The International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea), is a joint Master program organised by eleven European universities in the field of marine sciences, supported by the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC). The IMBRSea program is an Erasmus Mundus programme, which builds upon the strengths of the previous International Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC+), and helps to prepare students for the rapidly evolving demands of the blue bio-economy, as well as research in the sustainable use of marine biological resources.
I met wonderful people from all over the world and different cultures who are now friends and colleagues for life, and with whom I shared rich research training. I experienced various and diverse marine environments and research labs, with great teaching and professors. Certainly, among the best moments of my life.
It was a great program full of nice professors-mentors, and great colleagues. We were like a family, all students helping each other and encouraging to succeed. I also acquired different and very interesting skills that I'm still using in my day-to-day work. I loved the full experience.
The Program enabled me to build a professional network at an European scale, by doing the courses in two countries and the Professional Practice in a third one. It also gave me the opportunity to be involved in different projects, which strengthened my professional career, skills and CV.
The Program was great to introduce the Marine Sciences fields. It was also a great opportunity to gain experience from a wide variety of universities and professors that you usually would not be able to gain in a normal master program.
Recently graduated Kim Ellen Ludwig had her thesis cited as a possible explanation for the disappearance of 'Fungie', a bottlenose dolphin that has lived for decades near the Dingle Peninsula in the far southwest of Ireland. Fungie's notoriety comes from being the world’s longest-living ‘friendly’ resident dolphin. It's been more than 2 weeks that he is missing from his area. The news and the search for the dolphin have gripped the country in the past days.
We scheduled a series of meetings between students and the Coordinators from each partner University that offers the third semester. Last Thursday (28/05), Friday (29/05) and today (02/06) students had the opportunity to learn more about what to expect in the upcoming semester in 2020.
You can now check all the webinars and the latest information on how the partner universities are going to work through the pandemics after September 2020.
One of our alumni students Adjany Da Silva Freitas was appointed Minister of Culture, Environment and Tourism on Monday April 6 by Angolan President João Lourenço. This "super ministry" with three portfolios is a great responsibility on the shoulders of a young explorer accustomed to field work.
For developing countries the measures to stop the corona virus spread are not as simple. Cleaning your hands, working from home, staying separately in quarantine are not possible in over crowded regions, with no access to running water and no stable income.
For that reason, one of our IMBRSea students from South Africa Lara Paige decided to start an online fundraising campaign for underprivileged communities in her home country. Her project is called #SanitizeSouthAfrica and she is hoping to obtain enough money to secure a minimum of 5000 liters of hand sanitizers.
Every year VLIZ (Flanders Marine Institute) awards two prizes for master theses written at a Flemish university, or written by a Flemish researcher at a non-Flemish institution. Both fundamental and applied research in all branches of marine sciences are taken into consideration.