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

collage SAThe IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) in partnership with the University of Cape Town and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) organized a training course on ocean acidification for African scientists from 2-6November 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Organized in the framework of the capacity building efforts of the OA-ICC, the training course brought together twenty six researchers from 17 IAEA African Member States. The overall goal was to enhance participants’ expertise in conducting ocean acidification research and avoid typical pitfalls. It also aimed to encourage networking and collaboration among scientists working on ocean acidification in Africa and present existing international collaboration platforms.

The international team of lecturers included Drs Lisa Robbins (US Geological Survey, USA, and OA-ICC Focal Point for Capacity Building), Andrew Dickson (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA), Sam Dupont (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), Patrizia Ziveri (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain), Lina Hansson (IAEA, Monaco) as well as Marcello Vichi, Warren Joubert, Mike Lucas and Nina Lester (University of Cape Town, South Africa) and Pedro Monteiro (CSIR, South Africa).

Participants had the opportunity to see practical demonstrations of instrumentation for ocean acidification monitoring and experiments. Lectures included information on the basics of the carbonate chemistry system, and hands-on exercises with software to calculate the carbonate system parameters. Several lectures were dedicated to the biological response of marine organisms to ocean acidification, with an emphasis on laboratory and field experimental methodology. Participants also had the opportunity go on a field trip to nearby coastal town, Hermanus, to visit an abalone aquaculture farm and see an experimental setup of an ocean acidification study carried out at the farm.

According to the feedback of some of the participants, the training course was “helpful, informative and well-prepared”, and provided enriching interaction with “highly engaged lecturers”. For one of the participants, it was “just a beginning of a new career in OA.”

More information on the course and course materials will be available shortly on the OA-ICC website.

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