Transnational Cooperation

Marine Biotechnology – ERA-MBT

FCT is a member of an ERA-NET project in Marine Biotechnology, which builds on the CSA Marine Biotech project and develops the network further into a pan-European approach Marine Biotechnology R&D funding. ERA-IB-2 involves 19 funding agencies from 14 countries, seeking to identify best cooperation practices as the basis for the implementation of the European Research Area (ERA). This project is dedicated to promote transnational cooperation between funding agencies with research programmes in Marine Biotechnology (IB).

Calls for transnational research projects are one of the main goals of the ERA-NETs, as a mechanism for validating the cooperative effort between the various funding agencies. ERA-MBT intends to launch at least three transnational joint calls until the end of 2017.

First Transnacional Joint Call 2014

The ERA-MBT is pleased to announce the first transnational joint call for research projects related to “The development of biorefinery processes for marine biomaterials”. The main purpose of the call is to stimulate joint European research and development activities in marine biotechnology.

Together, the 14 funding organisations involved in this call expect to support around 12 Mill. € for marine biotechnology research. Transnational research consortia from academia, research institutes and industry are invited to submit proposals that develop new and/or improved biotechnological knowledge, tools and methods for the sustainable processing of marine biomass into a variety of bio-based products and/or services. This is best achieved through integrated biorefinery processes ideally utilising all molecular fractions present in the relevant biomass.

Each proposal must involve partners from at least three different countries but no more than eight partners overall.

Submissions of proposals will be in a two-step procedure: a pre-proposal step with submission deadline by December 10, 2014 (17:00,CET) , and a full proposal step for invited consortia with submission deadline by April 30, 2015 (17:00, CET) Projects are expected to start at the end of 2015 / beginning of 2016.

Participating Countries/regions: Belgium/Flanders (IWT e FWO), Denmark (IFD), Iceland (RANNIS), Irland (MI), New-Caledonia (ADECAL), Norway (IN e RCN), Portugal (FCT), Romenia (UEFISCDI), Slovenia (MZIS), Spain (MINECO) and Sweden (FORMAS e VGR)

Each Portuguese institution must sign and stamp a Declaração de Compromisso by the Portuguese Principal Investigator as well as by the Head of the Portuguese institution. A scanned copy of the “Declaration of Commitment”, in accordance with the template provided above, must be sent, by e-mail, to the FCT’s contact person no later than 10 working days after the pre-proposal submission deadline. FCT may request the original document at a later date.

The Portuguese institutions funding must follow the Regulations governing access to funding for scientific research and technological development projects. The dedication (FTE) in transnational projects is not taken into account for the 100% (FTE) dedication to national projects.

The financial commitment of FCT to support all topics in this call is EUR 325 000.

The funding for the Portuguese participation in a transnational proposal is limited to:

24-36 months project duration: EUR 200 000 for a proposal with Portuguese coordination;
24-36 months project duration: EUR 125 000 Euros for a proposal with Portuguese participation;
12-18 months project duration: EUR 50 000;
All the documents relative to this joint call as well as the electronic submission system of the pre-proposals and the full proposals are available here.

Partnering Tool available here.

For more information about the Portuguese participation on the ERA-MBT joint call 2014 contact the person at FCT.

Contact

Marta Norton
FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126
1249 – 074 Lisboa
Portugal
marta.norton@fct.pt
Tel: (+351) 213 911552

Link to ERA-MBT

www.marinebiotech.eu

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Transnational Cooperation OCEANERA-NET Ocean Energy European Research Area Network

OCEANERA-NET is a Network of European national and regional funders and managers of research and innovation programes in the field of ocean energy. Ocean energy includes the generation of renewable electricity from wave and tidal energy, salinity gradient and ocean thermal energy conversion.

The consortium OCEANERA-NET comprises 16 partners from 9 European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and UK) that is open to opportunities for collaboration with other European and non-European countries to address common challenges. OCEANERA-NET is a European project funded by the European Commission that started in December 2013 and will run for 4 years. This project is co-ordinated by Scottish Enterprise, the Regional Economic Development Agency for lowlands Scotland.

