Adventure in the underwater world

This year 423 visitors took part in European Researchers’ Night 2022 at LIAE and explored the underwater world

Adventure in the underwater world

This year 423 visitors took part in the underwater exploration adventure organized by the Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology. There were almost 200 more visitors this year compared to the previous European Researchers’ Night event in 2019, when 234 people visited the LIAE in person.

In the tents set up outdoors in the LIAE territory visitors could try out diving equipment, look at research equipment, board a boat, learn about plankton and benthic organisms, get to know the diversity of fish in Latvian lakes, and identify different types of pollution in Latvian waters. The nature values of the coastline could be explored in various educational and interactive activities in the mobile nature classroom of Nature Conservation Agency.

To make the event possible, results from different projects were presented: EMODnet Data Ingestion III (https://www.emodnet-ingestion.eu). ESF projekts nr. 8.2.2.0/20/I/003. PostDoc projekti 1.1.1.2/VIAA/4/20/733, 1.1.1.2/VIAA/4/20/736, 1.1.1.2/VIAA/3/19/465. Islandes, Lihtenšteinas un Norvēģijas EEZ un Norvēģijas grants divpusējās sadarbības fonda stratēģiskās iniciatīvas projekts “Mikroplastmasas piesārņojuma dinamika un izplatība Latvijas un Islandes jūru un ezeru ūdeņos – jauna sadarbības virziena uzsākšana” #EEANorwaygrants @EEANorwayGrantsLatvia

About the pollution of pharmaceutical active substances, their impact on aquatic organisms, how it can be reduced and the campaign #DabaiTabletiNevajag project MEDWwater – Interreg Latvia – Lithuania Programme #MEDWwater #Interreg #LATLIT #vide #DabaiTabletiNevajag #GamtaiVaistųNereikia #NatureNeedsNoPill #Kurzemesreģions (Project lead partner LIAE and project partners Kurzeme Planning Region, Klaipeda University Marine Research Institute, Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre, State Agency of Medicines of the Republic of Latvia, Valstybinė vaistų kontrolės tarnyba prie SAM).

On the diversity of macrophyte algae and the microplastics found in it, the #ESMIC project reported on algae drifts on the coast of Latvia https://dabasdati.lv/lv (LATLIT Esmic Interreg Latvia – Lithuania Program – Klaipeda University Marine Research Institute, Klaipeda Science and Technology park, Environmental education fund (FEE Latvia) and LIAE.)

The event was financially supported by the LIFE program project “Research of marine protected habitats in EEZ and determination of the necessary conservation status in Latvia” LIFE19 NAT/LV/000973 REEF

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