The Iliad Digital Twins of the Ocean Summer School 2023

The Iliad Digital Twins of the Ocean Summer School 2023

Start: Sunday 3rd September 2023

End: Sunday 10th September 2023

Location: Marine Observatory of Al Hoceima, Morocco

"Innovative Tools and Applications for a sustainable Blue Economy"

The Iliad Digital Twins of the Ocean Summer School 2023: "Innovative Tools and Applications for a sustainable Blue Economy" will take place 3-10 September 2023 at the Marine Observatory of Al Hoceima, Morocco.

The course is aimed at graduate (Masters/PhD) students, and early career scientists in the fields of Marine ecology, Oceanography, Environmental monitoring, Remote sensing, Marine/Oceanic engineering, Data science and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Key topic areas are:

Data acquisition, processing and management: Learn about the data life cycle, the different types of data that goes into a digital twin of the ocean and how to make them interoperable.

Numerical modelling: Ocean modelling with heterogeneous data, diverse tools for ocean data modelling

The tools needed to create a digital twin of the ocean: Introduction to some of the frequently used tools along the value chain of digital twins of the ocean. OGC standards, Python, Docker, other.

ICT technology (use of platforms, AI, Machine learning): Iliad uses a variety of platforms, including NextGEOSS, Global Ocean Platform, GeoMachine.

The Iliad summer school has lecturers from Alseamar, Ocean Best Practices, Hidromod, INESCTEC, SeaGust, BLB, OGC, Blue Lobster IT Ltd and more.

About the Iliad Summer School

The Summer School will be held on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco, at Al Hoceima National Park, 290 km East of Tangiers, between 3-10 September 2023. Lectures will be provided by high profile professionals in the fields of Oceanography, Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Combined with lectures, there will be field trips to a) the marine nature reserve of the Al Hoceima National Park, and to b) a mussel farm on the edge of the Al Hoceima National Park Marine Reserve, to train the participants on the use of innovative technologies for marine data acquisition and processing. The summer school will also host competitions and a hackathon and will cap off with an awards ceremony and a farewell party.


You can register for the summer school by sending an email with CV (Europass format preferred) and personalised statement of motivation for attending the course to Please note that AI generated applications will automatically be rejected.


Thursday 20th July 13:00 CEST.

DayTime (UTC+1)SessionLecturerLocation
Day 1: Sunday
19.00 - 21.30Welcome reception--Hotel
Day 2: Monday
09.00ILIAD in the context of the EU Digital Strategy & the Green DealBente Lilja ByeMarine center
09.20Ocean and Climate ChangeAudrey HassonRemotely
09.35Presentation of the Iliad Digital Twins of the Ocean projectBente Lilja Bye
10.00Data resources, data spaces, infrastructures infrastructure /data fusionFélix Margirier
10.30Coffee Break
11.00Standards for digital twins of the ocean and interoperabilityPiotr Zaborowski & Marie-Francoise Voidrot
11.30Data managementBente Lilja Bye
12.00Lunch Break
13.30Physical Oceanography TheoryFélix Margirier
14.00Physical Oceanography TutorialFélix Margirier
14.45Presenting the hackathon challenges and division of participants into groupsBente Lilja Bye
15.30Coffee Break
16.00Best practices in Ocean Sciences Cora Hoerstmann
17.00End of Day 2
Day 3: Tuesday
09.00Description on the architecture of drifters. Ocean data acquisition, transmission, and best practices on interoperabilityMarco Amaro Oliveira & Félix MargirierMarine center
10.00Coffee Break
10.30Ocean data processingMarco Amaro Oliveira & Piotr ZaborowskiMarine center
11.15Tutorial on ocean data processingFélix MargirierMarine center
12.00Lunch Break
13.30Hydrodynamic modelingAdélio SilvaRemotely
14.30Coffee Break
15.00The Thracian Sea Oil Spill Digital Twin
Hands on seminar on Oil Spill Modeling
Georgios Sylaios (DUTH)
Panagiota Keramea (DUTH)
16.00Presentation of an ILIAD DT pilot [Water quality]TBDRemotely
16.30Presentation and Discussion with a local specialistTBDMarine center
17.00End of Day 3
Day 4: Wednesday
09.00Field trip: Ocean data acquisitionMarco Amaro Oliveira & Félix MargirierMarine center
12.00Lunch break
13.30Ecological modeling of marine ecosystemsKarima KhalilMarine center
14.00Hands on modeling exercisesKarima KhalilMarine center
15.30Coffee Break
16.00Presentation of an ILIAD DT pilot [ILVO]Clyde BlancoMarine center
17.00End of Day 4
Day 5: Thursday
09.00Field trip
12.00Lunch break
13.30ICT infrastructure for digital twins of the ocean1-2 pilots to showcase their ICT infrastructureRemotely
14.00Presentation of GeomachineSimon KeebleRemotely
14.30Coffee Break
15.00Copernicus Marine ServicesMeysam Majidi NezhadRemotely
16.00Policy-Driven Management of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems and Resources: A Case Study of the Mediterranean RegionAnis Zarrouk & Issam AchourMarine center
17.00End of Day 5
Day 6: Friday
09.00Hackathon group workMarine Center / Hotel
12.00Lunch break
13.30Hackathon group workMarine Center / Hotel
17.00End of Day 6
Day 7: Saturday
13.30Hackathon presentationsMarine Center
17.00Awards / Farewell party
Day 8: Sunday

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