The objective of OCEANERA-NET is to coordinate funding programmes between European countries and regions to support research and innovation in the ocean energy sector. OCEANERA-NET is one of a number of initiatives to help address the research and innovation challenges for the role ocean energy can play in contributing to future renewable energy targets, economic growth and job creation. OCEANERA-NET will work alongside the European Energy Research Alliance Ocean Energy Joint Programme, Ocean Energy Forum and Technology Platform to develop a shared vision and co-ordinated action plan.

The consortium have agreed a road map of work packages to work towards the implementation of joint activities, namely joint calls for transnational collaborative research and innovation projects. A first joint call is planned for Autumn 2014 and further joint calls in 2015 and 2016.

First Joint Call 2014

The first OCEANERA-NET joint cal 2014 in Ocean Energy was officially announced at the Ocean Energy Europe 2014 Conference, in 1-2 October 2014, in Paris.

A workshop brokerage on 2 October 2014 and a webinar on 16 October 2014 were organised to provide information on the call and to help building international research consortia. The registration was free of charge and the participants in the workshop brokerage benefited from discounts on the registration at the Ocean Energy Europe 2014. Profiles of the participants and/or presentations of project ideas were submitted and presented at the workshop brokerage. All these presentations as well as the presentation about the call and the full recording of the webinar are available here.

The scope of the call is needs driven research towards the design, development, demonstration and validation of ocean energy technologies addressing: wave energy, tidal energy, tidal and ocean currents, salinity gradient and ocean thermal energy conversion. The following topics are supported by FCT:

Develop standardised approaches/methods/ tools for ocean energy site characterisation and project and array/park planning.
Modelling and design of components, systems, sub-systems and devices for ocean energy technologies taking into account manufacturing, installation, operation, maintenance, and environment requirements.
Development and testing of critical components for delivering reliable, sustainable and high-performance ocean energy generation.
Demonstration and validation of technological developments in a real sea environment.
Design and development of tools and solutions for the technological advancement and optimisation of components, devices and arrays/parks.
Deadline for electronic submission of pre-proposals (MANDATORY) : 18 December 2014 (12:00 CET).

Deadline for electronic submission of full proposals: 1 April 2015 (12:00 CEST).

Participating countries/regions: Asturias (Spain), Basque Country (Spain), Flanders (Belgium), France, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland (United Kingdom), Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom

Eligible transnational consortium must include, at least, two organisations from, at least, two countries participating in the call.

Each Portuguese institution must sign and stamp a Declaração de Compromisso by the Portuguese Principal Investigator as well as by the Head of the Portuguese institution. A scanned copy of the “Declaration of Commitment”, in accordance with the template provided above, must be sent, by e-mail, to the FCT’s contact person no later than 10 working days after the pre-proposal submission deadline. FCT may request the original document at a later date.

The Portuguese institutions funding must follow the Regulations governing access to funding for scientific research and technological development projects. The dedication (FTE) in transnational projects is not taken into account for the 100% (FTE) dedication to national projects.

The financial commitment of FCT to support all topics in this call is EUR 500 000.

The funding for the Portuguese participation in a transnational proposal is limited to:

24-36 months project duration: EUR 200 000 for a proposal with Portuguese coordination;
24-36 months project duration: EUR 125 000 Euros for a proposal with Portuguese participation;
12-18 months project duration: EUR 50 000;
An additional funding of EUR 300 000 maximum may be added for demonstration projects in Portugal.
All the documents relative to this joint call as well as the electronic submission system of the pre-proposals and the full proposals are available here.

For more information about the Portuguese participation on the OCEANERA-NET joint call 2014 contact the person at FCT.

Partner search web tools

The “EEN (Enterprise Europe Network)” offers a general partner search tool.

OCEANERA-NET has created a LinkedIn group. Join this group for discussions about the joint call 2014.

