Training

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. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and cannot be considered as advertising for the courses / trainings included in the page.

 

Training Opportunities for Professionals

Blue Growth: can marine environment support growth maintaining good ocean health?

June 5- 7 2018
San Sebastian (ES)

AZTI and EEAcademy are organising a training course on Blue Growth and how to reconcile this growth with the maintaining of the environmental status, under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The attendees will acquire new knowledge on recent trends in marine research, in relation to the management and governance of our oceans and the blue growth initiatives. This summer school will focus on the integration of different sciences (i.e. social, economic and ecological) as a means to enhance the potential of our oceans through adequate management and governance, for which sustainable blue growth is crucial. This course will explore this at different spatial scales and in management and governance applications (e.g. to the MSFD, the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive, the Biodiversity Strategy 2020; etc.). Hence, the main objective of the school is to give an overview on the problems associated to blue growth, and its relationship with ocean and coastal livelihoods, management and governance.

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Blue Growth in the eu and the euro-mediterranean region Summer School

11 - 22 June
Piran (SI)

The Euro-Mediterranean University and the school will be from 18 to 22 in Piran, Slovenia and from 25 to 27 in Trieste, Italy. The study of blue growth crosses disciplines and lessons from governmental, private and non-governmental sectors. Instructors will come from across the EU and the Euro-Mediterranean region, and will include staff from Slovenia.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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UGent Blue Growth Summer School

GreenBridge, UGent Campus Ostend (Belgium)
10 - 21 September 2018

Across existing and emerging Blue sectors, fundamental science combined with technical background is essential and should be combined with business development teachings focussing on commercialisation of research results based on direct insights from the industry both multinationals and SME's. The course fits the challenges mentioned above as it provides holistic training in several blue growth domains while laying out the cross disciplinary links. The course is designed for Master and PhD students. Engineers, bio-engineers, geographers and marine biologists are welcome to subscribe however essential for enrolment is the demonstration of experience in marine and maritime projects.

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Formal education programmes

PhD Marine Spatial Planning Training School

11 - 13 April 2018
Queen's University, Belfast

As part of the activities of Ocean Gov COST Action a Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Training School will be held at Queen’s University Belfast. The workshop is aimed at PhD students. The training school will focus on examining the emergence of MSP as a new governance paradigm and critically engaging with questions related to stakeholder participation and power. The workshop will also explore how we might move MSP towards more transformative and socially just practices and examine how MSP might be linked to SDGs. 

The workshop will run from April 11th to 13th at Queen’s University Belfast. There are a range of accommodation options close to the university (more details to follow for attendees). There is funding available for a number of early career investigators (ECI) to attend this event – up to a maximum of 300 EURO for UK attendees and 500 EURO for attendees from other European, EU ‘Near Neighbour’, and EU ‘International Partner’ countries. If you would like to attend, please contact the organiser (Wesley Flannery: w.flannery@qub.ac.uk ) by 1700 February 25th outlining your early career status, and a short paragraph (no more than 5-6 lines) on why you would like to attend the event and how it might benefit you.

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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.

The call for applications for the 2018/edition of the Joint Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning has been extended to June 22.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Marine Planning for Sustainable Development, MSc/Diploma

September 2018 - September 2019
Orkney, UK

Marine planning, including spatial planning, is a fast developing discipline of global interest with excellent employment prospects. Ambition to create jobs and growth in the ‘Blue Economy’ is made real by new technologies giving access to the wealth of resources in the oceans and seas. New approaches are needed to govern the interactions among marine industries while maintaining the aspiration for healthy seas and the conservation of ecosystems. Adaptation to the effects of climate change adds to the importance of marine planning as an essential tool in marine management. The Orkney campus provides a unique concentration of marine expertise and activity provides students with unparalleled access to key participants in the sustainable development and planning of marine industries.

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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. SP-MSP is currently seeking input via an online survey to shape to meet education and training needs from MSP practitoners.

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On Demand Training Opportunities

Marine spatial planning challenge 2050 sessions

On Demand

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.

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Blue Planning in practice

On Demand

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.  

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