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Events - Blue biotechnologies – what are the challenges for the future? - 13 March 2018, BOULOGNE SUR MER, France

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

The oceans are a gold mine for marine technologies. They host a multitude of marine organisms with surprising properties that are precious resources for numerous applications in pharmacology, cosmetics, agro-food industry, energy sector and bio-remediation. How can these marine also known as blue biotechnologies, contribute to Blue Growth in a sustainable way? How can we enhance this important potential and appreciate the capacity of marine organisms to provide inputs to the blue economy without endangering them?

To exchange ideas, share experiences and express expectations, Nausicaa is pleased to invite you to a one-day event under the theme of Blue biotechnologies – what are the challenges for the future?

The event will take place on the 13th March 2018 in Boulogne sur Mer, France. The event is organised in the framework of the MARINA project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and hosted by Nausicaa, National Sea Experience Centre.

It will bring together representatives from industry, researchers, policy makers, civil society and citizens. Together, they will share knowledge and expectations and propose a sustainable and integrated roadmap of actions based on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) dimensions: public engagement, gender balance, open access, science education, governance and ethics, in response to the triggering question: What Responsible Research and Innovation actions are needed to make marine biotech sustainable in France?

Research Headlines - New in-situ sensors to help save our seas

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

(image) Innovative in-situ sensors have been developed by EU-funded scientists to monitor marine life and the chemistry of our oceans with a high degree of accuracy and to map crucial changes.

Research Headlines - Mapping Kenya's birds with mobile technology

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

(image) An EU-funded project has created an updated distribution map of Kenya's bird species. It uses the latest mobile technology to create dynamic data with input from the public and has become a valuable resource for conservationists and policymakers.

Research Headlines - Understanding an invisible resource - groundwater

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) The EU-funded Invisible Waters project is studying groundwater and competing uses in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile to develop an analytical framework for visualising, understanding and ultimately conserving this most vital resource.

Research Headlines - Ocean-monitoring sensor system makes waves

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) An EU-funded project has developed and deployed cost-effective marine sensors to monitor and provide a more complete picture of the health of our planet's oceans. Some of the sensors are already on the market and patents are pending.

Research Headlines - Learning from past crises to protect future biodiversity

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) The EU funded PRIDE project is investigating drivers of biotic turnover (the rate at which organisms die) in lakes in the Black Sea / Caspian Sea (Pontocaspian) region to understand the nature and severity of the current biodiversity crisis. Increased understanding will help the project team design conservation strategies to mitigate biodiversity loss.

Research Headlines - Water flea evolution tells a cautionary tale of lake pollution

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) EU-funded researchers studied genomic changes in water fleas for signs of evolutionary adaptation linked to human activities, such as phosphorous contamination in lakes. The results shed light on how species respond to environmental changes, and could feed into measures to protect biodiversity and ecosystems.

Research Headlines - A low-impact transporter lightens the load on forest soils

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) Forests are versatile renewable resources, but load-carrying forestry machines can damage the soil. An EU-funded project has developed a tracked, off-road timber transporter, or forwarder, that exerts less pressure on soil, as well as a device to measure soil disturbance - part of a sustainable solution to protecting Europe's valuable forests.

Research Headlines - New sensors paint real-time picture of ocean health

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) EU-funded researchers have developed new marine sensors to meet the growing need for real-time data on the state of our oceans. Such timely and accurate information will help scientists and policymakers react quickly to ecological threats and ensure that environmental policies are properly implemented.

Research Headlines - Nature has the solutions, but still needs help

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) An EU-funded project is calling for a step-change in how nature-based solutions like green roofs and city lagoons are used for sustainable urbanisation and in tackling climate change. But first, the project's researchers are addressing a yawning knowledge gap on current best practices and impacts.

Research Headlines - Better data flows to reduce water use

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) In an effort to reduce agricultural pressure on water resources - the sector accounts for up to 80 % of water use in some parts of the EU, researchers are on a mission to improve on-farm irrigation management. More precise land-surface data will make soil-water content estimates more accurate and reduce water use.

Success Stories - Fish in a new climate

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) Will oysters be able to survive climate change and the expected rise of water temperatures in seas and oceans across the globe? Our Futuris programme brings you the answers.

Research Headlines - Ending unwanted catches for a sustainable fishing industry

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) An EU-funded project aims to propose economically viable ways for the fishing industry to stop the unsustainable practice of discarding unwanted fish at sea, in line with EU policy.

