International, in-the-field formation of European young researchers and next generation of marine scientists

Dissemination Toolkit for Young Researchers (3.2 MiB)

The EurofleetsPlus Education and Training program offers training activities to early career technicians, marine scientists and (future) Research Infrastructure managers and will contribute towards EurofleetsPlus’ objective of Building Career in Blue Growth.  Education, along with research and innovation, comprises the knowledge triangle and therefore plays a vital role in the advancement of knowledge, therefore, we aim to:

  1. Build capacity in European ocean sciences research through a series of innovative webinars, blue skill labs and floating universities targeted at postgraduate students, early career researchers and professionals
  2. Facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology by facilitating broader access to European RV and Infrastructures
  3. Promote, in collaboration with the EGU GIFT program, the Teacher@sea access to Eurofleets+ RV to attract primary and secondary school pupils to marine sciences careers

Floating Universities

A series of ship-based training initiatives in marine related sciences areas such as scientific instrumentation, the collection and processing of samples, data analysis, quality control, and processing.

The floating University will start with introductory day(s) devoted to lectures covering the planned activities, survey design & planning and practical & safety issues.

Onboard activities will combine lectures, laboratory work and practical sampling/measurements and interpretation of data.

As a follow up, each participant will contribute to the official cruise report and submit a report on the outcome of their own project work.

The Floating University activities are offered to post graduate students.

Applicants will have to fill in an application form and will be evaluated on the basis of the scientific background, training needs and the coherency between their studies and the topics offered by Floating University.

Travel and (eventual) accommodation expenses will be partially refunded after claim submission with receipts for reimbursement.

Five Floating Universities are planned:

Hydrographic Surveying

Vessel: R/V Celtic Voyager (MI, Ireland)

Area: South coast of Ireland, Cork

Date: February 2020 (Call in October 2019)

Participants: 8

Duration: 7 days in total (3 days onboard and 4 days pre- and post-cruise preparation and data workup);

Topic: seabed mapping, habitat mapping and hydrographic surveying

Equipment: EM2040 Multi-beam echosounder and Ixsea Gaps USBL system, CTD working to 1000m. has wet, dry and chemical laboratories.

Fisheries Surveying

Vessel: R/V Dallaporta (CNR, Italy)

Area: Mediterranean Sea

Date: TBD

Participants: 8

Duration: up to 7 days

Topic: fisheries (with echo-survey), marine biology and oceanography

Equipment: laboratory for marine fishery and environmental studies, CTD and Rosette multisampler, UWTV system for quantification of some fishery resource, box-corer.

Oceanographic Surveying

Vessel: R/V Oceania (IOPAN, Poland)

Area: Baltic Sea

Date: TBD

Participants: up to 10

Duration: TBD

Topic: General physical, biological and biogeochemical oceanography, and optical oceanography

Robotics and Oceanographic Surveying

Vessel: R/V Skagerak (UGOT, Sweden)

Area: South Baltic Sea

Date: TBD

Participants: up to 10

Duration: TBD

Topic: survey planning, acquisition and treatment of hydro-acoustic, Glider and ROV data

Equipment: Vessel is adapted to accommodate a variety of ROVs including the 2000m depth rated Ocean Modules V8 Offshore system and 2 smaller ROVs (500 and 700m depth rated), but also the 3000m depth rated AUV “Hugin” and 2 Kongsberg Maritime sea gliders.

Oceanographic and Fisheries Oceanographic Surveying

Vessel: R/V Mar Portugal (IPMA, Portugal)

Area: Off Portugal Atlantic coast

Date: TBD

Participants: up to 8

Duration: up to 10 days

Topic: sustainable fisheries, ocean floor mapping and marine environmental studies

Equipment: conference room, fisheries and multi-purpose laboratories

Blue Skill LABS

During the past ten years new technologies have remarkably extended the scope of marine research and now offer exciting novel perspectives for pioneering research. Unmanned underwater vehicles have reached a high degree of reliability and they develop towards standard equipment on modern research vessels. However, the technical complexity of the systems and their integrated scientific payload is a challenge for both the operational team and the scientists. This is addressed through proposed dedicated training courses to enable the next generation of marine researchers to fully utilize the possibilities offered by this kind of scientific instrumentation onboard European research vessels.

Applications for the Blue Skills Labs will be evaluated on the basis of the scientific/technical career of the applicant and coherency between their studies and the topics in the Labs.

Travel and (eventual) accommodation expenses will be partially refunded after claim submission with receipts for reimbursement.

6 Blues Skills Labs are planned:



Date: 1st course: AUGUST 18TH-23RD 2019

Participants: 12

Duration: 6 days

Description of the course:

Course elements include a guide in using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles as a research tool, mission logistics, mission planning, scientific payload, data acquisition and post-processing of various types of sensors including hydroacoustic sensors. Theoretical course elements will be applied practically during two days when the course participants execute their planned missions in the Skagerrak Sea using the Hugin AUV ‘Ran’.

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ROV Lab (2 courses)

Location: MARUM (Germany)

Date: 1st course: November 2019

Participants: up to 8

Duration: 3 days

Description of the course: Deliver two onshore training courses focusing on the special requirements of scientific ROV operations at sea. Topics to include cruise preparation, mobilization and operation at sea. In class workshops will be used as well as practice on different manipulators and training missions in the ROV simulator and test tank with ROV MARUM-Squid (a powerful, light Work-Class ROV for operations down to 2000-meter water depth).

Seismic Lab (2 courses)

Location: OGS (Italy)

Date: TBD

Participants: up to 8

Duration: 3 days

Description of the course: Training on scientific and technological aspects of seismic data acquisition, processing and interpretation.

Seislab is a hardware / software infrastructure constituting an environment for the integration of geophysical software and data. Based on concept of hardware virtualization, Seislab help the user in performing part or all the steps of processing and analyses considered in the workflow.

Each geophysical application is integrated in the environment and runs on a software-dedicated virtual machine.

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