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IPI Exercise

Phytoplankton identification

From April 2021 to April 2022, the Canary Islands Harmful Algal Bloom Observatory (OCHAB), University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Spain in collaboration with the IOC Science and Communication Centre for Harmful Algae, Denmark will conduct a proficiency test on marine phytoplankton abundance and composition amongst laboratories.

The IPI proficiency testing scheme is open for participation to all relevant laboratories globally. This test is divided into two main competency areas and each participant must complete the both to obtain the required certification.

Taxonomical knowledge – in the form of a “Taxonomic Quiz”, This test will be set up on a distant learning web platform called ‘Ocean teacher’. Participants will need to log on with a username and password and answer the questions online.

Sample Abundance and Composition – a number of preserved seawater samples spiked with phytoplankton cultured material or/and natural field samples will be sent to each laboratory. The number and type of samples has not been decided yet and will be adapted to be relevant to the participants.

Programme Schedule:

Registration deadline: From Monday, 8th March 2021 to Friday, 30th July 2021
Samples sent to analysts + Oceanteacher quiz opens: From 30th July 2021 to Thursday, 30th September 2021
Deadline for submission of samples and online test results to lead laboratory: Tuesday, 30th November 2021
Intercalibration Report (January 2022) and Workshop: From 5th January 2022 to 1st March 2022