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.
Please note that this section of the EU MSP Platform website is not currently being updated with new information. However, the resources throughout our website remain relevant to our mission of sharing knowledge and experiences on MSP in the EU.
ICES ASC MSP Training
18-22 February 2019
This course will give participants information and experience on the MSP developmental process through serious gaming (MSP–challenge) and spatial tools for defining value and zonation, but will also address the process design, governance issues etc. Topics include:
- MSP in a national setting
- MSP in an EU context: relationship to MSFD
- Planning processes
- Defining and designating valuable areas for both ecosystems and human use
- Estimating impacts and vulnerability
- Zoning – area conflicts
The course is an introductory course and requires no previous experience from MSP processes, although experience from MSP processes is a benefit. Participants should be either scientists, managers or graduate students (MSc and PhD) with some experience from marine management and the issues related to MSP. Online registration will be available soon.
Capacity Building Workshop on MSP INSPIRE data model
14 - 15 March, 2019
Are you GIS user, an MSP Expert, marine data scientist?
MarSP project is hosting the 2nd Capacity Building Workshop on MSP INSPIRE data model. The second edition, organized by University Las Palmas de Gran Canaria & Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO). It will be held at the Centro Oceonografico de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, Spain.
Participants will have a chance to discuss, if necessary, propose modifications or/and endorse concept of MSP data model. The technical solution that includes data model with specifications in different formats needs to be tested, using the standard GIS software, applying developed tools for the MSP interoperability (as registries, harmonization process, Styled Layer Descriptor, etc.). To test technical solutions, it will be delivered “hands on” session, where participants will be leaded by presenters to test data model. It is expected that participants have already finalized plan, draft, or just part of the MSP for Azores, Madeira, or Canary Islands (or any other marine region will do) that can be used for the testing. The use case can be invented, but should include number of maritime activities, that are near reality.
Finally, during this workshop will be presented Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands MSP platforms, related architecture and innovative solutions for MSP process as “one stop shop” and use of specialized software for crowd sourcing (SeaSketch, Wiki-style mapping…).
Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas
4 November - 6 December 2019
This training programme is a flagship activity of IOI together with that delivered from the University of Dalhousie in Canada and builds upon the more than 35 years' experience of the International Ocean Institute in conducting training and capacity building programmes on ocean governance. One of the main objectives is to assist in the formation of a core of decision-makers who will be aware of the complex global and regional contemporary issues of coastal and ocean management.
PhD course on MSP
6 -8 May 2019
The University of Turku and the BONUS BASMATI project will jointly arrange a 5 ECTS PhD level course in Turku, Finland. The course will focus on the evaluation of the ongoing national and international maritime spatial planning initiatives, as well as on the methods and tools related to monitoring and evaluation of maritime spatial plans. Emphasis will be on the similarities and differences among the member states’ approaches in fulfilling the MSP directive’s requirements, and the overall progress within the Baltic Sea region at the moment.
Coastal Studies Master Programme
August 2019 - August 2020
University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland
The master's program in Coastal and Marine Management introduces students to various methods for managing marine and coastal areas, based on economic, social, and environmental considerations.
Sea and society masters programme
Fall 2019 - Fall 2021
University of Gothenburg (SE)
The university of Gothenburg is organising a new interdisciplinary, 2-year master program about the sea and society. This program and the courses are for students of all disciplines interested in how the human society is linked to the marine environment and ecosystem. The program will be offered at the University of Gothenburg in the fall of 2019.
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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.
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.