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28 05 2015
Our partner Microbia environnement at Hydrogaïa - the international water exhibition - presenting SMS!
20 05 2015
Our partner SYSTEA is attending MTS IEEE Ocean'15 Conference and Exhibit which aims at increasing and promoting awareness, understanding, advancements, applications and implications of marine technology.
15 05 2015
In April, the National Institute of Biology of Slovenia gave two lectures on the ongoing SMS activities (and introducing the project impacts at the local and wider level) to Slovenian students. To receive direct student feedback, the seminar was presented given at selected faculties’ i. e.:
- Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), Programme: Traffic Technology and Transport Logistics, Marine Engineering (subjects: Environmental protection and Introductory course in the environmental science);
- Faculty of Education (University of Primorska, Slovenia), Programme: Primary school teaching (subject: Natural science II);
16 04 2015
From April 8th to 10th, the University Tor Vergata of Roma, in collaboration with the University Hassan II Mohammedia - Casablanca, hosted the 2nd SMS training on biosensors assembling and measurement for water monitoring. SMS is an EU funded project aiming to develop of novel sensing devices for seawater quality monitoring.
Read more here
02 04 2015
From April 8 to 10, SMS will organises its second workshop on biosensors for water monitoring in Roma. Co organised by the University of Roma (SMS coordinator) and the Hassan II University of Mohammedia-Casablanca, the workshop will address DNA-based biosensors, Electrochemical sensors, Algal toxin detection, sulfonamide detection, etc . You can download the agenda here.
23 03 2015
From March 24th to 26th, ICN2R and Microbia environnement, SMS partners, will lead a training on Nano biosensors for water monitoring.
March 24th will be dedicated to oral presentations on "general consideration on fabrication of nanobiosensors and releated platforms". The 2 other days will allow participants to get real in the lab.
External experts were invited to share their knowledge. Mrs Töbe from AWI, Mr Pittson from GWENT and Mr Geidel from Fraunhofer accepted our invitation and will join us for this 3 days training.
To learn more about the workshop click here.
17 02 2015
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17 02 2015
With more than one million bags used every minute, the impact of plastic waste on the marine environment is vast. Over the last ten years, more plastic has been produced than during the entire 20th century. Floating in every ocean of the world and rooted in the seabed, especially in coastal areas, plastic debris are invading our seas.
Plastic decays very slowly in the oceans, breaking into ever smaller fragments, also known as microplastic. In addition to have the ability to suffocate sea animals, once degraded into small pieces plastic waste produces micro particles which are ingested by marine life. A study made by the Wageningen University demonstrates that 94% of investigated stomachs of Dutch Fulmars contained one or more plastic particles and about 52% contained more than the critical level of 0.1 gram plastic.
Plastic waste is dangerous
Professor Richard Thompson from the Marine Biology and Ecology centre of Plymouth University underlined in an article that several chemicals that can be found within plastic material are then found in the marine environment as well. These materials were introduced in the plastic at the time of manufacture in order to achieve specific qualities (flexibility, flame retardants or anti-microbials).
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09 02 2015
During the last decades, the European Union (EU) witnessed the development of maritime activities such as:
- Maritime trade expansion,
- Use of underwater resources (oil, minerals),
- Use of fishery resources to meet the food challenge,
- Development of renewable energy systems offshore production,
- Establishment of intercontinental submarine cables,
-Economic development of coastal areas and their infrastructures
30 01 2015
Latest "Science for Environment Policy" articles:
Special issue: Coastal zones: achieving sustainable management
Joint Research Center