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Geo-marine research along European continental margins, International conference and Post-cruise meeting of the training-trough-research-programme, Bremen, Germany, 29 January-1 February 2007
Bohrmann, G.; Sahling, H.; Suzyumov, A.E. (2007). Geo-marine research along European continental margins, International conference and Post-cruise meeting of the training-trough-research-programme, Bremen, Germany, 29 January-1 February 2007. IOC Workshop Report. UNESCO: Paris. 48, II annexes pp.
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  • Bohrmann, G.
  • Sahling, H.
  • Suzyumov, A.E.

    “Geo-marine Research along European Continental Margins” – International Conferenceand a Post-cruise meeting of the “Training-through-Research” programme was held from 29January to 1 February, 2007 at the University of Bremen (UB), Germany. It was organized by theResearch Centre Ocean Margins (RCOM) in co-operation with the UNESCO Chair in MarineGeosciences at Moscow State University (MSU) and the Intergovernmental OceanographicCommission (IOC). It was hosted by RCOM.The “Training-through-Research” (TTR) international programme has been successfullyoperating since 1991 as part of the capacity development efforts of the IOC and specifically theTraining, Education and Mutual Assistance (TEMA) Programme of the Organization. It has alsobeen supported by a number of international and national programmes and projects. Among themost recent ones are: (i) project on “Geosphere-Biosphere Coupling Processes in the Ocean: theTraining-through-Research approach towards Third World involvement” (TTR-Flanders project,2004-2007) that has been funded by the UNESCO/Flanders Funds-in-Trust for the Support ofUNESCO’s Activities in the Field of Science (FUST) and (ii) European project on “HotspotEcosystem Research on Margins of European Seas” (HERMES, 2005-2009).Since 1993 TTR Post-Cruise Meetings have been held regularly hosted by universitiesactively involved in the programme. They aim in facilitating the exchange of information betweenparticipants in the TTR cruises, summarising the collected data, and also in providing studentsand young scientists with opportunities to present results of their research to a broad academicaudience.This Conference/Post-Cruise Meeting was focused on the results of the TTR-15 (2005) andTTR-16 (2006) cruises. However results from other TTR cruises, as well as research findings madeby other research groups relevant to the themes of the Conference were presented. Reflecting mainsectors of research activities of TTR, the Conference covered the following aspects of sciencerelated to:• Magmatic volcanism along margins;• Tectonic processes at continental slopes;• Geophysical studies of ocean sediments;• Formation of methane and other gases in sediments;• Gas hydrates, seafloor emissions and seeps;• Mud volcanoes in the marine realm;• Sub-seafloor fluid flow;• Biological and microbiological habitats and ecosystems;• Coupling of geosphere, Biosphere and Hydrosphere processes.The Conference programme was set up by the Organizing Committees:• Prof. Dr. Gerhard Bohrmann (RCOM) and• Prof. Dr Michael Ivanov (MSU).The meeting was attended by over 60 participants from the following countries: Belgium,Cote d’Ivoire, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal,Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UK. Attending were researchers and students with differentspecialities (sedimentology, geophysics, geochemistry, microbiology, biology, palaeontology,structural geology) and research interests falling in the area of the Conference theme. Half of theparticipants were students and PhD students. Altogether, 39 oral and poster presentations weremade. The participants expressed great satisfaction with the Conference as having fullyaccomplished its objectives and facilitated fruitful contacts between the attendees. Special wordsof gratitude were addressed to Prof. Dr. Gerhard Bohrmann (RCOM) and his group for excellendorganization of the meeting.The Nomination committee was established (A. Akhmetzhanov, A. Mazzini, H. Sahling)that selected three best students’ presentations. In the concluding remark a very high level ofpresentations by students was noted. The first prize was attributed to a very interesting and ratherunique crystallographic study of gas hydrate structures made by S. Klapp (University of Bremen).The 2nd one was attributed to geochemical studies of oil seeps in the Black Sea made by D.Nadezhkin (MSU, Russia) and the 3rd one to research on microbial communities in the Gulf ofCadiz made by L. Santos (University of Aveiro, Portugal).During the Conference discussion of plans for the future TTR research took place. On 31January meeting of the TTR Executive Committee was organized. It considered a number of itemsrelated to the organisation of the TTR cruises, as well as publication of the TTR data.The book of abstracts was compiled by H. Sahling (RCOM). For the present Report, it wasfurther edited by A. Suzyumov (IOC). The abstracts are in the alphabetic order by first author.Reporting authors are marked with asterisks. Annex I contains the conference programme. Theparticipants are listed in Annex II in the alphabetical order.The conference was supported by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission ofUNESCO (through its TEMA Programme, TTR-Flanders and HERMES projects) and RCOM.Travel and accommodation of international participants was also supported by various nationaland international programmes and projects (reflected in Acknowledgements in individualabstracts).

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