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Early career opportunity in marine research
Climate Change News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:37

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)5th Early Career Scientists Conference for Marine and Climate Research will take place at the University of Bremen, 21-24 September 2014.

ECC 2014 is an interdisciplinary and international conference which, this year, focuses on the Natural and Social Aspects of the Earth System

All early career scientists working in the field of marine and climate sciences are therefore invited to join us in Bremen to present and discuss research in an interactive and innovative way.

The registration and abstract submission deadline is 1 July. There is no conference fee!


Please visit the conference website for more information and to submit your abstract.

2014 Report on Oil Spills is now available
Energy News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:05

(Photo: Getty Images) Oil spill is a danger to fragile marine Arctic environment (Photo: Getty Images) Oil spill is a danger to fragile marine Arctic environmentThe Report Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment 2014 is now available to the public.

The risk of a serious oil spill in the Arctic is escalating due to potential increases in shipping traffic and oil and gas activities. To provide an effective response effort in challenging Arctic conditions--and minimize impacts on people and sensitive ecosystems, a full range of oil spill response technologies is needed.

This report assesses the current state of science and engineering regarding oil spill response in Arctic waters and identifies key oil spill research priorities, critical data and monitoring needs, mitigation strategies, and important operational and logistical issues.

Maps developed for the report are available for download as high-quality, print-ready files.

The Report was prepared by the Committee on Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment; Ocean Studies Board; Polar Research Board; Division of Life and Earth Studies; Marine Board; Transportation Research Board and National Research Council.

Click here to download the full version of the Report.

The video presented below was created as a short summary of the report.



Call for European Fellowships now available
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:05

(Photo: Getty Images) Cartography Of The EU (Photo: Getty Images) Cartography Of The EU Call for European Fellowships – Marie Sklodowska – Curie has now been available for applications.


Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience.


Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers for employment in EU Member States or Associated Countries, based on an application made jointly by the researcher and host organization in the academic or non-academic sectors.


Fellowships are either European Fellowships or Global Fellowships. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Associated Countries and are open to researchers currently within and outside Europe.


The deadline for applications is 11.09.2014

For more information on the fellowship, please follow the link.

European Arctic Initiatives Compendium released
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:43

(Photo: Compendium´s cover page (Photo: Compendium´s cover page Today, 20th of May 2014, the European Arctic Initiatives Compendium was released. The Compendium presents flagship initiatives undertaken by the European Union in Arctic regions, as well as initiatives undertaken by member states and actors operating within states belonging to the European Union (EU).

Furthermore, it includes initiatives by European states such as Norway and Iceland, as well as territories such as Greenland, which are highly relevant in the context of the European Arctic,and in many cases strongly linked to the EU, for example, the European Research Area (ERA).

The Compendium has been compiled as part of the Preparatory Action for a Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of the Arctic.

The Compendium's aim is three-fold: to assist in an Arctic Information Centre feasibility study; to provide a window onto Arctic initiatives that may inform the European Arctic Impact Assessment (EUAIA) which forms part of the Preparatory Action; and to inform the European Commission on European Arctic Initiative"

Click here to download the free version of the Compendium.





Conclusions on EU- Arctic policy adopted
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 19 May 2014 09:13

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)In their meeting in Brussels on May 12, 2014, the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on developing a European Union policy towards the Arctic region.

In the 15-point document the Council suggests that the EU action in the Arctic region should be strengthened by "supporting research and channeling knowledge to address the challenges of environmental and climate changes in the Arctic; acting with responsibility to contribute to ensuring economic development in the Arctic based on sustainable use of resources and environmental expertise; intensifying the EU's constructive engagement with Arctic States, indigenous peoples and other partners to find common solutions to challenges that require an international response".

In the conclusions, the Council also requests the Commission "to consider the options proposed by [the preparatory project] to establish an EU Arctic Information Centre to promote efficient access to Arctic information, to facilitate dialogues and to communicate on Arctic issues".

To read the conclusions in full, please see the Foreign Affairs Council meeting document.

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