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Summer schools

Three summer schools will be held during the course of the project in Lisbon, Plymouth and Bremerhaven/Helgoland. They will each target a general set of skills and expertise such as: advanced scientific writing; innovation; dissemination and exploitation of results; policy relevance; communications; and research grant writing.

1st PORTWIMS Summer School at German High Sea Island Heligoland on Marine phytoplankton diversity observations: innovative methods and industrial applications

About 115 km from Bremerhaven, the red sandstone rock of Heligoland is an oasis of calmness for stressed-out people and a unique natural monument. It is also a fascinating vacation and adventure island, a spa and health resort during all four seasons. But we will be there for science and technology!

The first PORTWIMS summer school will be held from 28 June to 8 July 2019 at the German high sea island Heligoland embedded within the joint AWI - Helmholtz Center Geesthacht Institute for Coastal Research (HZG) – Institute of Baltic Sea Research at Warnem√ľnde (IOW) yearly summer school programme which has been held since 2002.

The summer school will focus on the training of young scientists (Masters and PhD students) in techniques relevant to long-term in-situ and remote sensing observations of phytoplankton diversity and abundance detection as well as industrial applications of phytoplankton research related to microalgae biotechnology, aquaculture and bionics. The training will comprise a class room module (six days) at the guest scientist facilities on Heligoland and a practical module (five days) onboard the German research vessel Heincke in the North Sea. The school will encompass lectures, exercises and practical work in classical microscopy, functional morphology, molecular and optical techniques. It further includes training in long-term data analysis and archival, remote sensing data processing and knowledge on technology transfer with focus on blue economy, aquaculture and bionics for light weight constructions. All AWI lecturers are part of the PORTWIMS-team. We expect the summer school to give an overview on our research and strengthen the networking within PORTWIMS-and its associated young scientist communities.

We will launch a call for applications by interested students in late December (will be also posted on the PORTWIMS website). We will be able to offer up to ten PORTWIMS students the opportunity to attend the summer school.


Remote sensing summer school, June 2019

A summer school is planned for June 2019 that will focus on the use of the latest satellite data to support a wide range of marine applications. The course will cover the basic principles of remote sensing, data access, and introduce open source software and transferable skills in programming and data analysis. Further details will be announced in early 2019.

PORTWIMS Kick-Off meeting

22nd & 23rd October 2018
FCUL, Lisbon, Portugal

Around 35 people attended each day of the PORTWIMS kick-off meeting, including 6 researchers from AWI, 4 from PML, several senior members from FCUL and many enthusiastic MSc and PhD students.

The main achievement was developing the research themes with the three partners, finding links and concrete objectives for twinning and planning for future work. Six working groups were constituted, each with a set of actions to accomplish in the near future:

  • Innovation
  • Biotechnology
  • Socioeconomics
  • Earth observation
  • Oceanographic cruises and phytoplankton diversity
  • Marine ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem responses to climate change

Participants enjoyed the pleasant weather, the social events, and meeting the students. On the last evening, a smaller party gathered to eat the traditional custard tarts, and returned to the hotel on the yellow tram.


EU banner with the words: 'Co-funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union'
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 810139.

Partner Institutes

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (FC.ID)
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)





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Project Coordinator

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