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MISIS Project - Final Meeting (June 23-26, 2014)

 


MISIS Project Final Meeting

Mahmudia, Danube Delta (Romania), June 23-26, 2014

MISIS Project - Final Meeting Between 23-26 of June 2014 is taking place in the Danube Delta at Mahmudia, the final meeting of the MISIS Project. During the 3 days conference there will be presented the results and deliverable of the MISIS Project, and also there will be interesting discussions with the stakeholders and valuable comments from the steering committee members.

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Integrated Hotspots Management and Saving the Living Black Sea Ecosystem - HBS Project

 

European UnionBlack Sea HotspotsBlack Sea Cross Border Cooperation

 

Integrated Hotspots Management and Saving the Living Black Sea Ecosystem
HOT BLACK SEA Project

 

The HBS Project (http://bs-hotspots.eu) of the Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme (http://www.blacksea-cbc.net/) ended delivering important tools in the field of land-based sources (LBS) of pollution management. Most important among them are the Methodology for identification and prioritization of Hot Spots and the LBS database.

 

For more information about the project please download
the Booklet of the HBS Project

 

Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation (November 17-21, 2014)

 

Mares Conference
Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation

Olhão (Portugal), November 17-21, 2014

The Mares Conference is an international and open conference that will bring together scientists from different levels and disciplines to discuss and address issues about marine ecosystems health and conservation.

The Mares Conference aims to address the main issues of marine ecosystems health and conservation. Six thematic subjects will be developed, these six themes are the ones developed by the MARES doctoral candidates:

  • Future Oceans : temperature changes - hypoxia - acidification
  • Understanding biodiversity effects on the functioning of marine ecosystems
  • Biological invasions
  • Natural Resources : overexploitation, fisheries and aquaculture
  • Ocean noise pollution
  • Habitat loss, urban development, coastal infrastructures and Marine Spatial Planning

The conference will be dynamic, innovative and participative, mixing oral presentations, round table discussions, and posters/digital objects sessions. Scientific and social programme are detailed here: http://www.maresconference.eu/programme.

The participants have the opportunity to write and submit one or more abstract(s). Guidelines and submission forms are available here: http://www.maresconference.eu/callforabstracts.
Deadline for abstract submission is set on Sunday 1 June 2014.

Early bird Registrations are open: http://www.maresconference.eu/registrationform. The early bird registration deadline, with reduced rates, is 15 August 2014.

Call of papers

For more information visit the conference website

 

2nd International Ocean Research Conference (November 17-21, 2014)

 

IORC 2014
2nd International Ocean Research Conference

Barcelona (Spain), November 17-21, 2014

The 2nd International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) is an opportunity for the scientific community to come together to plan the coming decade of international collaboration in marine science and technology, with a view to improving ocean governance. The inaugural IORC was held in June 2005, when the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) with The Oceanography Society (TOS), brought attendees together to discuss expected developments in marine sciences in the decade that followed.

The Conference will focus on how ocean sciences have progressed in the last 20 years and will discuss the coming decade of international collaboration in marine sciences and technology. The conference will be comprised of keynote lectures, panels, oral presentations and poster sessions. The oral presentations will be structured in three topics:

  • Building Scientific Knowledge
  • Applying Knowledge for Societal Benefit: Achieving Ecosystem Management and Sustainability
  • Improving Governance and Building Capacities

Call of papers

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ECEM 2014 - 8th European Conference on Ecological Modelling (October 27-30, 2014)

ECEM 2014
8th European Conference on Ecological Modelling

Marrakech (MOROCCO), October 27 - 30, 2014


ECEM 2014 conference is organized by École Supérieure de Technologie Essaouira (Univérsité Cadi Ayyad - Morocco) and the Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale – OGS (Italy) on behalf of the International Society for Ecological Modelling (ISEM). The first conference in the series was held in Pula, Croatia (in 1997) and the last one in Riva del Garda, Italy (in 2011).

Posters and talks are welcome in all fields of ecological modelling. Depending on available funds, some support to students will be available. A selection of peer-reviewed conference papers will be published in a special issue of the journal Ecological Modelling.

Abstracts are invited for the 8th European Conference on Ecological Modelling, ECEM2014 "Beyond boundaries: next generation modeling" to be held in Marrakech, Morocco, October 27-30.

The meeting will have an outstanding scientific program, the venue is a stimulating environment, Marrakech is a beautiful and interesting city and late October a good time to enjoy its colors.

WHO ECEM conferences are organized biannually on behalf of International Society of Ecological Modelling (ISEM) by the ISEM European Chapter. The eighth conference is organised by OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale - Italy) and École Supérieure de Technologie Essaouira (Univérsité Cadi Ayyad - Morocco).

THEME Particular attention will be devoted to themes related to Global Changes, Societal Challenges, Operational Aspects, Traits and Evolutionary models, Integrated Models and Emergining fields, but ECEM2014 covers ALL topics in the area of ecological modelling, and participants are invited from all areas of research, development and application in ecological modelling.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Icarus Allen (UK), Michael Doebeli (CAN), Jason Link (USA), Filippo Giorgi (Italy), Antoine Guisan(CH), Sovan Lek (France), Andrea Saltelli (JRC), Karline Soetaert (NL) and Sven Erik Jorgensen (Denmark)

More information about ECEM 2014, including registration fee, registration & accommodation forms and abstract submission is available at the conference website:
http://ecem2014.inogs.it/

 

The 3rd International Symposia on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (October 14-17, 2014)

 


The first and second International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) was hosted by the Institute of Marine Research, Arendal Norway on the 11-14 June 2007 and 3-7 July 2011 respectively. The international attendance and multi-disciplinary contributions to this symposium demonstrated the need for an international forum to discuss and develop the integration of science and policy which provided the impetus for this third symposia.

