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AQUAtic INVAders: Early Detection, Control and Management

Objective

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are on the rise due to the synergistic effects of climate change and habitat destruction. The impacts of AIS on Biodiversity, human health, and loss of ecosystem services are well known, but their control and management has now become a worldwide priority. Successful management of AIS is challenging because it requires several steps in succession: (1) early detection, (2) identification of routes of introduction and pathways of dispersal, and (3) development of efficient control measures. However, public awareness and stakeholder involvement are also critical .The main research goal of AQUAINVAD-ED is to exploit novel molecular advances combined with the power of citizen science to develop innovative methods of early detection, control and management of AIS. This will be achieved via a multi-disciplinary network of experts in invasion biology, aquatic biotechnology, citizen science and environmental policy working from 3 different countries. The inter-sectoral dimension of the consortium consists of fundamental and applied scientists from 3 universities, 1 technological institute, 2 government agencies, 1 NGO and 5 SMEs. AQUAINVAD-ED will catalyse research and commercial activity in the detection and management of AIS, as well as in the implementation of codes of good practice for the European industry and Government agencies. This will be achieved by training the next generation of researchers on the principles of invasion biology, providing them with the skills necessary to detect and quantify the ecological and socio-economic impacts of AIS and the ability to communicate science to the general public. The training program will be delivered through individual research projects, active participation in network activities and a unique combination of specialised courses, designed to increase employability in the consultancy sector, government, academia, and the water industry.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biodiversity conservation
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/natural resource management
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/nongovernmental organization
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/invasive species

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 819 863,64

Participants (6)

UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Calle San Francisco 3
33003 Oviedo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Txatxarramendi Ugartea Z/g
48395 Sukarrieta
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATURAL RESOURCES BODY FOR WALES

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Cambria House 29 Newport Road
CF24 0TP Cardiff
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
NEMO Nature and Environment Management Operators S.r.l
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Piazza Massimo D Azeglio 11
50121 Firenze
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NEOALGAE MICRO SEAWEEDS PRODUCTS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Calle Fernando Moran Lavandera 6 Bajo 1
33205 Gijon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)