NORA Student Group

Summary

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: A.Pafkova@sms.ed.ac.uk and Mateja.Svonja@research.atu.ie

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 students@noraeurope.eu.