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
2019 Training Programme: 22nd May-19th July
Next year's application deadline is tentatively set for 5th January 2020. It is sometimes possible to consider late applicants, especially if they have external funding. Please contact us to discuss this, or if you are interested in 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.
2018 Training Programme
2018 participants, staff et al. at Round Table
Download the 2018 COURSE REPORT for an in-depth record of the programme, with full syllabus and details of participants, lecturers and funders.
2017 Training Programme
2017 Participants at Closing Ceremony
Download the official 2017 COURSE REPORT. For a more informal summary, see the Closing Ceremony presentation prepared by Mikhail Amsterdam, 2017 course participant from Guyana.
2016 Training Programme
2016 class visit to the Northwest Altantic Fisheries Organization
Download the 2016 COURSE REPORT. For individual feedback on the course, read about the experiences of the participants from Madagascar and Brazil.
2015 Training Programme
Download the 2015 COURSE REPORT
2014 Training Programme
Download the 2014 COURSE REPORT
2013 Training Programme
Download the 2013 COURSE REPORT
2012 Training Programme
2011 Training Programme
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.