PISCAS – Scientific School

12-16 July 2021


The ‘Coastal Spatial Planning and Aquaculture Sustainable Development‘ (hereinafter PISCAS) Scientific School 2021 is organized by IMC Foundation in collaboration with IAS and ISMAR CNR. The main objectives of PISCAS concern several aspects related to Integrated Coastal Management and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the context of the Integrated Maritime Policy and its relationship to Blue Growth. Notably, the School will be aimed at defining the best methods and tools to achieve the development and growth of aquaculture through coordinated spatial planning. Given that an effective MSP process calls for different competences, this Scientific School is intended to offer a learning opportunity to researchers, scientist and students involved different scientific field, as well as to technical and human resources from public administration.

The School will be structured in both theoretical and practical parts and will encourage the exchange of experiences and knowledge among experts and participants.

The School will take place from 12 to 16 July 2021 in hybrid form.
General knowledge on several MSP and aquaculture site-selection aspects will be delivered:

  1. Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), definition of MSP and its objecti­ves, description of the process;
  2. Maritime Spatial Planning Tools and Data Management;
  3. Applications of agricultural-scale models in aquaculture zoning and site-selection.


A workshop will be held on July 15 2021 and will be address to PA, companies, students, and citizens, with the involvement of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Department of Agriculture and Agro-Pastoral Reform) of the Sardinia Region.
In addition to the teachers engaged in PISCAS, national and international experts from the aquaculture sector, in particular shellfish farming, and from the Fisheries Service will be involved during the workshop.

Participation Maximum attendance is 20 students both in presence and remote form. The lectures will also be open to other students, as auditors, up to a maximum of 35 people.

Participation Fee: Participation is free.

Travel: Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and payments to get to the venue.

Application: If you are interested in participating in PISCAS Scientific School 2021, please fill in the application form until June 6th 2021. The application form must be completed, together with your CV and a copy of a valid identity document.

All applications will be evaluated after the application deadline. By the end of June 18th 2021,  participants will receive a notification of acceptance.

Registration form

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    *Please attach a copy of your identity card to the application (.pdf or .jpg format, max 2mb)

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    The IMC is a research institution whose main objective is to promote scientific research aimed at the proper management of bio-resources and the Mediterranean marine environment. The IMC role in regional research system aims at bringing scientific and technological solutions in support of sustainable production systems that employ in their processes marine and coastal resources, and at the same time the stimulus of initiatives that can generate wealth and prosperity through the conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems. IMC also makes international scouting of technologies and good practices relevant to local production systems for technology transfer. In this context, IMC develops research focusing on sustainable aquaculture methods and studies on the reproduction of fish and invertebrates aimed at producing and restocking for the increase in productivity of lagoons and coastal areas. www.fondazioneimc.it   IN COLLABORATION with ISMAR-CNR is based in Venice. ISMAR conducts research in the Mediterranean, oceanic and polar regions, focusing on the evolution of the oceans and their continental margins, submarine volcanoes, faults and slides and their potential impacts on land; influence of climate change on ocean circulation, acidification, biogeochemical cycles and marine productivity and on natural and anthropogenic factors that affect economically and socially on coastal systems from prehistoric times to industrial times. ISMAR has a recognized competence in supporting and promoting observation activities for monitoring the climate, the environment and the oceans, based on the integration of different types of observation techniques (in situ, remote sensing, satellite). The experience that makes ISMAR the national leader in marine geological cartography, geological and environmental risk assessment, long-term oceanographic time series collection, and interoperable management of marine data, oceanographic modelling for maritime spatial planning and the development of a marine economy based on the ecosystem represents the added value compared to the educational offer of the Scientific School The specific contribution to the school is linked to the teaching offered by ISMAR researchers.   IAS-CNR IAS-CNR is an Institute of 100 people distributed in 5 Sections (Rome, Genoa, Oristano, Palermo, Capo Granitola) with headquarters in Rome. IAS conducts research in following sectors: 1) anthropogenic impacts on the marine ecosystem, 2) cycles biogeochemicals and dynamics of traditional and emerging contaminants, 3) chemical-physical and biological interactions between technologies and the environment marine (corrosion, biodeterioration), 4) effects of global changes on open sea, coastal and lagoon ecosystems, 5) oceanography operational for the management of environmental risk and emergencies from pollution, 6) marine ecology and ecological modeling aimed at conservation of marine ecosystems, 7) development of methodologies for habitat improvement (transplantation and restocking) 8) applications of telemetry and bioacoustics for the study of marine and marine ecosystems transition. Research groups operate in the IAS CNR of Oristano experience in operational oceanography aimed at evaluating the environmental risk (modeling and experimental), in the ecology of marine and lagoon environments and in the interoperable management of databases environmental.

