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Call Closed: EUROFLEETS2 Oceanographic Ship-based Training, RV Bios DVA, Croatia

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.


Course Dates and Locations

Split, Croatia, 16th – 27th June 2015

General Objectives of the Course

This course offers an introduction to practical aspects of multidisciplinary oceanographic research at sea, and will train students in oceanographic sampling and data analysis related to marine physics, chemistry, biology and fisheries. The course will be carried out on board RV BIOS DVA and will include a field campaign in the open and coastal central and south Adriatic Sea. More information about RV BIOS DVA is posted at


Learning Objectives

Students participating in this course will learn about:

1. Planning and preparation of oceanographic cruises by research vessels, including preparation of CSR Report

2. Measuring of physical properties of the seawater by a CTDO multiparameter probe, including optical sensors

3. On-board real-time assessment of ocean dynamics (meteorological parameters, ocean currents profile)

4. Sampling and on-board analysis of selected chemical parameters

5. Sampling, species identification and phytoplankton analyses

6. Measuring of chlorophyll a

7. Measuring of primary production, species identification and counting of microzooplankton and mezozooplankton

8. Studying benthic communities by analysing video frames from camera on ROV

9. Identification, sampling and data recording of pelagic and mesopelagic fishes by echo-sounding and sampling marks with a midwater trawl

10. Use ODV and DIVA software for processing and presenting oceanographic data and wireless link for CSR update in IOF web-oriented database and presentation on the Internet.

11. Integration and interpretation of collected oceanographic data and discussion of obtained results.

12. Assessing the data collected during the cruise in the context of regional oceanographic phenomena.

Course Content

The course is composed of a combination of lectures, laboratory work and practical sampling/measurements, and interpretation of oceanographic data. Before the on-board activities the participants will spend an introductory day at IOF in Split (Croatia) with lectures covering the background for planned sampling of each discipline, a description of the activities that will be carried out on-board, design and planning of the cruise and practical issues. Special attention will be paid to the oceanography of the Adriatic Sea.

Afterwards, the participants and lecturers will  embark on R/V BIOS DVA and cruise to the central and southern part of the Adriatic Sea. The cruise will be split into two parts:

1. The first part of the cruise will be devoted to oceanography (physical, chemical and biological parameters) and sedimentology.

2. The second part will be devoted to marine benthic biology and fisheries. The students will work on-board in two teams and rotate between topics to learn and do practical work on each topic. Physical oceanography will cover marine meteorology, physical properties of the sea, including optics and marine dynamics. Chemical oceanography will cover: basic chemical seawater properties, including nutrients and sedimentology. Biological oceanography will cover sampling and analysis of phytoplankton and zooplankton, measurements of primary production and chlorophyll a, sampling and analysis of phytobenthos and zoobenthos, and assessment of benthic community status by video camera.

Fisheries data collection will cover: locating and analysing pelagic fish by echo-sounding with subsequent processing by specially developed software and ground truthing by pelagic  trawl , including on board catch analysis.

Analysis and interpretation of the measurements and data collected during the cruise will begin on-board and continue in the days after the cruise at the Institute. Discussion meetings on daily activities will be held in evening hours of each day during the cruise.

The course will end with seminar presentations prepared by the participants, covering the performed activities and obtained results during the cruise and the course.

Course Schedule

The course will be organized in the period from 16 th June to 27 th June 2015 in the central and south part of the Adriatic Sea

Participants are expected to arrive on Monday, 15 th June 2015, to Split:

·         15 th June - Arrival in Split (lodging on the R/V BIOS DVA) 16 th June: Introductory lectures and cruise planning at the Institute

·         17 th - 19 th June: Cruise along two transects (Palagruža Sill & Jabuka Pit) in the central part of the Adriatic Sea 20 th - 22 nd June: Cruise in the south part of the Adriatic Sea (South Adriatic Pit)

·         23 rd - 25 th June: Cruise in the coastal area of the Croatian Adriatic Sea (route Dubrovnik - Korcula - Hvar - Split)

·         26 th June: Data work-up and preparation of seminars 27 th June: Presentation of seminars and their evaluation

·         28 th June: Departure


  • Professor Vlado Dadic (IOF, Croatia), course coordinator Senior scientist Ivica Vilibić (IOF, Croatia)
  • Professor Branka Grbec (IOF, Croatia)
  • Scientist Slavica Matijević (IOF, Croatia) Professor Živana Ninčević (IOF, Croatia)
  • Professor Olja Vidjak (IOF, Croatia)
  • Professor Vjekoslav Tičina (IOF, Croatia)


A total of 12 positions are available for European graduate and postgraduate students (students of all nationalities enrolled at the European universities) and the selection will be based on the information provided in the Application form:


Deadline for submitting application form is the 8th February 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by the 19th February 2015. For any additional questions, please email Vlado Dadić (

The course is funded by EU FP7 project EUROFLEETS2 ( All travel and accommodation expenses are funded by the project.


To download and circulate a flyer for this opportunity please follow this link.