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Marine Institute

Call Closed: SMARTSkills Workshop 2014 for Early-stage Researchers.

Workshop on Developing Successful Shiptime Proposals and Survey Plans, Wednesday 27th August, Marine Institute, Oranmore.

The Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) and the Marine Institute will host a one-day SMARTSkills 2014 workshop on Wednesday 27th August in Oranmore, Galway. This workshop is aimed at preparing early-stage researchers in developing successful proposals in order to secure shiptime for research and training in 2015 on the National research vessel RV Celtic Voyager.

The 2015 competitive shiptime call will make available 30 days on-board the RV Celtic Voyager in mid-summer 2015 for graduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral led surveys. This presents an opportunity for emerging scientists to design, plan, secure funding and lead a research survey that will contribute data to current research programmes as well as further developing the skills, knowledge and expertise required for a career in ocean research.

The workshop will specifically focus on the following areas:

·         Upcoming 2015 shiptime call and online application procedure

·         Available infrastructure, equipment and instrumentation

·         Developing successful shiptime proposals and tips for success

·         Planning and designing a research survey at sea

·         Supports for developing training proposals and gaining offshore experience and skills

·         Break-out sessions and networking for proposal 'surgery' and multidisciplinary collaborations

SMARTSkills 2014 will take the form of a colloquium for presentations and networking. Participants will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their research interests through Flash presentations (two minutes, one slide) to facilitate networking. Focused break-out sessions will stimulate discussions amongst peers and meld these goals into potential collaborative multidisciplinary surveys or complementary shiptime proposals based on disciplines or study areas. A proposal 'Surgery’ will allow expert scientists to analyse and advise on preliminary shiptime proposals and survey plans.

Registration for this workshop is free and open to all marine-related graduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral students from across the Island of Ireland. Other interested parties are also welcome to attend.

An online registration form must be completed and submitted no later than Thursday 21st August.

A draft workshop schedule is available to download below. Practical logistical instructions on traveling to the Marine Institute and participating in the workshop is available here. Please also see poster for download and distribution. If you have any queries please contact

Speaker and participant flash presentations from SMARTSkills 2014 are available here. Also tell us what you thought of SMARTSkills 2014 and the types of training and supports you'd like to see to your marine science career at this short wufoo form.

To access speaker presentations from the SMARTSkills 2013 workshop on Access to Research Funding and Marine Data (24-25th Oct 2013) please follow this link.   Student Flash presentations delivered in 2 minutes with 1 slide are also available here.