The NF-POGO shipboard training in the form of the “Floating Summer School” took place over two 5-week long North South Atlantic Transects (NoSoAT) from Bremerhaven (Germany) to Cape Town (South Africa).

Post-graduate students were trained in the principles of oceanography and marine biology onboard the RV Polarstern comprising of lectures, practical exercises and student presentations. The participants received hands-on training in deployment and operation of scientific gear (Rosette sampler with CTD sensors, Bongonet, Multinet and Continuous Plankton Recorder), acquisition and processing of the sample material and interpretation of the respective data. Students were trained in:

  • The determination of pH, oxygen and alkalinity
  • Microscopy of phytoplankton and zooplankton
  • DNA/RNA isolation
  • Cultivation of species

The floating Summer School is a joint project between the Alfred Wegener Institute, the NF-POGO CofE and the Irish Strategic Marine Alliance for Research & Training (SMART) programme. The past editions of the Floating Summer School were jointly supported by the Mercator Foundation and the NF-POGO CofE, as an initiative in the framework of the European Campus of Excellence (ECE).