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VIRTUEs Online course for educators now availabale on the web!

updated: 2020-11-10

VIRTUE's distance learning course "Promoting Ocean Literacy and Project-Based Learning by Monitoring Biodiversity" is now available and open to everyone on VIRTUE's website!
The language of the course is English. No pre-registration required.
The course includes four pre-recorded lectures, more than 30 videos and many literature tips.


"VIRTUE-s OCEAN" Online Classroom for Education And Networking 2020

updated: 2020-08-21

In the spring 2020, when many schools were closed due to the pandemic of Covid-19, VIRTUE-s launched a digital global classroom for international collaborations on marine biology topics. Students participating in the project from home, were able to follow the program and met researchers and experts from universities and organizations from four countries. The content is connected to participants local curricular demands, but a passing grade will also grant an exclusive diploma of achievement signed by participating universities.

Cayenne pepper colour - the new boat bottom colour?

updated: 2018-09-25

The object of this paper is to explore if there is a more environmentally friendly and ecologically sustainable alternative to the copper oxide based marine antifouling paints commonly used today. The study revolves around the question if mixing cayenne pepper, more specifically the molecule capsaicin, with biocide free antifouling paint will enhance the paint’s antifouling properties.

Virtue becomes a book!

updated: 2018-02-19

We have written a chapter for the book “Exemplary Practices in Marine Science Education - A Resource for Practitioners and Researchers” (Springer).

The book will be published in spring 2018.

The purpose of the book is to inform, inspire, and provide an intellectual forum for practitioners and researchers in this particular context. Proposed subject areas include sections on marine science education in formal, informal and community settings.

Big difference in fouling depending on substrate

updated: 2015-04-14

There is a big difference in fouling depending on the material used, according to a German study.

In Virtue CDs of polycarbonate is used, but you have  every possibility to use also other material. In a school project in Kiel, Germany, they have  tested various types of substrate in the form of garbage, to see what is growing on them. The results show that fouling (mainly barnacles and mussels) prefer glass over wood and alumninium.