The third ICZM symposium will be hosted by the Marmara Research Center, TUBITAK, Turkey and will be held from the 14-17 October 2014 in Antalya, Turkey. This international multi-disciplinary conference is intended to promote science and integration of knowledge for the sustainable management of coastal resources. It will provide a venue for scientists, engineers, managers, and policy-makers to discuss recent advances and innovative ideas, as well as share experiences and develop networks.

THEMES and TOPICS:

  1. Understanding the impacts on ecosystem health
  2. Environmental impacts: confronting local and global pressures
  3. Emerging methodologies and progress towards assessing sustainable development
  4. Managing our coasts: the science-policy-governance interface

More information about ICZM 2014, including registration fee, registration & accommodation forms and online abstract submission is available at the conference website:
http://www.iczm2014.org/

 

EurOCEAN 2014 and Aquatic Science (October 7-9, 2014)

 


EurOCEAN 2014 will bring together marine scientists and science stakeholders to discuss and identify priority challenges and opportunities for marine science, thus providing a channel for the marine and maritime research community to respond to, and impact on, European science policy developments.

EurOCEAN 2014 is organized by the European Marine Board, the European Commission (DG Research & Innovation), the National Research Council of Italy, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale and Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare.

The EurOCEAN 2014 conference programme will run over 2.5 days and will include:

  • Keynote horizon-scanning presentations from leading European and international scientists;
  • Focused discussion sessions on societal, policy and regional challenges including maritime policy, ocean resources, managing marine space, and oceans and human health;
  • Dialogue on capacity building including research infrastructures, ocean observing systems and human capital;
  • An open panel discussion moderated by Quentin Cooper, BBC Radio 4 science presenter, a Mediterranean roundtable, and dedicated side events;
  • Identification of emerging challenges and opportunities in seas and oceans research.

Register now for EurOCEAN 2014
Early Bird rate until June 16, 2014 (€150)
Full Fee from June 17 – Sept. 30, 2014 (€250)

For more information visit the EurOCEAN 2014 website

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FABA 2014 - International Symposium on Fisheries and Aquatic Science (September 25-27, 2014)

 



FABA 2014 - International Symposium on Fisheries and Aquatic Science

Trabzon (Turkey), September 25-27, 2014

"FABA 2014: International Symposium on Fisheries and Aquatic Science" organized by the Centre Fisheries Research Institute (CFRI) which will be held in Trabzon, Turkey from September 25 to 27, 2014. The first meeting of FABA was realized in 2003 and the last one was held in 2013 in various universities in Turkey.

The symposium will focus on the theme “Marine and Inland Biodiversity: Interactions with Fisheries and Aquatic Environments” and have the following topics: Fisheries Biology and Management, Aquaculture, Hydrobiology, Fish Health, Seafood Processing, Biotechnology and Genetics, Invasive Species, Global Warming and Fisheries, Water Quality and Pollution, Fisheries Socio-economics.

The conference will bring together leading researchers, engineers and scientists in the domain of interest from around the world.

For more information visit the FABA2014 website

 

COCONET Summer Course "GES & MPAs" (September 8-13, 2014)

 



COCONET Summer Course "GES & MPAs"

COCONET SUMMER COURSE

“GES & MPAs”

Good Environmental Status and Marine Protected Areas

in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

 

September 8-13, 2014 (GES  8-11, Workshop 12)

University Mohammed V Agdal – Institut Scientifique – Rabat – Morocco

 

 

Michel André, Technical University of Catalonia, Spain

Ferdinando Boero, University of Salento, Italy

Federica Foglini, CNR-ISMAR Bologna, Italy

Simonetta Fraschetti, University of Salento, Italy

Bella Galil, National Institute of Oceanography, Israel

Enrique Macpherson, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Blanes (CSIC), Spain

Antonio Petrillo, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Takvor Soukissian, Hellenic Centre for Marine
Research, Greece

Chloë Webster, MedPAN Association, France

 

 

Organizers

Mohammed Ramdani

Institut Scientifique, University Mohammed V Agdal, Rabat, Morocco 

ramdanimed@gmail.com, mramdani@israbat.ac.ma

 

Jamila Bensouissi

Institut National Agronomique de Tunis, INAT- Tunis, Tunisia 

jbensouissi@yahoo.com

 

Local organizers

Najat Elkhiati, Mohamed Ramdani

Institut Scientifique, University Mohammed V Agdal, Rabat, Morocco

 

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WRW 2014 - 2nd International Conference "Water resources and wetlands" (September 11-13, 2014)

 

WRW 2014
2nd International Conference "Water resources and wetlands"

Tulcea (Romania), September 11-13, 2014

The Romanian Limnogeographical Association (RLA) in collaboration with the Polish Limnological Society (PLS), Czech Limnological Society (CLS) and the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority (DDBRA) would like to invite you to take part in the International Conference on “Water resources and wetlands” set to take place between 11-13 September, 2014 in the “Delta” Hotel in Tulcea, Romania.

The objectives of this conference are based on the need to integrate various approaches and angles in the research of inland and sea waters in order to establish sustainable ways of solving present and future problems generated by the ever more intensive use of water resources for human activities. The goal is to offer participants a meeting place where experience and knowledge can be shared and exchanged, whether they are researchers, private companies or government institutions (central or local), in order to come up with solutions for the issues facing each of these stakeholders.

Call of papers

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Second DEVOTES Summer School in San Sebastian, Spain (July 15-17, 2014)

 

Second DEVOTES Summer School in San Sebastian (Spain)

July 15-17, 2014



From Species to Ecosystems: Modelling Marine Ecology for Management Applications

This Second DEVOTES Summer School will explore the potential and recent advances in the use of marine modelling (some of them developed in DEVOTES), at different scales (from species to ecosystems), in management applications, including scenarios of climate change.

The main objective of the school is to give an overview on the marine modelling to ocean and coastal management, with a closer view to the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), especially in descriptors such as: biodiversity, fishing, food-webs and seafloor integrity.

