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“Open Doors Day” at NIB Marine Biology station in Piran

10 10 2017

On June 2nd, 2017, NIB, the National Institute of Biology, organised a “Open Doors Day” in honour of the World’s Ocean Day 2017. Children, teenagers and adult alike were encouraged to visit the station and attend short lectures and interactive workshops. This enabled them to learn about scientific research activities, marine ecosystems and the issue of pollution of the oceans. This year had a particular focus on conservation and finding solutions to marine ecosystem degradation for a better future.

The SMS project was represented there, and our researchers explained to a public of all ages the issue of chemical water pollution, and the original solution developed by the project consortium. The children learned the concept of the smart boxes and automated remote monitoring via the internet. Science follows the water’s status live!

The idea of biosensors, a key working area of the SMS project was also elaborated to detect algae, chemicals and other pollutants: life used to monitor life!
The “Open Doors Day” was organised in the theme of “Our Oceans, Our Future”, echoing the EU “Oceans of Tomorrow” programme, of which the SMS project is part in.


SMS organised a Demonstration Workshop for end-users

15 09 2017

On the 6th July 2017, the SMS project invited interested stakeholders to a demonstration workshop at the Marine Biology station in Piran, Slovenia.

During the workshop, several experts involved in the SMS project presented the methods for analysing and measuring pollutants in coastal water, as well as the automated methods used to detect them.
The workshop consisted of a plenary session, lab demonstrations and a visit to the coastal buoy in Piran. With the concluding visit to the costal buoy, participants were able to see the SMS monitoring system in action.

Access the speakers presentations here:

Welcome and introduction - G. Palleschi, University Roma II - Project Coordinator 
Welcome and introduction - MSc Jure Vindišar, Assistant Director for Technology Transfer, NIB
Method of analysis for the detection of saxitoxin, domoic acid and okadaic acid based on ELIMO technology - K. Petropoulos and A. Porchetta, University Roma II
Method to measure toxic algae species in coastal water based on ELIMO technology - C-L. Manes, Microbia Environnement
Data management and field experiments - L. Sanfilippo, SYSTEA SpA
Opportunities and perspectives for application of the automated methods in aquaculture and coastal areas monitoring - A. Gunatilaka

Download the agenda here


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Our Final Project Conference took place in the European Parliament!

27 06 2017

The SMS project presented its research’s results in terms of monitoring seawater chemical and ecological status in real time and in situ  in the European Parliament on the 10th of July 2017, from 16:30 to 18:30, in room A3H-1.

This event, chaired by MEP Ricardo Serrao Santos and was entitled "Ensuring Good Environmental Status of EU marine waters through efficient monitoring programmes". It demosntrated why the SMS project, aiming at promoting innovative methodologies to detect/identify and measure emerging pollutants, is supported and funded by EU policies and presented how the innovations achieved could be useful for the end-users.

You can download the agenda here

Download the speakers' presentations here:

- Management and scientific development - Konstantinos Petropoulos, University Roma II – SMS Project Coordinator
- Bringing the project to the market - Carmem-Lara Manes, Microbia Environnement
- Bringing the project to the market - Luca Sanfilippo, SYSTEA
- Monitoring of marine waters for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive – David Connor, Unit Marine Environment and Water Industry, European Commission, DG ENVI
- Copernicus Marine Service funding scheme for Good Environmental Status - Cecilia Donati, Mercator Ocean, Institutional Relations Manager
- Monitoring the Azores marine waters - Filipe Mora Porteiro, Regional Director of Sea Affairs of the Açores, Portugal
- EuroGOOS - Vicente Fernández, Science Officer
- Northbay Shellfish Ltd - Dennis Gowland, Director



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SMS at the Oceans conference and exhibition in Aberdeen (UK)

20 06 2017

On 20-22 June 2017, our partner Systea is showing at the Oceans conference and exhibition in Aberdeen (UK), in our booth n.32, the WIZ in-situ multiparametric probe and μMac-Smart portable analyzer for coastal water monitoring.

On 22 June Systea participates to the Oceans of Tomorrow workshop, to describe the activities and results achieved by the SMS research project, including the new automated measurement applications to measure algal toxins (saxitoxin, domoic acid, okadaic acid) and specific algal species in coastal water, by the Enzyme Linked Immuno-Magnetic Optical (ELIMO) technology applied in the μMac-Smart.


