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Call for Collaborators

 

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Programme Introduction
As part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), the Global Estuaries Monitoring (GEM) Programme is now inviting nominations of potential partners for joining this programme. The GEM Programme aims to develop a global network to monitor environmental contaminants (e.g., pharmaceutical residues, micro-plastics, pathogens, emerging pollutants of concern, etc.) in major urbanised estuaries worldwide.  Standard sampling and analysis methods will be applied for global estuaries monitoring, generating results that will enable a scientifically sound comparison of contamination profiles across the globe.  From the results, we will be able to reveal the pollution situation around the globe, identify the estuaries that require further attention and improvement, recommend priority contaminants for control, and promote best practices to combat the pollution problems and thereby create cleaner estuaries for the human society and the environment.
 
We are keen to invite potential partners for a variety of collaborations, including but not limited to, conducting the sampling activities in selected estuaries, co-design of collaborative research projects, and co-development of practical and integrative solutions to combat the pollution problem.
 
To facilitate our understanding of your research background and potential areas of in-depth collaborations, please fill in the following questionnaire for the nomination. It is estimated that it would take around 15 – 30 min for the input. The information collected in this questionnaire will be solely used for the evaluation of appropriate partners and improving the sampling plan of the GEM programme.
 
Please note that the GEM team will only cover the costs of the basic sampling kit such as sampling syringe, syringe filter and sample vials, as well as the delivery and return of the sampling kit between Hong Kong and the partner’s city. GEM is not liable for any extra costs including but not limited to transportation to the sampling sites and labour work. The collaborators retain the right of the sample data collected by themselves while the CityU GEM team retains the right of all data collected in this project.
 
Apart from the above specifications, the Steering Committee of the GEM team retains the right to the final decision regarding any potential disputes. For more information, please visit the website of the Global Estuaries Monitoring (GEM) Programme at https://www.globalestuaries.org/. Should you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us via our email (globalestuaries.gem@gmail.com).
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