EMBC+ Spring School 2017 is over and was again an unforgettable experience. During the 10 days 47 students worked on 7 challenging research projects guided by an international team of 10 teachers. The facilities of the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences in Tjärnö proved again to be an excellent location for this school.
Watch the documentary movies made by each team of students at the EMBC+ video channel! Enjoy!
We are 7 students working in the beautiful Marine Research Center of Tjärnö, in Sweden, and we come from Belgium, Portugal, England and Spain. Our study problem could easily be how you can have Southern Europeans having dinner at 5pm or how they are still able to think in freezing Swedish temperatures. Or how the Belgian guy can survive without Beer and French (Belgian) fries. Or how the English girl can survive without the BBC. But NO!
In fact, our four-nationality team is in charge of finding out what is the best method to sample the biodiversity of the Tjärnö bay! And everyone has something to give for the success of the team!
Yaiza, the sailor girl, is responsible for all the knots, and that’s how she also keeps the team together. Emiel, and his soothing voice, are responsible for keeping the team stress free. Beatriz is being inspired by her current reading of Verne’s Captain Nemo adventures, and of…
Four biologists, a veterinarian, an architect and a philosopher enter a bar in Sweden. The vet is in a good mood and decides to treat everyone with a to a Backfin Pale Ale. The architect, intrigued by the design of the bottle label, asks what crabs eat, she never really gave it any thought.
One of the biologists replies they are omnivores, feeding on a variety of things from algae to periwinkles. This catches the attention of the vet, and he asks whether some people have periwinkles - whatever those might be - as pets, and whether they are easy to perform castrations on. The philosopher, obviously intoxicated, argues that periwinkles are nothing but a concept of mind and there are no physical entities corresponding to it.
The biologists have had enough, and decide to take the group for a field trip the next day, they heard about a variety of periwinkle populations in the bay of Tjärno, Sweden.
The biologists show them two populations of the so-called rough periwinkle, one on a shelter…
Are aliens among us?
This question emerged after a mysterious finding in Tjärnö Bay (western Sweden) made by ‘The leave no trace crew’, a team of litter scientists dedicated to identifying the impact of man-made litter on our oceans.
In order to shed light on the possibility of a marine alien presence, a team of specialists assembled, funded by the EMBC+ programme, to investigate the legitimacy of this finding, and if verified, assess the extent of the invasion. The team consists of six people from various scientific and cultural backgrounds, equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to set out for a week-long alien hunt.
From left to right: Jan Verbeek, Mchael Kriegl, Annika Heimrich, Alba …, Duarte Frade, Shanice Piango, Belinda Burtonshaw.
But if you expect some little green men in a flying saucer we unfortunately have to disappoint you. Even though they very likely exist somewhere out there, the focus of this project is of another nature. The aliens in this story are marine …