IAEA OA-ICC Training Course on Ocean Acidification, 2-6 November 2015, Cape Town, South Africa

Deadline for nominations through competent official authorities: 11 September 2015

Aim and structure of the course

The training course is organized by the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and is hosted by the University of Cape Town and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of South Africa.

The purpose of the course is to train early-career scientists and researchers from IAEA African Member States entering the ocean acidification field, with the goal to assist them in becoming able to measure ocean acidification and to set up pertinent experiments, avoiding typical pitfalls and ensuring comparability with other studies. Expected outputs also include increased networking among scientists working on ocean acidification in Africa.

The training will include lectures in plenary sessions and hands-on experiments in smaller groups (the level will depend on the basic knowledge of the selected participants). Subjects to be covered include: the carbon dioxide (CO2) system and its measurement; instrumentation available for measuring seawater chemistry parameters; software packages used to calculate CO2 system parameters; key aspects of ocean acidification experimental design, such as manipulation of seawater chemistry, biological perturbation approaches, and laboratory and field-based methods for measuring organism calcification and other physiological responses to seawater chemistry changes, including nuclear and isotopic techniques. The training will take place on a research vessel in the harbour (no chartering).

Target group

The course is open to 25 trainees from IAEA Member States in Africa. Priority will be given to early-career scientists who are beginning to work in the field of ocean acidification. Experts interested in starting ocean acidification studies would be welcome, space permitting.

The participants should have a university degree in marine biology, oceanography or a related scientific field, and should be currently involved in or planning to set up ocean acidification studies.

Nomination procedure

Nominations should be submitted using the Grant Application Form. The completed form needs to be endorsed by relevant national authorities (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Atomic Energy Authority of the participant’s country or the designated National Liaison Office for IAEA Matters) and transferred to the IAEA through the established channels. Applications must be received by the IAEA no later than 11 September 2015. Nominations received after this date or which have not been routed through the established official channels cannot be considered.

More information:

Ms Lina Hansson, IAEA Environment Laboratories, Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, IAEA, 4a Quai Antoine 1er, 98000 Monaco, Principality of Monaco (Tel.: +377 97 97 72 06; Email: L.Hansson(at)iaea.org).

More detailed information and grant application form.

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