Register for SmartSkills Workshop on Research Funding and Marine Data

SMART LogoThe SMARTSkills 2013 Postgraduate Workshop on Research Funding Opportunities and Marine Data Access will be held on the 24th and 25th of October 2013 hosted by the Marine Institute in Oranmore, Galway.

The two-day workshop is organised by the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) and is sponsored by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. It aims to support postgraduate researchers by providing practical, concise information on accessing research funding and marine data sets, two topics identified as essential for emerging researchers.

Day one of the workshop will focus on funding mechanisms, researcher mobility, careers and access to infrastructure and training. Speakers are drawn from a wide range of scholarship and research organisations including the Higher Education Authority, Erasmus Mundus, AquaTT, Science Foundation Ireland, Irish University Association, Enterprise Ireland, Marie Curie, Euraxess, European Research Council and UCD Innovation Academy along with a number of research funding programmes including Horizon 2020 and Interreg V.

The second day will address how to access and mine the huge variety of marine biological, oceanographic, environmental and ocean energy-related datasets and model outputs available. National and International marine data experts will present on online data portals and datasets including SeaDataNet, My Ocean, PlanktonNet, EMODNet, INFOMAR, MIDA, ICAN and ICES. The topic of data management will also be examined with a focus on formatting, metadata and archiving data.

SMARTSkills will also serve as a networking and social opportunity and facilitate marine researchers in communicating their research with potential future collaborations. All attendees are therefore also requested to give a 2 minute flash presentation on their research.

Who should attend?

The workshop is open to all postgraduate students of marine science, technology and engineering from across the island of Ireland. The SMART postgraduate workshop is free to students from all member institutes. A registration fee of €75 is payable by students from institutes not involved with the SMART consortium, although some scholarships are available. SMART partners include: Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT); Galway Mayo Institute of technology (GMIT); Marine Institute (MI); NUI Galway (NUIG); University College Cork (UCC) and University of Ulster (UU).

How do I Register?

We ask that all prospective attendees register online before Friday 18th October. Registration and further information is available at:


If you have any queries please contact the SMART team at


The Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) is an all-island marine science partnership programme that provides offshore training for students of marine science, technology and engineering. The programme is based in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and core partners include the National University of Ireland, Galway, University College Cork, University of Ulster, Athlone Institute of Technology, and the Marine Institute, with additional funding by the Higher Education Authority.