CFREF announcement – Ocean Frontier Institute, $93M
On September 6, the federal government announced a seven year, $93M investment for the Ocean Frontier Institute hosted at Dalhousie University.
The project will be led by Dalhousie University, UPEI and Memorial University. Funded through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the OFI will bring together scientists, students and industry partners to focus on issues related to the world’s changing ocean climate.
On September 15, the Government of Canada announced funding of more than $10M for research infrastructure through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Cyberinfrastructure Initiative competition and an additional $3M through the Infrastructure Operating Fund. Seven projects in six universities across the country will receive the funding, including Dalhousie’s MERIDIAN project.
Dalhousie’s Marine Environment Research Infrastructure for Data Integration (MERIDIAN) project received $1.8M in funding from the Cyber Infrastructure Initiative (CFI) competition. The Ocean Tracking Network is proud to partner with MERIDIAN, which will draw on data and expertise across Canada to better oceans stewardship. MERIDIAN is an initiative to construct a distributed data centre and provide data and expertise to both Canadian and international researchers.
CFI 20th anniversary: research builds my business community
For its 20th anniversary celebration, CFI highlighted OTN’s role in supporting business innovation by sharing stories on how research is building communities across the country. Maritime bioLoggers and Baker Blue Ocean, two Nova Scotia businesses developed from the needs of OTN researchers for novel tags and securing research charters, were featured in a special CFI publication.
MEOPAR WHaLE and Canadian Wildlife Federation create an online whale tracking app
The MEOPAR WHaLe project has developed an online app with Canadian Wildlife Federation and other partners, which displays a near-real time map tracking whale movements in Atlantic waters. With the support of OTN and MEOPARgliders, the WHaLe project is instrumental in understanding whale movements and reducing whale strikes on shipping routes.
Technical Team Lead Richard Davis attends 7th EGO conference in Southampton, UK
This September, Richard Davis, technical team lead for the OTN/MEOPAR glider team attended the 7th EGO Conference in Southampton, UK. The forum brought scientists, engineers, students and industry professionals together to discuss their experiences in the innovation of glider technology and share their knowledge in glider coordination.
OTN Executive Director Fred Whoriskey receives nomination in Professional of Distinction category for 14th Annual Discovery Awards for Science, Technology and Innovation
This year marks the 14th Annual Discovery Awards, which recognize Nova Scotian individuals and companies for their international work in the fields of science and technology.
Dr. Fred Whoriskey has been nominated for theProfessional of Distinction category, which recognizes individuals who are role models and leaders in innovation and inspire others to choose science as a career. Award winners will be announced on November 17. Best of luck to all nominees!