    Scientific committee/ Organizing committee

    Dr. Stefano Guerzoni Dr. Andrea Barbanti Dr. Maura Baroli
    General knowledge on several MSP and aquaculture site-selection aspects will be delivered: -Maritime Space Planning (MSP), definition of MSP and its objecti­ves, description of the process -Maritime Spatial Planning Tools and Data Management -Applications of agricultural-scale models in aquaculture zoning and site-selection
      July 12 July 13 July 14 July 15 July 16
    9:00 Welcome and introduction   An overview on AZAs selection in the Mediterranean Sea Use of remote sensing and oceanography data for aquaculture site-selection Information, data and tools to support planning and decision making Decision support tools Practical session: case studies and lessons from European and international MSP projects and plans   Maritime and coastal planning in Emilia Romagna
    11:00 Indicators for the evaluation of aquaculture-environment interactions Use of farm-scale models in combination with GIS for aquaculture site selection MSP Knowledge   Maritime Use conflicts (MUC): tools for Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA)
    12:00 Integrated models for simulating the functioning and environmental interactions of marine aquaculture farms Examples of applications in the Mediterranean area: of fish and shellfish farms) Management and sharing of geospatial information
    Lunch Break 13:00-14:00
    14:00 Practical session: growth of seabass and seabream modeling using remote temperature data time series Practical session: Integrating farm-scale models results into a multi-criteria analysis spatial framework using R. Alignment of Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and MSP Workshop Coastal Spatial Planning and Aquaculture Sustainable Development
    15:00 – 18:00 Practical session: modeling the emission and deposition of the sea bass / sea bream in different hydrodynamic conditions with the FiCIM model Practical session: simulation of a participatory mapping session with interested stakeholders ICZM-MSP in the context of the integrated maritime policy   Coastal and maritime uses and MSP   Methodology and key contents of a maritime territorial plan
      Download PISCAS program in .pdf format
    The topics of this Scientific School will be presented by the following experts:

    Andrea Barbanti

    Research Manager at CNR-ISMAR, develops science-to-policy and research activities that promote blue growth. He is a member of the BLUEMED Project Management Team and coordinator of the BLUEMED political platform. He has been coordinating or involved since 2012 in numerous National and Community projects concerning maritime spatial planning (e.g. RITMARE, ADRIPLAN, MUSES, SUPREME, SIMWESTMED, CO-EVOLVE, PORTODIMARE, PHAROS4MPA), developing and testing approaches and tools for MSP in the Adriatic-Ionian region and in the Mediterranean and support in all aspects of the MSP implementation process. It is National Focal Point for the MSPglobal initiative.

    Roberto Pastres

    PhD, Associate Professor of Ecology at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics. Experience in modelling the interactions between aquaculture and the environment, with particular reference to shellfish growing and cage breeding at sea, and in the development of modelling tools for assessing the local impact of farms on water quality, sediment biogeochemistry and on the community benthic. He currently applies environmental accounting methods, such as Life Cycle Analysis and Energy Analysis, to the assessment of the global impacts of aquaculture activities. Coordinator of FP7 MEDINA - Marine Ecosystem Dynamics and Indicators for North Africa, and H2020 GAIN -Green Aquaculture INtensification in Europe (www.unive.it/gainh2020_eu) projects. He is the author of over 60 scientific publications.