This summer school will provide participants with an overview on current knowledge and cutting-edge research in marine science, with a special focus on management of our oceans.

For more information visit the DEVOTES Summer School website

 

BC3 Summer School 2014 on Climate Change - Understanding the Challenge (July 14-16, 2014)

 

BC3 Summer School 2014
Climate Change - Understanding the Challenge

San Sebastian (Spain), July 14-16, 2014


The objective of the BC3 Summer School is to offer an updated and multidisciplinary view of the ongoing trends in climate change research. The BC3 Summer School is organized in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country and is a high quality and excellent summer course gathering leading experts in the field and students from top universities and research centres worldwide.

This fifth edition of the Summer School entitled “Climate Change Understanding the Challenge” will continue with the multidisciplinary approach. The structure of the school will follow the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) general meetings, with three main sessions that coincide with the subjects of the three IPCC Working Groups: climate science, adaptation and impact and mitigation of climate change. During 2013 the IPCC science report has been published and the remaining two will be out during 2014.We will have each day at least one IPCC scientist talking in each of these sections,who will give an overview on their field. Then, different speakers will try to cover all the current key issues in climate change such as: artic sea ice, ocean circulation, see level rise, impacts on water, food and health, mitigation options, climate policy and economic instruments.

The school is open to Master students, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and other researchers as well as policy makers interested in acquiring a deep understanding of climate change and the policies designed to fight it.

PhD students and postdoctoral participants will have the opportunity to present their work in a specific poster session and get feedback from the faculty.

For more information visit the BC3 Summer Schools website

 

2nd PERSEUS Summer School, 30 June - 4 July 2014, Gelendzhik, Russia

 

2nd PERSEUS Summer School

Gelendzhik (Russia), June 30 - July 4, 2014


The 2nd PERSEUS Summer School is being organised by The Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences and Development (SIO RAS), on the “Challenge for Good Environmental Status in Coastal Waters”, from 30 June - 4 July 2014, in Gelendzhik, Russia.

According to the project objectives, the Courses will share knowledge and experience between matured specialists and young scientists dealing with studies of Mediterranean and Black Sea coastal zones. The participation in Courses of young professionals is essential to mobilize new talents and to broaden field of their expertise. The Courses will highlight new approaches in research and familiarize the participants with modern international activities. The Courses will contribute also to the creation of personal networks between participants from the European and Non-European countries that can be fruitful for future cooperation.

The Training Courses/Summer School are open to young researchers, PhD and graduated students with a scientific background in physical, chemical, biological and engeneering oceanography, interested in expanding their field of interest. Applicants who are in a position to disseminate the experience gained from the training courses to others will be favored. Applications are accepted from both PERSEUS partner and non-partner institutions.

For more information visit the PERSEUS Summer Schools website

 

MISIS Project - Workshop, 30 June, Varna, Bulgaria

 

MISIS Project - Workshop

Varna (Bulgaria), June 30, 2014


The meeting was attended by 18 participants from 7 Institutions, representing Ministry of Environemnt and Water, NGOs, High education, Ecological and Maritime organizations and the IO-BAS project team:

  • Black Sea Basin Directorate, MOEW-Varna
  • Society of Innovative Ecologists in Bulgaria
  • Bulgarian Chamber of Shipping, Varna
  • Department of Natural History, Varna Regional Museum of History
  • Black Sea NGO Network
  • Golden Sands Nature Park
  • Medical University “Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov”
  • IO-BAS team members

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IMBER OSC 2014: Marine environmental status and biodiversity (June 23-27, 2014)

 

IMBER OSC 2014
Marine environmental status and biodiversity: from structure to functionality, delivering ecosystem services

Bergen (Norway), June 23-27, 2014

The Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) project is an interdisciplinary global environmental change research initiative that is focused on understanding the sensitivity of marine biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems to global change and predicting ocean responses to global change and the effects on the Earth System and human society.

The IMBER Open Science Conference will provide a synthesis of a range of topics related to marine biogeochemistry and ecosystem research and the human dimension of global marine change. One of the main topics is: Marine environmental status and biodiversity

Marine biodiversity is central to ecosystem function and ecosystem services on which human welfare depends, i.e. production of food and raw materials, pharmaceuticals, ecotourism and leisure, etc… Multiple pressures from Human activities affect the environmental quality of our seas and oceans and also marine biodiversity. Contemporary marine policies and management worldwide therefore now include the assessment of marine biodiversity and the status of the marine environment.

The proposed session will explore:

  • the assessment of marine environmental status, ocean health, and marine biodiversity;
  • the effect of multi-stressors (drivers and pressures) and the impact on ecosystem services delivery and human welfare;
  • policy implications and how emerging knowledge can support policy responses.

Call of papers

For more information visit the conference website

 

3rd International Conference on Biodiversity & Sustainable Energy Development (June 24-26, 2014)

 

3rd International Conference on Biodiversity & Sustainable Energy Development

Valencia (Spain), June 24-26, 2014

International Conference on Biodiversity & Sustainable Energy Development was held at Hyderabad, India in September-2012 have explained Research & Advancements in Biodiversity, gained so much of interest for eminent scientists all over the world in Biodiversity. The main theme of the conference was to call the scientific community to take the social responsibility saving the mother nature and providing a ground to explore the survival opportunities by sharing thoughts through scientific research and applying them into society.

2nd International Conference on Biodiversity & Sustainable Energy Development was held at Raleigh, North Carolina, USA in August 12-14, 2013. Benevolent response and active participation was received from the Editorial Board Members of Journal of Ecosystem and Ecography and Journal of Biodiversity & Endangered Species as well as from scientists, researchers, leaders in the field of Biodiversity and students who made this conference a successful and productive event.

