IBIS - a project to develop Integrated Aquatic Resource Management Between Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland
SCENE is the base in Scotland for the three partners collaborating in the IBIS project, part of the ERDF INTERREG IVA programme.
IBIS is a partnership between the Loughs Agency (Lead Partner), the University of Glasgow and Queen's University Belfast in an £8m cross-border project to help protect aquatic resources across Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.
Funded from August 2011, till 2015 IBIS will deliver 70 years of applied research in doctoral and masters projects, 16 Continuing Professional Development courses and 12 Knowledge Transfer workshops by June 2015 - leaving a legacy of expertise in sustainable aquatic resources management in the three jurisdictions.
Research, education and training are provided at SCENE and at the Marine Laboratory in Portaferry (Queen's University Belfast), in collaboration with the staff and facilities of the Loughs Agency.
An IBIS Advisory Group is drawn from the main governmental and non-governmental environmental agencies in Ireland, N.Ireland and Scotland, to help IBIS address the needs of stakeholders, and to complement ongoing and planned work by other organisations.
The ethos of IBIS is to assist environmentally sustainable economic development across the INTERREG IVA area through evidence-based management of aquatic resources. The data generated will enter the public domain through the statutory agencies, be made available to stakeholders through Knowledge Transfer workshops, and published in newsletters and online.
The project includes the development of the new teaching building at SCENE. SCENE is the base for the IBIS research studentships being appointed by the University of Glasgow: 7 PhDs and 14 Masters students.