Matís is a partner in a new four year project funded within Horizon 2020, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The project is titled Social Science Aspects of Fisheries for the 21st Century (acronym: SAF21) and is funded under the scheme European Training Network (ETN) in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions for excellence science. The launch of the project marks a milestone as this will be the first project that Matís participates in that is funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme.
ETN is a consortium that sets up a joint research and training programme for researchers at doctoral level in order to produce leading researchers. The SAF21 network connects eight institutions and companies from six different countries. Ten Ph.D. candidates will be recruited. They will receive their Ph.D. through research and innovation training, placements in another country and/or private sectors and complete a Ph.D. degree by the end of the project. The candidates will investigate socio-ecological subjects that involve analysis of human social behaviour for better management of fisheries. The candidate at Matís will investigate fishermen reactions to management policies and demands from markets with the aid of simulation models. While conducting research, the candidate will be able to attend various training activities planned within the network and spend a part of the project time at SAF21 partner institutions.
The project coordinator and administrative manager of this €2.7 million project is Dr. Melania Borit, UiT, The Arctic University of Norway. Other partner countries are: Iceland, UK, the Faroe Islands, Spain and the Netherlands.
The kick-off meeting is held today in Copenhagen, Denmark.