Education and Training

The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) talking about marine litter (Crete, Greece).

The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research  team talking about marine litter, the numerous ways it affects the marine environment and marine life, and possible ways and measures to reduce the problem and use of single-use plastics including using bio-polymers as in some of our MERCES experiments. The talk (21 October) was given at an ERASMUS  event attended by over 40 school students and their teachers from 4 countries. The students were taking part in a course on «Bioplastics: the future of food packaging?»

  

 

Ocean Literacy in MERCES: an opportunity to arise awareness on marine ecosystems restoration

Ocean Literacy means understanding the Ocean's influence on human life and how human life influences the Ocean. Based on this principle and following the guidelines provided by the international Ocean Literacy Framework, Ecoreach and GAIA have organized an Ocean Literacy program on the specific issue of protection and restoration of marine environments, in order to disseminate the scientific results of the MERCES project to different target audiences. In particular, a marine biology course for secondary-school students has been carried out with the aim of increasing their knowledge on the marine environment and raising awareness about the delicate theme of conservation of marine biodiversity. Material dedicated to teachers and students was also produced in order to support the teaching and embracing of science, technology and research. Specific fieldwork activities were organized for university students of the International Master of Marine Biology at the Polytechnic University of Marche​Specific field-work activities were organized for university students of the International Master of Marine Biology at the Polytechnic University of Marche by Ecoreach together with the Polytechnic University of Marche.

 

  

 

 



 

Presenting MERCES project at Gabicce Mare, West Central Adriatic Sea

Concurrently with the fieldwork activities on seagrass ecosystems, led by UNIVPM in the West Central Adriatic Sea at Gabicce Mare, Ecoreach has organised a series of dissemination events on the specific issue of protecting and restoring marine environment, in order to disseminate scientific results of the MERCES research activities and to increase awareness of the importance of conservation and restoration of degraded marine habitats. General and tailored communication and dissemination strategy have been developed to reach different layers of the targeted audiences. 

The dissemination program will address important issues such as threats, protection and restoration of marine ecosystems, and will include: i) introduction to the issues through a fable for children to increase knowledge  of the environment and marine life, to make them aware of the need to protect and respect the sea; ii) introduction to the MERCES project for general public, including description and aims of the project, geographical context, specific actions. In addition, questionnaires on the perception of the marine habitats alteration and restoration will be distributed to citizens and tourists.Practical activities will also be carried out as an integration to the dissemination activities. The use of social media (Facebook) will be exploited to support all dissemination activities

 

 



 

We find out more about the MERCES project: the students of the Polytechnic University of Marche (UNIVPM) on the educational trip at the MARE outpost, Tricase Porto (Lecce), 11-15 June 2017.

 

                                         

 

The Polytechnic University of Marche (UNVPM)  has chosen Tricase Porto (Lecce) in Puglia as the destination of the educational trip.

MARE Outpost, founded by CIHEAM Bari on the occasion of the territorial cooperation project BIG (Greece-Italy 2007-2013), in partnership with the Municipality of Tricase, the local Association Magna Grecia Mare, the University of Salento and the Regional Park "Costa Otranto, S. Maria di Leuca e Bosco di Tricase ".

Had been planning a series of activities and workshops dealing with threats, protection, and restoration of marine environments, which have involved the students of UNIVPM in field activities in Tricase Porto and the Marine Protected Area "Porto Cesareo". On the occasion, the MERCES project was presented by Professor Fraschetti of the University of Salento (UniSalento) with a workshop entitled "The active recovery of disturbed ecosystems: the challenges of the European MERCES project".

 

        



The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) presenting MERCES at the major school kids/youth event in Heraklion (Crete, Greece).

In this week was held a great event in Heraklion dedicated to school kids/youth, with the participation of Crete and Heraklion local authorities. The event was very well attended by many schools, hundreds of teachers and thousands of students of all ages and many activities have been carried out.
On the occasion, the MERCES project was presented.