Available courses

Marine Data Management, Governance and the MEDIN toolset

Category: 2022
This free training course is suitable for anyone responsible for collecting or managing marine environmental data in the public sector, industry or for education or research. Familiarity with different marine data types, and how data is acquired and used, would be helpful but not essential. Prior knowledge or practical experience of data management is not required. The course can be taken as a whole, or attendees can select modules according to two streams: Governance; Practical MEDIN.
  • Course Editor / Instructor: MEDIN Admin
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Roseanna Wright

NF-POGO Centre of Excellence. Introductory Module

Category: 2022
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Eva-Maria Brodte
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Baerbel Wichmann

Ocean Best Practices

Category: 2022

This course is an introduction to the Ocean Best Practices System. A
best practice is a methodology that has repeatedly produced superior
results relative to other methodologies with the same objective; to be
fully elevated to a best practice, a promising method should be adopted
and employed by multiple organizations.This short course provides an
overview of the importance and relevance of using and sharing Ocean Best
Practices and Standards, as well as on how to create, submit, share and
search for Best Practices in the Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS)
repository. This course is intended for University students, researchers
and ocean practitioners in general. It does not provide a certificate.


  • Course Editor / Instructor: Claudia Delgado
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ana Lara Lopez
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Rachel Przeslawski
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Pauline Simpson

Earth Observation data and techniques for fisheries management

Category: 2022
Fishing vessel traffic data derived from Automatic Identification System (AIS) has become an essential component for building fisheries intelligence.  Enforce and related fisheries management strategies rely on such information to curb illegal fishing, plan and implement policies for the sustainability of marine living resources.  Fisheries managers and enforcers require specialized skills to processes the large volume of positional, navigational and voyage related information embedded in AIS data.  Open-source programming software such as Python has lots of third-party modules for building packages and functions.  This makes Python an asset for the creation of customized data processing, analyses and visualization to support in making informed decisions…
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Kwame Agyekum
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Benjamin Botwe

World Register of Marine Species (for editors)

Category: 2022
The overall objective is to familiarize Aphia/WoRMS editors with the functionalities of the online editing platform, and the guidelines on how to enter specific information into the database. Aphia/WoRMS editors will gain (a better) understanding of WoRMS and the Aphia platform and will be able to add and adjust taxa, attributes, distributions, etc through the online editing interface of the WoRMS website. Attendance by invitation only.
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Wim Decock
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Stefanie Dekeyzer
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Leen Vandepitte