2nd IMPACTS meeting in Brussels (October 11th and 12th) - Oct 23 th 2000
Two representatives of the CYCLOPS group (MDK and RFCM) attended the 2nd meeting of the IMPACTS cluster, which was held in Brussels this week. As a result of the recent round of grant proposals, the IMPACTS cluster has been expended to include 18 separate research groupings. At the meeting we each presented a brief synopsis of our proposals. There was then a series of discussions about the ways in which we could enhance the quality of the overall product by being within the IMPACTS cluster. For this meeting we divided into two themes, with the CYCLOPS project being included in the theme concerning studies on the microbial ecosystem. A number of cooperative initiatives have been suggested. We also planned future meetings to include specific discussions on the socio-economic benefits of our research and in particular how our work might contribute to the drafting of modifications to existing marine environmental conventions. In the case of CYCLOPS this will most likely be to the Barcelona Convention and the Mediterranean Action Plan. The 1st IMPACTS workshop will be held in September 2001 in Pau, France.MDK
CYCLOPS partner participates in MARICULT conference: - Jul 25 th 2000
NCFS (CYCLOPS partner 7) participated during the MARICULT conference "How can we increase the production and harvest of living marine resources in the new millennium? Bridging potentials and environmental constrains", that was held in Trondheim, Norway, June 26-28. The flow of nutrients and their allocation into resource harvest, environmental constrains and biogeochemical cycling was the focus of this meeting.
Cyclops Team Enjoying themselves in a Bedouin Tent - Jul 18 th 2000
Cyclops Team at Tel Shikmona - Jul 18 th 2000
CYCLOPS - a founding member of the IMPACT cluster - Apr 6th 2000
At a recent meeting in Brussels (March 2nd) CYCLOPS was included as one of the founding projects of the new IMPACTS cluster. The aim of the research within this cluster is to quantify the effects of human activities on biogeochemical cycles in the contrasting marine ecosystems that surround Europe. Other framework 5 projects which are included in the IM PACTS cluster are: MATBIOLPOL (role of microbial mats in bioremediation of hydrocarbon polluted coastal zones), MEAD (marine effects of atmospheric deposition) and SIGNAL (significance o f external/anthropogenic nitrogen for Central Baltic Sea N cycling). A number of MAST III projects (ACE, BIOMARK and MARA) are also included in this newly formed cluster.
For further information on this cluster see IMPACTS Cluster
Appointment of Post-doctoral Fellowship/Project Administrator - Apr 6th 2000
Patricia Carbo will be joining the team as Postdoctoral Fellow carrying out dissolved-P analyses in Leeds. She will also act as the day-to-day administrator of CYCLOPS. Pre (as she likes to be known as) will be the person who will send you all the messages asking you to complete budgets, finalise reports etc. etc. She will start work as soon as her Ph.D . thesis is handed in which we all hope will be as soon as possible!
CYCLOPS Participation in Maraqua Meeting - Apr 5th 2000
Dr. A. Tselepides participated in the 2nd Maraqua meeting that took place in Heraklion (20-22/3/00) as a representative of the CYCLOPS (coordinated by Dr. M. Krom, Leeds Univ.) project which has recently (March 1, 2000) been funded by the EU. He gave a short presentation regarding the major objectives of the project one of which is the confirmation by direct experiment that the Eastern Mediterranean is unique amongst the major seas of the world in having its primary productivity limited by phosphorus alone. He stressed the fact that m ariculture industry will also benefit from the results obtained by CYCLOPS since each ton of fish grown produces 115 kg N while no reliable data is available for P discharge during fish growth. If P is indeed the regulating factor in the Mediterranean it might be necessary to limit the amount of P in the waste stream of mariculture systems and to develop models for sust ainable intensive mariculture.
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