FixO3 Training Achieved: Summary of 3 training workshops on Hardware, Data and Data Products and access to Course Materials

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The FixO3 project has provided training for 54 early career scientists via 3 specialised courses. The courses have focused on 3 key topics relating to the operation and use of European marine observatory and data infrastructures. The 3 key topics covered were:

  1. Hardware – The set up, calibration, maintenance and use of marine infrastructure hardware and instruments,
  2. Data – Access and use of European marine observatory data from key data infrastructures, and
  3. Data Products – Methods and techniques for deriving and delivering integrated physico-chemical and biodiversity data products that may be required to meet national and European policy requirements.

The course materials and presentations have been collated and disseminated via the FixO3 project website and Social Media channels to promote further uptake.

The project has therefore completed Milestone 17 (MS17) requiring that the training has been achieved and that course materials from the 3 FixO3 training courses have been collated.

Below is a summary of each of the 3 courses and links to the accompanying presentations and materials.

Training for less experienced users of hardware (Trieste, Italy, September 15 – 17, 2015)

A successful 3-day workshop providing training for less experienced users of hardware was held 15-17 September 2015 in Trieste, Italy. The workshop was organised by OGS, and aimed at early career scientists and PhD students.

The course received much interest attracting over 70 applicants from around the world. The course was limited to 15 participants, so applicants were selected based on their background and motivation which were gathered using an online application form. The 15 applicants represented 10 European countries and 5 non-European countries with early career scientists from a range of related scientific disciplines.

The training focused on all steps of the use of the instruments, from their calibration process and set up to the data downloading phase and data conversion process. Key topics of the workshop covered:

  • Best practises approaching a mooring set-up
  • Methodologies of measurements of basic parameters
  • Overview of hardware and monitoring
  • Importance of accurate observational data
  • Calibration best practices and practical workshop
  • Data Quality Control
  • Demonstration of the deployment observational platforms and visit to the locally deployed buoy.

In order to evaluate the success of the workshop, a short feedback questionnaire was sent to all participants after the workshop, 13 of them compiled it and returned to the organizing team. The results indicate that the course was well received with 100% of the participants agreeing that they would find the knowledge gained on marine infrastructures useful for their future work.

The final course agenda and the 10 expert presentations that were delivered as part of the course are available on the FixO3 project website (Figure 1).

FixO3 training for users of hardware

Figure 1. Screen shot showing the collated materials from the Training for Users of Hardware course available for download on the FixO3 project website.

 

Training for less experienced users of data (Bremen, Germany, April 15-16, 2015)

A successful 2-day workshop providing training for less experienced users of data was held 15-16 April 2015 in Bremen, Germany. The workshop was organised by the University of Bremen, and aimed at early career scientists and PhD students.

The course received much interest and as a result of successful marketing was full within days of opening to applicants. The course was limited to 20 participants with the first 20 applicants being registered on the course. 19 applicants attended the course and they represented 7 European countries with early career scientists from a range of related scientific disciplines.

The training aimed to provide an introduction to the use of existing European marine data infrastructures. The workshop involved a range of presentations and hand-on sessions that were led by representatives from 6 key European Marine Data Infrastructures:

  • EmodNet / EuroGOOS
  • MyOcean
  • ICES
  • EuroOBIS
  • PANGEA
  • SeaDataNet

In order to evaluate the success of the workshop, a short feedback questionnaire was sent to all participants after the workshop, 12 of them compiled it and returned to the organizing team. The results indicate that the course was well received with more than 90% of the participants agreeing that they would find the knowledge gained on marine infrastructures useful for their future work.

The final course agenda and the 13 expert presentations and “hands-on” sessions that were delivered as part of the course are available on the FixO3 project website (Figure 2).

FixO3 training for users of data

Figure 2. Screen shot showing the collated materials from the Training for Users of Data course available for download on the FixO3 project website.

 

Task 8.7 Organisation of training for less experienced users of data products (Vlissingen, The Netherlands, June 14-15, 2016)

A successful 2-day workshop providing training for less experienced users of data products was held 14-15 June 2016 in Vlissingen, The Netherlands. The workshop was organised by NIOZ, and aimed at early career scientists and PhD students.

The course received much interest and attracted more than 70 applicants from 29 countries around the world. The course was limited to 20 participants. 19 applicants attended with early career scientists from a range of related scientific disciplines.

The course included training in methods and techniques for processing biodiversity data, integrating physico-chemical and biodiversity data, and delivering data products that may be required to meet policy needs such as GES descriptors. The workshop involved a range of presentations and hand-on sessions that were led by 6 experts in data management and marine observation of biodiversity. Key topics were:

  • Introductions to scientific concepts and theoretical models,
  • Examples on the practical use of as well biodiversity as environmental data in a range of previous and current European research projects and global programmes
  • Overviews of data repositories and current statistical packages
  • Hands-on sessions on data treatment and analyses, using the (previously explained) repositories and packages
  • An overview of the use of biodiversity data in policy and legislation.

In order to evaluate the success of the workshop, a short feedback questionnaire was sent to all participants after the workshop, participant unanimously rated the workshop as “Good” or “Excellent”.

The final course agenda and the 17 expert presentations and exercises that were delivered as part of the course are available on the FixO3 project website (Figure 3).

FixO3 training for users of data products

Figure 3. Screen shot showing the collated materials from the Training for Users of Data Products course available for download on the FixO3 project website.