Training of early career scientists is a major goal of the UGent Marine Biology Research Group.
At the creation of the research group, courses were mostly lectured to Ghent University Biology undergraduates and graduates. Due to the diversification of our research topics and specialization in some distinct habitats, areas and themes, we now contribute to 50+ courses in BSc, MSC and PhD programmes. Since several years, the involvement of the group in inter-university and international cooperation has led to the creation of several joint Master and Doctoral programmes. The Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans & Lakes) is a perfect example of Belgian inter-university cooperation between the Free University of Brussels (VUB), Antwerp University (UA) and Ghent University (UGhent). On a European scale, the international Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC+) is offered by a consortium of 6 European universities and a worldwide network of over 45 associate members. From 2017 onwards, a new MSC programme, the IMBRSea will replace and expand the phylosophy of the EMBC+programme into a revised programme offering more mobility and more jointly developed activities. Expanding the international scale, the Joint Doctoral Programme on Marine Ecosystem Health & Conservation (MARES) is offered by a consortium of 24 partners originating from 14 different countries to deal with the effects of the impact of humans on the natural marine environment. Our decennia long teaching expertise allows the Marine Biology research group to attract young graduates from all over the world and to train them to top-class early career scientists.