Atlantic Whale Deal

Marine Biodiversity Networking Friday with Atlantic Whale Deal

On May 10th, 2024, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM UTC, we will have a special session with Dr Filipe Alves and Dr Marc Fernandez, focusing on the nascent Atlantic Whale Deal project, aimed at pioneering solutions to mitigate ship strikes on whales in Atlantic waters.
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Marine Biodiversity Networking Friday with NECCTON

On March 8th, 2024, we had a special session with Dr Stefano Ciavatta and Dr Sergi Pérez-Jorge, focusing on the ongoing European project NECCTON: “New Copernicus capability for trophic ocean networks “. The ambition of NECCTON is to transform the current operational capability to predict and protect the biodiversity of marine ecosystems.
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The 6th Fortaleza Austral Spring School will be held on November 13-17th, 2023, with the theme “Tidal seas – how do the rising tides influence life in the tropics?”. The theme will be approached in lectures, debates, and practical courses with some of the best specialists in those ecosystems.
ONWARD #10 - Michael Dillon

ONWARD Webinar 10 – On the trail of a frog killer: tracking amphibian chytridiomycosis by using lateral-flow technology

On January 19, 2023, 2-3 PM UTC, we are honoured to have Dr. Michael Dillon (University of Plymouth) on our ONWARD Webinar Series. Michael will lecture on On the trail of a frog killer: tracking amphibian chytridiomycosis by using lateral-flow technology. The waterborne fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is responsible for the biggest documented loss of nature from a single disease. It causes chytridiomycosis, a catastrophic disease of amphibians responsible for pushing over 501 species of amphibian towards extinction. Rapid identification of the disease and biosecurity are essential to prevent further spread, but current laboratory-based tests are laborious, costly and ill-suited to field testing in resource limited settings. Here, we describe the generation of a point-of-care diagnostic device specific to Bd and the related salamander pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal).

ONWARD WEBINAR 09- Water monitoring: diagnostic tools for the future

On December 9th, 2022, 2-3 PM UTC, we are very honoured to have Professor Katrina Campbell (Institute for Global Food Security, School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast), She will give a lecture on Water monitoring – diagnostic tools for the future. Water monitoring for microbiological and chemical sources of contamination is of increasing importance. A huge investment in time and effort is placed on these activities by regulatory and industrial laboratories. Although sophisticated techniques such as chromatography and spectrometry provide accurate and conclusive results, screening tests allow for SMART - Sensitive Multiplex Accurate Real time Analysis with less operator training. Biosensors combine a biological recognition element with a transducer to produce a measurable signal proportional to the extent of interaction between the recognition element and contaminant.