Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) is pleased to announce that a call for proposals in support of joint research projects in Ocean Sciences and Technology has been issued by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the Foundation for Research Support of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (FAPERGS).  The call and program will be administered by Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) in Nova Scotia, Canada and FAPERGS in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Proposals are sought for research projects in any area of ocean sciences and technology, including biological, physical and chemical oceanography, marine biology, marine geology and geophysics, interdisciplinary ocean sciences, marine (bio-) technology, and marine aquaculture. Proposed activities should have a duration of two years, and have a maximum budget of C$12,500 per year / C$25,000 total (for Nova Scotian activities) plus R$30,000 per year / R$60,000 total (for Brazilian activities).  The involvement of graduate students (Masters and/or PhD) and postdoctoral fellows is permitted and encouraged.

Eligible researchers in Rio Grande do Sul will be those who are linked to graduate programs in the field of ocean sciences and technology accredited by CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel).  Eligible researchers in Nova Scotia will be those who are linked to university graduate programs in the field of ocean sciences and technology, within universities that are recognized by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education.

The call document, with full details of this opportunity, is available at:  Application instructions for Nova Scotian applicants are available at:

The deadline for applications is April 24, 2015, and questions related to this Call may be referred to:

Jim Hanlon, Chief Executive Officer
Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE)


Who: Chris Loadman, President and Senior Electronics Engineer at Turbulent Research Incorporated
Software Defined Acoustic Instrumentation
(Sexton Campus, J Building, 1360 Barrington Street)
December 11, 2014 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Acoustic electronics and signal processing is perhaps the most widely used technology when considering underwater sensing applications.  Acoustics technology has been applied to a large number of diverse problems in the underwater world including passive monitoring, tracking, surveillance, communications, the measurement of waves, currents, flows and turbulence, underwater navigation and positioning and surveying the ocean floor to name just a few.

Turbulent Research has used its expertise in low power embedded electronic system design and digital signal processing to produce a new software-defined electronics platform, designed to support the underwater technology market.

This talk will focus on the software-defined acoustic instrument concept, and Turbulent Research’s new electronic signal processing platform from an architectural and practical point of view.  Particular focus will be placed on the use of a software defined acoustic instrument for the ocean technology researcher.  Real world examples of use cases including multi-channel passive acoustics, real time digital beamforming, communications and ultrasonic acoustic velocimetry for the measurement of turbulent flows will also be presented.

CBU scientists snoop on ‘teenage’ salmon

Valued members of IORE, Cape Breton University, made their way into the newspaper in regard to important and exciting work they are doing with acoustic receivers in Bras d’Or Lake to track fish at smolt stage. To read the article, please click here. 

Be Sure to Attend the November Ocean Connector

Don’t Miss the Next Ocean Connector!

When: Nov 27, 2014
Who: Dr. Mark McIntyre, Principal Scientist (Retired), Defence R&D Canada – Atlantic
Where: T-Room (Sexton Campus, J Building, 1360 Barrington Street)
What: “Tracking Things Under, On and Over the Ocean: Lessons Learned From 35 years of Trying”!

Humans have always had the ability to track things. We use our our senses to make sure we know what we need to be aware of as we move through our environment. We use this information to make sure we don’t run into things (navigation), to learn about things we’d like to capture or study (surveillance) and to help us know who we’d like to socialize with (communication). Over the past 100 years, Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) technologies have improved radically with exponentially growing geospatial coverage. This is especially true over the past 35 years, the span of the author’s career at Defence R&D Canada. The purpose of this talk is to provide a retrospective look at the evolution of CNS technologies as they have been used in underwater surveillance, surface vessel navigation and aircraft monitoring (with a quick foray into cyberspace.) A goal of the talk is to help identify CNS technologies and concepts that might be of interest to those who want to monitor fish and marine mammals in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world. Much of this talk is based on the author’s 35 years experience at DRDC but none of the discussion represents an official government view of the the world.

To RSVP to this event, please contact 


Jim Hanlon featured in Business Insights


Business Insights is a series of interviews, done by Bluteau DeVenney, with leaders who exemplify success in our Region. In their words are insights that can give you direction for moving your business or organization forward. In this edition our very own Jim Hanlon was featured. Read the article here: Jim Hanlon