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.
European COST Action Ocean Governance for Sustainability
- Land-Sea Interactions Training School
29-31 August 2018
The workshop is aimed at early career researchers, which includes anyone who is pursuing a PhD or has received their PhD within the past 3 years. The main objectives of this event aim to assess current knowledge on land-sea interactions: social and economic perspectives, as well as policy perspective on required changing governance. Attendees will be able to benefit from a series of lectures and workshop sessions led by a number of trainers who have profound experience in these fields.
This training school will focus on three specific dimensions:
- creating a conceptual understanding on the specifics of land-sea interactions;
- alternative appropriate policy frameworks and experiences of translating science and theory into policy;
- exploring ways to establish new areas of scientific collaboration on investigation of the drivers for environmental, economic and social changes in European coastal areas, addressing methods for estimating their resilience and defining consequences for the society.
Lecturers will enable training school participants to develop a strong theoretical and applied understanding of the land-sea interactions in Europe and elsewhere.
4th EcoAqua Summer school 'Blue Innovation in Islands'
10-14 September 2018
Gran Canaria, Spain
The ECOAQUA Summer School 2018 will provide the participants a solid overall understanding of basic and applied aspects related with Blue Growth Initiatives in Island Systems, such as European Outermost Regions and Small Islands Developing States. The course will address new tools and technologies applied to relevant topics such as Governance, Aquaculture, Marine Spatial Planning and Conservation. The course will be given by academics and professionals, with practical knowledge, experiences, and applicable methods as related tools. The scientific and technical courses will be organized around four specific modules:
• Blue Growth and Ocean Governance
• Innovations in Aquaculture
• Current trends in Marine Spatial Planning in Island Systems
• Advances in Marine Conservation
More about this training opportunity available here:
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.
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.
Erasmus mundus master course on maritime spatial planning
October 2018 - September 2020
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 2018 - October 2019
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 2019 - September / December 2020
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.
Marine Planning for Sustainable Development, MSc/Diploma
September 2018 - September 2019
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.
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.
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.