3rd International Conference on Biodiversity & Sustainable Energy Development provides a platform for scientists, engineers, directors of companies and students in the field of Biodiversity to meet and share their knowledge. It gives an opportunity to foster collaborations through the research talks & presentations to put forward many thought provoking strategies sharing the common agenda of biodiversity conservation.

The 3rd International Conference on Biodiversity & Sustainable Energy Development is going to be held on June 24-26, 2014 Valencia, Spain.

For more information visit the conference website

 

MISIS Stakeholders Meeting on Evaluation of Marine Monitoring Program (2 June 2014)

MISIS Stakeholders Meeting on:
Evaluation of Marine Monitoring Program

02 June 2014

Venue: Hotel Vira, Sinop, Turkey

 

On 2nd of June 2014 in Sinop took place a MISIS stakeholders meeting on the topic of Evaluation of Marine Monitoring Program where has been participated more that 20 scientists from Turkey. The event was organized under the framework of MISIS Project.

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MISIS Sinop Meeting on Marine Protected Areas(28 May 2014)

MISIS Sinop Meeting on:
Marine Protected Areas

28 May 2014

Venue: Hotel Vira, Sinop, Turkey

 

On 28 of May 2014 in Sinop took place an awarness event on the topic of Marine Protected Areas where has been participated more that 20 scientists from Turkey. The event was organized under the framework of MISIS Project.

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Micro B3 Summer School: From Sampling to Analyzing Microbial Diversity (May 27-June 6, 2014)

 

Micro B3 Summer School: From Sampling to Analyzing Microbial Diversity & Function

Heraklion/Gournes, Crete (Greece), May 27 - June 6, 2014


Multi disciplinary summer school focussing on standardized sampling and analysis for OSD participants within the Micro B3 training pipeline.

This summer school is organized as a two-week interactive training from Tuesday 27 May to Friday 6 June 2014 at the Hellenic Centre For Marine Research (HCMR) in Crete, Greece. Every day a high-level lecturer will share expertise with the students, focusing on standards & methods, with theory in the morning and interactive practical work in the afternoon.

The summer school focuses on preparing and planning integrated sampling work and data flows, taking into account some legal aspects, with a focus on bioinformatic and oceanographic tools. The group will perform data and sample management based on the use of enrichments for analyses during the course, on existing (OSD) data sets and the OSD handbook. Trainees will learn how to decide on using methods and standards to address their research questions in the fields of plankton diversity, ecology and function, including biotechnological applications.

A small boat trip will be planned, log sheets & standardized sampling methods tested on board and in the lab, and samples prepared for sequencing. Also the group will learn about Access and Benefit Sharing aspects, documentation and archiving. Finally, the use of selected datasets for ecological modelling will be explored.

For more information visit the Micro B3 Summer School website

 

Coastal systems under change: tuning assessment and management tools (May 12-16, 2014)

 

ECSA54 - Coastal systems under change: tuning assessment and management tools

Sesimbra (Portugal), May 12-16, 2014


The ECSA 54 Conference - Coastal systems under change: tuning assessments and management tools will be held in Sesimbra, Portugal from May 12 to 16, 2014. Symposium headquarters and main venues will be the Cine Teatro Municipal – João Mota

Programme
Environmental change is occurring at unprecedented rates and scales. However, knowledge on how climate and anthropogenic impacts interact and affect hydrodynamic, geomorphological, geochemical, biological and ecological processes in coastal areas is still limited. A better understanding of changes in ecosystem function and processes will contribute to more efficient management and conservation strategies. The integration of current knowledge and the development of predictive tools involve a multidisciplinary effort to deal with challenges posed by changing coastal environments.

Themes
To explore the topic of environmental change in estuarine and coastal systems ECSA 54 will address multiple issues from individual to ecosystem scales aiming at advancing assessment and management tools. The meeting will be organized under the following proposed broad themes:

  1. Hydrodynamic and geomorphological shifts in coastal systems
  2. Geochemical processes in changing environments
  3. Shifts in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  4. From genes to ecosystems: effects of global change
  5. Connectivity and its implications towards conservation and management
  6. Improving management and decision processes: advances in predictive tools

For more information visit the ECSA54 website

 

CoCoNet Workshop on: Biotic Impacts of Offshore Wind Farms (April 28-29, 2014)

 

CoCoNet Workshop on:
Biotic Impacts of Offshore Wind Farms

King’s Lynn, Norfolk, UK, April 28-29, 2014

This focus workshop on the Impacts of Offshore Wind Farms (OWFs) on Biodiversity will bring together leading researchers in the field of offshore environmental impacts to discuss and analyse the current knowledge base. Recent research projects and their results will be presented giving a state-of-the-art overview on the potential impacts of OWFs on biodiversity.

There will also be the opportunity for CoCoNet partners to gather knowledge and exchange data on the distribution of important species in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. This will help to identify areas sensitive to OWF developments.

Objectives:

  • Assess the state-of-the-art regarding impacts of OWFs on:
    • Birds
    • Marine mammals
    • Benthos
    • Fisheries

  • Collect and exchange of data on species distribution
  • Identification of special areas of concern

For more information visit the CoCoNet Project website

 

MISIS Varna Meeting (23-25 April 2014)

MISIS Varna Meeting

23-25 April 2014

Venue: Hotel Golden Tulip, Varna, Bulgaria

 

The meeting was focused on discussion on scientific report based on MISIS cruise data, intercalibration reports and MPA Rezevo - Igneada report. Also, the consortium discussed on the status of MISIS metadata, data and policy of the data.

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Healthy Oceans - Productive Ecosystems (March 3-4, 2014)

 

Healthy Oceans - Productive Ecosystems
An European conference for the marine environment

Brussels, March 3-4, 2014

To take stock of the state of Europe's seas five years after the adoption of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the European Commission is organising a major conference on the marine environment, to be held in Brussels on 3-4 March 2014. The Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) conference aims to highlight the contribution of healthy oceans and seas to sustainable growth. It will bring together those working with or in relation to the European marine environment and will provide them with the opportunity to discuss progress made over the past 5 years, the problems that still remain and the solutions for improved coherence and better marine governance.

