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Interview with Maria J. Belzunce Ph.D., leader of MONITOOL Work Package 4 (Database Management and correlation studies)
IPMA complete metal analysis in seawater samples
UNICA (University of Cagliari) organized a conference the 20 June 2019 in Cagliari
MONITOOL Data Quality Assurance: a holistic view
DGT Conference 2019 will be the fifth international scientific event with MONITOOL presence in 2019
MONITOOL partners share results and plan next steps in Gran Canaria
Technical conferences present MONITOOL project and DGT passive sampling in the Canary Islands
Interview with Thi Bolam, leader of MONITOOL Work Package 5
ITC will organize 2 technical conferences in the days preceding the next partners´ meeting in Canary Islands
UNICA promotes the application of the MONITOOL approach for other organic compounds
DCU analyses biofouling on MONITOOL DGTs
Organisation of the interlaboratory DGT exercise by IFREMER, October 2018
Database Management and correlation studies. First promising results.
Interview with Dr. Blánaid White, coordinator of Interreg founded MONITOOL project
MONITOOL partners discuss project´s first results in AZTI, San Sebastián
AZTI hosts 3rd MONITOOL meeting in San Sebastian
DGT extraction and metal analysis by IFREMER
Determination of lead and cadmium labile fraction by Anodic Stripping Voltammetry and total dissolved Nickel Cathodic Stripping Voltammetry
Last EEA report shows the importance of Water Framework Directive (WFD) to keep and improve waters quality in Europe
MONITOOL Project analyses its winter samples and obtains their first results
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MONITOOL partners share results and plan next steps in Gran Canaria

MONITOOL partners share results and plan next steps in Gran Canaria

The 4th general meeting have taken place in Gran Canaria with the presence of all MONITOOL partners. They have reviewed and discussed the results from sampling campaigns in all regions, and have agreed next steps under the project´s Scientific Advisory Board recommendations.

During May 23rd and 24th, the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC) hosted, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, this 3rd MONITOOL progress meeting (4th general meeting between partners) who was attended by members of the eight European institutions involved in MONITOOL consortium. It was time to discuss all the results obtained in the sampling campaigns in each region and check the results of the interlaboratory DGT exercise led by IFREMER, actions both framed in Work Package 5 (Field campaigns and analysis).

In addition to seawater spot samples, more than 250 DGTs devices (Diffusive Gradients in Thin films) have been deployed and analysed in the project area, giving a representative picture regarding the presence of heavy metals in the European Atlantic Coast and estuaries. UNICA, from Sardinia, Italy, has also deployed DGTs on the island, completing this European image with results from the Mediterranean Sea.

Progress of Work Package 4 (Database Management and correlation studies) and 6 (Adaptation and Chemical Status Assessment) were also presented in order to review their status and update the strategies to reach the aims of these activities.

Meeting socios Las PalmasTwo successful days on which the partners could present all the work done during last two years of establishing procedures, sampling and analysis, and discuss results with the assistance of Hao Zhang and Gary Fones, members of Scientific Advisory Board, who gave recommendations to continue exploring ways “to exploit” the results and developing a plan of scientific publications.

Lastly, the attendees considered the possibility of extending this working consortium   beyond MONITOOL context, presenting a new project to the upcoming European calls.

The partners will face a new meeting again in February 2020, in Nantes (France) by the host partner IFREMER.