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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:

SMS at Oceanology International in the U.S.A.

16 02 2017

On 14-16 February 2017, our partner SYSTEA is attending Oceanology International North America exhibition in San Diego (California), to launch on the American market our WIZ in-situ nutrient probe.


Ocean Governance and Blue Data in the EU Parliament!

15 02 2017

SMS attended two very interesting events in the EU Parliament on Blue Science, Marine Data and Ocean Governance. Time to discuss water quality monitoring in order to ensure blue growth and a healthy ocean !

During the discussions, the European Commission noted that "national authorities have been conducted stress tests who led to the conclusions that the EU needed better quality data." It was also stressed that standardisation of data is also called for, since no product can be developed without data that are commonly used.

MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos also recalled that “the balance between encouraging economic growth in the ocean and nurturing the health of ocean ecosystems will be a complex mission. Without good science, blue growth can turn on wrong pathways." 

The discussion also emphasised the value of interactions and interdisciplinarity to face global challenges, and the need to progress toward a forum which empowers scientific communities worldwide. Interdisciplinary cooperation is exactly what SMS implemented.

Read more about the conference "Towards a EU Strategy for Coastal Mapping" organised by the Seas and Coastal Areas Intergroup here:…/towards-a-eu-strategy-for-coastal-m…

and about "Blue Science for Blue Growth" organised by EuroMarine here:…/blue-science-blue-growth