The conference will include presentations by high-level policy makers and top experts in the fields of protection of the marine environment, sustainable use of our marine resources and innovative policy-making. Registration for the conference is now open.

For more information visit the HOPE Conference website

 

Training on Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Seas

 

Course 1
Training Course on Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Scientific Bases

Varna (Bulgaria), February 3-7, 2014


Increasing concerns on the sustainability of marine fisheries and the ecosystems within which they occur are resulting in urgent and high-level demands for responsible actions and efforts at the international, regional and national levels, including the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions.

The ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) was developed in response to the need to implement the sustainability principles embodied in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. It is based on best practices in fisheries management but broadens its scope to explicitly consider ecosystem interdependencies, the social and economic benefits that can be derived from its utilization, and the interactions of fisheries with external drivers such as climate change, habitat destruction and pollution.

The Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries are mainly local and small scale, catching a large number of species with many different gears. Assessments have been based primarily on classical single species approaches, which do not take into account the complexity of the fisheries being assessed or the ecosystem exploited and the socioeconomic context. There is therefore a need to develop approaches to provide more appropriate scientific advice for managers, and support implementation of the EAF. The CREAM Project (Coordinating research in support to application of EAF and management advice in the Mediterranean and Black Seas) is a coordination action funded by the EU-FP7. Its objective is to establish an effective collaboration network on EAF among key role players in Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries research and management. The project has a strong training and capacity building component in order to help harmonize data collection and methodologies used in fisheries assessment and management in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

The objective of the course is to train scientists and advisors in advanced approaches and tools of EAF that are better adapted to the nature of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The course is intended not only to present the theoretical elements but also to guide participants on how to put theory into practice through case studies.

By the end of the course the participants will:

  • Be aware of the research needs in the context of EAF for a more informed decision making.
  • Have gained experience in the application of the main methods and mathematical models of EAF
  • Be familiar with the use of a wide range of indicators and reference points of ecological, economic and social nature in EAF
  • Have an up-to-date overview of technological innovations for sustainable management
  • Be in a position to establish institutional and personal relations that will favour a future exchange of experiences and strengthen cooperation in the EAF application in the region

Consequently, the course will help national experts in fisheries assessments to improve advice to managers on the status of exploited ecosystems and the implications of potential management options.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 15 November 2013.

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Course 2
Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Management and Decision Making

Zaragoza (Spain), March 10-14, 2014


Increasing concerns on the sustainability of marine fisheries and the ecosystems within which they occur are resulting in urgent and high-level demands for responsible actions and efforts at the international, regional and national levels, including the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions.

The ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) was developed in response to the need to implement the sustainability principles embodied in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. It is based on best practices in fisheries management but broadens its scope to explicitly consider ecosystem interdependencies, the social and economic benefits that can be derived from its utilization, and the interactions of fisheries with external drivers such as climate change, habitat destruction and pollution.

The Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries are mainly local and small scale, catching a large number of species with many different gears. Assessments have been based primarily on classical single species approaches, which do not take into account the complexity of the fisheries being assessed or the ecosystem exploited and the socioeconomic context. There is therefore a need to develop and provide more appropriate scientific advice for managers in support to the implementation of the EAF. The CREAM Project (Coordinating research in support to application of EAF and management advice in the Mediterranean and Black Seas) is a coordination action funded by the EU-FP7. Its objective is to establish an effective collaboration network on EAF among key role players in Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries research and management. The project has a strong training and capacity building component in order to help harmonize data collection and methodologies used in fisheries assessment and management in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

This course will provide an overview of EAF concepts, methods and tools, and guide the participants through the main steps of the fisheries planning and management process required for the practical implementation of the EAF. In addition, by the end of the course the participants will:

  • Be aware of the research needs in the context of EAF for a more informed decision making.
  • Be conscious of the social and economic implications of EAF and of the importance of the stakeholders’ involvement in the management process to ensure a successful EAF implementation
  • Be informed on the main methods and mathematical models applied in EAF
  • Be familiar with the use of a wide range of indicators and reference points of ecological, economic and social nature in EAF
  • Be in a position to establish institutional and personal relations that will favour a future exchange of experiences and strengthen cooperation in the EAF application in the region

The deadline for the submission of applications is 2 December 2013.

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Joint PERSEUS & COCONET General Assembly & Scientific Workshop (January 27-30, 2014)

 

Joint PERSEUS & COCONET General Assembly &
Scientific Workshop

Athens (Greece), January 27-30, 2014


The PERSEUS & COCONET General Assembly will be jointly held in Athens, Greece, in January 2014, at the Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel.

More specifically, the joint GA will last from 27-28 January.

The next two days will be dedicated to the PERSEUS Scientific Workshop, from 29-30 January.

The deadline for registration for both events is 10 January. To register for the events, please visit the Partners Corner area of the Perseus Website.

