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Work packages

The RUN Sea Science project is structured in Work Packages (WPs), each with their own budget and described below.

WP1 Management : Appointment of a Project Manager, for a duration of 36 months. Organization of the project’s coordination, the smooth operation of each of the Work Packages, the management of the global budget and public relation exercises.

WP2 Equipment : Improvement of material capacities, via the purchasing of equipment enabling the development of research programmes relating to biodiversity and population dynamics, fishery and aquaculture resources, animal ethology and environmental monitoring. This equipment will be used for the Reunion’s future Regional Marine Institute.

WP3 Recruitments : Improvement of human capacities via the appointment of five postgraduates and a consulting engineer who will carry out research in the abovementioned fields. These job creations for scientists on fixed-term contracts (17 months each) are to benefit researchers either living in Reunion Island or originating here and wishing to return in order to make a contribution to the region’s scientific expansion.

WP4 Symposiums and Seminar : The RUN Sea Science project is making a significant contribution to the organization of the Sixth International Scientific Symposium of the WIOMSA (Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association), which is to be held in Reunion and will bring together between 350 and 400 participants from 15 different countries around the theme of marine ecosystems. Following on to this, a smaller-scale seminar has been organized, mainly by the ARDA, on the theme of aquaculture.

WP5 Exchange of experience and setting-up of a network of researchers (Europe, Indian Ocean region) : Research/teaching assignments of a duration of one to eight weeks, into Reunion for recognized scientists from abroad and out to foreign partners for scientists based in Reunion. Exchanges are planned with countries including Madagascar, the Seychelles, South Africa, the Azores, the Canaries, the Netherlands, Russia and Greece, i.e. about 20 in all.

WP6 Dissemination : The objective of this specific programme is to forge links between science and society, using ICT and audiovisual resources. A 13-minute documentary aimed at the general public is to be co-produced and co-financed by the University of Reunion’s Multimedia Department, while an interactive website will enable as many people as possible to remain informed and to contribute their testimonials and documents.