IAEA OA-ICC Training Course on Best Practices in Ocean Acidification Research, State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University, China, 19 to 23 October 2015

Deadline for nominations through competent official authorities: 22 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 State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University, China.

The purpose of the course is to train early-career scientists and researchers from IAEA Asian Member States entering the ocean acidification field, with the ultimate goal being to assist them in setting up pertinent experiments, avoiding typical pitfalls and ensuring comparability with other studies. Expected outcomes also include increased networking among scientists working on ocean acidification in the Asia-Pacific region.

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 in seawater and relevant measurements; instrumentation available for measuring seawater chemistry parameters; software packages used to calculate CO2 system parameters; and 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.

Target group

The course is open to 25 trainees from IAEA Member States in the Asia-Pacific region. Priority will be given to early-career scientists who have begun to work in the ocean acidification area. Experts interested in starting ocean acidification studies would also 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, the designated National Liaison Office for IAEA Matters, or the Permanent Mission of the country to the IAEA) and transferred to the IAEA through the established channels. Applications must be received by the IAEA no later than 22 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).

Announcement, Prospectus and Grant Application Form.


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