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COST OceanGov – Land-Sea Interactions Training School in Constanta

By Natașa Vaidianu
Wednesday, August 29 2018 09:00
to Friday, August 31 2018 15:00


As part of the activities of the European COST Action Ocean Governance for Sustainability (CA 15217) a Land-Sea Interactions Training School will be held at Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania. The workshop is aimed at early career researchers, which includes anyone who is pursuing a PhD or has received their PhD within the past 3 years.

The main objectives of this event aim to assess current knowledge on land-sea interactions: social and economic perspectives, as well as policy perspective on required changing governance. Attendees will be able to benefit from a series of lectures and workshop sessions led by a number of trainers who have profound experience in these fields.

This training school will focus on three specific dimensions:

  1. creating a conceptual understanding on the specifics of land-sea interactions;
  2. alternative appropriate policy frameworks and experiences of translating science and theory into policy;
  3. exploring ways to establish new areas of scientific collaboration on investigation of the drivers for environmental, economic and social changes in European coastal areas, addressing methods for estimating their resilience and defining consequences for the society.

Lecturers will enable training school participants to develop a strong theoretical and applied understanding of the land-sea interactions in Europe and elsewhere.


  • Michelle E. Portman, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Sebastian Villasante, Department of Applied Economics, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Achim Schlüter, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen, Germany
  • Florin Tătui, Faculty of Geography, University of Bucharest, Romania
  • Natașa Văidianu, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Agricultural Sciences, Ovidius University from Constanța/University of Bucharest, Romania

Practical activities:

  • Communicating research and science-policy discussion session
  • Working together with students on their particular foci in relation to land-sea interaction
  • Field trip: Mamaia barrier
  • Get-2-Gether events


Natasa Văidianu, Ovidius University of Constanta/University of Bucharest – Local Organiser/Co-Leader of Working Group 1.

Achim Schlüter, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany – Leader of Working Group 1.

Constanta is the major maritime city at the Black Sea and is well connected to Bucharest by road and high-speed rail. There are a range of accommodation options close to the university (more details to follow for attendees).

Trainees eligible to apply for grants:

There is funding available for a number of PhD students to attend this event – up to a maximum of 300 EURO for Romanian attendees and 500 EURO for attendees from other non-Romanian countries.

  1. Trainees from COST Full Members / COST Cooperating Member.
  2. Trainees from Approved NNC institutions.
  3. Trainees from Approved European RTD Organisations.

If you would like to attend, please contact the organiser (Natasa Văidianu: natasa.vaidianu@geo.unibuc.ro) by July 15th submitting a short CV, a paragraph about why you want to attend underlining how it might benefit you (no more than 5-6 lines) and a short abstract of your project/PhD.

For further information on COST Training Schools please refer to the designated section in the COST Vademecum_Training Schools.

Ovidius University of Constanta

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