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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 being initiated by Elisabeth Mann Borgese in 1981. This two-month programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management 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, and includes lectures, interactive discussions, field trips, simulations and exercises, individual participant presentations, and an international round table.

2017 Training Programme

The next Halifax course is scheduled for 24th May to 21st July 2017. Check below for details, with more to be added in the coming weeks:
  • course announcement 
  • 2017 syllabus
  • 2017 speakers
  • 2017 sponsors
  • What to Expect
  • general course video prepared by intern, Emily Stewart (60 MB m4v file - open with e.g. VLC media player)
  • information on recent courses (below), particularly the 2016 Course Report and feedback from 2016 participants from Madagascar and Brazil.

    Late applicants can sometimes be considered if there is space available, particularly in the case of self-funded candidates, so e-mail IOI-Canada if you wish to discuss this.  If you are encouraged to submit an application, the application form can then be downloaded and returned. 

  • Women from Small Island Developing States may be eligible for the Danielle de St Jorre Scholarship but the deadline for this has also now passed.  Details are available in the Call for Applications and potential candidates can contact us for details of the 2018 award nearer the time.

    Please contact IOI-Canada for more information on this course or the possibility of customised training in either Canada or another country. Dalhousie University graduate students interested in the programme should also contact us to discuss registering for audit, or for credit if the appropriate arrangements are made and an extra assignment completed.

    2016 Training Programme

    2016 class visit to the Northwest Altantic Fisheries Organization

    The 36th annual training programme ran from 18th May - 15th July 2016. Download the detailed 2016 COURSE REPORT for an official summary of the programme, with full syllabus and details of participants, lecturers and funders. For individual feedback on the course, read about the experiences of the participants from Madagascar and Brazil.

    2015 Training Programme

    2015 participants at Bedford Institute of Oceanography

    Download the 2015 COURSE REPORT

    2014 Training Programme
    2014 Round Table: Panel, Participants and Course Director

    Download the 2014 COURSE REPORT

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

    Download the 2013 COURSE REPORT

    2012 Training Programme
    Closing Ceremony of 2012 Training Programme

    Download the 2012 COURSE REPORT

    2011 Training Programme

    2011 field trip: Bay of Fundy lobster boat

    Download the 2011 COURSE REPORT, or 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.

    2010 Training Programme

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

    This course marked the 30th anniversary of the training programme, held at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia each year since 1981. Download 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: 9th April 2017