Our team is getting ready for the Oceans'17 Conference

12 06 2017

SMS will participate to the Oceans Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland from 19 –22 June 2017.
The prestigious OCEANS series of conferences is recognised as the premier forum for the international marine community to meet and discuss topical issues in a format of easy information exchange. OCEANS brings together engineers, scientists, managers and policy makers from all aspects of the oceanic spectrum.

Together with other 'Ocean of Tomorrow' FP7 projects, SMS willl take part to the "SENSOR and SYSTEM Innovations for the Oceans of Tomorrow" workshop organised on the Thursday 22nd June 2017. You can find more information here.

OCEANS also features an associated trade exhibition with companies and institutions representing the wide range of activities found in the marine community. SMS will have a booth during the exhibition : don't hesitate to come to our booth and exchange with us!

For more information: 

SMS annual meeting and sampling in Greece!

12 06 2017

The 4th SMS Annual Meeting was held on May 10-12 2016 in Volos, Greece and was hosted by the University of Thessaly.

The goals of the meeting were to:
1. Assess the progress made by the project in terms of biosensors development, preconcentration and sampling unit development, field testing and explotiations of the project's results
2. Identify possible challenges and discuss contengency plans to overcome these challenges
3. Adress the next steps and the project's future

On the second and third days of the meeting, some SMS partners proceeded to sampling in coastal and pelagic locations around Alonissos (EL).


SMS on Italian TV!

18 04 2017

Our partner SYSTEA has been interviewed on Italian TV following their award winning at the Nutrient Sensor Challenge.

Discover the reportage here :

SMS' partner SYSTEA in Dubai at the Envirotec exhibition

30 03 2017

On 20-23 March 2017 Systea S.p.A. attended Envirotec exhibition in Dubai, the biggest show in the Middle East covering “testing & analytics” for the environment. Our SMS partner has shown its products to scientists and businessmen from fast growing Middle-East countries. Besides, Systea presented the SMS results with a presentation untitled "Recent Improvements about field unattended monitoring of Toxic Algae Species and Algai Toxins in Coastal Water".

Dr. Ing. L. Sanfilippo from Systea S.p.A. detailed the rationale of SMS, explaining that harmful toxic algae is a fast growing problem with numerous consequences: biological, environmental and socio-economic. In addition to the sea life, water industries and the aquaculture sectors are primarily concerned. The proliferation of such algae increases eutrophication of coastal waters and toxic risks. Explanatory causes range from climate change, inclusing effects of El Niño and La Niña, to a greater dependence on river water as a source of drinking water. All these causes demand close monitoring of marine and surface waters for toxic algae. Lastly, our partner went into the technical details of SMS, from its tools and its measurement models to its deliverables (floating platforms and field monitoring data).


Marine monitoring programmes in the EU are insufficient, finds the European Commission

16 03 2017

Over 200 marine monitoring programmes are being carried on across the EU to measure the quality of the marine environment and to evaluate the effectiveness of the policy measures taken by the EU member states. However, a recent evaluation led by the European Commission shows that “those data collection efforts fail to cover some key problems, such as marine litter and noise pollution”.

In detail, the evaluation points out the slow pace of most projects: the majority will not be operational 2018 whereas 2020 was defined as a deadline to restore the good environmental status of Europe’s seas. Otherwise, the monitoring programmes tend to be a mere compilation of existing data collection systems. Crucial issues such as marine litter, marine invasive alien species and underwater noise are too little researched on. In conclusion, member states should hurry the implementation of national programmes and commit more tools, funds and imagination to meet EU’s necessary objectives.

SYSTEA wins the Nutrient Sensor Challenge

07 03 2017

SYSTEA, one of the partners cooperating on our SMS research project, was awarded as winner for Best Overall Performance of the Nutrient Sensor Challenge organised by the Alliance of Coastal Technologies. The companies’ technology was praised as a cost-effective, commercially available solution for measuring both nitrate and phosphate in an integrated package.

Nutrient sensors help detect marine pollution in an early stage. By doing so, it contributes to the protection, preservation and restoration of aquatic environments. The Nutrient Sensor Challenge was brought to life in 2014 to accelerate the development of affordable, accurate and reliable sensors.

More information about the award-winning technology can be found on SYSTEA’s website:
More information about the Nutrient Sensor Challenge can be found here: