On this page a list of practical training opportunities for MSP planners is presented, to increase awareness of capacity development offerings. The list includes courses available both in-person in Europe, as well as online. It is targeted at planners and professionals working in MSP or related fields. Formal education programmes are also included in this list, as well as training opportunities that are only available on demand.
Marine Data Management Workshops
August 2017 - March 2018 (several dates available)
Plymouth, Edinburgh & London (UK)
MEDIN have announced another series of their very popular and well-received workshops on marine data management, for the coming year. There are upcoming workshops still available in August 2017, November 2017 and January and March 2018. These workshops are designed to help individuals and organisations make their marine data holdings discoverable and re-usable by future users.
The workshops are modular, with a morning session on MEDIN Data Guidelines and an afternoon session on the MEDIN Discovery Metadata Standard and tools. MEDIN are happy for users to attend either the full day or just the morning or afternoon session, as best suits individual needs. MEDIN aim to personalise each workshop, with the Guidelines to be covered varying between attendees, depending on their individual data requirements. One session may therefore cover Data Guidelines ranging from bathymetry to biodiversity and/or geophysics, depending on who attends. MEDIN will contact registered attendees in advance of the workshops to identify which guidelines suit their data.
The international ocean institute training programme on regional ocean governance for the mediterranean, black, baltic and caspian seas
5 November - 8 December 2017
International Ocean Institute (Malta)
The Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas are characterised by a common feature of being geographically enclosed or semi-enclosed basins, subject to intense anthropogenic pressures while providing important resources on which major economic activities of international, regional and national importance rely. The regional seas connect the riparian countries and are also part subject to the countries within the national maritime zones. These seas have fragile coastal and marine ecosystems, with the activities and maritime policies of states affecting the quality of the marine environment of other regional states within the same basin. These regional seas exhibit different levels of experience in regional cooperation, sustainable development of the resources and services of the ocean, and this diversity and wealth of experience provides an opportunity for comparative learning.
Research Data Management Training Course
4 - 8 December 2017
Research Data Management (RDM) covers the planning, creating, storing, organizing, accessing, sharing, describing, publishing and curating of data. RDM is mandated by many funding agencies and increasingly by governments to provide access to funded research results. This course will cover several topics related to data management, and is targeted towards data managers and researchers from Europe.
Marine Spatial Planning - PgDip/MSc Part-time Postgraduate course
January 2018 - January 2020
Ulster University (UK)
This course is designed to provide an advanced education in the principles and practice of marine spatial planning. Graduates of the course are expected to have a broad overview of the management of the marine and coastal resources and allied fields of integrated coastal zone management. The award is intended to provide students with an appreciation of the scientific basis underpinning the management of coastal land and water resources and to enable those successfully completing the course to operate at a professional level in the emerging field of marine governance, planning and management.
Ocean Governance: Policy, Law & Management
May 2018 - July 2018
International Ocean Institute Canada
This two-month programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management emphasises the importance of viewing the ocean as a system with varied users and multiple, often competing and conflicting, uses. It also aims to increase awareness of the fact that ocean management requires broad interdisciplinary skills, new institutional and legal infrastructures, and new forms of intergovernmental and non-governmental organisation and cooperation at the local, national and international levels. Training consists of over 200 hours in the classroom, and includes lectures, interactive discussions, field trips, simulations and exercises, individual participant presentations, and an international round table.
Erasmus mundus master course on maritime spatial planning
October 2017 - September 2019
University of Venice (IT), University of Sevilla (ES), University of the Azores (PT)
The Erasmus Mundus Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning (EMMCMSP) is a two-years advanced professional master program, in which three high-rated European universities participate: Università Iuav di Venezia as coordinator,University of Seville, University of Azores. Students will familiarize themselves with key issues involved in policies formulation and planning strategies for maritime space, to improve the management of resources from an environmental, economic, social and legal perspective within the framework of Maritime policies.
Master of Arts in Ocean Governance
October 2017 - October 2018
International Ocean Institute & Unversity of Malta (MT)
This postgraduate programme aims to forge a knowledge base that is essentially legal but which also delves into the natural and social sciences to determine how an effective regulatory framework should operate; it serves to further enhance the development of learning and research in the field of marine resource management and maritime security from a multidisciplinary perspective. The programme is delivered annually over 13 months, commencing each October. It is coordinated by the Environmental and Resources Department within the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta, and is supported by the Department of International Law, the Institute of Earth Systems, the Department of Biology (Faculty of Science), the Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy, and the International Ocean Institute.
Marine Science and Management master
March / July 2018 - September / December 2019
Sydney Institute of Marine Science (AUS), University of Technology Sydney (AUS), Macquarie University (AUS), University of New South Wales (AUS)
The new Sydney Marine Science and Management Program offers a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge in a range of marine science and management disciplines including the science and management of coasts, marine ecology and conservation, coral reefs, climate change, oceanography and engineering. The aim of the program is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in the multidisciplinary field of marine science.
Double Degree Master Programme 'Water and Coastal Management'
September 2018 - September 2020
Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg (DE), University of Groningen (NL)
Global changes ask for a comprehensive scientific approach, an international multidisciplinary orientation and require a new mind-set towards water and coastal management problems. In response to these challenges and to provide an inspiring atmosphere for the development of an academic and professional career, the unique Double Degree Master (DDM) program 'Water and Coastal Management', merging the strongest expertise of the two partner-universities, the University of Groningen and Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg, was designed.
Taught by outstanding experts highly conversant with environmental, socio-economic, and spatial sciences, you will be trained to manage the water and coastal resources of future societies in a sustainable way. The University of Oldenburg gives you the opportunity to learn about the marine environment and sustainable management; the University of Groningen offers its outstanding knowledge on spatial science, in particular water management and environmental and infrastructure planning. The ability to integrate both makes the successful student an expert in water and coastal management.
Marine Planning and Management MSc
September 2018 - September 2019
University of Liverpool (UK)
This multidisciplinary programme is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to take up the exciting job opportunities arising from the recent adoption of marine spatial planning and related developments in marine conservation and the maritime industries. This programme leads to the award of a Master of Science degree. It is a full-time, one-year course, though it is also possible to study part-time over two years, combining studies with other responsibilities. This is the first programme of its kind to be accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a specialist Masters course. Gaining the degree is a step towards professional membership of the Institute.
Strategic Partnership for Marine Spatial Planning
The Strategic Partnership for Marine Spatial Planning (SP-MSP) is a cooperation that addresses current issues in the emerging field of marine / maritime spatial planning (MSP). The project involves partners from research and administrative organisations, as well as experts on MSP. The overall aim is to reach a common understanding and transdisciplinary approaches on a transnational level for higher education.
The project wants to develop a common European education agenda exemplified for the north Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea region. At the same time, we aim to promote transnational cooperation in MSP education.
Marine spatial planning challenge 2050 sessions
The Marine Spatial Planning Challenge 2050 is a computer supported simulation-game that gives maritime spatial planners insight in the diverse challenges of sustainable planning of human activities in the marine and coastal ecosystem. The objective of the simulation-game is to significantly contribute to policy learning and international planning practices with regard to integrated (eco-based) Marine Spatial Planning. Organized by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (the Netherlands), Rijkswaterstaat, Signature Games.
Blue Planning in practice
The Blue Planning training course aims to strengthen practical planning and implementation informed by decades of practical experiences and learning in the eld. This course therefore provides an introduction to the theory and practical starting points of coastal and marine spatial planning. The course is based on a case method, which conveys teaching messages mainly through interactive practical work by trainees.