience in population genetics is also required. Expertise in community ecology, benthic coastal marine biodiversity, marine currentology, modelisation, as well as […]

Engineer fellowship at IMBE

      Engineer – Ingénieur – IMBE (9 Months)   The fellowship is financed by a FP7 European program (DEVOTES: Development of innovative tools for monitoring and assessing the good environmental status of the marine environment). For the European DEVOTES program, 9 ARMS boxes and 9 ASUs devices were installed in the benthos off […]

Post-doc/Researcher in Climate Modelling at NTNU

The Industrial Ecology Program (IndEcol) with Department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is seeking a Post.Doc or Researcher in climate modelling. The successful candidate should have motivation to help improve the way we manage our forests for climate mitigation. To this end, a core objective of […]

5 Post Doc positions at Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM)

Five Postdoctoral Research Fellows within the Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM) The Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM) at Stockholm University is an interdisciplinary department focused on two research themes: contaminant science, and atmospheric science & biogeochemistry. To further broaden ITM research profile and strengthen the research environment, ITM is recruiting 5 Postdoctoral Research […]

CLOSED: PhD positions available at Open University – Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn International, Italy

Ph.D. fellowships are available to carry out interdisciplinary training in Biological Sciences at the Stazione Zoologica ‘Anton Dohrn’ Naples Italy. Applications are invited from suitably qualified postgraduate candidates on the following projects: 1. Integrative biology of the polychaete model species Platynereis dumerilii: role of climate stressors on cryptic speciation Director of studies: Dr. Maria Cristina Gambi […]

CLOSED: Director-Designate and Reader in Applied Estuarine and Marine Sciences Position

    Institute of Estuarine & Coastal Studies (IECS), School of Biological, Biomedical & Environmental Sciences The University wishes to appoint a Director-Designate and Reader (*) in Applied Estuarine and Marine Sciences, who is expected eventually to replace Professor Mike Elliott as Director of the Institute of Estuarine & Coastal Studies (IECS). The Institute is […]

DEVOTES Project @ HOPE Conference

The Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) Conference, on 3-4 March 2014 in Brussels,  was opened by Commissioner Potočnik in the presence of 15 EU environment ministers, and over 400 other attendees, including representatives from Member States, the Regional Sea Conventions, academia, industry, NGOs and other stakeholders. The conference brought together those working with the European marine […]