At the workshop there will be presented articles related to the activities of the MISIS Project:

  • "MISIS Joint Cruise in support of a harmonized approach of Descriptor 5 (MSFD) in the Western Black Sea", Authors: Atabay H. (MAM), Beken C. (MAM), Boicenco L. (NIMRD), Djurova B. (IBER-BAS), Hristova O. (IBER-BAS), Krastev A. (IBER-BAS), Lazar L. (NIMRD), Moncheva S. (IBERBAS), Ediger D. (MAM), Sahin F. (SINOP), Secrieru D. (GeoEcoMar), Shtereva G. (IBERBAS), Vasiliu D. (GeoEcoMar), Vlas O. (NIMRD) (the presentation is available here)
  • "Preliminary results of the assessment of the Western Black Sea Environmental status in respect of contaminants in the frame of MSFD", Authors: Oros, A. (NIMRD), Coatu V. (NIMRD), Secrieru D. (GeoEcoMar), Tiganus D. (NIMRD), Vasiliu, D. (GeoEcoMar), Atabay H. (MRC), Beken, C.3, Tolun L.3, Moncheva S. (BAS), Bat L. (SINOP) (the poster is available here)

For more information visit the PERSEUS website

 

Black Sea Stakeholders Conference (January 30, 2014)

 

Conference Website

Sustainable Development of the Blue Economy of the
Black Sea

Enhancing Marine and Maritime Cooperation


30 January 2014
Bucharest, Romania


A stakeholder's conference organised by the European Commission and hosted by Romania will offer a forum to public administrations and private sector participants of all Black Sea countries to exchange views on the challenges and opportunities offered by the blue economy of the region. It will also seek to encourage cross-sectorial initiatives to stimulate maritime growth in areas of mutual benefit. The working sessions of the conference will aim to facilitate maritime cooperation and specifically in maritime clusters, environmental protection, fisheries management and aquaculture.

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A new Journal was launched: Frontiers in Marine Ecosystem Ecology (January 20, 2014)

 

A new Journal was launched:
Frontiers in Marine Ecosystem Ecology

Today, 20th January 2014, a new journal Frontiers in Marine Ecosystem Ecology was launched. The Nature Publishing Group and Frontiers have formed an alliance to further open access publication, being this journal included in this alliance.

Marine Ecosystems Ecology is devoted to key findings in marine ecology including all components of biodiversity (e.g. microbes, plankton, benthos, nekton, seabirds) at the molecular, species, habitat or ecosystem level, from the intertidal to the deep ocean. Biodiversity provides fundamental ecosystem services that are of paramount importance for human well-being and consider humans as part of the marine ecosystem. Hence, understanding the relationships between human activities and their various impacts on marine ecosystems are also relevant to the specialty section Marine Ecosystem Ecology.

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Aqualires - New tools for sustainable management of aquatic living resources (January 17-18, 2014)

 

Aqualires 2014
New tools for sustainable management of aquatic living resources

Bucharest, Romania
January 17-18, 2014

The Conference brings together researchers, academics, engineers, local and governmental authorities, economists and NGOs, in order to address and discuss emerging environmental issues, scientific achievements, research challenges and international collaboration for preserving water living resources (with special focus on Danube River, Danube Delta and the Black Sea).

The objectives of the conference are:

  • defining new research priorities in sustainable environmental management;
  • presenting new tools useful in aquatic living resources management;
  • considering living resources as environmental and diversity indicators;
  • proposing potential solutions for problems related to biodiversity conserving in the framework of environmental impact on biota;
  • fostering national and international collaboration in the aquatic living resources field.

AQUALIRES conference will feature presentations by international keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations, as well as a Round Table "Sustainable management of aquatic living resources - Danube River, Danube Delta and the Black Sea".

At the workshop there was presented an article related to the activities of the MISIS Project:

  • "Marine and Coastal Atlas – Support for an Integrated Monitoring System in Black Sea", Authors: Alina Daiana-Spinu1, Laura Boicenco1, Luminita Lazar1, Luminita Buga1, Andra Oros1, Valentina Coatu1, Florin Timofte1, Oana Marin1, Camelia Dumitrache (the poster is available here)

  • 11NIMRD - National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa“, 300 Mamaia Blvd., 900581, Constanta, Romania, E-mail: aspinu@alpha.rmri.ro

For more information visit the AQUALIRES 2014 Conference website

 

MISIS Workshop in Gebze at the Tubitak Marmara Research Center (December 10-12, 2013)

 

MISIS Workshop in Gebze at
the Tubitak Marmara Research Center

10-12 December 2013

Venue: Tubitak Marmara Research Center, Gebze, Turkey

 

During the three day meeting it was discussed the actual state of the project and the future steps that must be taken in order to develop a successful project.

The working sessions was focused on:

  • the Strandzha-Igneada Marine Area proposed for designation as transboundary MPA
  • the National classification system of the state of marine waters according to MSFD

 

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First Regional Symposium on Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

 

First Regional Symposium on Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

St. Julian`s, Malta, November 27-30, 2013


Small-scale fisheries traditionally represent an important share of the fisheries sector in the Mediterranean and Black Sea and their considerable role in the region has long been recognized. They have the potential to contribute significantly to food security, economic growth and rural development and to provide valuable employment opportunities. This is why there is a genuine and widespread interest in securing their sustainable development in the whole region. Small-scale fisheries are characterized by a great diversity and represent different values and ways of life. They are important vectors of local knowledge and good practices for co-management and they have a low environmental impact. However, there is sparse information at the regional level on their production volumes and socio-economic dimension as well as on their contribution to sustainable development and to the preservation of marine ecosystems.

Small-scale fisheries are characterized by a great diversity and represent different values and ways of life. They are important vectors of local knowledge and good practices for co-management and they have a relatively low environmental impact. However, there is sparse information at the regional level on their production volumes and socio-economic dimension as well as on their contribution to sustainable development and to the preservation of marine ecosystems.

Building upon the development process and participatory approach used for the development of the FAO SSF Guidelines, the GFCM intends to provide, at the regional level, a platform where the main recurring issues related to small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea could be duly addressed and all interested stakeholders could bring their opinions and ideas to the fore. The symposium will constitute the building block to steer strategic and programmatic actions with a view to improving the livelihood of local communities engaged in small-scale fisheries in the region, encouraging a sustainable exploitation of living marine resources.

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Surveillance and Regulations in MPAs: How to Maximize the Efficiency and Sustainability of Actions

 

MedPAN Mediterranean experience exchange workshop: Surveillance and regulations in MPAs: how to maximize the efficiency and sustainability of actions

Hyères, France, November 12-14, 2013


The experience exchange workshop will be held from 12 to 14 November 2013 in Hyères, France. This workshop is organized in partnership with Port-Cros National Park in France, the RAC/SPA, and the French Marine Protected Areas Agency..The workshop will focus on "Surveillance and regulations in MPAs: how to maximize the efficiency and sustainability of actions".

