Sustainability science and management for resilient coastal communities and fishing stocks
The November school SMART will be run in a hybrid format, with teachers and resources persons mostly present at the school venue in Mazara del Vallo (Italy) and most of the audience participating online. It will include lectures, online discussions and skill training, and two group projects involving the students working at the school venue as well as ones following this online and exploring cases in Malaysia and Vietnam.
The topics the school will explore are:
– Resilience of coastal communities – socioeconomic and biophysical drivers, including the trade-offs between the multiple uses of marine and coastal resources
– Planning perspective on coastal sustainable development, including the tourism related urban sprawl, accounting for competing multiple uses, and coastal defense
– Bioeconomics on the interface of the sea and terrain
– Integrative sustainable coastal management and governance
– Sustainability indicators for coastal communities, and coastal and marine ecosystems
– Field methods for coastal ecological research
– Marine biological resources, their stocks and sustainable management
– Remote sensing methods for exploring coastal and marine sustainability
– “Kind city” as a model for sustainable development of a coastal urban community
– Management of fishing stock for sustainable field
The main teaching period is November 1-7, 2021, and a post-school of November 8-14 allocated for tutoring, independent project work and the graduation. We expect a large international audience to attend online. Our capacity is limited to 50 participants; most of the audience is expected to represent MARE and URGENT Erasmus+ projects, including both the representatives of EU universities as well as India, Malaysia and Vietnam.
The November School is prepared by Istituto per lo studio degli impatti Antropici e Sostenibilità in ambiente marino (Capo Granitola, Italy), Istituto per le Risorse Biologiche e le Biotecnologie Marine (Mazara del Vallo, Italy), University of Catania (Italy), University of Bremen (Germany), Estonian Life Science University (Tartu, Estonia), and the city of Mazara del Vallo in cooperation with international partners.
If you are interested to participate in the school, we kindly ask you to fill in the online application form: https://forms.gle/f2zUr6cm8NpCJcwY8
ICT – Training
four-day training was held on 29th June – 2nd July 2021 via the online platform Zoom.
The interactive training aimed at introducing key aspects of “Information and Communications Technology” to the participants and had been delivered by the European partners of both the MARE and the URGENT project. The training contained the theoretical input by lecturers, practical group exercises for the participants and additional information and input from experts from the field of ICT. As part of the training, participants had been introduced to the topic of ICTs, their growing importance in society and academia as well as received detailed and in-depth knowledge on important and popular ICT methodologies (e.g., Geo- Information Systems, Lecture Recordings, Web-based Learning Platforms, etc.).
Specific objectives of the training were to strengthen capacities of participants and fellow project members, to enhance cooperation between partners and to provide specific scientific knowledge and examples on describing, using, and understanding ICTs. A particular focus lied on the rise of ICTs during the ongoing global pandemic and the lessons learned during this period.
MARE_Learning Management System Webinar
On 26th August 2021, UMT invited Dr. Hong Chern Wern, Executive Manager of Water Watch Penang, to share his experience about river system conservation with the student who enrolled MMS3003 Environment – Issue and Global Perspective via WebEX. The title of his presentation was River and Water Awareness Education Programme, focusing on how education can help increase awareness to conserve the Malaysia river system. Dr. Hong also shares several methods used by researchers to determine water quality. One of the interesting discussions between the audience and Dr. Hong is the role of an aquatic insect as the water quality indicator. At the end of the talk, Dr. Hong showed Malaysian river pollution status, categorised into different states based on the Water Quality Index by the Department of Environment, Malaysia. After the talks, a round table discussion between the audience and Dr. Hong focuses on how we as educators and students can help increase awareness to help conserve our freshwater resources. For more information about Water Watch Penang, please visit https://www.waterwatchpenang.org/.
A series of online webinars that cover various topic on Geoscience has been conducted by the Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. The webinar series aimed to provide insightful and latest findings within geoscience field to students and public. The webinar series kick off in March 2021 with the talk by Dr. Abdul Halim (UTP) on the Introduction on Seismic Data Processing. The talk has been attended by undergraduates and postgraduate students from UMT. The attendees were exposed on the technical processes in seismic data analysis. The second and third session of the webinar series took place in April 2021. A talk on micropaleontology theme have been presented by Dr. Wan Nurzalia and Dr. Fatin Izzati from UMT. This time around attendees of the webinars were exposed to the application of micropaleontology study in predicting the future and understanding the past changes of planet Earth. The attendees were undergraduate, postgraduate, industrial partner (Mineral and Geoscience Department of Malaysia) and faculty members from UTP and UMT. Finally, a talk by Gs. Dr. Muhammad Hafeez on the Electromagnetic Method for Investigating Antarctica Ice-sheet Stability ended the webinar series in July 2021. The talk was very successful with attendance from students and faculty members from UTP and UMT.