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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

The coastal summer school 2019 will be held from 28 June to 8 July 2019 and will provide an interdisciplinary overview from topics related to the marine plankton diversity and methods of observation. The coastal summer school takes place on Helgoland, a red sandstone rock of Helgoland which is a hotspot of biodiversity and Germany’s most offshore island. The Biologische Anstalt Helgoland (BAH) as part of the AWI is one of the oldest marine stations world ide and has a strong tradition in capacity development and hosting international guest researchers.

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 RV Heincke in the German Bight. 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.

The coastal summer school is realized in cooperation of some of the leading national centers for coastal research in Germany: Leibniz Institute for Baltic Research Warnemünde, Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers). In 2019 the main supporting partner is the PORTWIMS project and it will be held as the 1st PORTWIMS summer school.

To apply for a place at the workshop, please complete the application form by 30 April 2019.

A limited number of travel grants will be available for PORTWIMS students from Faculdade Ciencias Universidade de Lisboa or the MARE Centre. Please complete the application form above and email Vanda Brotas specifying which course(s) you would like to apply for support for.


EUMETSAT/PORTWIMS workshop: Copernicus Marine Data Stream for Ocean Applications, Lisbon, Portugal, June 2019

A EUMETSAT/PORTWIMS workshop will be held in Lisbon, in 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.

The purpose of these workshops is to develop skills in using data from EUMETSAT's Copernicus Data Stream for oceanographic applications. We will focus on the application of data from Sentinel-3.

After the workshops, participants will be able to:

  • Name data/products provided in the CMDS with relevance to their work (variables, timeliness, resolution, data format)
  • Access / download data and products provided in the Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CODA, EUMETSAT Data archive, EumetCAST)
  • Know how to work with CMDS data in SNAP, GIS, and / or a scripting language
  • Use data / products from the CMDS for their purposes.

Online Phase: 27 May - 7 June 2019

On site, Lisbon (Portugal): 10 - 14 June 2019

Application deadline: 31st March 2019

How to apply:

Please follow this link to apply

Please login if you already have an account on this platform, then access 'Apply for Courses' section and submit your application form. If you have any problems, please contact the Copernicus Training Team at

Otherwise, please create an account: click on Login (top right section of the page), and create a new user (Create an account). Once the account has been created, please log in and follow the procedure above.

Funding is available for travel and subsistence and will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Please note: this course is intended for participants from European Countries.


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.






Apply for a place at the
Coastal Summer School 2019
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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)



Project office

Campo Grande,
Edificio C1,
Piso 3,
Lisbon 1749 016,


Prof Vanda BrotasProf Vanda Brotas
Project Coordinator

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