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Science@Sea 2012 Call Now Open


SMART Sea School has opened the 2012 call for applications for Science@Sea ship-based training courses aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students of marine science, technology and engineering.

Science@Sea 2012 will take place in Cork between 7th and 12th of November and will offer students the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience onboard the national research vessel RV Celtic Voyager. The two-day intensive, multidisciplinary courses cover the core scientific disciplines of biology, oceanography and geosciences. Content focuses on practical offfshore operations and includes topics such as deployment and operation of equipment and instrumentation, sample collection, processing and archiving and basic data acquisition, processing and interpretation. The course also covers additional topics including Safety at Sea, Vessel Operations and Capabilities and Survey Design and Planning.

“Science@Sea is unique in that it gives students of science and technology a complete guide to working at sea. This not only increases national capacity in carrying out research survey operations but provides graduates with a competitive edge on the national and international jobs market” said Dr. Pauhla McGrane, national coordinator of SMART

“The intensive two-day course introduces students to the concept of a multidisciplinary ecosystem approach through key marine disciplines. Teaching focuses on practical, cross-disciplinary skills such as sample collection and processing, operation of equipment and instrumentation and data acquisition and processing. Other areas we look at, which are essential to working at sea, include survey design and planning, safety at sea, and post-survey analysis and assessment. To date students who have participated in Science@Sea have been enormously appreciative of the course”.

Course dates are as follows:
Postgraduate Science@Sea:       November 7-8th
Undergraduate Science@Sea 1: November 9-10th
Undergraduate Science@Sea 2: November 11-12th

The closing date for applications is Friday 5th October 2012.  Successful participants will be notified by Monday 15th of October. Course participants are liable for their own transportation and accommodation costs in Cork. Please note an administration course fee of €50 applies.

To apply for Science@Sea please download an application form below. Completed application forms should be returned to Queries related to Science@Sea can be addressed to

Science@Sea courses are recognised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) as contributing towards the continuous professional development of marine scientists. Shiptime is provided by the Marine Institute under the annual competitive grant-aided shiptime awards, funded through the National Development Plan.