JAMAICA, Kingston (30 April 2015) – – As part of its training proposal and in line with its Contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules with the ISA, the UK Seabed Resources Ltd (UKSRL) has contracted Plymouth University to provide training opportunities for two trainees from developing States in 2015.

One trainee will receive on-land training in the analysis of polymetallic nodules using advanced imaging and analysis techniques while the second will receive training in deep sea marine biology. Both PhD training programmes are planned for October 1st 2015 for a duration of four years each. 

Under the training programme, UKSRL will bear the costs  through a grant to Plymouth University which will be used to discharge all fees and expenses incurred by the trainees in connection with their participation in the relevant training programme.

Additionally, UKSRL will also provide a berth for each student on a research cruise to the Clarion-Clipperton Zone.

The trainees will be selected by the Legal and Technical Commission at its meetings in July 2015, in consultation with UK Seabed Resources Ltd. and Plymouth University.

The deadline for Nominations is 20 June 2015. Any nominations received after that date will not be considered. The Nomination Form (docx | pdf) should to be completed by a senior official of an institution or government authority and could be emailed by the candidate to .
For more details visit the ISA/UKSRL Training webpage and the Plymouth University webpage.