This first edition of the International Symposium “Diving into marine minds” will prove to be a significant event. It celebrates the 10th anniversary of the joint master programmes in the field of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC and EMBC+), and celebrates the kick-off of the Erasmus Mundus funded International Master programme in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea). The IMBRSea programme is currently the largest international study programme in the field of marine biological resources. Students in the EMBC+ and IMBRSea programme study for two years at several universities, participate in international summer schools and receive upon graduation a joint diploma signed by all involved Universities. This joint diploma will be a valuable asset in the competitive international professional scene.
During the symposium in Ostend more than 150 students, teachers and partners active in these leading study programmes will get together in an innovative engaging setting with training workshops, exhibitions, debates and presentations. Topics discussed and studied include the top-priorities and challenges for todays Ocean ranging from the impact of climate change, over sustainable marine food production to impacts of pollution (such as plastics) on the Oceans Biodiversity.