Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

SCOR-POGO International Training Workshop 2017

International Training Workshop on Nutrient Analysis for Participants from Developing Countries, 5-9 November, 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.

NIOZ together with PML (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) offers this international training workshop that 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). The workshop is co-sponsored by POGO, SCOR and JAMSTEC for SCOR Working Group #147 (COMPONUT): towards comparability of global oceanic nutrient data. JAMSTEC will provide the certified nutrient reference materials.

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 CRM’s (certified reference materials), therefore offers practical experience in nutrient analysis. It is hosted at NIOZ Texel and uses the nutrient facility for the hands-on training.

Course language

Course language will be English, so it is important that the applicants have some fluency in the English language.

Who can apply

The course is open to scientists and technicians from developing countries (see http://www.scor-int.org/Eligible_Countries-4Apr2017.pdf ) who have some prior experience and currently carry out nutrient analysis. One of the main aims of the workshop is to improve the analytical skills of the attendees through an intense workshop. The course is limited to 10 participants.

How to apply

To apply for participation in the course, please apply before 1 August 2017 via the application form. Participants will be informed about the selection outcome no later than 7 September, 2017. Please send the filled-in application form, your CV and a supporting letter from your supervisor in an email to Dörte Poszig (Doerte.poszig@nioz.nl).

Costs
What will be covered by the funding:

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, insurance, salary.

Course location and accommodation

The course is held at NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research on Texel. Participants will be staying at the Stayokay hostel Den Burg, Texel, in one person rooms.

Teaching staff

Jan van Ooijen (NIOZ)
Karel Bakker (NIOZ)
Sharyn Ossebaar (NIOZ)
Malcolm Woodward (PML)
Susan Becker (Scripps)
Claire Mahaffey (Liverpool University)
Michio Aoyama (JAMSTEC)

Inquiries

For inquiries about the scientific content of the course, please contact Jan van Ooijen or Karel Bakker from NIOZ, or Malcolm Woodward from PML (m.woodward@pml.ac.uk).
For all other inquiries, please contact Dörte Poszig, NIOZ education coordinator.

Click to download the course flyer, and application form.