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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research

Connecting hands-on-PRactice and Innovative MArine ecological sampling methods and analysis tools for enhancing student LEARNING

Alternative title: Kombinering av PRaktiske og Innovative MArinøkologiske prøvetakingsmetodar og analyseverktøy for å auka student LÆRING

Awarded: NOK 4.5 mill.

PRIMA LEARNING will educate highly qualified candidates in ocean science, and strengthen research networks between Norway and South Africa. The approach is capacity building through research combined with international experience and the establishment of networks for young scientists. Active teaching and learning methods are used and these include; i) hands-on-learning of practical skills of sampling techniques using advanced and world-leading technologies on ocean going research vessels in the Benguela upwelling ecosystem and in the Norwegian region; ii) analyse acoustic and optic data; iii) analyse biological data. In the PRIMA LEARNING project research and education meet. The project organises workshops, intensive university courses and research cruises. PRIMA LEARNING finances mobility for MSc and PhD students, and scientists between Norway and South Africa, and offer also travel support to students enrolled in BIO299 Research Project (10 ECTS) on themes from the Benguela.

The PRIMA LEARNING is a project on active student learning in marine science. We will build new knowledge through basic research, and educate highly qualified marine scientists with international experience and networks. The approach is to adopt innovative teaching and learning methods and to integrate hands-on-learning of practical skills required for marine ecological field studies for academia, research institutes and the industry. PRIMA LEARNING involves access to world-class ocean going research vessels in one of the four most productive ecosystems of the world (the Benguela Upwelling Ecosystem) and in Norwegian areas. Students will learn from sampling using the most innovative sampling methodologies including, for example DeepVision, multi-frequency acoustics, and optics. The students will learn about sampling methodologies and the processes from planning to conduct field studies and to quality assure, analyse, and interpret the collected data using modern analysis tools. PRIMA LEARNING is unique through the connections of two Centre for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Bergen (bioCEED & ActLearnMar), strong research environments in South-Africa, and a Centre for Research-based Innovation at the Institute of marine Research (CRISP), and the FAOs flagship for developing sustainable fisheries considering climate and pollution impacts (EAF-Nansen program). These collaborations will allow students and young researchers in marine sciences obtaining training and education in advanced methods for marine science. We will provide scientific and educational meeting places in the form of workshops and intensive training courses, exchange opportunities and travel grants to facilitate capacity building, as well as collaborative networks. Through these meeting places cross-fertilization of ideas, collaboration on capacity building through research and joint research projects will ensure sustained long-lasting structures.

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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research