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During the ceremony, we are privileged to have a distinguished lineup of speakers representing prominent entities. The speakers include representatives from different Directorates-General (DGs) of the European Commission, from the Committee of the Regions (CoR), and executives from the education sector.
The event will provide an introduction to the Erasmus Maris initiative. We will share the results achieved during the RAISE-CS project, underscoring its significance in shaping the development of Erasmus Maris. Additionally, the roadmap for EU-wide implementation will be presented, outlining the strategic plan to expand the initiative's reach across Europe.
Engaging discussions and debates will ensue, focusing on the practical implementation of the Erasmus Maris concept on a European scale. Participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, share insights, and contribute to the collective efforts of realizing the full potential of Erasmus Maris.
The seminar is a platform for lead EU scientists to exchange practical approaches in addressing the pollution of aquatic ecosystems caused by microplastics and explore potential collaborations that can contribute to the advancement of Erasmus Maris.
An important milestone will be reached as the 'Erasmus Maris scientific alliance' is formalized through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), solidifying the partnership between the scientific community and the Erasmus Maris initiative. In the long term, Erasmus Maris aims to extend this collaborative approach to tackle other marine environmental issues.
We have extended invitations to science teachers from various secondary schools across Europe, providing them with a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge and gain valuable insights directly from scientists and experts in the field of microplastic pollution.
The dedicated full-day training session, organised by scientists from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in collaboration with the University of Ghent, is an integral part of the TrainMaris concept. TRAINMARIS, is a pioneering concept that aims to empower teachers in collaborative knowledge creation within the field of marine conservation. Embracing a "train-the-trainer" approach, TRAINMARIS enables the cascading of knowledge, ensuring its sustainable dissemination.
During the session, participating science teachers will receive comprehensive training on quality assurance procedures, specifically focusing on hands-on activities and guided instruction for the analysis of microplastic samples. The training will utilise materials commonly found in a secondary chemistry lab, ensuring practical applicability and relevance to their teaching environment.
The training session will provide a foundation for science teachers to participate in a ring trial, while scientists engage in a Proficiency test, both using their respective analytical methods with the shared reference material provided by the JRC.
This setup ensures quality assurance and enhances the overall reliability of microplastic analysis in the context of marine conservation.