WATExR: “Climate Seasonal prediction for adapting water resources to extreme events”, an ERA4CS – JPI Climate project
Position location: Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona, Spain. Working with Dr. Rafael Marcé, coordinator of the project
ICRA leads the WATExR project, an international projects including partners from Denmark, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Australia. The coordinating team at ICRA wishes to recruit a post-doctoral researcher with modeling and programming skills for a period of up to 31 months, who will have a central role in implementing the WATexR research project along with the international project team. The researcher will be primarily based at the Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona (Spain), reporting to Dr Rafael Marcé.
Climate extreme events, like heat waves, droughts and floods, stress ecosystems and compromise their capacity to provide key services related to water (e.g., decreasing streamflows, reduced capacity to process nutrients and organic matter, mobilization of pollutants, compromised fish stocks). However, despite the vulnerability of the water quality sector to climate change, there has been limited development of solution-oriented tools integrating Climate Services and ecosystem impacts modeling for efficient adaptation to climate extreme events. WATExR aims to integrate state-of-the-art climate seasonal prediction and water quality simulation in a QGIS-based advanced solution to ensure efficient decision making and adaptation of water resources management to an increased frequency of climate extreme events. This will be achieved by identifying end-user demands in 7 case studies in Europe and Australia relating to the impact of climate extreme events on water supply companies, fisheries, and water authorities implementing the Water Framework Directive (WFD). Finally, WATExR will join the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP2), contributing a selected set of water quality impact models following the ISIMIP2 simulation protocol.
The Symposium will address updated issues on the field of the analysis of marine and freshwater toxins, with special focus on new method developments and implementations. A variety of methods needs, for detecting marine and freshwater existing and emerging toxins will be addressed in presentations and focused discussions.
You are invited to submit abstracts till 15th September(updated) in the following topics:
– Advances in the analysis of existing and emerging marine and freshwater toxins.
– Mass spectrometry, molecular methods, toxicity assays, bioassays and screening tests.
– Structural characterization of new potential toxins.
– Towards standardization and accreditation of analytical methods for marine and freshwater toxins.
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We are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate for the development of chemometric tools for the detection of different compounds in waters matrices, including underground water, drinking water and wastewater. The PhD is in the framework of the Industrial Doctorates Plan co-funded by the Catalan Government. It will be carried out in a collaboration between the company, s::can Iberia Sistemas de Medición S.L.U (part of the s::can group http://www.s-can.at/) and a research centre ICRA, Catalan Institute for Water Research, http://www.icra.cat . This is an excellent opportunity to join a highly innovative environment that combines the academic supervision of the thesis with the mentoring of the company s::can Iberia as part of an employment contract. The position is for three years. The academic supervisors are Dr Oriol Gutierrez and Dr Wolfgang Gernjak (both ICRA) and the industry supervisor is Dr Jordi Raich (s::can Iberia Sistemas de Medición S.L.U.).
The Fifth Joint Symposium and AOAC Task Force Meeting, was held in Baiona, Spain, on June 14-17 2015. The symposium was jointly organized by the Univesity of Vigo, AOAC and CYANOCOST. The Symposium Chair was Dr Ana Gago-Martinez of the Department of Analytical and Food Chemistry, University of Vigo and head of the European Reference Laboratory for Marine Biotoxins which is located in the campus of the University.
The Symposium addressed the state-of-the-art and advances on the field of the analysis of Marine and Freshwater toxins, with regards to new method development, validation and implementation. While previous editions of the Symposium concerned only marine toxins (e.g. saxitoxins, domoic acids, okadaic acids, azaspiracids etc), the 2015 Symposium focused also on freshwater cyanotoxins (e.g. microcystins, cylindrospermopsin, anatoxin, emerging toxins). This was achieve through co-organization with CYANOCOST, plenary presentations by CYANOCOST speakers, participation of CYANOCOST experts in AOAC task-force meeting and discussions between “marine” and “freshwater” experts.