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IMBRSea Online Symposium 2021

The annual IMBRSea’s "Diving into Marine Minds" Symposium is a very important event for our Master Program. It is where first-year students meet and interact with the graduating second-year students and teachers, to exchange experiences and knowledge. During this symposium, second-year students present their thesis work while first-year students show what they learned during their professional practice.

For the 2021 edition, due to the Covid-19 situation, an online alternative version of the Symposium will be organized. The IMBRSea programme hopes to still give the opportunity for our students to share with fellow students, teachers and the public at large, what they have done and learned during their experiences in the last academic year.

Click on the buttons in the schedule below to follow the respective activities live:


09:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 12:30
13:00 - 14:30
15:00 - 16:30
17:00 - 18:30
19:00 - 20:30

July 5th

Opening of the symposium - recorded
Thesis presentations - session 1
Thesis presentations - session 2
movie documentary
Thesis presentations - session 3

July 6th

Thesis presentations - session 4
Professional practice exhibition
Thesis presentations - session 5
Professional practice exhibition
Round-table 1
Documentary discussion - CANCELLED

July 7th

Thesis presentations - session 6
Professional practice exhibition
Thesis presentations - session 7
Thesis presentations - session 8

July 8th

Thesis presentations - session 9
Round-table 2
Thesis presentations - session 10

July 9th

Graduation ceremony

Ongoing activities

Meeting hubs
Photo exhibitions

Thesis presentations will happen between July 5th and 8th in different “online rooms” that will be streamed live on Youtube and can be accessed through Matix.

Each thesis is presented through an oral presentation followed by a public debate with both thesis evaluators and the public present in the room. As in a normal physical Symposium, students have 15 minutes to present their thesis followed by a 10 minutes discussion in which questions will be answered. The questions will be posted through a live chatbox.


Thesis presentations account for 25% of the final grade. They are evaluated on the following aspects: Visual appearance, Content, Speaker's capacity, and General approach to the topic.

Professional Practices carried out by first-year students between April and June are also presented during this online Annual Symposium. Each student will design a personal website in which creative elements can be embedded (video, photo album, game, etc). Aim of this exhibition is that the student shows the experiences gained during the practice. Creative ideas are welcome and are encouraged. 
The online exhibition will be open during the two days of the symposium. The public will be able to access a collection of websites. These websites should be visually attractive, engaging, showing content, and at the same time reflect on the actual experience. Through online chatrooms and virtual peer feedback tools, presenters will be stimulated to engage with the people attending those virtual rooms.

As part of the symposium, we plan to organize a series of roundtables where different marine science professionals can discuss the professional context, motivations and concerns of marine scientists. Students should when attending them get an idea on how their careers could look like after graduation.