Contacts

Dina Carrilho
FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126, 7º
1249 – 074 Lisbon
Portugal
dina.carrilho@fct.pt
Tel: (+351) 213 924 381

OCEANERA-NET site

www.oceaneranet.eu

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“INTRODUCCIÓN AL ANÁLISIS FUNCIONAL A TRAVÉS DE LA SIMULACIÓN COMPUTACIONAL. MODELADO DIGITAL Y ANÁLISIS DE ELEMENTOS FINITOS APLICADOS A BIOCIENCIAS – 3ª edición”

Estimados colegas,

Ya está abierta la inscripción para el siguiente curso que tendrá lugar en Argentina:
– “INTRODUCCIÓN AL ANÁLISIS FUNCIONAL A TRAVÉS DE LA SIMULACIÓN COMPUTACIONAL. MODELADO DIGITAL Y ANÁLISIS DE ELEMENTOS FINITOS APLICADOS A BIOCIENCIAS – 3ª edición”.

Profesores: Dr. Josep Fortuny (Institut Català de Paleontologia M.C., España) y Jordi Marcé-Nogué (Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, España)

Fecha: 9-13 de Marzo, 2015.

Lugar: CONICET – Centro Científico Tecnológico (CCT) La Plata, Calle 8, nº 1467, B1904CMC La Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Web del curso: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/funct-morph/fea/

Póster del curso: http://www.transmittingscience.org/wp-content/uploads/Cartel-del-Curso-Introducci%C3%B3n-al-An%C3%A1lisis-Funcional-a-Trav%C3%A9s-de-la-Simulaci%C3%B3n-Computacional.-Modelado-Digital-y-An%C3%A1lisis-de-Elementos-Finitos-Aplicado-a….pdf

Programa:

– Introducción al Análisis de Elementos Finitos (FEA):

Modelo teórico, características y procedimiento.

– Mecánica de medios continuos básica:

Tensiones, desplazamientos, deformaciones, ecuaciones constitutivas y criterios de rotura en materiales elásticos.

– Aproximación teórica al mallado:

Tipos de malla. Generación de malla. ¿Cómo evaluar una malla (Calidad y fiabilidad)? Recomendaciones para una buena práctica.

– Propiedades del material:

Definición y propiedades biomecánicas del hueso para utilizar en FEA.

– Reconstrucción de modelos 3D:

Reconstrucción de las estructuras tridimensionales biológicas. Desde el objeto real al modelo 3D. ¿Qué es un CT-Scan? DICOM y otros archivos de formato. Modelado 3D. Generación de archivos STL. Preparación y reconstrucción de modelos tridimensionales para ser analizados en los paquetes de FEA. Técnica y práctica de modelos 3D de elementos finitos.

– Claves en el pre-proceso y post-proceso:

Asignación de condiciones de contorno en modelos 3D (músculos, inserciones musculares y análogos), definición de las propiedades del material. Interpretación de los resultados. Implicaciones biológicas.

Un cordial saludo

Soledad De Esteban Trivigno
Directora del curso
Transmitting Science
www.transmittingscience.org

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Expert Team Created to Help Transition to New Method of Measuring Recreational Fishing Effort Along Atlantic and Gulf Coasts

Expert Team Created to Help Transition to New Method of Measuring Recreational Fishing Effort Along Atlantic and Gulf Coasts

November 13, 2014
Expert Team Created to Help Transition to New Method of Measuring Recreational Fishing Effort Along Atlantic and Gulf Coasts
You will be interested to know we have taken another important step to improve the quality of recreational data that informs our decision-making.

We are convening a team of experts to help us transition to a promising new method of surveying private boat and shore-based saltwater recreational anglers along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts about their fishing trips, or effort.

Preliminary findings from an extensive, multi-year pilot project indicate mail surveys do a better job of capturing recreational fishing trips than our current coastal household phone survey.

