With the help of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) and thanks to its OceanTeacher Global Academy (OTGA) Project, the University of Bergen announced its very first IOC/OTGA course at Bergen Summer Research School this summer.
Lasting 56 hours and over 9 days (including breaks, from 07 to 17 June 2021), this course will focus on acquiring knowledge and skills related to science, policy, and society necessary for contributing towards sustainable development of life below water.
It is designed for PhD candidates with an interest in sustainable development and life below water. It is relevant for a broad range of disciplines, and the resultant diversity among the students will facilitate reaching the learning outcomes by everyone bringing their own specific expertise to the group.
The overall program will include special interdisciplinary sessions on systems thinking, creative problem-solving, and project management. This, together with cross-cutting keynotes and virtual social events, will provide participants with rich theoretical and practical knowledge for solving concrete sustainable development challenges.
The course will be mainly synchronous online teaching through Zoom from 9 to 16:30 (GMT+1). Students will work in small teams (4-5 members), and attendance in all sessions is expected. Assignments will include short essays, presentations, debates, and communication.