Workshop on Ocean Change and Blue Carbon

Dates: 28 August–8 September 2023

Location: IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories, Monaco

Deadline for receipt of applications from the nominating national authority: 26 June 2023


The Workshop on Ocean Change and Blue Carbon will provide participants with the foundations to carry out research on the capacity of coastal vegetated ecosystems (i.e. mangroves, seagrasses and saltmarshes) to sequester carbon.


Coastal vegetated ecosystems such as mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and tidal marshes sequester large amounts of carbon in their sediment and are identified as both i) key players in the carbon cycle and ii) potentially important as a nature-based solution to climate change (Blue Carbon). This is an addition to the many other relevant ecosystem services they provide, such as nutrient cycling, support of fisheries and biodiversity and coastal protection.

The aim of this course is to train early-career scientists interested on working on Blue Carbon with the key concepts involved when planning a research study, including designing and conducting the field work, preparation of the samples, carrying out the required analyses, and interpreting and scaling up the results. This will be accompanied by critical reflections on the challenges and open questions to promote discussion and advances on the subject.

Target Audience

The course is open to 10 trainees. Priority will be given to early-career scientists with experience in marine sciences. Scientific publications in related fields will be valued.

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Expected Outputs

Gain capacity, conduct research and/or work on Blue Carbon and engage with a network of institutions and colleagues worldwide. To support/assistance of the organizers to work on personal projects initiated during the course may be possible.

Participation and Registration

All persons wishing to participate in the event must be designated by an IAEA Member State or should be members of organizations that have been invited to attend.

In order to be designated by an IAEA Member State, participants are requested to send the Participation Form (Form A) to their competent national authority (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Mission to the IAEA or National Atomic Energy Authority) for onward transmission to the IAEA by 26 June 2023. Participants who are members of an organization invited to attend are requested to send the Participation Form (Form A) through their organization to the IAEA by the above deadline.

Selected participants will be informed in due course on the procedures to be followed with regards to administrative and financial matters.

Participants are hereby informed that the personal data they submit will be processed in line with the Agency’s Personal Data and Privacy Policy and is collected solely for the purpose(s) of reviewing and assessing the application and to complete logistical arrangements where required. The IAEA may also use the contact details of Applicants to inform them of the IAEA’s scientific and technical publications, or the latest employment opportunities and current open vacancies at the IAEA. These secondary purposes are consistent with the IAEA’s mandate.

Expenditures and Grants

No registration fee is charged to participants.

The IAEA is generally not in a position to bear the travel and other costs of participants in the event. The IAEA has, however, limited funds at its disposal to help meet the cost of attendance of certain participants. Upon specific request, such assistance may be offered to normally one participant per country, provided that, in the IAEA’s view, the participant will make an important contribution to the event.

The application for financial support should be made using the Grant Application Form (Form C), which has to be stamped, signed and submitted by the competent national authority to the IAEA together with the Participation Form (Form A) by 26 June 2023.

Additional Information

Only those participants who have been designated by the relevant authorities of an IAEA Member State and have been selected by the IAEA will be informed by 12 July 2023.

The course is funded through the IAEA and co-sponsored by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

Additional Requirements

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 study blue carbon.

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 blue carbon research (max one A4 page)

  * CV with publication list

IAEA/OA-ICC, 26 May 2023. More information.

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