Success Stories - How will the new intelligent breed of ROVs benefit us?

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) If an undersea mission is too deep or risky for human divers, researchers can send down an ROV, as we discover in the French city of Marseille.

Success Stories - Scientists absorbed by deep-sea sponges

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) A consortium of scientists from the EU, the US and Canada embarked on a deep-sea sponge research voyage in July to find out what role they might play in recycling the ocean's waste.

Research Headlines - Diving deeper to find answers to climate questions

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) EU-funded researchers are reconstructing how the chemical composition of the world's sea water evolved, using brachiopod shells. Their findings should advance understanding of recent changes to our climate.

Success Stories - An underwater kite built to harness tidal energy

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) It looks like a big toy, but it's a technological jewel designed to produce energy from the tides. It is a prototype kite, very different to those used for flying. Its design allows it to glide underwater at speeds up to ten times faster than the tides themselves.

Research Headlines - Preserving sponge grounds in the North Atlantic

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) EU-funded research into North Atlantic sponge grounds aims to discover unique sponge ecosystems. This should improve understanding of such ecosystems functioning, help predict threats, ensure their sustainable use and assess their links to human well-being.

Events - Second Arctic Science Ministerial - 25-26 October 2018, Berlin, Germany.

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The European Commission, Finland and Germany will co-host the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM 2) on 25-26 October 2018 in Berlin.

The aims of this 2nd ministerial meeting are to promote the results of the deliverables agreed at the 1st Arctic Science Ministerial, increase capacity to respond to major societal challenges in the Arctic, encourage further scientific cooperation among a large number of countries and representatives of indigenous peoples.

The 1st Arctic Science Ministerial, hosted by the White House in 2016, brought together science ministers from 24 governments, EU representatives and delegates from Arctic Indigenous peoples’ organisations. Their discussions centred on collective efforts to step up international scientific cooperation in the Arctic. The 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial is not an Arctic Council event. However, Finland is chairing the Arctic Council from May 2017 to May 2019. This guarantees strong links between the Ministerial and the Arctic Council. All delegations present at the 1st Ministerial and other interested governments are invited - participation of indigenous Arctic communities is a priority.

What will be on the agenda?

On Day 1 an Arctic Science Conference will showcase the latest achievements as regards the deliverables agreed for each thematic area at the 1st Ministerial. The discussion will focus on scientific advances in the deliverables and on the commitment needed in future. It will be open to a wide range of Arctic stakeholders, policymakers and media. The first day of the conference will be followed by an evening networking reception at 7 p.m. These discussions will prepare the ground for Day 2 on which government ministers and delegates will meet to discuss the main scientific issues. The main objectives are to release a Joint Statement, issue a report on initiatives taken over the preceding 2 years and an updated list of deliverables expected to generate results over the next few years. Further details will be published in the run-up to the conference.

Research Headlines - An integrated observing system for the Atlantic Ocean

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) Buoys, floats, moorings and research vessels, to name just a few examples - data about the state of the Atlantic is collected by a number of means. And by a profusion of actors, who could jointly produce even better results if they applied a common strategy. EU-funded researchers are driving the development of an integrated system.

Research Headlines - Reshaping aquaculture with healthier, cleaner ocean farms

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) An innovative start-up is finalising the development of open-ocean fish farming technology that could reshape the global aquaculture industry, enabling farmers to raise larger quantities of fish in healthier, more natural conditions while minimising environmental impacts.

Research Headlines - Every drop counts as Europe prepares for long dry spells

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) As temperatures rise, water scarcity and quality in the Mediterranean basin are growing concerns. An EU-funded team has developed clever, safe aquifer management solutions for a market that is set to expand as rainfall becomes less predictable.

Research Headlines - In-depth technology for deep-sea discovery

Mon, 29 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) It is often said that we know more about the surface of the moon than the ocean floor. The EU-funded STRONGMAR project will address marine knowledge gaps by fostering knowledge transfer and exchanges between leading European marine science research institutes. The project seeks to support innovative technological solutions that will advance deep-sea research at INESC TEC in Porto, Portugal.

Research Headlines - Tackling water scarcity in the Mediterranean

Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) An EU-funded project is forging partnerships and networks on water-treatment technologies across the Mediterranean in a bid to protect the region from - and prepare it for - the very real threat of water scarcity.