NORA Student Group


Short summary of second NORA Student Group Meeting

On the 27th of March the NORA Student Group held its second meeting of 2024. During this meeting Rebekah Bajko from Ulster Wildlife presented on Oyster restoration in Northern Ireland.

In 2020, a small population of wild native oysters were discovered in Belfast Lough for the first time in roughly a century. Ulster Wildlife have since established three native oyster nurseries in marinas surrounding Belfast Lough with the aim of re-establishing the wild population of oysters within the Lough. Her talk described the progress of the project, its goals and the key findings. You can find their presentation here: Native Oyster Restorationin Northern Ireland.
After her presentation the 13 enthusiastic participants discussed different caging systems and the challenges with biofouling that come with different cage structures.

The student group aims to provide a friendly and informal platform for students of all stages (from undergraduate to postgraduate) to meet and share their thoughts and experiences working with native oysters. We also welcome participation from anyone with an interest in European oysters, and those working on other related bivalve species and restoration projects.

We would also like to invite all students to present their work during a meeting. Your presentation can be as a practice for future conference presentations, sharing ideas or problems you are encountering, or simply because you think we should hear about your work! We are excited to hear all about your research, but if you are not sure if your talk will be suitable please email us and we will be happy to hear your ideas.

If you would like to present your work, please fill in your details on this form:

The next NORA Student Group meeting will be on May 29th from 11:00-12:00 CET.
We invite students to participate and/or present about their work during this meeting. If you have any questions or suggestions you can contact Sophie and Fiona via email at:

Student Group – Meeting Summary February 2024

On the 31st of January, we organized the first NORA Student Group Meeting. This group is set up to provide an informal platform for students of all ages/years/stages (varying from undergraduate to postgraduate). In this group we hope to create the opportunity to set up collaborations, exchange knowledge and create connections with colleagues working on native oysters. We would like to not only focus on sharing cool results and research highlights but also allow everyone to discuss struggles and pitfalls in their projects or during their research career.

14 students working in seven countries across Europe attended the first meeting, and enthusiastically introduced themselves and the projects they are working on. As a result of the animated conversations around everyone’s work, we have decided to devote a section of each meeting to the presentation of any results or recent work that participants would like to share.

We also had the opportunity to hear from Adéla Pafková (Masters student at the University of Edinburgh) and Mateja Švonja (PhD candidate at Atlantic Technological University) on their outreach project which aims to set up an Instagram page to share about native oyster restoration in Europe. They would like to increase awareness on the current situation among students and show content from different restoration projects, focussed on student topics. If you are a student and would like to contribute to this project or have any ideas/questions you can contact them at: and

Going forwards, we will have Student working group meetings at 11:00-12:00 CET on the last Wednesday of every other month. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 27th March at 11:00 CET, we look forward to seeing you there!

If you would like to get involved in the Student Working Group, please contact Sophie or Fiona at