The International Seabed Authority  Endowment Fund recently awarded training fellowships to four qualified professionals to participate in a training course offered by the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Goa, India.

The awardees are Suzan El-Gharapawy of Egypt, Wahiebah Hoosain of South Africa, Schery Umanzor of Costa Rica and William Saleu  of Papua New Guinea. 

The Training Program began 17 October and ends 11 December 2010.

The course will include interactive sessions incorporating: marine surveys for interdisciplinary research; exploration of marine minerals and resource evaluation; marine ecosystems; and biodiversity environmental impact assessment of offshore projects.

Other course features include Law of the Sea training with highly experienced marine scientists, practical training in lab and field techniques, field visits to sites of marine significance, hands-on experience with live projects in relevant fields, and report writing under the individual supervision of scientists.

The International Seabed Authority Endowment Fund promotes and encourages the conduct of collaborative marine scientific research in the international seabed area through two main activities: by supporting the participation of qualified scientists and technical personnel from developing countries in marine scientific research programmes.