Trevor Platt Science Foundation
Inaugural Science Symposium
The Trevor Platt Science Foundation Symposium will be preceded by a training course on ‘Satellite-based tools for investigating aquatic ecosystems’. The training course will centre on a subset of the themes of the Symposium, such as remote sensing of ocean colour, water quality and human health, primary production, physiology and ecology of marine phytoplankton and practical aspects of working with satellite data. The training will have
- Online | weekly webinars between April and July 2023
- And in-person components | 7 – 8 Aug 2023
In-person trainees (limited to 40 participants) will be expected to contribute first-author abstracts and participate in the Symposium | 9-11 Aug 2023
The training is organised into three components:
- Online training component (open to all qualified applicants and free of charge)
- Selected participants who have completed the online course are admitted to an in-person training course
- All the participants who have completed the training course will have the opportunity to participate in the Symposium. They will be able to contribute oral/poster presentations, attend all oral and poster sessions and join discussion and networking sessions. The networking sessions that are built into the symposium are designed to able trainees to engage with their cohorts and with leaders in the scientific world to discuss future activities and projects. A selected subset will be given the opportunity to co-chair sessions.
Online Training Course
Online training course will be spread over a period of ~4 months from April to July 2023, and will consist of one webinar per week. The total number of webinars will be 15, and will be broken down into the following modules:
- Introduction to satellite-based observations of the oceans, introduction to data repositories and access
- Introduction to processing software tools
- The role of the environment in water-borne diseases and human health, the role of Earth Observations
- Ecosystem monitoring: indicators of ecosystem status including primary production, phytoplankton phenology, and relevance to climate
In-Person Training Course
In-person training course will be held over 2 days at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK), on 7 & 8 August, 2023, and will be divided into four sessions, and will delve more deeply into the subjects introduced in the online training course.
In addition, the participants will be introduced to machine learning and artificial intelligence tools. The emphasis will be on hands-on computer training, but we will also incorporate up to 4 high level lectures to set the stage.
We can accommodate a maximum of 40 people at the in-person training course.
The training will be a combination of lectures and practical exercises provided by experts from a number of organisations. In-person trainees will have the opportunity to learn state-of-the-art techniques including data processing, optical modelling and machine learning.
Who can apply
The training is open to early career scientists, technicians, postgraduate students (PhD or MSc) and post-doctoral scholars involved in aquatic ecosystems research.
Limited travel support will be available to assist trainees from both developing countries (see eligible countries here) as well as Europe. All participants requiring travel support must submit an abstract to the TPSF Symposium as first-author.
Applications for the training course are closed (deadline extended to 13 Feb 2023)
Note: Those applying for the in-person training course need not register separately for the symposium. Acceptance to the in-person training course will automatically include participation in the Symposium.
12 February, 2023
Extended deadline for Symposium abstract submission and training course applications
15 February, 2023
Notifications of oral/poster presentations begin
15 March, 2023
Announcement of selected candidates for in-person training & travel scholarships
- Due to high number of submissions, we are facing a small delay in the announcement of results.
April - July, 2023
Online training course
30 April, 2023
Deadline for Symposium early bird registration
30 June, 2023
Deadline for Symposium registration
7 -8 August, 2023
In-person training course
9 - 11 August, 2023
Trevor Platt Science Symposium
11 August, 2023
Annual General Meeting of Trevor Platt Science Foundation (14:00h onwards)