NEWS AND EVENTS
"Open Doors Day" at NIB Marine Biology station in Piran
On June 2nd, 2017, the Marine Biology station Piran of 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
Our Final Project Conference took place in the European Parliament!
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.
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SMS organises a Demonstration Workshop for end-users
SYSTEA wins the Nutrient Sensor Challenge
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: http://www.systea.it/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=223&Itemid=175&lang=en.
More information about the Nutrient Sensor Challenge can be found here: http://www.act-us.info/nutrients-challenge/Awards.php
Meet our Team at one of the following upcoming events!
USA Water conference, 31 May & 1 June 2017 in Akron, USA
Ocean 2017 conference, June 20171, Aberdeen, Scotland
Optofluidics 2017, 25-28 July 2017, Singapore
We already attended the following events:
Ocean of Tomorrow Conference , Brussels, Belgium, 26 March 2014
FAO Global Oceans Action Summit 2014, The Hague, Netherlands, 22-23 April 2014
Aquatech India, New Delhi, 6-8 May 2014
ECWatech, Moscow, Russia, 3-6 June 2014
Workshop ENPI SMART DAY, Geneva, Italy, 19 June 2014
XXV Congresso Nazionale della Società Chimica Italiana SCI 2014, 04 July 2014, Bologna, Italy
Oceanology International, Shanghai, China, 3-5 September 2014
DIAGNOSTICS 4.0 - Miniaturized assays: Technologies, Applications and markets, Berlin, Germany, 11 & 12 September 2014
ICES Annual Science Conference, Corugna, Spain, 15-19th September 2014
Journées recherche Industrie: management des ressources microbiennes, Narbonne, France, 7-9 Octobre 2014
WWEM, Telford (UK), 5-6 November 2014
BRAAVOO stakeholders Session, 14 November 2014, Barcelona, Spain
2nd International Ocean Research Conference, 16-21 November 2014, Barcelona, Spain
Around biosensors, 7-9 October 2014, Nailloux, France
Blue Economy & geoinformation services, 20-21 November 2014
Ocean of Tomorrow Conference , Brussels, Belgium, 27 November 2014
Pollutec, Lyon, France, 2-5 December 2014
2015 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, 22-27 February 2015, Granada, Spain
Sailing towards 2020, 2-3 March 2015, Brussels, Belgium
Pan-European Dialogue between cruise operators, ports and coastal tourism stakeholders, 05-06 March 2015, Brussels, Belgium
4th European Water Conference, 23-24 March 2015, Brussels, Belgium
Oceans'15 MTS/IEEE Conference and Exhibit, 18-21 May 2015, Genova, Italy
HydroGaïa, 27-28 May 2015, Montpellier, France
EU Maritime days, 28-29 May 2015, Pireus, Greece
5th International Conference on Environmental Management, Engineering, Planning and Economics (CEMEPE) and SECOTOX Conference, 14-18 June 2015, Mykonos island, Greece
9th GEO European Projects Workshop, 15-16 June 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark
"How to better protect Atlantic Coastal Regions from Maritime Pollution", 15 September 2015, Brussels, Belgium
Transfrontera, 25 -26 September 2015, Barcelona, Spain
Waste free oceans : Guardians of the Sea , 14 October 2015, Brussels, Belgium
EMODnet Open Conference: Consolidating the Foundations, Building the Future, 20 October 2015, Oostende, Belgium
The Ocean-Climate Nexus : The critical role of ocean science in responding to climate change, 21 October, Brussels, Belgium
The Ocean of Tomorrow projects: What results so far for healthy and productive seas and oceans? 11 November 2015, Brussels, Belgium
Building a Blue Society, 18 November 2015, Brussels, Belgium
Seventh International Workshop on Biosensors for Food Safety and Environmental Monitoring, 19-21 November 2015, Erfoud, Morocco
WORKSHOP: SCIENCE SUPPORTING POLICY FOR THE SAFETY OF EUROPEAN SEAFOOD, 24 November 2015, Brussels, Belgium
Maritime Spatial Planning conference: The marine environment, 7 December 2015, Brussels, Belgium
“Policy-oriented marine research in the SES: Lessons Learned and the way ahead”: PERSEUS Final Stakeholders Meeting, 10 December 2015, Brussels, Belgium
EIP WATER Conference, 10 February 2016, Leuuwarden, the Netherlands
Oceanology International, 15-17 March 2016, London , UK
Our unknown oceans: understanding their role – exploring their potential, 15 March 2016, Brussels
“MONITORING FOR A SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES”,13 April 2016, Ferrara , Italy
SETAC EUROPE 2016. Environmental contaminants from land to sea: continuities and interface in environmental toxicology and chemistry, 22-26 May 2016, Nantes, France
Biosensors 2016, 25-27 May 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden
EcoSummit 2016 / Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change, 29 August - 1 September 2016, Montpellier, France
ICHA 9–14 October 2016, Florianópolis, Brazil
DEVOTES final conference, 18 October 2016, Brussels, Belgium
Sea for Society, Nov 18 2016, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
Blue Science for Blue Growth, EuroMarine: connecting ideas and people , 8th February 2017 , Brussels, Belgium
Towards a EU Strategy for Coastal Mapping, 7 February 2016, Brussels
Envirotec, 20-23 March 2017, Dubai
CTRL+SWAN Action Group / Waterlink 2017, 16 January 2017, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
Association for the Science of Limnology & Oceanographic (ASLO) meeting – Ocean International, 2 March 2017, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
SMS at Oceanology International in the U.S.A.
