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Issue # 9 October 2022


Designing sustainable, safe and inclusive coastal communities in Atlantic Canada

Future Ocean News is a newsletter produced by Ocean Frontier Institute’s Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI) research project with the purpose of connecting team members, collaborators, partners, knowledge holders and users, disseminating research, highlighting the work of partners, increasing visibility of highly qualified personnel, and promoting FOCI’s and FOCI-related opportunities and events.

This month's newsletter contains:

  • Research in the Making: Return to Work After Work Injury or Illness

  • FOCI in Focus: FOCI Website launch, October 31st, 2022

  • Don’t Miss the Boat! FOCI’s first Webinar Workshop!

  • 15-Minute-Podcast Interview with Dr. Robert Mellin

  • An Ocean of Opportunities: Employment Opportunity!

  • Moving Forward and Navigating New Waters. A Congratulatory Note to FOCI Alumni

Research in the Making

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FOCI in Focus

Don’t Miss the Boat! FOCI’s First Webinar Workshop!

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Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures

A FOCI Webinar Workshop Series

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022

12 – 130 pm

Location TBA (a hybrid event)

Save the date! More information about the workshop and registration will be released soon!

The overall purpose of this workshop series is to enhance the profile, reach and impact of FOCI research through knowledge mobilization presentations, discussion and activities. Each workshop will be led by researchers from a FOCI Work Package. They will reflect on key findings in their research related to FOCI objectives and address how their research can enhance FOCI efforts to better understand, design, develop and manage diverse infrastructures in ways that are more sustainable, safe and inclusive for coastal communities and ocean industries challenged by ocean, climate and social change. The series will inform and advance efforts to document, synthesize and communicate lessons learned from FOCI as a whole.

15-Minute-Podcast Interview with Architect Dr. Robert Mellin

Robert Mellin is on FOCI’s Advisory Committee and is an Associate Professor (Post-Retirement) in the Faculty of Engineering, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University. He has been a registered architect since 1978 and has received numerous awards for his commitment to preserving the built heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador, such as his efforts in Tilting to preserve and restore houses, fishing stages and vegetable root cellars.

Today in our FOCI podcast we are speaking with architect Dr. Robert Mellin who shares with us his knowledge of local building practices in Tilting, Fogo Island. Robert speaks to how the scarcity of resources, coupled with an intimate knowledge of landscape and climate has resulted in the ingenuity of building practices that simultaneously have created coastal structures that are both precarious and resilient. Robert strongly suggests that the historical and local building practices within the outport coastal communities of Newfoundland be incorporated into the planning and building regulations of communities in time to come.


An Ocean of Opportunities

Moving Forward and Navigating New Waters!

We would like to extend our congratulations to three members of the FOCI consortium on their recent achievements.

Wishing you all the best on your next endeavours!

Research Funding was provided by the Ocean Frontier Institute, through an award from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund

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