WESTPAC Training Course on Crustacean Taxonomy – Regional Training and Research Center on Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health (RTRC-MarBEST), Jakarta, Indonesia
17 Oct 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
You may recall that the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission endorsed in 2008 the “IOC Regional Network of Training and Research Centres” initiated by its Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC). The initiative aims to improve regional capability and capacity on marine science in a sustainable and systematic manner, through the establishment of IOC Regional Training and Research Centres (RTRCs) in national oceanographic institutes or universities, and regular provision of training and research opportunities in their domains of focus to young scientists mainly from developing countries within and outside the region.
Upon the strong commitment of the Government of Indonesia and satisfactory evaluation results, a Regional Training and Research Center on Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health (RTRC-MarBEST, hereinafter referred to as “MarBEST Center”) is established in the Research Center for Oceanography-Indonesian Institute of Sciences (RCO-LIPI) with its Inauguration scheduled for October 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The MarBEST Centre is committed to addressing the “taxonomic impediment” in tropical marine biodiversity studies in view of the dramatic declining numbers of taxonomic specialists on specific organisms.
As an initial activity, the MarBEST Centre will conduct a training course on Crustacean Taxonomy at the MarBEST Center Building on the Pari Island, Jakarta, Indonesia from 17 to 29 October 2016, with the objective of enhancing the capacity of scientists and lectures in the Western Pacific and adjacent regions for taxonomic research on tropical marine biota, especially for crustacean taxonomy.
This training course is designed to cover various topics mainly related to ocean biosystematics, particularly for crustacean taxa, relevant techniques for species identification (characters and their characteristics), and to develop scientific writing skills for publication. The course is primarily targeted at experts from universities and research institutions from Member States in the Western Pacific and adjacent regions, including ASEAN countries, and various stakeholders engaged in marine conservation and environmental protection. Priority will be given to young scientists and junior technical staff who have knowledge and/or working experience in marine taxonomy. Given the limited financial resources available, some of the most qualified applicants may receive financial support upon request after careful selection by a committee established jointly by Indonesia and WESTPAC.
Deadline of submission of the application: 31 August 2016
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IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)
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