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Subject: Funding to do research in Iceland
From: "Mark J. Costello" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 24 Mar 1999 12:31:18 +0000

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TMR-supported research at the Sandgerdi Marine Centre in Iceland.

The third deadline for proposals from European researchers wishing to
undertake short-term research visits (up to 12 weeks) to the Large-Scale
Facility Sandgerdi Marine Centre in Iceland will be the 1th of May 1999.

Travelling cost, lodging and subsistence at the SMC is covered directly by
the LSF-project under the EU's Training and Mobility of Researchers (TMR)

All scientists from the EU and associated states (Norway, Liechtenstein and
Israel) except from Iceland may submit proposals

The SMC is located in Sandgerdi, a small fishing village on the southwest
coast of Iceland (50 km from the capital city, Reykjavik) with excellent
facilities for work in a friendly atmosphere.

The main attraction of the SMC is access to the unique collection of benthic
invertebrates from the international BIOICE project (Benthic Invertebrates
of Icelandic Waters) which has been operated since 1992.  During this time
more than 1000 samples have been systematically collected in Icelandic
waters, at depths from 20 to 2400m.  The collection of samples is still in
progress. Most samples have been sorted to 160 of the major taxa of benthic
The collection of benthic animals at the SMC offer a wide variety of
possible research projects, including studies on taxonomy, phylogeny,
zoogeography, and biodiversity of benthic communities in the Arctic and the
North Atlantic Oceans.

The SMC is equipped with standard high quality laboratory instruments
(microscopes with camera, videocamera, computers, etc) and running seawater
of exceptionally high quality originating from a 50m deep well in the
lava-beds. The contaminant-free seawater offer unique possibilities for
experimental work with marine organisms, like studies on toxicology,
physiology, behaviour and other general marine biological studies under
controlled conditions.
Access to Scanning Electronic Microscope is available at the University of
Iceland, Reykjavik

Collecting opportunities
The seashore around the lab harbours a great variety of shore organisms that
are easily attainable during low tide (approximately 3.5 m tidal range). A
small research vessel equipped with a wide variety of sampling gear (grabs,
dredges, nets etc.) is available.

For further information and application forms see our web site or contact the Project Manager of the Sandgerdi
Marine Centre:
Mr. Gudmundur V. Helgason,
Institute of Biology, University of Iceland, Grensasvegur 12, IS-108
Reykjavik, Iceland,
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