A field trip will be organized in the National Park of Port-Cros on 12 November 2013. Then, 2 days of exchanges will be held on the Giens Peninsula, in Hyères at the Village-Clun Belambra on 13 and 14 November 2013.

Financial partners of the workshop confirmed to date: Mava Foundation, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, French Marine Protected Area Agency.

In addition to the conference itself, a session will be organised specifically to present the results of the 2011-2013 small projects in Mediterranean MPAs supported by MedPAN. A space will also be dedicated to MPAs where you'll be able to share with the other MPA managers all relevant material (posters, brochures, activity report…).

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4th Bi-annual Black Sea Scientific Conference - "Black Sea - Challenges Towards GES

 

4th Bi-annual Black Sea Scientific Conference
"Black Sea - Challenges Towards Good Environmental Status"
(BS-GES-2013)

Jointly organized by,

The Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (Black Sea Commission)
Ministry of Environment and Climate Changes of Romania
National Institute for Marine Research and Development Grigore Antipa (NIMRD)

28th – 31st October, 2013


Conference venue: Hotel Flora, Mamaia, Romania (http://www.hotelfloramamaia.ro/en/)

Conference dates: 28th – 31st October, 2013

Scope

To continue the concerted efforts initiated by the previous BSC scientific conferences to use science and information technology to understand and deal with the environment problems of the Black Sea, to strengthen science/policy interface and regional cooperation towards better governance of environment protection to preserve the Black Sea ecosystem as a valuable natural endowment of the region, while ensuring the sustainable use of its marine and coastal resources for the economic development, well-being, health and security of the population of the Black Sea coastal States.

Objectives

  • Provide the opportunity to the scientific community to meet and to discuss their achievements in order to improve scientific basis for the implementation of the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan
  • Update the knowledge on the Black Sea ecosystems identifying the gaps in the scientific data/information; revise the environment priorities and way forward to achieve good environmental status of the Black Sea
  • Discuss and assess the climate forcing mechanisms of physical, biological and biogeochemical processes at various time-spatial scales
  • Review the decision-support tools available in the Black Sea region and give recommendations for further developments and their use in the implementation of the BS SAP
  • Continue the integration of science in decision-making in the field of marine environment protection

Back to back with this important scientific event for the Black Sea region, other two activities will be organized: Celebration of International Black Sea Day and the 6th edition of the NIMRD International Symposium "Protection and Sustainable Management of the Black Sea Ecosystem - 3rd Millennium Imperative".

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MISIS Joint Black Sea Cruise (22-31 July 2013)

MISIS Joint Black Sea Cruise

Black Sea, 22-31 July 2013

Between, July 22nd to 31st this year, a multidisciplinary scientific expedition takes place in the marine waters of Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. The cruise is organized within the MISIS Project – “MSFD guiding Improvements in the Black Sea Integrated Monitoring”. The aim of the expedition is to test a new integrated monitoring program that meets the requirements of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. More than 800 samples will be collected from 17 stations, located in areas with depths of 23-1,094m, and up to a distance of 115 Nm offshore.

MISIS Cruise Map

During the 10 days cruise, the MISIS Joint Expedition will be attended by 24 scientists (physicists, chemists, biologists) of five research institutes - the National Institute for Marine Research and Development "Grigore Antipa” and GeoEcoMar Institute from Constanta, Romania, Institute of Oceanology from Varna, Bulgaria (IO -BAS), Sinop Fishery University and TUBITAK Research Center, from Turkey. The expedition will take place onboard the Research Vessel “AKADEMIC”, which belongs to IOBAS. The Research Vessel provides several modern laboratories and equipment for collecting samples and performing analyzes on board.

Samples of water, sediment and biota will be collected for analyzing physical parameters (such as: pressure, temperature, salinity, transparency), chemical parameters (such as hydrogen sulfide, chlorophyll, nitrate, nitrite, ammonium, total nitrogen, total phosphorus and phosphate, silicate) and biological (such as phytoplankton, zooplankton, zoobenthos, ichtyoplankton). A special category of chemical samples are those for the detection of heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants in water, sediments and marine organisms, where intercalibration exercise will be conducted by the participating institutions.

A major expected outcome of the MISIS Joint Expedition is that following the conducted sampling and tests the participating institutions will advance the revision of national monitoring programmes into a unitary cost-effectively monitoring of the Black Sea in line with the MSFD requirements.

For more information about the MISIS Joint Cruise download the Press Release...


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MISIS Expedition in Rezovo Area (July 11-13, 2013)

 

MISIS Expedition in Rezovo Area

July 11-13, 2013


Between 11.07.2013 and 13.07.2012 a team formed by scientist from INCDM "Grigore Antipa" and INCD GeoEcoMar had conducted an expedition in the Rezevo Area under the project MISIS.


Map of the investigated area

During the expedition the following parameters were sampled:

  • Hydrophysics: temperature, salinity, transparency
  • Hydrochemistry:dissolved oxygen, nutrients in water column.
  • Hydrobiology:macropytobenthos, zoobenthos

More information can be found in the following report

Also, please check the technical report from the expedition done in October 2012 in the Rezevo Area which is available here.

 

Training: Introduction to Molecular Methods for Algae Research (June 19-20, 2013)

 

Training: Introduction to Molecular Methods for Algae Research

Scottish Marine Institute Oban, Argyll, Scotland, United Kindom

June 19-20, 2013


This course introduces you to a variety of molecular methods including DNA extraction, clean-up, DNA sequencing, gene expression and bioinformatic analysis.

