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20/01/2016

SAFI's second Newsletter released.

After two years of hard work, sometimes exciting (and sometimes frustrating) research, and hundreds of conversations with stakeholders, the SAFI team are proud to showcase some of the products and service lines they have built. This forms the core of Issue 2 of the SAFI newsletter, highlighting not only what the project team have produced, but also focusing on the aspects that we find exciting and worth shouting about.

Our newsletter is available as a downloadable pdf, or as online webstories. Alternatively sign up to our newsletter list to receive future newsletters (next due in Autumn 2016) in a quick, concise email, and is a great way to quickly keep track of our project and the main developments that are of use to you.

 

19/01/2016

Date set for SAFI's final Userboard meeting - 6th April 2016, in Huelva, Spain.

The final SAFI Userboard meeting is set to be held in Huelva, Spain, on April 6th 2016. The SAFI team shall be returning to our guides and colleagues in the Userboard, for one final round of refinements, and to showcase the research, products, and services that the SAFI consortium have produced within the SAFI project. We shall also be asking the Userboard where do we go next, given the enthusiasm our stakeholders have conveyed to us with regard to SAFI, and the other avenues of research and service highlighted to us so far. 

Further information on the meeting can be found at www.safiservices.eu/en/Huelva2016. For more information, you can also contact the event coordinator Rory Scarrott.

21/10/2015

SAFI returns to update Ireland's EO community at the 9th Irish Earth Observation Symposium in NUI Galway.

Members of the SAFI team returned to leaders in Ireland's Earth Observation community at IEOS 2015, highlighting how SAFI's products and services have been developed in close cooperation with the aquaculture and fisheries community in one of the Oral sessions. Team members were kept busy with all the enquiries as Ireland's research, industry and academic community grapple with the challenge in making operational satellite technologies and resources more applicable within wider society.

As recognition for his work within SAFI, and the research coming out of the UCC EO group (part of the SAFI partnership), UCC's Rory Scarrott won joint prize for recognising IEOS 2015's up-and-coming researcher of the year.

22/01/2015

SAFI Partners (DOMMRS) to host the 20th International Pectinid Workshop

SAFI project partners, the Daithi O’Murchu Marine Research Station, are the main organisers and hosts of the long-running, international shellfish event - The 20th International Pectinid Workshop. Building on the success of the previous International Conferences, the 20th International Pectinid Workshop will take place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, in Galway City, Ireland from the 22nd to the 28th April 2015.

The main theme of IPW2015 is "Scallops in the Changing World". with the session themes reflecting the main areas in which pectinid research is developing at present. The IPW is attended by scientists, students and industry members interested in pectinids from across the globe. It aims to bring together the experts in this field for networking and the dissemination of their research. Furthermore, the event is considered an important gathering for early stage researchers to communicate their work and meet with established researchers from across the globe.

Themes this year are in:

  • Aquaculture,
  • Biochemistry and Genetics,
  • Climate Change,
  • Biotoxins, Pollution and Contamination
  • Fisheries
  • Ecology and General Biology
  • Physiology and Reproduction
  • Resource Management

with Special Sessions on:

  • Marine Protected Areas, and
  • Pectinids: witnesses of their environment in a changing ocean

The event is being organised support from the Institute of Marine Research, and financial support from a variety of sponsors.

For further information see are www.ipw2015.com, check out the Workshop's Facebook page www.facebook.com/ipw2015, or follow them on Twitter ipw2015

 

31/10/2014

SAFI reaches out to Ireland's EO community at the 8th Irish Earth Observation Symposium in NUI Maynooth.

Members of the SAFI team met leaders in Ireland's Earth Observation community at IEOS 2014, presenting some aspects of SAFI's communications and user requirements gathering strategy in one of the Oral sessions, alongside a poster presentation on the general project themes. Team members were kept busy with all the enquiries as Ireland's research, industry and academic community grapple with the challenge in making operational satellite technologies and resources more applicable within wider society.

With the ongoing launches of the Copernicus satellites, this is an even more pressing issue considering the sheer volumns of data that shall be available for civil society uses. This was one of the trending discussions evident at the symposium, and a space to watch.

 

17/10/2014

SAFI's first Newsletter released.

 

After a year of setting the foundations for product and service development, and working closely with key operators and managers in the Aquaculture and Fisheries sectors, the SAFI team are proud to tell you all about it in our first newsletter of the project. Newsletter 2014 sets out our stall, so to say, introducing you to our team, a flavour of the research being done through SAFI, and our objectives. It also gives an idea of the potential that services such as SAFI could unlock. Particularly with the recent launches of the Sentinel satellites through the EU's Copernicus programme, and many more yet to come, the aquaculture and fisheries sectors stand ready to benefit from unparallelled Earth Observation information services, with initiatives such as SAFI geared to make such information useful and practical.

Our newsletter is available as a downloadable pdf, or as online webstories. Alternatively sign up to our newsletter list to receive future newsletters (1 in October 2015 and 1 in 2016) in a quick, concise email, and is a great way to quickly keep track of our project and the main developments that are of use to you.

 

28/03/2014

SAFI's first User Board meeting takes place.

The first User Board meeting for SAFI takes place in Cork, Ireland on March 28th, 2014.

The User Board is an international grouping and includes representatives from the project partners and  from external organisations   working in the aquaculture and fisheries industry. This meeting is an opportunity for them to provide input on their needs and highlight what tools and services they would like to see the project develop.  Face-to-face User Board meetings will take place on an annual basis but communications with the Board will be on-going throughout the lifetime of the project.

At this first meeting, the board provided recommendations on what gaps in information SAFI needed to scope and if possible fill in terms of providing information for decision support. They also provided input on the tools and services they would like to see made available online. This shall steer SAFI's research activities in the next year, and will be reported on at the next Userboard meeting in 2015. The group also provided guidance and feedback on SAFI's current efforts to communicate and inform key target stakeholders in the aquaculture and fisheries sectors. This has provided the project with valuable guidance and tips on how to best connect with those who are in need of the recommended products and services, and what key information needs to be disseminated.