Science @ Sea training courses available

SMART LogoThe two-day training courses will be held between 1st to the 6th of March 2013 in waters off Cork and will offer students the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience onboard the national research vessel RV Celtic Voyager. Science@Sea introduces participants to the concept of a multidisciplinary ecosystem approach through key disciplines. Teaching focuses on practical, cross-disciplinary skills such as sample collection and processing, operation of equipment and instrumentation and data acquisition and processing.

Other areas essential to working at sea are examined, including survey design and planning, safety at sea, and post-survey analysis and assessment.  “Science@Sea is unique in that it provides participants with the relevant technical knowledge and skills required to work and carry out research at sea. This not only increases national capacity in the marine sector but provides participants with the vital knowledge and skills required for future research and employment” said Dr. Pauhla McGrane, national coordinator of SMART.

Applications and further information are available online at:   Completed applications should be received no later than Wednesday 13th February 2013.   Please note a course fee of €300 applies for those in full-time employment and €50 for students in education.   

SMART a marine science partnership programme that provides quality offshore training for students of marine science, technology and engineering. SMART is led by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, with partners including Cork Institute of Technology, National Maritime College of Ireland, National University of Ireland Galway, University College Cork, University of Ulster and the Marine Institute, with additional funding by the Higher Education Authority.

Courses are recognised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) as contributing towards professional development.  

Science@Sea is carried out under the Sea Change strategy with the support of the Marine Institute and the Marine Research Sub-programme of the National Development Plan 2007–2013.  

Queries relating to any aspect of the course can be addressed to     Contact Details: Dr Pauhla McGrane- SMART Coordinator
Mobile: +353 (0)87 950 0911 Brigid Vinnell- Media & Communications Officer
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