Training opportunities

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel - Masters level (MSc in Biological Oceanography) courses:

  • MNF-Bioc-274: New Trends in Marine Biodiscovery (Summer semester elective seminar course) 2 ECTS
  • MNF-Bioc-260: Marine Biodiscovery & Biotechnology (2 weeks elective full-day block practical course) 5 ECTS

For more information please contact: Prof. Dr. Deniz Tasdemir at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BIOPRO World Talent Campus

Every year we invite research talents from all over the world for a competition across disciplines. Registration is now open. Deadline 8 April 2018!

The World Talent Campus is an advanced one-week course at PhD level, where students will learn and be challenged with cutting edge knowledge within biotechnology manufacturing. The course will focus on bioprocess monitoring and optimization, by addressing e.g. online measurement techniques, development and implementation of sensors in large-scale facilities, chemometrics as well as soft sensors based on mechanistic models. The course will also include social events and teambuilding activities in order to foster the creation of a global network.

25 PhD or Master students working in the field of biotechnology manufacturing, from 20 selected universities around the world, will participate. 


YAS 2018 

The fourth edition of the Young Algaeneers Symposium (YAS 2018) is a symposium designed and organised by young scientists for young scientists, addressing all aspects of algal (both micro and macro) research and technology.  Masters and PhD students, as well as early-stage Post-Docs working on microalgae (cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae) and seaweeds are encouraged to participate and contribute to YAS2018 and further develop the growing young algal researcher network.  Young Algaeneers from the private sector are welcome to apply too! This year, our event will be hosted by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS, Oban from May 16th to 18th) as part of the joint event Algal Research for Policy-Making and Biotech (ARPMB).


ALFF Conference

Algal Research for Policy-Making and Biotech (ARPMB) provides an international forum for communicating recent advances in algal research and for promoting the link between science, policy and biotechnology. Addressing both academia and industry, this conference offers a unique opportunity for delegates to exchange information and ideas as part of an interdisciplinary audience.

Given our vision to promote algal research and innovation with emphasis on their applicability in various areas of policy and industry, our aim is to bring together people with this joint event comprising:

  • The Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) Algal Microbiome: Friends and Foes (ALFF)
  • The Young Algaeneers Symposium (YAS 2018).
  • The RCUK Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) project GlobalSeaweedSTAR
  • The Horizon 2020 Blue growth project GENetic diversity exploitation for Innovative macro-ALGal biorefinery (GENIALG)

In addition to the scientific conference, the ALFF consortium will deliver a course on Biomonitoring and Science communication aimed at policy-makers, and the private sector in the context of algal research and biotechnology.

ARPMB will be organised and hosted by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban - a charming town on the west coast of Scotland and gateway to the Scottish Hebridean islands. A location with staggering natural beauty and rich cultural history spanning back to the Mesolithic times.



Assemble plus integrates 32 marine biological research stations (including the Lovén Centre at Gothenburg university) from various regions and offer transnational access to these stations for people coming from other organisations.

ASSEMBLE Plus will provide scientists from academic, industry and policy with a quality-assured program of transnational access (TA) and virtual access (VA) to marine biological research facilities, historical observation data, and advanced training opportunities.

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New interdisciplinary master courses about the sea and society

The University of Gothenburg offers two new interdisciplinary courses at master’s level. In 2019, the University of Gothenburg will start a new international, interdisciplinary master program (Master in Sea and Society) for students that want a broad marine education as training for a career in marine/maritime industry, marine authorities, environmental courts and multidisciplinary marine sciences. The two first courses of the program are now available as individual courses for the fall semester of 2018.

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SAMS provides a Blue Biotechnology Masters module as part of an Industrial Biotechnology Master run through the University of Strathclyde. It is taught short and fat over one week at SAMS with course work set before the course begins and has an algal focus. Michele Stanley could provide more details if necessary. 


The Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET has listed the existing operational programs within a marine biotechnology context, including fundamental knowledge on integrative biology of marine organisms and biotechnology exploitation. The mapping results have been integrated into the platform, an open-source service developed in the framework of the EMBRC activities of Belgium/Flanders.

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Applications for CBB Innovation Bursaries

Calling all EC funded researchers & projects working across the Bioeconomy. Here’s your chance to apply for one of the CommBeBiz Innovation Bursaries to support your research journey to social, commercial and/or policy innovation.

The type of innovation should fall into the following categories:

  • social
  • commercial
  • technological
  • policy (if complementary to one of the above-mentioned categories)

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EMBRIC: trainings in the fields of discovery and development of marine natural products

The discovery, development and exploitation of marine derived products for research and commercial development requires a skilled workforce to:

  1. select, harvest and manipulate resources
  2. treat the generated data and foster new technologies
  3. retrieve the economic potential
  4. overcome current and future interconnectivity barriers.

Therefore, the European Marine Biological Resource Infrastructure Cluster (EMBRIC) brings together and creates innovative training to meet the workforce requirements to foster innovation in marine biotechnology.

Hereunder is a non-exhaustive overview of existing trainings in the fields of discovery and development of marine natural products and marker-assisted selection in aquaculture from within and outside the participating Research Infrastructure (RI) and associated centers of excellence.

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New Erasmus + Call for proposals under Key Action 3

The overall objectives of the call are, on the one hand, to increase the employability of young people and to contribute to the development of a highly skilled, qualified and mobile workforce from which companies should also benefit and, on the other hand, to support joint developments in VET in Europe and strengthen overall its quality, relevance and attractiveness.

The partnership must be composed of partners from at least two different Erasmus+ programme countries (at least one of which must be a Member State of the European Union).  Moreover, the partnership shall include at least three partners, including the two following organisations:

  • a VET provider (at upper secondary, post-secondary non-tertiary or tertiary level),
  • an enterprise (public or private) or a chamber of industry, trade and crafts or a sectoral/professional organisation.

Activities must start between 1 September 2018 and 1 November 2018.  The duration of the projects is 24 months. 

Beneficiaries should undertake the two main following activities:

Design or improve a joint qualification in VET, aimed at responding to concrete skill needs in the countries with mandatory partners, with a view to its recognition as qualification in each of these countries. 

Set up new sustainable cooperation structures to ensure transparency, comparability, appropriate quality assurance systems and mutual recognition of qualifications, whilst making existing engagement more systematic and targeted. 

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at a maximum of 6 million EUR.  The maximum EU co-financing rate will be 80 %. Each grant will amount between 200 000 EUR and 500 000 EUR.  It is expected to fund around 20 proposals.

Applications must be submitted no later than 31 January 2018, 12.00 noon (Brussels time). 


Professional courses in English from DTI

They offer courses, educations and conferences in Taastrup, Aarhus, Aalborg, Odense and Copenhagen. The 300 different instructors cover a wide range of subjects, like IT, leadership and management, communication, sales and marketing, HR, law and economy etc.

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Transnational Access in EMBRIC

The EMBRIC Transnational Access (TA) program supports research projects in marine biotechnology. It provides researchers from academia and industry with access to Research services for marine biotech at its partner institutes (Access Providers) to enable them to carry out their research projects on marine organisms.

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