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"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

 

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

 

Discover some pictures of the workshop:

                                                       

 


 

 

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.

Discover some pictures of the event:

                                        

 

 

 


 

 

SMS organises a Demonstration Workshop for end-users

 

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

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


Download the agenda here

Venue:
National institute of biology
Marine biology station Piran
Fornače 41
6330 Piran, Slovenia

 


 

 

Our Final Project Conference to take place in the European Parliament!

 

The SMS project will be presenting 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 will deal with "Ensuring Good Environmental Status of EU marine waters through efficient monitoring programmes". It will also show why the SMS project, aiming at promoting innovative methodologies to detect/identify and measure emerging pollutants, is supported and funded by EU policies and at presenting how the innovations achieved could be useful for the end-users.

You can download the draft agenda here

To register to this event, please send an email to cecile.fouquet@alienoreu.com before the 3rd July.

Please note that it is compulsory to register in order to guarantee access to the European Parliament.

 

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

 

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.

  

SMS annual meeting and sampling in Greece!

 

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!

 

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

Discover the reportage here : http://www.video.mediaset.it/video/tg5/servizio/una-sonda-speciale_707462.html

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

SMS' partner SYSTEA in Dubai at the Envirotec exhibition

 

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).

 

 

 

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 here

Dowload the oral presentations material here

 

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.

Discover the picture below:

 

                       

 


 

 

 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:

Algal Toxins
Okadaic acid
Saxitoxin

Pharmaceuticals
Sulphonamides

Toxic Algae species
Alexandrium ostenfeldii
Alexandrium minutum
Alexandrium tamarense
Lingulodinium polyedrum
Chatonella subsalsa
Protoceratium reticulatum

Nutrients
Ammonia
Nitrate
Nitrite
Orthophosphate

 

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

Our partner Carmem-Lara de Oliveira Manes from Microbia Environment will take part in the panel session “Instrumentation for Ocean Observing” from 13:50 to 15:10.

 

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!

 

Download the agenda

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

n Barcelona!