Marine Institute

Applications open for EuroFleets+ Floating University

Applications open for EuroFleets+ Floating UniversityThe EuroFleetsPlus Project, coordinated by the Marine Institute, is calling for applications from early stage researchers of marine related sciences to take part in a Floating University on the RV Celtic Voyager. Applications are open until 22nd November 2019.

The Floating University 'Mapping the Ocean Floor: An Introduction to Practical Aspects of Hydrographic Surveying' will take place on board the RV Celtic Voyager in Cork Harbour, Ireland from 19th February to 25th February 2020.

Teaching will focus on the operation of multi-beam echosounders and sub-bottom profiling and their applications for mapping and characterising the seabed. Offshore training will be supported by lectures, workshops and online resources. On completion, participants of the Floating University will be able to demonstrate competence in designing and executing an offshore hydrographic survey, articulate understanding of the principles and methods applied to seabed surveying, as well as practice data acquisition and data processing for multi-beam echosounders and sub-bottom profiler systems.

Instruction on this EUROFLEETS+ Floating University will be from expert practitioners from the INFOMAR project (Marine Institute and Geological Survey Ireland) with guest lecturers from the Marine Geology Research Group, University College Cork, and the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS), Italy.

EuroFleets+ is a unique consortium of research vessels, equipment and scientists supported by 42 marine institutes, universities, foundations and SMEs from 24 countries around the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. One of the key objectives of Eurofleets+ is the delivery of five Floating Universities for early stage researchers of marine related sciences. Floating Universities will address a range of themes and topics and focus on the applications and operation of research vessel data acquisition and sampling systems and equipment.

A total of eight positions are available for European postgraduate students (students of all nationalities enrolled at European universities). Applications must be received by 22nd November 2019. Online application forms are available at:

Eurofleets+ has received funding from the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 824077. For more information on EuroFleets+ visit