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    Introduction

    Since the 80s, in a biannual basis, the Iberian Seminar of Marine Chemistry has been the meeting point for the Spanish and Portuguese researchers in marine sciences. In this new seminar edition, the XV, the hosting city will be Vigo, a city with a strong tradition in studies of Oceanography and Marine Pollution that besides housing two marine research centres it also has one of the few Marine Sciences Faculties existing in Spain. These surroundings will incite the Seminar to create a stimulating discussion forum, to facilitate a seamlessly interchange of ideas and to foster new collaborative projects.

    In Honorem Fernando Fraga: a vital commitment to Oceanography

    Precisely, it was Vigo the city where, since 1955, the Professor Dr. Fernando Fraga has worked out his research activities, mainly focused on the nitrogen cycle and the organic matter in the oceans. Without any doubt, he is the precursor of the Oceanography in Galicia, and the germen of what currently are the Oceanography and the Marine Chemistry in Spain. His open minded attitude and commitment to Science constitutes a model to be followed not only by the participants but also by the Seminar organizers. In this event, the organization will has the mission of offering the best collaborative frame possible that, in turn, will provide the path to the solution of the contemporary marine research challenges.

    Scope of the Seminar

    An interdisciplinary view of the marine environment is vital and, from this vision, the Steering  Committee has set forth several sections in the seminar (Oceanography, Marine Biogeochemistry, Climate Change, Marine Pollution and Marine Ecotoxicology). The Organizational Committee encourage the marine researchers to submit their best works to any of the seminar sections. It is sought to bring together not only experts in Marine Chemistry but all those researchers with a multidisciplinary profile, like that of Prof. Dr. Fernando Fraga who has combined studies in Oceanography (Upwelling, Water Masses) with Biogeochemistry and Marine Pollution, being the latter based on the study of biologic processes and the synthesis of organic matter.

    A wide selection of the best sources will be published in two SCI journals: Ciencias Marinas (editors: Gabriel Rosón, José Luís Pelegrí and Miguel Gilcoto) (Impact Factor 1,038) and Scientia Marina (editors: Antonio Tovar, Juan José González and Antonio Cobelo) (Impact Factor 1,075).