The Strategic Marine Alliance for
Research and Training (SMART) is a marine science partnership programme that
provides quality offshore training for students of marine science, engineering
and technology. SMART operates from Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology.
Partner institutes include the following; Athlone Institute of Technology, The
National University of Ireland (Galway), The Marine Institute, University
College Cork and the University of Ulster with funding support from the Higher
SMART have opened the call for applications for Science@Sea research vessel-based courses. These courses are aimed at under and postgraduate students of marine-related science, technology and engineering, as well as researchers and professionals working in the marine sector.
The two day training courses will take place between the 4th and 9th of April in waters off Cork and will give students the opportunity to gain practical, hands on experience on board the national research vessel RV Celtic Voyager.
These courses introduce the participants to the concept of a multidisciplinary research approach. The training addresses the practical, cross disciplinary skills that are necessary for marine sampling, data collection and processing. Participants gain hands on experience in development of a wide range of instrumentation and deck equipment and also learning survey design and planning, safety at sea and post survey analysis and assessment.
Dr Pauhla McGrane, national coordinator of SMART commented "Science@Sea is unique in that it provides participants with the relevant technical knowledge and skills required to work and carry out research at sea. This not only increases national capacity in the marine sector but provides participants with the vital knowledge and skills required for future research and employment".