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.
SMS in Brussels to discuss Ocean Health !
Alessandro Porchetta from the University of Roma 'Tor Vergata' attended the final conference of the EU project DEVOTES.
During a seesion about 'Monitoring - tracking the changes of the seas', Alessandro presented SMS and the innovation we offer.
You can learn more about the DEVOTES project here :http://www.devotes-project.eu
SMS at the International Conference on Harmful Algae
Our partner, Microbia Environnement, attended and spoke at the 17th International Conference on Harmful Algae.
You can learn more about the International Conference on Harmful Algae with this video
Below some pictures of Carmem Lara Manes, our SMS partner from Microbia Environnement !
SMS organised its 3rd Demonstration Workshop!
On July 21st 2016, the University Tor Vergata of Roma, in collaboration with the SYSTEA and the other SMS partners, hosted the 3rd SMS demonqtration workshop on biosensors assembling and measurement for water monitoring.
The workshop aimed at sharing and demonstrate, to different stakeholders, technics and innovation developed by the different SMS partners in order to finalise the water monitoring devices.
The morning session was dedicated to oral presentations on the development of the different biosensors, the sampling and preconcentration, and the integration of the modules into one detection tool. Demonstration of the detection instruments were made in the afternoon in the lab of the University.
Download the agenda
Dowload the oral presentations material
Some pictures of the demonstration hosted by the University of Roma!
Our buoy monitoring water in the Gulf of Trieste!
We are pleased to inform you that our WIZ nutrients (NH3, NO3, NO2 and PO4) in-situ probe with 0.1 microns automatic filtration & backwashing and our ZetaLOG data-logger is operating, unattended, in our coastal buoy in the Gulf of Trieste.
Our ZetaCED Web based data storage, presentation and validation system, regularly collect mesurement data acquired by the probe.
Our partner NIB will take care of the regular maintenance along the following months and will perform data validation, collecting water samples in the same place and measuring them in their lab using oligotrophic water as blank and the same standard solution we used to calibrate our WIZ probe.
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SMS at Biosensors 2016 Conference !
Our SMS partners from Microbia, ICN2 and Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata are taking part of the Biosensors 2016 conference in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Find more about the agenda here : http://www.biosensors-congress.elsevier.com/resources/updateable/pdf/BiosensorsFinalProgramme-2016.pdf
Here are the poster sessions organised by our partners:
[O3] Lab-on-a-chip device for toxic algal detection in marine environments J. Orozco1 , S. Geidel2 , E. Villa1 , L. Medlin1 , D. Guillebault1 , J. Nestler2 , C-L. Manes* 1 , 1Microbia Environnement, France, 2 BiFlow Systems GmbH, Germany
[K4] From paper to nanopaperbased biosensors. Current challenges and future perspectives A. Merkoçi1,2, 1Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Spain, 2 ICREA - Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats, Spain
[O87] Fully integrated ready-to-use paper-based electrochemical biosensor to detect nerve agents S. Cinti*, F. Arduini, Z. Zahid, G. Palleschi, D. Moscone, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
SMS will show its instrumental prototypes at Oceanology International!
Oceanology International will be held in London on March 15-17. It has firmly established itself as the world leading marine science and ocean technology exhibition and conference. That is why SMS will attend the event, and demonstrate how our instrumental prototypes works!
WIZ in-situ probe µMac-Smart portable analyser
So come and visit us on stand A315 to learn more about “Ocean of Tomorrow Projects” our biosensors for the detection of:
Toxic Algae species
We are also taking part to conferences and poster Sessions!
