Basic training course on ocean acidification

Date: 14 – 19 March 2022

Location: The Kristineberg Marine Research Station, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Deadline for applications: 24 January 2022

Background Information: The course will be based on previous courses on ocean acidification held as part of the activities of the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative project “Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre” (OA-ICC) and partners, and the document “Guide to Best Practices in Ocean Acidification Research and Data Reporting” (see

Purpose: To train early-career scientists and researchers entering the ocean acidification field with the goal to assist them to be able to measure and manipulate seawater carbonate chemistry, set up pertinent experiments, avoid typical pitfalls and ensure comparability with other studies, in a sustainable way.

Expected Outputs: Increased capacity to measure and study ocean acidification and increased networking among scientists working on ocean acidification. Initiate/deepen connections with international networks such as the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON).

Scope and Nature: The training will include lectures in plenary and hands-on experiments in smaller groups (the level will depend on the basic knowledge of the selected participants). Subjects to be covered include: theoretical aspects of ocean acidification from chemistry to society, the characterization of the seawater carbonate chemistry including making TRIS buffer, calibration of pH electrodes, measurement of alkalinity, 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 lab- and field-based methods for measuring organism responses to seawater chemistry changes, including nuclear and isotopic techniques.

Participation: The course is open to 15 trainees. Priority will be given to early-career scientists who begin to work in the ocean acidification area. Experts interested in starting ocean acidification studies would be welcome, space permitting. As identified by the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) European hub, there is a strong need for capacity building in Europe. For this training, priority will be given to European but applications from other countries are welcome.

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

Application Procedure: Selection will be based on merit and interest. Your applications should include:

  • A motivation letter with a short description of your research interest, why you would like to participate, and your plans regarding present and future ocean acidification research (max one A4 page)
  • CV with publication list
  • Applications must be received by not later than 24 January 2022 for the attention of the course organizer, Dr. Sam Dupont (

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