Applications are now open for three (3) on-land training opportunities for candidates from developing States, Members of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The placements are provided by the Government of the Republic of Poland in accordance with its obligations under its contract for polymetallic sulphides (PMS) with ISA.

The training opportunities being offered by the Government of the Republic of Poland will take place between September and October 2022. Selected candidates will engage in training for six (6) weeks in the field of deep-sea marine minerals to equip them with skills and competences necessary for the integration, processing and analysis of material and data collected during the research cruises.

The training programme will be organized by the Polish Geological Institute-National Research Institute in cooperation with: Natural Sciences Education and Research Centre, University of Szczecin, Poland; Interoceanmetal, Szczecin, Poland; and the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic. Candidates will travel to both countries in order to complete the training.

The training will be divided into two parts as follows:

Part I: Introduction to marine mineral exploration and exploitation

This part will focus on the legal, environmental and technological aspects of marine minerals exploration and exploitation under UNCLOS and other relevant documents constituting the regulatory framework of all activities in the Area.

Participants will take part in lectures, seminars and hands-on exercises (including case studies and laboratory training). The knowledge and skills developed in this part will be the basis for Part 2 of the training.

Part 2: Laboratory work and scientific techniques for marine minerals analysis and metallurgical processing

This part will focus on technological aspects of marine minerals exploration and exploitation. Participants will take part in all stages of laboratory works, including analysis and interpretation of results. The skills developed during this part of the training will be tailored to the participants’ professional capacity (based on their background) and laboratory capabilities.

Please visit this link for more information and to apply. Applications by qualified candidates should be received no later than 21 July 2022.

One of the Voluntary Commitments made by the ISA at the UN Ocean Conference 2017 was “Enhancing the role of Women in Deep-Sea Research through capacity building” – we therefore strongly encourage suitably qualified females to apply for these training opportunities.


All contractors with ISA have a legal obligation to provide and fund training opportunities for personnel from developing States and those of ISA.

The legal basis for the requirement stems from the provisions of UNCLOS and the 1994 Agreement and is set out in the standard terms of contracts. Its purpose is to ensure that personnel from developing States are provided with appropriate operational expertise to enable them to participate in deep-seabed mining.

Please visit this page to know more about the Contractor Training Programme.


For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Annekah Mason, Training Coordinator, ISA,


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