Tuesday 15th March PM
Ocean of Tomorrow - Poster Session
2.00 pm – 3.00 pm
To register please click here
An Introduction with posters and demonstration data from the “Ocean of Tomorrow” projects from the FP7-OCEAN-2013 call. The call covers three key areas: marine sensing technologies (including biosensors), innovative antifouling materials, and innovative transport and deployment systems for the offshore wind energy sector
Our poster :
Marine Technology and Services Sector Role in the Blue Economy
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
South Gallery, Room 11 & 12
Wednesday 16th March PM
The Ocean of Tomorrow Projects
1pm – 5 pm
To register please click here
This session will consist of five minute flash presentations from the following projects from the FP7-OCEAN-2013 call with time for discussion and questions:
• BRAAVOO - Biosensors, Reporters and Algal Autonomous Vessels for Ocean Operation http://www.braavoo.org
• COMMON SENSE - Cost-Effective Sensors, Interoperable with International Existing Ocean Observing Systems, to Meet EU Policies Requirement http://www.commonsenseproject.eu
• EnviGard - Development of a biosensor technology for environmental monitoring and disease prevention in aquaculture ensuring food safety http://www.enviguard.net
• MariaBox - MARINE environmental In-situ Assessment and monitoring tool BOX http://www.mariabox.net
• NEXOS - Multifunctional Web Enabled Ocean Sensor Systems for the Monitoring of a Changing Ocean http://www.nexosproject.eu
• SCHeMA - Integrated In-Situ Chemical MApping Probes http://www.schema-ocean.eu
• SenseOCEAN - Marine sensors for the 21st Century http://www.senseocean.eu
• SMS - Sensing toxicants in Marine waters makes Sense using biosensors
• BRIDGES (guest project) - Bringing together Research and Industry for the Development of Glider Environmental Services http://www.bridges-h2020.eu
Round Table Session - What can the Ocean of Tomorrow projects do for you?
The aim of the ‘The Ocean of Tomorrow 2013’ call was to pool the efforts of stakeholders from a broad range of sectors in order to develop innovative marine technologies for a wide range of applications. The call covers three key areas: marine sensing technologies (including biosensors), innovative antifouling materials, and innovative transport and deployment systems for the offshore wind energy sector.
This session is intended as a discussion on how we can use our efforts in conjunction with research and Industry, to address the needs of you, the stakeholders.
SMS annual meeting and demonstration showed great progress and a truly collaborative atmosphere
During the SMS second annual meeting, held in Erfoud, Morocco from November 21st to 22nd, the partners presented the results obtained during the second year of the project.
The main highlight of the meeting was the demonstration of the Sulphonamides detection device developed by SYSTEA and the University of Hassan II. Indeed, the finalisation of the SMS biosensors is on a good way. Good preliminary data were presented for the detection of Okadaic acid and Saxitoxin. For okadaic acid, the automated method and the prototype are almost ready. Results for Palitoxyn and Domoic acid detection should be available in March 2016 and the prototypes by June 2016.
Our team also made great progress in the development of biosensors for Biocidal compounds (TBT and Diuron) and flame retardant (PBDEs) detection, as well as for toxic algal species.
Our team is also working on the sampling and pre-concentration device that is key to enable the biosensors to work in an automated way for real time detection of pollutants in sea water.
While our biosensor researchers and SMEs are developing the necessary prototypes for pollutant detection in marine waters, other partners started to work on biosensor validation, also they are preparing the necessary wireless communications, buoys and platforms to welcome these prototypes.
“Last year, our partners made impressive progresses and we are now entering the finalisation phase for the development of the biosensor prototypes. Our new challenge will be testing and validating the biosensors as well as the pre-concentration and sampling process” explained Prof. Palleschi, SMS coordinator.
Dowload the demonstrations' explanations here
Dowload the presentations made by L. Medlin and L.Sanfilippo during the International Workshop here
Some pictures of the demonstration and the annual meeting!
SMS organised its 2nd workshop on biosensors for Water Monitoring!
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.
Led by Prof. Palleschi from Department of Chemistry of the University of Rome, the workshop, focusing on biosensors and aiming at PhD students, was part of a series of trainings organized by the SMS project. These workshops aim at sharing and demonstrate, to different stakeholders (PhD students, marine operators, SMEs, etc), technics and innovation developed by the different SMS partners in order to finalise the water monitoring devices.
The first day of the training was dedicated to oral presentations on DNA-based biosensors, electrochemical sensors, Algal toxin detection and Electrochemical and colorimetric sulphonamide detection.
These subject were put into practice during the two following days, and participants were able to have a hands-on experience in the lab on these detection methods.
While these training was specifically dedicated to PhD students, the team of SMS will organise 2 other trainings once the project’s technology will be ready to be showcased to marine operators and environmental agencies.
Download the agenda here
Dowload the oral presentations material here
Dowload the demonstrations' explanations here
Some pictures of the training hosted by the University of Roma!
SMS organised its first training!
Dowload the oral presentations material here
Download the demonstrations' explanations here
You can read ICN2 press release of the event here !
Some pictures of the training hosted by ICN i