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Call Closed: SMARTSkills 2015: Imaging Marine Microorganisms

The third annual SMARTSkills workshop, Imaging Marine Microorganisms: Microscopy and Photography of Plankton, will take place on Monday 14th September in NUI Galway. The workshop aims to support early stage researchers in developing the practical ‘blue’ skills required to image plankton and will be hosted by NUI Galway and the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) and funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Morning workshop sessions will include lectures by leading Irish and International researchers on emerging technologies, sample preparation and a variety of imaging methods. Afternoon workshops will be led by Wim van Egmond (Micropolitan) and Dr Eileen Bresnan (Marine Scotland). These practical sessions will give delegates an opportunity for hands-on experience in sample preparation and imaging techniques using light and electron microscopy.

SMARTSkills 2015 is open to all students, researchers and professionals with an interested in marine microorganisms and microscopy. Attendees are invited to bring along an A0 poster of related research activities for display during the day. Registration for the workshop can be accessed online and will close on Wednesday 9th September 2015. A fee of €10 is payable on the day to cover lunch and teas/coffees.

The workshop will conclude with a public lecture in the evening by Wim van Egmond curator of the Micropolitan Museum of Microscopic Art Forms’  at 7pm in the Aula Maxima, Quadrangle, NUI Galway. The lecture will showcase astonishing images of the microscopic marine achieved with modest and accessible equipment and instrumentation and we hope will inspire researchers and citizen scientists alike.  This public event is free and everyone is welcome.

A workshop schedule and poster are available for download. Please see map of workshop venues in NUIG here. Further queries should be addressed to or

This event is supported by funding from EPA Grant (EPA 2014-HW-DS-3) and EPA Event Support Grant (2015-CONF-70). The workshops are facilitated by the Centre for Microscopy and Imaging, NUI, Galway

To access previous presentations from the SMARTSkills 2014 workshop on Developing Successful Shiptime Proposals and Survey Plans (27 August 2014) please follow this link.  Presentations from the 2013 workshop Access to Research Funding and Marine Data (24-25th Oct 2013) can be accessed here.