Dear Readers !

Welcome to the 5th issue of the OT-Med Newsletter. The key event of the last trimester was the OT-Med call for projects 2014. It has been launched in January 2014 and closed on 10th March 2014. As we wanted to avoid dispersion between numerous small projects and to stimulate ambitious and coordinated actions, the calls for collaborative projects, postdoctoral and PhD fellowships were grouped together. Those of you who submitted projects will have to wait another several months (until the end of May 2014) for the results. However, you may find in our Newsletter some information concerning the number of projects we received etc. (read more).

During the last several months, OT-Med engineer in environmental information systems, Romain Suarez, has been working to create OT-Med data catalog. The catalog is ready now. We would like to encourage you to use and to contribute to this tool (read more).

In every issue of our Newsletter we present people, teams and laboratories involved in OT-Med projects. This time we would like to present the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, MIO (go to article).

The F. Braudel postdoctoral fellowship co-financed by OT-Med and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (FMSH, Paris) has been attributed (read more).

The research supported by OT-Med resulted in some more scientific articles which have been recently published (read more).

Concerning our events, on 28th January we held a small meeting for people involved in our project, which was the opportunity to make a point on some of our past and future actions and to share a pleasant moment around the traditional French “galette de rois” (read more).

We also invited several renowned researchers to give talks. The talk of Pr Robert Axtell, from George Mason University (Virginia, USA) was filmed, so those of you who missed it, may watch it online (read more). Invited conferences were also given by Pr. Pr Peter Fulé (read more) and Pr Eduard Reinhardt (read more).

As for the training actvities, we collaborate closely with MedNet "Mediterranean Network of environmental training sites" A*MIDEX project. In 2013 we co-financed two field schools. The reports and pictures are now available online (read more).

Good reading and evidently, we are open to any suggestions concerning both the contents and the form of our newsletter.

Joël Guiot, Director of OT-Med