Moving to a mail survey may sound counter-intuitive, but our pilot project results indicate mail surveys do a better job of capturing recreational fishing trips by reaching a broader population of anglers, getting more accurate information from respondents, and delivering higher response rates.

Other government agencies, including the U.S. Census Bureau and many highly respected research firms now use mail surveys because of their effectiveness.

The switch to the mail survey will not happen overnight. In fact, we don’t expect it to be fully implemented and used for science or management decision-making before 2016 at the earliest. That’s because we know from past experience that major methodological changes can disrupt our assessment and management activities.

This is why we are standing up a team to smartly manage the transition to the mail survey. The team includes both members of our staff and representatives from the Councils, Commissions, and states.

The expert team will work with state and regional decision-making bodies to develop the most appropriate way to shift to the new mail survey so as to minimize potential impacts.

We will not fully implement the new survey until we can explain any differences between estimates and determine how the new numbers can be used in stock assessments and for catch accounting.

I invite you to ask us questions by participating in an informational webinar on Monday, November 24 at 2:00 pm (EST). You can register here or by contacting Leah Sharpe. And follow our progress online at www.CountMyFish.noaa.gov.

Eileen

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About the Zoological Society of London symposium on mangroves in London

Dear All,

Last week at the Zoological Society of London symposium on mangroves in London, I spoke out strongly against shrimp certification. Two persons asked me why MAP was not supporting the notion of certification of “sustainable” shrimp. I argued that existing certification schemes are based on faulty standards, one of which was the notion that cleared mangroves for new shrimp farms could be mitigated against via ill-designed mangrove plantings that are bound to fail. I also emphasized the GAA and ASC are creating food insecurity in the South by exporting 90% of a luxury export product to wealthier nations in the North.

I think many people at this special mangrove symposium heard me! It will be good to have them on our side!

Please check out the link to our newest video for our Marvelous Mangrove Curriculum!
http://mangroveactionproject.org/mangrove_curriculum/
Ciao,

Alfredo Quarto,
Executive Director
Mangrove Action Project (MAP)
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279 USA
mangroveap@olympus.net
tel. (360) 452-5866
www.mangroveactionproject.org

Check Out MAP’s Question Your Shrimp Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KVJbUHGAQg

Help Mangrove Action Project work at the roots of the sea!

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Remote Sensing Specialists!

Attention Remote Sensing Specialists!

You are invited to participate in our session at EGU 2015 (Vienna)

EGU, Vienna, 12 – 17 April 2015
NH9.20: Application of remote sensing in natural hazard studies. http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2015/session/18829

Conveners: Matthew Blackett (Coventry University); Peter Webley (University of Alaska Fairbanks); Robert Wright (Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology); Charley Hill-Butler (Coventry University and Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology).

The deadline for normal abstracts is 7 January 2015.

Students and early career researchers may be eligible for financial support from the EGU (deadlines for abstract submission for this is 28 November 2014 (see: http://www.egu2015.eu/support_and_distinction.html).

Session abstract: Remote sensing has many fundamental applications in the field of natural hazard studies. It has a number of advantages over traditional fieldwork expeditions including safety, the provision a synoptic view of the whole region of interest, often the availability of data extending back several years and, in many cases, cost savings. Its applications have moved on significantly in recent years with new, more powerful sensors, and finely tuned detection algorithms, now available. This session will provide a forum for the dissemination of research into using such advanced sensors and algorithms for application to all types of natural hazard. The research presented might focus on the observation of possible precursory events and evaluation of potential predictive capabilities, on the determination of vulnerable areas, on the monitoring of the event during its occurrence or on the assessment of damage post-event. An additional application which has shown great utility in recent years has been the use of remotely detected data for decision support and overall emergency management. Of these possible research themes, the use of different types of remote sensing (e.g. thermal, visual, radar, laser) might be considered, with an evaluation of their respective pros and cons. Suggestions for future sensor consideration, algorithm development and emergency management agency buy-in might also be made based on empirical evidence presented.

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