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14 - 17 December 2013 — XV Tunisian days of Sciences of Sea  ATSmer (Mahdia, Tunisia).


This event is the most important national congress on marine sciences. Participants are marine researchers from Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Spain and France. Dr Rym Zakhama-Sraieb of the Faculty of Science of Tunis (FST) introduce MAPMED project and some results to this community of researchers;


Variations spatiales, temporelles et structurelles de l’herbier de Posidonia oceanica aux alentours du port d’El Kantaoui. Rym Zakhama-Sraieb, Yassine Ramzi Sghaier, Ahmed Ben Hmida & Faouzia Charfi (2013).


Cartographie des Magnoliophytes marines aux alentours du port d’El Kantaoui (Tunisie). Yassine Ramzi Sghaier, Rym Zakhama-Sraieb, Ahmed Ben Hmida & Faouzia Charfi (2013).




28 October - 1 November 2013 — 2013 CIESM Congress (Marseille, France).


During the meeting, Dr. Rym Zakhama-Sraieb of the Faculty of Science of Tunis (FST) present a scientific communication Poster on MAPMED project results. Also, she had the opportunity to shortly present MAPMED and the Consortium, to discuss about future possibilities for collaborations with other projects.


Etude préliminaire des métaux traces au niveau de Cymodocea nodosa à proximité du port de plaisance El Kantaoui. Rym Zakhama-Sraieb, Yassine Ramzi Sghaier, Ahmed Ben Hmida & Faouzia Charfi (2013).




23 - 25 October 2013 —Conference on Microbial Diversity – Microbial interactions in complex ecosystems - MD2013 2013 (Torino, Italy).


The University of Cagliari (UNICA) and the University of Florence (UNIFI) teams presented a Poster was presented presented MAPMED project results obtained on the characterization of microbial communities in seawater at three MAPMED sites


Fingerprinting characterization of prokaryotic communities in sediments from three tourism ports in the Mediterranean area. F. Vitali, G. Senatore, C. Indorato, G. Mastromei, E. Casalone, P. La Colla, E. Bullita, C. Ruggeri, S. Sergi, E. Tamburini (2013).


21 October 2013 — "Girotondo sul mare" - Meeting in Florence with the Messengers of the Sea and the high school students - Odeon Storic Cinema, Florence, Italy.


Dr. Claudia Rossano of the University of Florence (UNIFI) was interviewed and presented a video on benthos and plankton (sediment and water organisms) studied in three Mediterranean ports within the Mapmed Project.


Un “Girotondo intorno al mare” - Il Tirreno 29/12/2013

"A day dedicated to the sea, its conservation, its wonders, every day at risk due to pollution, in every part of the globe. It was the theme of the " Wandering by the Sea" held at the Odeon Cinema in Florence in front of an audience of over three hundred high school students..."



16 October 2013 — International course Tropimundo - (Florence, Italy).


Dr. F Scapini of the University of Florence (UNIFI) held a class during the International course Tropimundo (Masters Course in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems, financed by the EU Tempus programme) where the features and adaptations of marine zooplankton were presented. 



27 September 2013 — SHINE 2013 The night of researchers (Florence, Italy).


 Porti del Mediterraneo: acque e sedimenti al microscopio.

Notte dei ricercatori

La Prof.ssa Felicita Scapini, Dott.ssa Claudia Rossano, Dott. Simone Gambineri e Dott. Francesco Vitali del Dipartimento BIO – Biologia dell'Università di Firenze (UNIFI).
Quali sono gli organismi presenti nelle acque e nei sedimenti dei porti del Mediterraneo? Il pubblico ha avuto la possibilità di osservare al microscopio alcuni campioni di benthos (sedimenti) e plancton (acqua) e di comprendere poi, attraverso alcune immagini, il significato e il valore della biodiversità nei porti marittimi. L’appuntamento è stato l’occasione per conoscere le attività di ricerca collegate al progetto MaPMed (Gestione delle aree portuali nel bacino del Mediterraneo) che si propone la bonifica dei sedimenti nei porti del Mediterraneo attraverso metodologie innovative e sostenibili, quali il ricorso a batteri in grado di metabolizzare gli idrocarburi.