Focusing on laboratory and bioinformatics skills relevant to algal research, this two-day course introduces up-to-date molecular approaches to investigate the biology and ecology of algae in coastal and ocean habitats from the tropics to the poles. The course addresses practical information and modifications to standard molecular protocols required to achieve success with algal material.

An ideal follow-on to the Algaculture for Biotechnology course which directly precedes it. The molecular methods course comprises a mixture of lectures and hands-on sessions (lab and IT based). The course is ideally suited to laboratory workers, early researchers and experienced molecular researchers who are moving into algal research.

 

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Coordination meeting of Mediterranean and Black Sea European projects (June 13-14, 2013)

 

Coordination meeting of Mediterranean and Black Sea European projects

June 13-14, 2013



A 2-day workshop was held on June 13-14, 2013, in Athens, Greece, at the Hotel Divani Palace Acropolis. The main objectives were 1. to initiate a common ground of collaboration and synergies between ongoing Mediterranean and Black Sea environmental projects funded by the EC – DG-ENV within the FP7, but not exclusively, and 2. to increase awareness of activities and outputs within the marine and maritime strategy communities for these regions. The meeting was organized by Vangelis Papathanassiou, the PERSEUS scientific coordinator, and had to be attended by the coordinators or representatives of 18 projects (CLEANSEA, COCONET, CREAM, EMBLAS, Kill*Spill, JELLYRISK-MED, MARLISCO, MEDINA,MEDISEH, MEDSEA, MERMAID, MISIS, MYOCEAN2, STAGES, ODEMM, PEGASO, PERSEUS, ULIXES, VECTORS). The first day was devoted to short presentations to inform about main goals, methodology and upcoming research and dissemination activities of the projects. The rest of the workshop was focused on discussion and planning of project synergies, concrete common activities and collaboration strategies. Best practice for monitoring, research cruises, modeling capacities and results, stakeholder involvement, training issues etc. were topics considered during the meeting.

Common ground for project activities, training and monitoring and a common blog will all likely stimulate upcoming and fruitful collaboration

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1st PERSEUS Summer School, 3-7 June 2013, Constanta, Romania

 

1st PERSEUS Summer School

Constanta (Romania), June 3-7, 2014


The first PERSEUS Summer School on 'The contribution of environmental indices in meeting the objectives and principles of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive' took place from 3-7 June 2013, in Constanta, Romania.

The intensive summer course was organised by the National Institute for Marine Research and Development (NIMRD) Grigore Antipa, while the planning of the school was jointly done with Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare (CoNISMa) and the University of Malta (UoM).

The school was open to young researchers and PhD students, with a scientific background in biological, physical and/or chemical oceanography, that are willing to expand their field of interest. Applicants who are in a position to disseminate the experience gained from the school to others will be favoured.

For more information visit the PERSEUS Summer Schools website

 

MISIS Varna Meeting (29-31 May 2013)

MISIS Varna Meeting

29-31 May 2013

Venue: Hotel MODUS, Varna, Bulgaria

 

During the three day meeting it was discussed the actual state of the project and the future steps that must be taken in order to develop a successful project. At the workshop attended participants from the organizations partners to the project, governmental representatives from the authority of Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey and representatives from other projects related to the MISIS, like PERSEUS and COCONET.

The meeting started with the presentations of activities implemented in the first year of the project. Following the up-to-date presentations it was initiated a session of the Steering Committee for discussion and recommendations. Other topics discussed at the meeting was related to the “Operational monitoring and its cost-effectiveness, integration into monitoring programs”, „Marine Protected Areas regional Guideline update”, „Conservation and Protection of the Black Sea Biodiversity”, „Inventory of Black Sea habitat types”, „Harmonize the habitat work in COCONET and MISIS”, “Discussion on Revision of National Monitoring Programs”, “Harmonization of policies (in chemistry)”, “Report on the gaps in data reporting of the beneficiary countries to EEA and BSC”. Also, at the meeting was discussed the organization of the field work on Rezovo-Igneada area and was planned the Joint Black Sea Cruise.

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3rd MISIS Project Consultation Meeting in Turkey (December 27, 2012)

 2nd MISIS Project Consultation Meeting

27 December 2012
Ankara, Turkey

 

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2nd MISIS Project Consultation Meeting in Romania (November 2, 2012)

1st MISIS Project Consultation Meeting

2 November 2012
Constanta, Romania

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1st MISIS Project Consultation Meeting in Bulgaria (October 31, 2012)

 

2nd MISIS Awareness Event
Organized on the the occasion of the International Black Sea Day

31 October 2012
Hotel Grafit, Varna, Bulgaria

 

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MISIS Project was presented during the regular Black Sea Basin Directorate Council (BSBDC) meeting held on 12.12.2012 in Aqua Hotel, Varna. Originally the BSBDC is an official consultancy body to the BSBD composed of representatives of all the Institutions (in broad terms) concerned directly or indirectly with the Black Sea basin activities and management. Out of a total of 30 titular members and 30 deputies, 20% are representatives of government administration, 30% - of the local public administration, 30% stakeholders and end-users and 20% non-profit organizations and science. According to the Agenda, the Director of the BSBD Mr. Nikolov presented the results on the inventory of coastal defense constructions along the Bulgarian Black Sea shore. The Program of management measures and the MSFD roadmap was presented along with the main expected obstacles for not complying to the dead-lines by the responsible Head of the Department in BSBD Mrs. D. Konsulova. A special focus in MISIS Project presentation made by Prof. Moncheva (member of the BSBDC) was placed to Questionaire II aims and outputs and the important role of stakeholders in order to achieve the Project objectives.

 

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1st MISIS Awareness Event (October 31, 2012)

 

1st MISIS Awareness Event
Organized on the the occasion of the International Black Sea Day

31 October 2012
Constanta, Romania

 

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MISIS Kick-off Meeting (April 19-20, 2012)

 

MISIS Kick-off Meeting

19-20 April 2012
Constanta, Romania

 

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