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Special issue on the Mediterranean

The french magazine Science et Avenir published a special issue on the Mediterranean (n°167 juillet-août 2011, magazine in french). Inside you will find an interview on Ghani Chehbouni, who is co-leading MISTRALS. HERE

ECOCEM campaign in Lebanon

Supported by Mistral, the ECOCEM project aims to explore the chemical composition of the Beirut atmosphere in gaseous and particulate organic carbon.

It will first make progress in characterizing the air quality in Beirut and in identifying and quantifying the relative importance of primary and secondary sources of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and COVO (oxygenated volatile organic compounds ) in the region.

ECOCEM s’appuiera sur deux campagnes intensives de mesure, la première durant l’été, du 1er au 15 juillet 2011 et la deuxième durant l’hiver, du 28 janvier au 11 février 2012. Le site de mesure sera hébergé sur le campus de l’Université de Beyrouth.

Ecocem is based on two intensive measurement campaigns, the first in summer 2011, from 1 to 15 Julyand the second during the winter 2011/2012, from January 28 to February 11, 2012. The test site will be hosted on the campus of the University of Beirut.

More information on le site de l'INSU-CNRS

MOOSE oceanographic campaign

MOOSE (Mediterranean ocean observing system on environment)

MOOSE objective is to track the water mass, the thermohaline circulation and the flow of matter in the Nrth West Mediterranean Sea. Towards this goal, MOOSE will seek to network the existing means of observation to achieve a set of coherent and consistent measures.

The deep mooring lines are the foundation of MOOSE observation system.

Been in place for 2 to 10 years, depending on the site, they allow continuous observation of the poorly studied deep ocean. Soon, they are expected to follow the evolution of different water masses present at all sites at different depths, namely surface water of Atlantic origin (AW - Atlantic water) (<100m), intermediate waters of Levantine origin (LIW - Levantine intermediate water) ( 200-300m) , the deep western Mediterranean waters (WMDW - West Mediterranean deep Water) (1400) and bottom waters (bottom water).

The campaign of maintenance of mooring lines will be held this year with the research vessel Tethys from May 29 to July 2, 2011. More information on INSU-CNRS website

Application for thesis fellowships at IRD

This thesis fellowships program is implemented by the IRD in its dual operator of research and agency for building and strengthening the research capacities in developing countries.

It is aimed at students from a developing country,, which engage in the preparation of a doctorate through a partnership between IRD and partners in the South, or within the call for proposals CPU-IRD.

These scholarships will begin from 1 November 2011.

The call and application form are available on the website of the Institute.

IRD website

Conference and Exhibition with the Moroccan Association of Petroleum Geologists

A Conference and Exhibition with the Moroccan Association of Petroleum Geologists (MAPG) will be held in Marrakech over the 5-7 October 2011, at the Palais de Congres in Marrakech under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Morocco and in close cooperation with ONHYM.

Please see the website for latest details of the entire event

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MISTRALS interviews and broadcast, 24 May 2011

MISTRALS interviews has been broadcasted in live on french international radio, on May 24th from 11h to 12h pm (french time).

Presented by the journalist Caroline Lachowsky, a broadcast dedicated to the Mediterranean .

With live interviews of Jean-François Stephan, Etienne Ruellan, et Ghani Chehbouni, and interviews made during the MISTRALS International Workshop held in Malta from 30 March to 1st April 2011, around the main subject: "Which future for the Mediterranean?"

The podcast (in french) :

Quel avenir pour la Méditerranée ?


ESF Call for Conference Proposals

The European Science Foundation invites researchers to submit proposals for research conferences to take place in 2013.

The call covers Molecular Biology, Physics/Biophysics, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. Successful proposals will be organised within the framework of the ESF Research Conferences Scheme and will be awarded a conference grant of up to EUR 40.000.

Submission Deadline: 15 September 2011.

Further information can be found here

Malta Declaration

Malta Declaration
Participants* in the MISTRALS workshop, held from March 30th to April 1st, 2011 in Malta, declare that they would like to create a consortium of research, training and innovation for the Mediterranean. Its mission, during a decade, is to promote, synthesize, mutualize and coordinate research in order to observe, understand and predict the habitability of the Mediterranean over a century. They allocate to an international working group the task to propose within six months, during a general constitutive assembly, a flexible associative legal structure, bringing together research institutions, funding agencies, universities and stakeholders to meet these objectives.
*Algeria, Germany, Spain, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey

اعلان مالطة
المشاركون* في ورشة العمل الدولية MISTRALS التي عقدت في الفترة بين 30 مارس و 1 أبريل 2011 في مالطا، يعلنون رغبتهم في إنشاء مجموعة عمل للبحوث والتدريب والابتكار من أجل المتوسط. على ان تكون مهمتها، ولمدة عشر سنوات، تعزيز و توليف وتجميع وتنسيق البحوث من أجل مراقبة و فهم والتنبؤ بقابليةالحياة في منطقة البحر الأبيض المتوسط لمدة قرن.-كما يخصون مجموعة عمل دولية بالاضطلاع بمهمة اقتراح هيكل قانوني مرن و جمعوي، في غضون ستة أشهر، لعقد جمعية عامة تأسيسية، يجمع بين مؤسسات البحث ووكالات التمويل والجامعات و كل المعنيين بغية تحقيق هذه الاهداف.

* الجزائر، المانيا، اسبانيا، فرنسا، اليونان، إسرائيل، إيطاليا، لبنان، مالطة، المغرب، فلسطين، المملكة المتحدة ، سويسرا، تونس ، تركيا

Calls ’People’ IEF IIF IOF

Calls for Marie Curie Actions of the European Union.
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Offer for a doctoral thesis

The subject is: Mesure des composés organiques volatils oxygénés pour l’étude des sources et de la réactivité du carbone organique gazeux dans les panaches continentaux en zone Méditerranée. The thesis will be registered at ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency) the 31st of March, half of the financing is accepted (Ecole des Mines in Douai). The candidate must be motivated by field measurements and their interpretation.
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MISTRALS International workshop

The first MISTRALS International workshop will be held in Malta,
30 March - 1st April, 2011.

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Download the workshop overview


  • Etienne Ruellan, co-director MISTRALS, INSU-CNRS
  • Ghani Chehbouni, co-director MISTRALS, IRD
  • Véronique Chagué, international, administrative and scientific delegate