Annual Symposium "Diving into Marine Minds"

From 25 to 29 June 2018 the first international symposium for students studying in the EMBC+ and the IMBRSea Joint Master programmes on Marine Biological Resources is organized in Ostend (Vayomundo) by Ghent University, the IMBRSea consortium and EMBRC.

This first edition will be special: we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the joint master programmes in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC and EMBC+) and we celebrate the kick-off of the IMBRSea programme, the largest international study programme in the field of marine biological resources. More than 150 students, teachers and partners active in these leading study programmes will get together for two days of training workshops and two days of oral presentations. During the week a whole range of innovative engaging other activities are organized: two interactive exhibitions, a debate on career perspectives of marine scientists, …

Consult the programme on the Mobile Page

Install the Grupio app and register for event code: divingmarineminds2018

Full programme:

Below is a general programme for the event. At the bottom of the page a more detailed programme can be retrieved with indications of closed activities for students only.

  • 25 June:
    • 13.00 Official Welcome and Kick-off event
    • 14.00 Thematic hands-on workshops
      1. Arduino for marine Science
      2. Presenting for an audience
      3. Ocean Literacy
      4. EMBRC: History of the EU Marine Stations
      5. EMBRC: Emergence of EMBRC and modern marine biology/ecology/biotechnology research and application
      6. EMBRC: Get funded with EMBRC/Assemble Plus
    • 19.00 Exhibition Professional Practice
  • 26 June: Workshop sessions
    • Morning Thematic workshops
      1. Arduino for marine science
      2. Electronic Monitoring (EM) as a tool to survey fishing activities
      3. Dredging and the environment
      4. Environmental Impact Assessment
      5. Presenting for an audience
      6. Marine litter
    • Afternoon Thematic workshops:
      1. Marine litter
      2. Visit to Marine station Ostend
      3. Dredging and the environment
      4. Electronic Monitoring (EM) as a tool to survey fishing activities
      5. Debate career perspectives as a marine scientist
    • 19.00 Exhibition Professional Practice
  • 27 June: Open symposium with oral presentations by graduating Marine Minds
  • 28 June: Open symposium with oral presentations by graduating Marine Minds
  • 29 June: Graduation Ceremony at Ghent University


Find more information about the content of the workshops here.


Register now if you want to attend the official welcome and kick-off or one of the open symposium days. Register here

Important: students of the EMBC+ and IMBRSea programme register via a different form which they received via email.


Follow the symposium also on twitter and facebook (@divingmarineminds - #divingmarineminds), and on the IMBRSea YouTube channel (