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This capacity building workshop aims to provide practical guidance on the maintenance of cold-water corals (CWC) in aquaria, offering an overview of the different aquaria systems, collection methods, feeding and daily care. It also provides talks by experienced researchers working with different CWC species in aquaria, addressing a variety of techniques for ecophysiological research, and using different life stages (adult and larval stages). Researchers will also provide advice on troubleshooting, how to address the challenges of experimental design and how to extrapolate data collected in the lab to the natural environment. We believe this workshop will be valuable to any researcher interested in conducting experimental work with cold-water corals in aquaria.
Organisers: Marina Carreiro-Silva, Okeanos, U. of the Azores, Portugal and Maria Rakka, Oceanography Department, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
Speakers: Prof. Andrea Gori, University of Barcelona, Spain/Prof. Ann Larsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden/ Dr. Covadonga Orejas, Instituto Español de Oceanografia, Spain/ Prof. Nadine Le Bris, Sorbonne University, France/ Prof. Rhian Waller, University of Gothenburg, Sweden/ Dr. Sandra Maier, Greenland Climate Research Centre, Greenland/ Prof. Sam Dupont, University of Gothenburg, Sweden/Dr. Sebastian Hennige, University of Edinburgh, UK
Who is eligible to apply?
This workshop is aimed at early career researchers (MSc, PhD or Post-doctoral researchers), and participants working in academic institutions, research institutes, universities or NGOs with interest in CWC biology and ecophysiology. Participants without previous experience in aquaria maintenance of marine species or cold-water corals are encouraged to apply.
Registration and application
A small number of travel grants to attend this workshop are available from the Marine Animal Forest of the World (MAF) COST framework. Grants are available to applicants who are affiliated to research organisations within the EU and associated countries of the MAF COST. Funds are available to cover round trip economy class travel and/or per diem allowance for in person attendance. Applicants wishing to apply for travel funds should: