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Progress in oceanography of the Mediterranean Sea

An international conference, sponsored by the Community's specific RTD programme in the field of Marine Science and Technology (MAST), on progress in oceanography of the Mediterranean Sea will be held in Rome, Italy, from 17 to 19 November 1997.

During the last five years, si...

17 November 1997 - 17 November 1997
Italy

An international conference, sponsored by the Community's specific RTD programme in the field of Marine Science and Technology (MAST), on progress in oceanography of the Mediterranean Sea will be held in Rome, Italy, from 17 to 19 November 1997.

During the last five years, significant scientific results have been obtained on the oceanography of the Mediterranean Sea, adding to understanding of the functioning of this ecosystem. A significant proportion of these results originates from projects supported by the European Commission under different programmes, in particular the Mediterranean Targeted Project (MTP I and II, 1993-1999), currently the largest multidisciplinary research project in the Mediterranean Sea, supported by the MAST programme.

Two MTP workshops were held (Barcelona, 1994 and Crete, 1996) where on-going activities were presented and discussed. Taking the end of the pilot phase of the MTP project as an opportunity and recognizing that knowledge of the functioning of the Mediterranean is now mature enough to allow for a synthesis of the results, a conference will be organized to review progress in the field. The conference will cover:

- 1: Breakthroughs in the oceanography of the Mediterranean Sea;
- 2: The synthesis of existing information and knowledge;
- 3: The exchange of information on different national and international research initiatives in the region;
- 4: Outline research needs on the basis of the above information in view of future European research initiatives. Emphasis will be given to the research/policy interface.

Although it is aimed at the MAST scientific community, and in particular the MTP scientific community, attendance at the conference is open to all interested individuals including scientists, policy-makers and end-users.
For further information please contact:

European Commission
DG XII - Science, research and development
Dr. Elisabeth Lipiatou
MAST Programme
200 rue de la Loi
B-1049 Brussels
Fax +32-2-2963024
E-mail: research@ec.europa.eu

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