MARINE INSTITUTE AWARDS FIRST TWO EOIN SWEENEY SCHOLARSHIPS
The Marine Institute is pleased to announce funding of €0.24 million for first two Eoin Sweeney PhD Scholarships to run over the next four years.
This Scholarship Programme has been established by the Marine Institute and Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias (PLOCAN) in memory of Eoin Sweeney (1947-2017), who made a significant contribution to developing Irish marine industry, particularly the ocean energy sector, including the establishment of test-bed sites off the west coast of Ireland that provide sea-state testing opportunities for researchers and technology developers.
This Scholarship Programme provides a unique training opportunity for the students using the state-of-the-art scientific facilities at the Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias (PLOCAN) in Gran Canaria, Spain.
Dr José Joaquín Hernández-Brito, CEO said, “PLOCAN are delighted to collaborate with colleagues in Ireland on this Scholarship Programme. We are looking forward to hosting the students in due course, and wish to strengthen our existing research networks between Spain and Ireland together with exploring opportunities for future co-operation in ocean observation.”
The students will also benefit from access to the Marine Institute historical datasets, equipment and infrastructures including access to the national marine research vessels.
Congratulating the award recipients, Mick Gillooly, Director of Ocean Climate and Information Services in the Marine Institute said, “This is an exciting collaboration between the two Universities, PLOCAN and the Marine Institute that enables international collaboration and testing of novel technology, gliders and data buoys, to better understand our ocean ecosystems through long-term observations. Forecasting Ocean and Climate Change is a strategic focus area in the Marine Institute’s Strategic Plan and these scholarships will provide research data from a variety of locations and sea conditions, which will contribute to scientific advice to stakeholders backed up by high quality peer-reviewed research.”
Marine Institute awards first two Eoin Sweeney Scholarships
The awards funded are as follows:
|PhD Project Title||Lead Organisation||Grant-Aid Funding Awarded (for 4 years)|
|Application of AUVs to studies on Diel cycles of ocean plankton and biogeochemistry in the Northeast Atlantic||NUI Galway||€120,000|
|Wave-powered data buoy||Maynooth University||€120,000|
The students are expected to have commenced by July 2021, with their first visit to PLOCAN expected to take place in 2022 (dependent on government restrictions).
Funding for the Eoin Sweeney Scholarship Programme is provided by the Marine Institute and the Irish Government, funded under the Marine Research Programme. PLOCAN will provide support and host the scholars for two to three months per annum.