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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research

Connecting FIeld work and LAboratory experiments to numerical MOdeling in a changing marine environment

Alternative title: Hav i endring: kobling av feltstudier og laboratorieeksperiment med numerisk modellering

Awarded: NOK 4.0 mill.

In 2017 we arranged the first summer school - 'Bridging Methods in Marine Science: From the Lab to Models'. The Summer School was held at Espegrend Marine Biological Station in Bergen, 11th ? 16th August 2017, and had more than 20 participants. The first FILAMO workshop on 'Obstacles in communication between field-, lab- and modelling work' was held on the 18. and 19. August 2017 in Bergen. In total, 30 professors, researchers and PhD students working in 10 different countries (Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Norway, South Africa, Spain, UK, USA) participated. In December 2017 Øyvind Fiksen (project leader, UiB), Coleen Moloney (PI, UCT) and Christian Lindemann (coordinator, UiB) attended the Norway South-Africa Science Week in South Africa. During the Green Maritime - Sustainable Use of the Oceans session in Pretoria Fiksen gave a presentation, showcasing the FILAMO project. Following the event, team FILAMO met the Norwegian ambassador to South Africa, who then mentioned the project during an interview on South-African national television. Following the science week Fiksen, Moloney and Lindemann met in Cape Town for the second project meeting. The FILAMO workshop on ?Movement Ecology of Marine Organisms: linking observations, data analysis tools and models? was held from the 10th to the 13th September 2018 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Here, 21 participants and 10 lecturers from 13 countries (Canada, Denmark, France, India, Italy, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, USA, Wales) participated. In December 2018 Christian Lindemann, together with Jan Heuschele from the University of Oslo (project partner) gave a presentation (entitled ?From peers to public: Obstacles, benefits and impact of cross-methodological communication?) at the 3rd International Marine Science Communication Conference (COMMOcean), which was attended by communicators working in a marine institute, governmental body or NGO, and marine scientists. In October/November Øyvind Fiksen went to South Africa as part of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research Delegation to Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa. He gave an invited talk about the FILAMO project there: Building the research-education nexus in South-Africa & Norway. This was part of a session on Education in the Oceans part of the programme. At the 4th workshop on trait-based approaches to ocean life (Solstrand, August 2019) Christian Lindemann presented work focusing on the improved integration of biological knowledge into modelling, specifically on biologically driven buoyancy regulation of marine diatoms (Scaling buoyancy regulation in marine diatoms). The attendance of several participants from South-Africa, USA, and Norway was supported by the project. During the same workshop Øyvind Fiksen, Josefin Titelman (PI, UiO) and Christian Lindemann met to discuss the progress of the project and to plan future activities. The FILAMO workshop 'Ecological forecasting' was organized by Josefin Titelman and held 10th - 15th October 2019 in Drøbak, Norway. A total of 20 participants and 5 lectures from 6 countries attended. Together with collaborators from the US and UK, Christian Lindemann and Øyvind Fiksen chaired a poster session on 'Training and Communication Across Disciplines and Methodological Approaches in Marine Science' (ED24C) at the 2020 Ocean Science Meeting held 16-21 February 2020 in San Diego, USA. Christian Lindemann and Øyvind Fiksen also presented a poster at the topic of this session at the 2020 Ocean Science Meeting. From the 19th - 21st May 2021 FILAMO supported the virtual event ?Pint of Science? Norway. Here, Lindemann organized a day of talks focusing on ?Oceans & Climate change? ( FILAMO teamed up with the MODIV (Modelling Different Components of Marine Plankton Biodiversity, focus group, where FILAMO participants contributed to two poster presentations at the Advances in Marine Ecosystem Modelling Research (AMEMR) conferences (12-15 July 2021) and at the ASLO Aquatic Science meeting (23-25 June 2021). A total of 9 PhD students, 4 early career scientists and 4 senior scientist have been or are being supported by mobility grants during the last years. This mobility connects research across ten countries (Senegal, South Africa, Norway, United States, UK, Denmark, Germany, China, Spain, Japan and France). The reports of the complete research stays are publicly available on the projects webpage ( Due to the Covid 19 pandemic several activities and research stays were cancelled or postponed, including a planned summer school. A replacement summer school is currently being organize, to take place aboard the Statsraad Lehmkuhl during its 'One Ocean Expedition(, a recognized part of the UN Decade of the Ocean. Two extensions until Dec. 2022 were granted

The ability to communicate, collaborate and work successfully within the interdisciplinary field of marine science requires the integration of field work and laboratory experiments with numerical modelling. To achieve this, marine and maritime educational programs need to develop candidates with broader skills and competencies, including the ability to understand models and simulations which are important tools for policy development and management. The overall aim of our project is to improve the integration of field studies and laboratory experiments into marine numerical modelling activities, an ability of even greater importance for generations to come. Connecting bioCEED, a Centre of Excellence in Higher Education at the University in Bergen, to strong research environments in South Africa, other research groups in Norway and a broad network of international collaborators, the project will allow students and young researchers in marine sciences to access a combination of cross-methodological research, training and education. We will provide scientific and educational meeting places in the form of workshops and summer schools, exchange opportunities and travel grants to facilitate capacity building, as well as a collaborative network with leading international research groups. The development of lasting structures, through of joint and co-badged degrees and new project applications, together with a flux of ideas and inspiration for sustained improvement in the educational capacities and practices for all researchers and institutions involved will ensure sustained and long lasting legacy of the project.

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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research