Training Course

Satellite-based tools for investigating aquatic ecosystems

The Trevor Platt Science Foundation Symposium will be preceded by a training course on ‘Satellite-based tools for investigating aquatic ecosystems’.

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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.


Training Course

Online Training Course

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~4 Months from April to July 2023

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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

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August 7 - 8, 2023

The Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Important Dates

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)

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