18 - 20 September 2013 — REM TECH (Remediation Technologies) 2013 – Management and reclamation of sediments (Ferrara, Italy).


Prof. Alessandra Carucci of the University of Cagliari (UNICA) presented MAPMED project results obtained on PAH degradation by microbial communities in sediments.


Comparison of PAH degradation by autochthonous microbial communities in sediments of different Mediterranean port areas. Biella R., Bullita E., Cappai G., Erby G., Ruggeri C., Sergi S., Carucci A., Tamburini E. (2013). RemTech2013 Remediation Technologies, Gestione e bonifica dei Sedimenti, Ferrara, 18-20 settembre, DEA Edizioni, pp. 85-92 (su CD). ISBN 978-88-904428-7-2.



18 - 21 September 201330th Meeting of the Società Italiana di Microbiologia Generale e Biotecnologie Microbiche (SIMGBM) (Ischia, Italy).


Dr. E. Bullita of the University of Cagliari (UNICA) presented MAPMED project results obtained on the characterization of microbial communities in seawater at three MAPMED sites (Cagliari, Heraklion, El Kantaoui).


Characterization of bacterioplankton communities in tourist ports in the Mediterranean Sea BasinRuggeri C., La Colla P., Bullita E., Serreli L., Sergi S., Mastromei G., Tamburini E. (2013)



2 - 7 September 2013  XV International Colloquium on Amphipoda – (Szczawnica, Poland).


The  University of Florence (UNIFI), the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) and the Faculty of Science of Tunis (FST) teams presented MAPMED project results on a preliminary study of amphipod fauna community in three Mediterranean harbours  and a bioassay based on talitrid orientation to identify eventual impacts of the port structures on the coastal environment.


Amphipod fauna community in three Mediterranean harbours - preliminary study. Plaiti W, Rossano  C., Chatzigeorgiou G. (pag.74 15thICA Book of abstracts).


Bioassays based on talitrid orientation to assess anthropogenic impacts on beaches. Scapini F., Gambineri S., Rossano C., Nourisson D., Elgtari M., Fanini L. (pag.90 15thICA Book of abstracts).



21 - 25 July 2013 5th Congress of the European Microbiologists – FEMS (Leipzig, Germany).


Dr. E. Tamburini and Dr. C. Ruggeri of the University of Cagliari (UNICA – DiSB) presented results obtained on the characterization of microbial communities in seawater and sediments at three MAPMED sites (Cagliari, Heraklion, El Kantaoui).



27 June 2013  Final Workshop Life Coast-Best Project  “Co-ordinated Approach for Sediment Treatment and Beneficial reuse in Small harbours networks (Rome, Italy).


Prof. A.Muntoni of the University of Cagliari (UNICA-DICAAR) in his presentation “Progettazione e realizzazione dell’impianto pilota di sediment washing e risultati ottenuti” (Action 03) gave a brief description of MAPMED objectives.



5 June 2013  Environmental management of a tourist destination: natural and cultural environment, water, energy and waste (Stintino, Italy).


Dr. E. Tamburini e Dr. S. Sergi of the University of Cagliari (UNICA-DiSB) participated to the event in order to disseminate MAPMED project, to distribute MAPMED brochures to the participants and to establish contacts with local institutions.


14 - 16 May 2013  44th Congress of the Italian Society of Marine Biology – SIBM (Rome – Italy).


The University of Florence (UNIFI) team presented MAPMED project results obtained on Zooplankton at three MAPMED sites.


La caratterizzazione delle acque portuali tramite misure ottiche nel progetto MAPMED. C. Rossano, S. Gambineri, L. Massi E. Chatzinikolaou, E. Dafnomili, S. Zivanovic, C. Arvanitidis, F. Scapini, L. Lazzara (2013). Biol. Mar. Mediterr. (2013), 20 (1): 220-221.





25 - 27 February 2013  MARBIGEN Evaluation Committee (Heraklion, Greece).


Dr. C.Arvanitidis of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) participated and gave a communication about the MAPMED project and proposed possible synergies. 



12 - 14 February 2013  EUBON "Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network" Kick off meeting (Berlin, Germany).


 Dr. C.Arvanitidis of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) participated and gave a communication on the MAPMED project and proposed possible synergies.







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