    Alessandro Sarretta

    PhD in environmental sciences and a post-graduate master's degree in GIS and remote sensing. He specialized in the development and support of spatial data infrastructures working at the European Commission, JRC (2009-2012), dealing with the implementation of the INSPIRE directive. Since 2012 he has been a researcher at the CNR (at the Institute of marine sciences until 2019, now at the Research Institute for geo-hydrological protection), where he has been involved in various national and European projects dealing with interoperable infrastructures spatial data, Maritime spatial planning and implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. He is involved in various development, support and dissemination activities on topics related to open source software, open data and open science.

    Amedeo Fadini

    Qualified Planner, with a specific MsC in GIS and remote sensing. Work experience about land planning, emergency planning and as a consultant, GIS developer and data manager. From 2018 he’s been working at CNR-ISMAR with the ICZM MSP group and is curently enrolled as a PhD student at IUAV University of Venice. His research field is about the continous monitoring and managing dynamic data in Maritime Spatial Planning with regards to climate change and forecasts model data.

    Stefano Menegon

    PhD in computer science for environmental sciences. Environmental engineer expert in geospatial analysis, geostatistics, environmental and predictive modelling, integration of complex data, data sharing strategies, interoperable infrastructure and collaborative geospatial web applications. He is currently Senior Research-Technologist at CNR-ISMAR. He is working on the design and development of geospatial tools to support ICZM and MSP (Integrated coastal zone management and Maritime Space Planning) activities. In particular, his research interest includes the evaluation of cumulative effects, the analysis of compromise synergies, the socio-economic spatial analysis and the services of the marine ecosystem.

    Erika Porporato

    Erika M.D. Porporato is a marine ecologist with a PhD in Environmental Sciences. Since 2020 researcher at the IMC – International Marine Centre Foundation. Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice from 2015 to 2020. Since 2019 FAO consultant on aquaculture and expert monitoring reviewer for the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission. She was involved in different national and international projects, organisation of scientific meetings and leading of research expeditions. She is a researcher interested in diversity and ecosystem functioning, macroecology and species’ response to anthropogenic (aquaculture and fisheries) and environmental alterations, with particular interest in the effects of climate change and multiple stressors. Her current research interests are focused on the Allocated Zones for Aquaculture identification, through the use of satellite data, within the process of the Maritime Spatial Planning.

    Daniele Brigolin

    PhD in environmental sciences at the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice in 2008, with a thesis on the sustainability of marine aquaculture. From 2012 to 2017 researcher in ecology at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics of the University of Venice. His research interest is on the direct and indirect effects of anthropogenic pressures on the functioning of natural and modified ecosystems. He deals with adaptive management of lagoons and coastal systems of the Mediterranean, in the context of climate change and in relation to different types of pressures and interventions, mainly aquaculture, fishing, morphological interventions and restoration and the assessment of the environmental sustainability of food production, through life cycle assessment. In this context, he currently coordinates the Interreg Italia-Slovenia Bluegrass project.

    Linda Fourdain

    Linda Fourdain is a marine scientist specialized in aquaculture working as consultant at the GFCM of the FAO. She holds a Master of Science in sustainable fisheries management from the University of Alicante (Spain). She has work experience on marine spatial planning, allocated zones for aquaculture, statistics and geographic information system. Within its consultancy, she provides trainings and technical assistance to support the implementation of allocated zones for aquaculture.
    The Scientific School PISCAS is open to researchers, scientist and students at any stage of their scientific career, as well as to technical and human resources from public administration.
    Maximum attendance is 20 students both in presence and remote form. The lectures will also be open to other students, as auditors, up to a maximum of 35 people.
    No registration fees are requested. The participants will benefit from lessons, teaching materials, coffee breaks, and lunches.   The application form must be completed, attaching a CV and a copy of the identity document until June 6th 2021 Participants will receive a notification of acceptance by June 18th 2021.  

    Registration form

      *Attach your CV to the application (.pdf or .doc format, max 5mb)

      *Please attach a copy of your identity card to the application (.pdf or .jpg format, max 2mb)

      *The fields marked with an asterisk are required.