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Training at IOI-Canada

Training is a key activity of the IOI global network. The Institute's flagship interdisciplinary training programme has been conducted at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia each summer since the course was initiated by Elisabeth Mann Borgese in 1981. This two-month training programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management is offered through the IOI network's OceanLearn suite of courses.

The training programme emphasises the importance of viewing the ocean as a system with varied users and multiple, often competing and conflicting, uses. It also aims to increase awareness of the fact that ocean management requires broad interdisciplinary skills, new institutional and legal infrastructures, and new forms of intergovernmental and non-governmental organisation and cooperation at the local, national and international levels. Training consists of over 200 hours in the classroom. While the course is primarily lecture-based, it also includes interactive discussions, exercises, field trips, and an international round table.

Information on the 2015 programme, provisionally scheduled for 20th May - 17th July, will be posted here in late August. At that point, the application form can then be downloaded and returned. The deadline for receipt of completed forms will be 1st January.

2014 Training Programme

The 2014 course was held from 21st May to 18th July. Details can be found in the following links, and the Course Report will be posted when available:

  • course announcement
  • SYLLABUS and brief lecture outlines
  • what to expect
  • background reading & reference materials
  • participant list
  • lecturer list
  • sponsors
  • course video prepared by intern, Emily Stewart (60 MB m4v file - open with e.g. VLC media player)

    2014 participants at Opening Ceremony

    2013 Training Programme

    (22nd May to 19th July)

    2013 class: GIS session (photo credit: D. Theophille)

    Download the detailed 2013 COURSE REPORT for an official summary of the programme, with full syllabus and details of participants, lecturers and funders.

    2012 Training Programme

    The 2012 training programme took place from 16th May to 13th July. Download the 2012 COURSE REPORT for a detailed record.

    Closing Ceremony of 2012 Training Programme

    Previous Training Programmes

    The 2011 programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management was held from 18th May to 15th July. 

    Download the detailed 2011 COURSE REPORT for details. For a more informal and humorous take on the course, see the speech by 2011 participant Parinda Ranasinghe, delivered at the Closing Ceremony on behalf of the class.

    The 2010 Training Programme marked the 30th anniversary of this annual course, held at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.    

    Presentation of 30th Anniversary plaque to Mike Butler, Director,
    by participants of the 2010 course

    For a detailed summary, including the syllabus and Course Director's report, as well as lists of participants, lecturers and funders, see the 2010 Course Report (1.2 MB pdf). The 2009 Course Report (842 KB pdf) is also available, as is an informal course summary (1.8 MB pdf) from one of the 2009 participants.   Some information on the previous programmes, dating back to the first course in 1981, can be found in the Alumni section of this website.  For further details on any of our past courses, please contact IOI-Canada.



    Last updated: 21st July 2014