JAMAICA, Kingston (10 July 2018) – – In accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic sulphides with the International Seabed Authority, the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) of the Government of India, is offering five on-land training places in the field of deep-sea mineral exploration for candidates from developing States.

The eight-week training will be organised by the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) and is tentatively scheduled to begin between December 2018 and January 2019. The programme will focus on the following areas:

•    Marine survey and exploration techniques;
•    Acquisition and processing of marine geoscientific and oceanographic data;
•    Operation and use of various laboratory analytical equipment; and
•    Analysis, interpretation and integration of oceanographic, environmental, geological and geophysical data.

MoES and NCAOR will cover all relevant costs associated with the training including: medical insurance, travel cost to and within India, meals, accommodation and living allowance. 

Applications should be submitted to, in one of the official languages of the International Seabed Authority using the manual forms on the training web page OR through the online training portal by the 31 August 2018 deadline.

Users applying through the online portal must remember to also upload a copy of the signed nomination form together with a passport photo, degree/certificate and résumé.

One of the Voluntary Commitments that the ISA made at the 2017UN Ocean Conference is “Enhancing the role of Women in Marine Scientific Research through Capacity Building” – we therefore suitably qualified females are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information, visit the ISA website.


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