The International Master in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea), is a joint Master program organized by eleven European universities in the field of marine sciences, supported by a large network of stakeholders (including Universities, Research institutions, Companies). IMBRSea is considered as the flagship Master program of the European Marine Biological Resource Center (EMBRC-ERIC).
By instructing future generations of marine graduates, from all over the world (currently > 50 nationalities), the IMBRSea program will support UN efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean. Thus, the IMBRSea program hopes to contribute to a large extent to the goals of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) proclaimed by the United Nations.
IMBRSea prepares students for the rapidly evolving demands of the blue bio-economy (all economic activities that depend on the sea) and research on the sustainable use of marine biological resources. Worldwide, the blue bio sectors are facing significant challenges in order to grow in line with the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations or in line with more regional strategies such as the European Union’s (EU) Blue Growth strategy. Several studies show that there is an urgent need for skilled people trained in an international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral subject matter. IMBRSea is designed to enable students to obtain both core and specialist competencies and skills required by employers in key themes of the blue bio-economy: fisheries and aquaculture; nature conservation; sustainability; ecosystem-based management; blue biotechnology and global change.
In September 2017 the current IMBRSea program, which consists of this international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral structure was launched as a follow-up of the former EMBC programme. The unique design led to an increased attractiveness for students resulting in a steep increase of the number of students applying to the IMBRSea program. EMBC, which had a more academic and less interdisciplinary design attracted about 50 students per intake, IMBRSea attracts 100 students. These high numbers of students led to new challenges but also opportunities for the organizing consortium.
In this scenario a new program was created. We also needed a new webpage to further promote the new tracks and courses opportunities of IMBRSea, which was launched on December 2nd 2019.
Check the new web-site: https://imbrsea.eu/