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Marine Science and Technology - Advanced training

The European Commission, DG XII, has published a call for proposals for advanced training actions within the framework of its specific RTD programme in the field of Marine Science and Technology (MAST).

The call relates specifically to Area D, sub-area D1 of the MAST Work Programme (advanced training courses and fellowships). Parties eligible to participate in this call are invited to submit proposals for the following:

- I. MAST Advanced Study Courses for young scientists and graduate students:

The specific topics of the courses must fall into one of the following disciplines which are those of main interest to the MAST programme:

- Physical oceanography;
- Chemical oceanography;
- Biological oceanography;
- Marine geosciences;
- Coastal zone science and engineering;
- Marine instrumentation;
- Marine generic technologies.

The main objectives of the courses are:

- To further advanced education on specific topics at the forefront of scientific, technological, and industrial development in Europe;
- To exploit the wide-ranging teaching capacities of European institutions for transnational education;
- To improve communication between students, scientists, and industrialists on a European level.

The courses can, but do not need to, be linked to MAST-funded research projects. They can, if appropriate, be concerned with particular European seas (e.g. the Mediterranean, the Baltic, the Northeast Atlantic, the Arctic Ocean) or the ocean in general. Courses on management aspects, pollution, fisheries, aquaculture and marine parks are excluded.

The course should be residential, of a duration of two to three weeks, and should be organized by a legal entity established in the European Union or in a state associated to the programme, including EEA/EFTA members, or any international research organization situated in the EU or a state associated to the programme, or the JRC, having experience in running advanced training programmes.

The course organizer should be a scientist who is an expert in the topic of the training course. The speakers should be established scientists with an excellent reputation in their specific field. Proposals which do not include speakers from at least three Member States of the EU or states associated to the programme will not be considered;

- II. Marie Curie research training grants:

The main objective of the Marie Curie research training grants is to provide opportunities for the advanced training, exchange, and mobility of researchers at the doctoral and post-doctoral level in marine science and technology. The research topics of the training grant applications are those included in the MAST (1994-1998) Work Programme.

Applicants must be nationals of a Member State of the EU or state associated to the programme, including EEA/EFTA states. Applicants must carry out the proposed research in the EU or a state associated to the programme other than their country of nationality or their country of normal activity.

The Work Programme, the Information Package concerning the procedures to be followed for the submission of proposals and a copy of the model contract to be drawn up for the applications accepted are available on request from the Commission's services. Descriptions of work undertaken in earlier related programmes are also available on request.

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