Training course

TPSF Symposium 2023

Training course 'Satellite-based tools for investigating aquatic ecosystems'



The Trevor Platt Science Foundation Symposium will be preceded by a training course on 'Satellite-based tools for investigating aquatic ecosystems'. The training course will centre on a subset of the themes of the Symposium, such as remote sensing of ocean colour, water quality and human health, primary production, physiology and ecology of marine phytoplankton and practical aspects of working with satellite data. The training will have online (weekly webinars between April and July 2023) and in-person (7-8 Aug 2023) components. In-person trainees (limited to 40 participants) will be expected to contribute first-author abstracts and participate in the Symposium (9-11 Aug 2023).



The training is organised into three components:

· Step 1: Online training component (open to all qualified applicants and free of charge)

· Step 2: Selected participants who have completed the online course are admitted to an in-person training course

· Step 3: All the participants who have completed the training course will have the opportunity to participate in the Symposium. They will be able to contribute oral/poster presentations, attend all oral and poster sessions and join discussion and networking sessions. The networking sessions that are built into the symposium are designed to able trainees to engage with their cohorts and with leaders in the scientific world to discuss future activities and projects. A selected subset will be given the opportunity to co-chair sessions.


The curriculum for the training course is outlined briefly below:

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Online training course: will be spread over a period of ~4 months from April to July 2023, and will consist of one webinar per week. The total number of webinars will be 15, and will be broken down into the following modules:

1) Introduction to satellite-based observations of the oceans, introduction to data repositories and access

2) Introduction to processing software tools

3) The role of the environment in water-borne diseases and human health, the role of Earth Observations

4) Ecosystem monitoring: indicators of ecosystem status including primary production, phytoplankton phenology, and relevance to climate

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In-person training course: will be held over 2 days at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK), on 7 & 8 August, 2023, and will be divided into four sessions, and will delve more deeply into the subjects introduced in the online training course. In addition, the participants will be introduced to machine learning and artificial intelligence tools. The emphasis will be on hands-on computer training, but we will also incorporate up to 4 high level lectures to set the stage. We can accommodate a maximum of 40 people at the in-person training course.


The training will be a combination of lectures and practical exercises provided by experts from a number of organisations. In-person trainees will have the opportunity to learn state-of-the-art techniques including data processing, optical modelling and machine learning.


Who can apply: The training is open to early career scientists, technicians, postgraduate students (PhD or MSc) and post-doctoral scholars involved in aquatic ecosystems research.


Funding: Limited travel support will be available to assist trainees from both developing countries (see eligible countries here) as well as Europe. All participants requiring travel support must submit an abstract to the TPSF Symposium as first-author.




Apply for the training course here (deadline extended to 13 Feb 2023).



Note: Those applying for the in-person training course need not register separately for the symposium. Acceptance to the in-person training course will automatically include participation in the Symposium.

Important Dates

  • 13 Feb 2023: Training course applications & abstract submissions close (deadline extended)

  • 15 Feb 2023: Notifications of oral/poster presentations for the Symposium begin

  • 15 Mar 2023: Announcement of selected candidates for in-person training & travel scholarships

  • Apr-Jul 2023: Online training course (open to all registered training participants)

  • 7-8 Aug 2023: In-person training course

  • 9-11 Aug 2023: Trevor Platt Science Symposium

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