A Marine Science and Technology Partnership Programme for the island of Ireland


Atlantic Technological University (ATU)

The Atlantic Technological University (ATU) is located across five campuses in the west of Ireland. ATU conducts marine research at the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre on its Galway campus. The Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) is housed within the centre, along with up to 100 research fellows, postdoctoral researchers, and postgraduate students. ATU is a core

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Marine Institute (MI)

The Marine Institute is the national agency for Marine Research, Technology Development, and Innovation (RTDI) in Ireland and manages the Celtic Explorer and Tom Crean research vessels. The institute seeks to assess and sustainably develop the social and economic potential of Ireland’s 500,00km2 Exclusive economic Zone (EEZ). It does so through strategic funding programmes for research, data collection and environmental

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University College Cork

The Marine Environmental Research Institute (MaREI) at UCC coordinates marine research for climate, energy and innovation at UCC and across a wide network of national and international research partners. Research in marine geosciences at UCC is lead by the Marine Geosciences research group.UCC offers several undergraduate and postgraduate science degrees with marine applications in geology, geography, environmental, life sciences and

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University of Galway

Marine research at the University of Galway (UG) is concentrated in the Ryan Institute. Ryan Institute research strands extend to 12 research clusters with inputs from over 500 researchers in UG and partner institutes. Research is thematically focused on Marine & Coastal, Energy & Climate Change, Agriculture & BioEconomy, and Environment & Health. Marine oriented undergraduate education at UG is

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INFOMAR is a joint project to map Ireland’s seafloor supported by the Marine Institute and the Geological Survey of Ireland. INFOMAR’s hydrographic and geophysical surveys are essential outputs for the sustainable development and management of Ireland’s marine resources. Website: Irish Seabed Mapping

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Geological Survey Ireland (GSI)

Geological Survey Ireland was founded in 1845 and provides correct and open access data and maps on Ireland’s geology to stakeholders, industry and the public. Its remit extends to bedrock, groundwater resources, seabed mapping, geological hazards, and public health. Website: Geological Survey Ireland

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International Groundfish Survey (IGFS) 2023

The International Groundfish Survey (IGFS) is an internationally coordinated demersal trawl survey that takes place from October to December in the Atlantic shelf waters of Ireland. The main objectives of the Irish Groundfish Survey are to provide indices of abundance for commercially exploited demersal fish stocks and recruitment information in the Celtic Seas Ecoregion. The survey also collects data on

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2024 Nephrops Underwater TV Surveys

The goal of the surveys is to provide abundance and density estimates for Nephrops (Nephrops norvegicus) on the most important fishing grounds around Ireland. Survey data will include UWTV footage, oceanographic (CTD drops), multi-beam bathymetry and seabed characterisation, and other ecosystem data. Three surveys will take place between May and August. The closing date for applications for Leg 1 and

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WESPAS 2024: Western European Shelf Pelagic Acoustic Survey

WESPAS will take place over two legs and forms part of a time series used to provide biomass estimates of herring and boar fish stocks in ICES areas VIIB and VIA and assist stock assessments by ICES expert groups. Ciaran O’Donnell and Mike O’Malley will lead an experienced teams of biologists from the Marine Institute on survey transects deploying a

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Call Open: SMART MI Research Vessel Bursaries 2024

The Marine Institute, in collaboration with the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART), is thrilled to announce 25 bursaries for dedicated FEAS surveys and five bursaries for INFOMAR seabed mapping surveys in 2024 aboard the renowned Celtic Explorer and Tom Crean vessels. These opportunities are tailor-made for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students in marine sciences, offering hands-on

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SMART Training Programmes

Call Open: SMART MI Research Vessel Bursaries 2024

The Marine Institute, in collaboration with the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART), is thrilled to announce 25...

Deferred: Science@Sea 2023 Tom Crean Training Survey

A Science@Sea marine data collection training survey will take place on the 15th and 16th of February in Cork Harbour...

Call Open: Science@Sea 2022

Two Science@Sea training surveys in multidisciplinary marine science will take place from the 14th to 17th of March in Cork...

Marine Institute SMART Research Vessel Bursaries 2022

The Marine Institute in collaboration with the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) is offering up to 27...