Tidal power 2.0 is beginning in Nova Scotia! A large international company is partnering with Fundy Tidal Inc. and the Department of Energy is about to announce new berth holders and tell us more about existing berth holders. FORCE is moving forward with the cabling of their site and getting ready to deploy an instrumentation platform. There is unique opportunity in the tidal power field for Nova Scotia ocean technology companies. Technology needs to be developed to monitor turbines and the environment in very high flow conditions. Dr. Molloy will give an overview of the kinds of questions that need to be answered. Mr. Hood will present projects and methods that Akoostix are applying to Tidal Power issues.  For more information please click here: Meeting Notice

ERA-Can+ Information Session, 17 March

As previously advertised at our Horizon 2020 session in January, we invite you to an upcoming information session with representatives from the ERA-Can+ (European Research Area and Canada Plus) project, to learn more about Horizon 2020 – the main research funding instrument of the European Commission that is accessible to Canadians working in science, technology, and innovation as well as in the social sciences and humanities.

ERA-Can+ has been established to help Canadians access Horizon 2020 funding. Building on several years of successful collaboration, ERA-Can+ will encourage bilateral exchange, enrich the EU-Canada policy dialogue, enhance coordination between European and Canadian sector leaders, and stimulate transatlantic collaboration by increasing awareness of the funding opportunities available.

ERA-Can+ is offering information sessions across the country, and will be at Dalhousie University on Monday 17 March, in University Hall (3rd Floor, MacDonald Building) from 1.30-3.30 pm.  The session will explain the structure of research funding in Europe and provide information on upcoming funding opportunities, as well as the means by which Canadians can participate. Afterwards, there will be breakout groups established, with particular attention paid to the fellowship opportunities provided by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions program (which allows faculty to bring European postdocs to Canada, and provides opportunities for Canadian researchers to spend time in European institutions).  In addition, the National Contact Points (NCPs) for both the ICT and Marine sectors will be available to meet with interested researchers.

This event is free and open to any interested participant, but registration is required. To register please go to http://ppforum.ca/eracan-information-sessions-march2014


ARGO Public Lecture March 19

The international Argo Steering Team will be holding its 15th annual meeting, AST-15, in Halifax, Nova Scotia from March 17-21, 2014. We are pleased to announce that this year’s public lecture speakers will be Drs. Susan Wijffels and Dean Roemmich, co-chairs of the Argo Steering Team.

On Wednesday March 19, 2014, at the World Trade and Convention Centre (WTCC), from 7:00pm-9:00pm, Drs. Wijffels and Roemmich will give a thought-provoking public lecture entitled, “Argo: Tracking the Pulse of the Global Oceans.”

The WTCC is located on 1800 Argyle St, Halifax, NS. The lecture will be held in Room 200C1 (Grand Ballroom). Guests are invited to come early to ensure seating. To RSVP to the lecture, please contact: cheryl.evans@iore.ca

Lecture Overview
The Earth is a blue planet. The oceans are what make our environment liveable. They also profoundly impact on our weather, seasons and the long term changes in climate. Monitoring the global oceans has remained a huge scientific and engineering challenge, particularly the subsurface which is out of the reach of satellites. In this lecture we describe how we have come from using sailing vessels in the past to the present day, where Argo’s large international fleet of 3600 robotic probes allows us to track the oceans’ physical state (temperature, salinity, and currents) on a daily basis. This profound change in our ability to monitor our oceans is revolutionizing our understanding of its role in our climate system. Moreover, the era of autonomous ocean observations has just begun, as new Deep Argo floats will sample all the way to the ocean floor, and floats will carry new sensors to observe ecosystem and biogeochemical impacts of climate variability and change.

Argo project office: http://www.argo.ucsd.edu

For more information on the speakers, please read their biographies below.

Susan Wijffels
Dr Susan Wijffels is recognised for her international and national leadership of the Global Ocean Observing System and is regarded as an expert in Indonesian Throughflow and its significance in global heat and freshwater budgets and quantifying large-scale multi-decadal ocean change and global salinity changes.

She currently leads CSIRO’s Dynamic Oceans Theme, and is co-Chair of the International Argo Science Team. She is also a member of IOC/UNESCO International Steering Committee for the Global Ocean Observing System, Australian Antarctic Science Advisory Committee and the Pacific Research Centre Science Advisory Committee.

Dr Wijffels is a recipient of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society’s Priestly Medal as well as the Australian Academy of Sciences’ Dorothy Hill Award.

Dean Roemmich
Dean Roemmich is a professor of oceanography in the Integrative Oceanography Division and Climate, Atmospheric Science, and Physical Oceanography Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He is an expert in the general circulation of the oceans and the role of the ocean in the climate system.

Roemmich is co-Chair of the International Argo Science Team, teaches courses on observations of large-scale ocean circulation, and advises graduate students in the physical oceanography and climate science programs.


To better position itself as a leader in transforming ocean research into sustainable economic activity, the Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI) has changed its name to the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE). 

IORE encourages bold undertakings and facilitates collaborative ocean research projects involving universities and colleges, government laboratories and private companies. With a growing number of private sector companies discovering new economic opportunities in key ocean-related sectors, IORE strives to create profitable opportunities that will benefit the region as well as the marine science and technology sectors. By effectively facilitating these partnerships the Institute enhances both the competitiveness of ocean industries and our knowledge base.

“Changing our name to IORE was a necessary step,” says Jim Hanlon, CEO, IORE. “It more accurately defines our position in the region as a vehicle for facilitating ocean research projects and turning them into profitable and sustainable opportunities.”

For more information on IORE, please visit www.iore.ca or follow us on twitter @IORE_Canada




Dalhousie University is pleased to announce that RAdm John Newton will visit the campus on February 13, 2014. He will speak on Royal Canadian Navy contributions to Government strategy in the Arctic and Americas, maritime security and counter terrorism operations, and contribution to global engagement with partners and allies.

Time: February 13th  2014 – 12:30-2:00 pm

Location: Lord Dalhousie Room, Henry Hicks A&A

Cost: Free

Contact: For additional information please contact the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at centre@dal.ca

RAdm Newton’s bio:


As well please have a look at a recent video that was made for the new Commander of the RCN VAdm Mark Norman as he communicates his intent as the 34th Commander of the RCN.