We would like to let you know that SCOR International Working Group #147: "Towards comparability of global oceanic nutrient data (COMPONUT)" have just announced an opportunity for scientists and technicians from developing countries to apply to attend the International Training Workshop for Nutrient Analysis to be held on 5-9 November 2017 at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ) laboratories, Texel, The Netherlands. The training workshop, organized by NIOZ and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) for SCOR WG #147, gives insight into nutrient analysis and also offers an opportunity to work in a world leading nutrient facility alongside some of the world's most experienced nutrient chemists using gas-segmented continuous flow analysers (CFA's). This opportunity has been made possible through funding from SCOR and POGO.
Application deadline: 1 August 2017
To better manage and understand the global impacts of human activities on the world's oceans, it is necessary to have accurate observations of changes in dissolved nutrients in both the upper water column, as well as in the deep ocean. The SCOR Working Group #147 was established in 2015 with the aim of improving global comparability of nutrient analyses through international inter-comparability exercises, and also by using education and advice to the global community through workshops and targeted research. This workshop at NIOZ is targeted at scientists and technicians from developing countries to give the opportunity of learning techniques and protocols, and sharing thoughts and ideas with other nutrient chemists.
Scope of course
The course covers aspects such as sample handling, pipetting, CFA chemistry, calibrations, flow hydraulics, salinity, troubleshooting, GO-SHIP protocols, data handling and the use of certified reference materials (CRMs), therefore offers practical experience in nutrient analysis. It is hosted at NIOZ Texel and uses the nutrient facility for the hands-on training. Nutrient CRMs will be provided by JAMSTEC (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology).
Course language will be English, so it is important that the applicants have some fluency in the English language.
Who can apply
Applications are welcomed for up to 10 scientists or technicians from developing countries to attend this training course (for eligibility, see HERE). Applicants should have some prior experience of carrying out nutrient analysis.
What is covered
- Air fare from home country to The Netherlands
- Internal travel between Amsterdam airport and hotel on day of arrival, and between hotel and NIOZ daily
- Bed, breakfast and evening meals
What is NOT covered
- Domestic travel in home country
- Visa costs
Trainers / Lecturers
- Jan van Ooijen (NIOZ)
- Karel Bakker (NIOZ)
- Sharyn Ossebaar (NIOZ)
- Malcolm Woodward (PML)
- Susan Becker (Scripps)
- Claire Mahaffey (Liverpool University)
- Michio Aoyama (JAMSTEC)
What is needed to apply
• Filled-in application form
• Letter of recommendation from supervisor
How to apply
Inquiries and detailed information
For all other inquiries, please contact Dörte Poszig, NIOZ education coordinator.
Following this link to access the workshop application page:
We encourage you to forward the details to any scientists who you know could be interested and who would benefit from the opportunity. Feel free to use the attached workshop flyer for that.