Master course unit on Ocean Literacy (IMBRSea)


The International Master in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea) is a joint Master program organised by eleven leading European universities in the field of marine sciences. This program is devoted to preparing students for the rapidly evolving demands of the blue bio-economy as well as research on the sustainable use of marine biological resources. In response to the increasing demand for an ocean literate society and the goals on the Decade, in 2022 IMBRSea has launched a new specialization track on Ocean literacy, Education and Communication featuring three units of 6 ECTS focused on the Basic Concepts on Ocean literacy, Education and Training in Marine Science, and Applied Communication and Outreach.

The goal of this specialization track is to provide students with foundation knowledge of modern methods and tools used in teaching and communicating about ocean-related topics and to equip them with the necessary knowledge about what teachers do, both in the preparation and in the actual performance of educational activities, and what are the consequences thereof for students’ learning.

The course takes place from September to early November every year at the marine station in Villefranche-Sur-Mer (France), and students can choose this track for the second year of the master. The course counts with several guest speakers, from a multidisciplinary background, that are actively working in marine education, citizen science and marine science communication. Additionally, a two-days mini-symposium will be organized at the end of the course to meet experts in the field and networking, as well as to showcase the final projects carried out by students.

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Villefrance Marine Station

The course is held in Villefrance, Marine Station