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IOC Capacity Development: Call for applications: OTGA/ESPOL/CENAIM: SIRENA Phycology Short Course: Seaweed diversity: an Ecuadorian perspective (Tropical East Pacific) (Online) Training Course, 14 - 18 December 2020

We are pleased to inform you that the period for applications for the training course in subject is open between 12 November – 2 December 2020.

SIRENA Phycology Short Course: Seaweed diversity: an Ecuadorian perspective (Tropical East Pacific)

(Online) Training Course, 14 - 18 December 2020

We therefore invite you to share this information among potential interested candidates in your country and Region. 


All information can be found on the UNESCO/IOC calendar on https://oceanexpert.org/event/2845 



To ensure food and job security, food production systems need to be innovated so that they protect the environment, mitigate climate change and become more climate-resilient. This is an opportunity for seaweed culture which captures nutrients and CO2, and does not need freshwater or fertilizers. In Ecuador, edible seaweed is being produced by small farmers, but a sustainable biomass valorisation strategy is missing. Moreover, a good knowledge of the existing seaweed species is still lacking. This course offers an introduction to the diversity, taxonomy and biogeography of the seaweeds of the Tropical East Pacific (Ecuador), in the framework of the project Seaweed-based innovations for a resilient aquaculture and agriculture (SIRENA funded by VLIR-UOS). 


Aims and Objectives

The course aims at familiarizing the participants with the morphological and functional diversity of seaweeds in an evolutionary framework based on the most recent (molecular-) phylogenetic insights. In addition, important ecological and biogeographical aspects of these groups, and their potential for applied research, will be addressed. Although not restricted to any specific geographic region, the course content will use case studies of the seaweed diversity of the Pacific South America.


Target audience and prerequisites

This course is designed for researchers, students, professionals and/or policy makers working on and/or interested in seaweed.

The participants need to have a basic knowledge of marine sciences, biology and/ or aquaculture (BSc level) and proven experience working with seaweeds.

An intermediate level of Spanish and English (min. B1) is required.


Course Format and Duration

This 15-hour long course consists of a series of (online) lectures delivered in live sessions and practical (demo) sessions and exercises.


Application Process

Period for Applications: 12 November – 2 December 2020. Please fill in the online application form on https://bit.ly/2IseOHM no later than 2 December 2020 (midnight CEST)




·       ESPOL OTGA Training Centre - CENAIM: Dr Sofie Van Den Hende (shende@espol.edu.ec) (Course Organiser)


·       OTGA Secretariat: ioc.training@unesco.org



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OTGA/ESPOL/CENAIM SIRENA Phycology Short Course (Online) Seaweed diversity: a Ecuadorian perspective (Tropical East Pacific) 
, 14 - 18 December 2020




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OTGA Secretariat


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