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RV Dana

Call Closed: EUROFLEETS2 Floating University, RV Dana, AQUA DTU

Call Open: EUROFLEETS2 "Oceanography at Sea: An Introduction to Practical Aspects of Oceanography" onboard the RV Dana, May 20 to June 3, 2015

EUROFLEETS2 is a Research Infrastructures project under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission aimed at consolidating the construction  of  a  pan-European  distributed  research  fleet  infrastructure  with  common  strategic  vision  and coordinated  access  to  European  marine  research  vessels  and  equipment. SMART participates in the Advanced Training and Floating University workpackage on behalf of the Marine Institute.

General course objectives

Modern ocean science is truly multidisciplinary representing an overlap between biology, chemistry, geology and physics. This course offers an introduction to practical aspects of oceanographic research at sea, providing students experience with oceanographic sampling and data analysis. The course will be carried out on board R/V Dana during a cruise from Tromsø, Norway to Hirtshals, Denmark.

Learning objectives

Students participating in this course will learn to:

  • Identify common pitfalls and necessities with organizing oceanographic sampling.
  • Use a conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) probe for profiling the physical and chemical properties of the water column.
  • Conduct sampling for sediments using a coring system.
  • Quantify phytoplankton biomass distribution using chlorophyll a measurements and assess phytoplankton productivity/diversity.
  • Conduct measurements of selected chemical properties of seawater.
  • Identification, sampling and data recording of pelagic and mesopelagic fishes from a midwater trawl.  
  • Visualisation and presentation of oceanographic data sets with  OceanDataView software.
  • Integration and interpretation of data sets collected.
  • Relate the data collected during the cruise to regional oceanographic phenomena. 

The course will be credited as a 5 ECTS through the Technical University of Denmark, MSc programme in Aquatic Science and Technology.

Course content

The course is composed of a combination of lectures, laboratory work and practical sampling/measurements, and interpretation of oceanographic data. Before the cruise you will attend an introductory day in Copenhagen with lectures covering the background to the planned sampling of each discipline, a description of what will be carried out on board, survey design & planning, and practical issues. We will then travel to Tromsø together and board RV Dana. On board students will work in teams and rotate between sampling themes (biology, chemistry, geology and physics) so that once the cruise is finished students have tried each theme. In addition pelagic fish trawls will be carried out. In the evenings lectures will be given on the oceanography of the region. Analysis and interpretation of the measurements made and data collected will begin on board and continue in the days directly after the cruise after travel back to Copenhagen. The course will end with a poster presentation based on the data collected.

Time plan

The course will be from the 20th May to 3rd June 2015.

Participants are expected to arrive on Wednesday 20 May 2015 in Copenhagen.

  • 21st & 22nd May: Introductory lectures and cruise planning.
  • 23rd May: Travel to Tromsø and board R/V Dana.
  • 24th May: Sail from Tromsø.
  • 29th May: Arrive in Hirtshals, Denmark and travel back to Copenhagen.
  • 30th May-1st June: Data work up and poster creation. 2nd June: Poster session and evaluation. 3rd June: Depart.


  • Associate Professor Colin A. Stedmon (DTU, Denmark), Course Coordinator
  • Professor André Visser (DTU, Denmark) Senior Scientist
  • Andrea Caburlotto (OGS, Italy)
  • Pauhla McGrane (SMART, GMIT, Ireland)
  • John Boyd (SMART, GMIT, Ireland)


A total of 18 positions are available for European graduate students (students of all nationalities enrolled at European universities) and the selection will be based on the information provided in the application form ( Application deadline 1 st December 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 st December 2014. If you have additional questions email Colin Stedmon ( The course is funded by EU FP7 project EUROFLEETS2 ( All travel and accommodation expenses are funded by the project.

More Information

For a two page course descriptor of the Floating University  Dana training cruise please go here.  A poster for the course can be accessed here.  We would be grateful if you would download and circulate these materials to students and colleagues who would benefit from this course. Also for the the relevant EUROFLEETS2 website page please go here.  The RV Dana is the Danish national research vessel and is operated by the National Institute of Aquatic Resources Denmark.


Multidisciplinary Ship-based training for European graduates and postgraduates students of marine related sciences - Messina, Italy, 4th-9th July 2014_Call Closed.

The RV Urania practical ship-based training course is designed to enable Postgraduates and Graduate Students to acquire the practical skills necessary to conduct offshore multidisciplinary marine science research through the core disciplines of Physical and Chemical Oceanography, Marine Biology and Geosciences.

This 6 days course will comprise four days of multidisciplinary ship-based training, and two days of shore-based RV logistics and survey planning (pre-survey day), data processing, analysis and integration (post-survey day).

Participation in this course, including on-board accommodation and subsistence, is funded through EUROFLEETS and the National Research Council of Italy.  All other expenses, including travel and land accommodation will be borne by students.

Practical shipboard training course for PhD students on new technologies for Multidisciplinary Oceanographic Research - Tallinn, Estonia, 17th-22nd August 2014 - Call Closed.

This training course aboard RV Salme is designed to teach PhD Students advanced practical skills in new technologies for multidisciplinary oceanographic research (including gliders, autonomous profilers, ferryboxes, and towed instruments).

The 6 days course includes two days of ship-based training and four days of shore-based training in data processing, analysis and integration, research vessel logistics and survey planning. Participation in this course is funded by EUROFLEETS and the Technical University of Tallinn. students will be accommodated in campus hostel free of charge. Students are liable for their own travel expenses to and from Tallinn.

Online application forms (for one or both courses) are available here.

The deadline for applications is Friday May 23rd by 17:00 hrs (CET). Please note this call is now closed.

For more information please visit the training section of the EUROFLEETS2 website.