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30 November 2017 saw the signing of an agreement by new partners in the National Centre for Baltic Research Consortium – the Gdańsk University of Technology, the Medical University of Gdańsk, Gdynia Maritime University, the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Sopot, National Marine Fisheries Research Institute and the Institute of Hydro-Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdańsk. The University of Gdańsk, Consortium Leader, was represented by the Vice-Rector for Development Prof. Dr hab. Krzysztof Bielawski.

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On 4 October 2017 Dr hab. Iwona Sagan, prof. UG, was nominated by Dr Jarosław Gowin, the Minister of Science and Higher Education, as one of two national representatives of the Management Committee of COST Action CA16232 “European Energy Poverty: Agenda Co-Creation and Knowledge Innovation”. 

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According to a 15 November 2017 ranking of projects qualified for funding as part of the OPUS 13 and the PRELUDIUM 13 competitions announced by the National Science Centre on 15 March 2017, 18 projects to a total value of 11,961,747 PLN are to be implemented at the University of Gdańsk:

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Prof. Dr hab. Adam Lesner and Dr Natalia Gruba from the University of Gdańsk have been working on a quick and non-invasive diagnostic test to detect cancer of the urinary system epithelium, commonly known as cancer of the urinary system. The method suggested provides an alternative to the currently used methods in that it is innovative, quick, non-invasive and involves nothing more than a urine sample, and research carried out on 85 individuals has met with a success rate of 100 per cent.

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On 8-10 November 2017 in Berlin the fourth ALLIANCE (INTERREG BSR) Partner Meeting took place. The project brings together blue biotechnology actors from across the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) to develop innovative marine biotechnology based products and services. The event was hosted by the SUBMARINER Network.

The gathered ALLIANCE partners discussed project activities and plans in the form of workshops and presentations.

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The FINWAP project “Comprehensive assessment of a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) high-density area along the West Antarctic Peninsula” has received funding.

The applicants were Dr Helena Herr, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW); Dr Anna Panasiuk, University of Gdańsk, Institute of Oceanography; Dr Simone Panigada, Tethys Research Institute, Milan, Italy.

Length / Date of expedition: 32 days / February – March 2019

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On 9 June 2017 a new agreement was introduced which establishes a research network under the name of Krajowa Sieć Stacji Obrączkowania Ptaków (KSSOP/National Network of Bird Ringing Stations), thus bringing together all Polish bird ringing stations which focus on research into small birds, mainly passerines. The KSSOP brings together a total of 6 entities which run 8 field stations.

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The Baltic Blue Biotechnology has just published its new service offer brochure. It introduces our holistic approach to the blue biotechnology sector and the way in which we work with our business cases. Above all, it gives an overview of the specific services each of our institutions is able to offer.

The brochure presents the ALLIANCE partners' individual service offers in the following six categories:

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The objective of the COMPLETE project is to devise a coherent system for managing biological contamination (non-indigenous species) introduced by ballast water and ship hulls, appropriately adjusted for the Baltic Sea Region.

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