Capacity building and training

Open Sea Lab

The first EMODnet Open Sea Lab will take place in Antwerp, Belgium from 15-17 November 2017. The three day event will help co-create innovative solutions to unique problems using EMODnet's wealth of marine data and ocean observations. EMODnet is working to provide potential condidates with access to open data on many aspects of the physical and chemical state of our European seas and oceans, their depth, the geological structure of their seabeds, the habitats that they support, the biodiversity that inhabits them and the human activities that take place there.

Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Course

Theory and practice: lectures, field trips out to sea to collect data, data handling, photo-identifications, distribution, abundance, behaviour, habitat use, human interactions, social structure, conservation, and more.

Course material and certificates will be presented. The course is equivalent to 3 ECTS. The course will be given in English, and will host a minimum of 8 participants, and a maximum of 16.

One Planet – One Ocean: From Science to Solutions Online Course

Join the global learner community that will be part of this Massive Open Online Course starting soon. We, a group of ocean scientists from natural sciences, law, economics and philosophy, will share with you our insights, providing an integrated view of the ocean system and its interactions with humanity. We provide lectures, links and reading material but more importantly, we interact in an online forum, think together on assignments, questionaires and quizzes.

Advanced Course Monitoring environmental effects of aquaculture

The course requires personal work and interaction among participants and with lecturers. The international characteristics of the course favour the exchange of experiences and points of view. The course will be taught with a combination of lectures, applied examples, case studies and practical sessions that will provide the participant with hands-on experience on field sampling and data processing relevant to environmental monitoring of aquaculture.

Aquaculture in Southern Europe: Basic and Applied Aspects

Aquaculture is practiced in all types of existing aquatic environments, from marsh ponds and estuaries to rivers, lakes and the sea. In the Southwest of Spain, aquaculture activity is mainly located in natural earthen ponds, using the existing “salinas” after a necessary adaptation for fish production. As occurs with the marine environment, it is necessary to have a thorough knowledge of the land‐based ecosystems in which the aquaculture production process is to be developed.

Ecological applications of Biomarkers in aquatic food web studies

The growing demand for a sustainable use of aquatic resources has stimulated research interest in untangling the functional relationships between aquatic organisms, including interactions at the basis of food webs. Knowledge of these (trophic) interactions is a prerequisite to understand and to protect the carrying capacity of aquatic ecosystems. Stable isotope analysis (SIA) has proven to be a useful tool in reconstructing diets, characterizing trophic relationships, elucidating patterns of resource allocation, and constructing food webs.

UGent Blue Growth Summerschool

The second edition of the Blue Growth Summer School is taking place at GreenBridge, UGent Campus Ostend in Belgium from 11-22 September 2017. The Summer School will cover a wide range of topics throughout its run, from exploring the challenging role of oceans and seas in our future society, to assessing how people from multiple backgrounds and disciplines can work together to achieve goals that would not be possible without collaboration.

The school is mainly aimed at Master's or PhD students in engineering, bio-engineering, geography, or marine biology.