OPERA

MaREI researchers to lead Work Package on project OPERA

Future Earth Coasts

 

Future Earth Coasts who has an International Project Office based in MaREI had the privilege to help craft, coordinate, and deliver a capacity building workshop entitled ‘Utilising Earth Observation to support Blue Growth and Risk Management in the Caribbean’. The workshop, funded by the European Space Agency and held in St Lucia, was a collaborative effort between Future Earth Coasts, the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), University College Cork/MaREI(UCC), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the World Bank.

 

The four-day event brought together experts from Member and Associate Member States of the OECS, the University of the West Indies, UCC, the University of South Floridathe Department of Environment-Belize, and representatives from the private sector, ACRI-HE.

 

The event was designed to explore how Earth Observation (EO) data could be used to help support regional and local research efforts in four key issue areas.

  1. Fisheries and Aquaculture
  2. Maritime Safety and Security
  3. SargassumInfluxes into Coastal Systems
  4. Climate Change and Risk Reduction

 

The outputs of this workshop, were produced in the form of a roadmap, to clearly articulate regional priorities that were identified during the event

Free courses on offshore renewables with MaRINET2

MaREI co-ordinated project MaRINET2 has opened registrations for the first set of ten courses on offshore renewable energy to be delivered over the next three years.

The short, two-to-five days long, courses for industry and academic researchers in the offshore renewable energy sector are organized and lectured by MaRINET2 project partners and will focus on three areas: wave, wind, and tidal energy.

The topics covered include integrated tank testing, hydrodynamics of fixed and floating offshore wind turbine foundations, reliability and risk analysis of ORE technologies as well as test and verification processes from tanks to the sea.

The courses are aimed at early-stage researchers and postgraduate students, as well as industry and private sector participants. There is no registration fee, and travel & subsistence support is available to early-stage researchers and postgraduate students.

MaRINET2 is a €10.5m project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and coordinated by MaREI. The project has been set up to accelerate the development of offshore renewable energy technologies by providing free-of-charge access to a network of 57 research facilities across Europe.

Plastic Pollution: Community Action

MaREI and Clean Coasts are hosting a community event addressing the plague of plastics on June 6th as part of Cork Harbour Festival…

RRI Global Network kick-off meeting at MaREI

Joining forces to bring Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) into the linked up global world to promote mutual learning and collaboration in RRI

EPHEMARE

                                  Full house at the at the European Parliament SEARICA conference Mission Ocean: Science and Innovation for a Healthy Ocean

MaREI’s EPHEMARE team Kathrin Kopke and Sophie Power travelled to Brussels to attend the SEARICA conference Mission Ocean: Science and Innovation for a Healthy Ocean on the 10th of April 2018 at the European Parliament. The conference focused on discussing the issue of marine plastic pollution with international and cross-sectorial guests and coinciding with the Ocean Plastics Lab visit to the European Parliament as part of its travelling exhibition. The Invitation to this event and displays at the Parliament utilised an image submitted to the EPHEMARE photo-contest which was facilitated through MaREI.

EPHEMARE researchers from left to right: Camilla C. Carteny (University of Antwerp), Kathrin Kopke and Sophie Power (MaREI, University College Cork) at the European Parliament event.

 

Panel L-R: Olga Mironenko, founder of the award-winning start-up Holy Jelly; young Indonesian activist, Melati Wijsen, co-founder of Bye Bye Plastic Bags; James Honeyborne, award winning producer of the world renowned BBC Blue Planet 2 series; Gesine Meissner, German MEP and president of Searica; Signe Rasso, Deputy-General DG Research and Innovation; Michael Meister, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

 

Ocean Plastics Lab

The Ocean Plastics Lab (OPL) exhibited in front of the European Parliament in Brussels from the 9th to the 19th of April 2018. The exhibition is a ‘hands-on’ lab, showcasing the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean, with interactive installations, displays, and animations on loan from laboratories, research institutes and various other science and civil society partners worldwide. We were delighted to contribute images from the IMPACT2017 international microplastics photo contest, which was facilitated and implemented through MaREI.

We not only got the chance to visit and explore the exhibition in Brussels, but to directly engage with attendees of the SEARICA conference at the OPL at Container 3, which exhibits the EPHEMARE contributions.

 

                                                            The Ocean Plastics Lab outside the European Parliament Buildings

 

Sophie Power (MaREI, UCC), Kathrin Kopke (MaREI, UCC) and Camilla C. Carteny (University of Antwerp) visiting the Ocean Plastic Lab at the guided tour for attendees of the European Parliament SEARICA Conference Mission Ocean: Science and Innovation for a Healthy Ocean

Kathrin Kopke (MaREI, UCC) talking about the EPHEMARE photo-competition at container 3 of the OPL

 

The event attracted many members of the media