BGR At-Sea Exploration Training Programme

UPDATE (20 July 2015) NEW

The list of candidates nominated for the BGR Training Programme (ISBA/21/LTC/14) are as listed below:

    1.    Mohamed Hassan (Egypt)
    2.    Chuanshun Li (China)
    3.    Javier Ignacio Peroni (Argentina)
    4.    Unyime Udoudo Umoh (Nigeria)
    5.    Pei San Helen Wong (Singapore)
    6.    Yanina Berbeglia (Argentina)
    7.    Emmanuel Quayson (Ghana)
    8.    Soisa Tanad (Thailand)
    9.    Elizabeth Perez Gonzalez (Mexico)
    10.    Bamidele Oresajo (Nigeria)
    11.    Farid Yuniar (Indonesia)
    12.    Francisco Ponce Nunez (Mexico) 
    13.    Miao Yu (China)  
    14.    Ibrahim Amadou (Mali)
    15.    Semi Bolalailai (Fiji)
    16.    Christian Kenfack (Cameroon)
    17.    Mohammad Hossain Mahtab (Bangladesh)
    18.    Sathaporn Kavinate (Thailand)

As part of its training proposal and in line with its contract with the International Seabed Authority for the exploration for polymetallic sulphides, the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR) is offering opportunities for six trainees from developing States to attend its at-sea exploration training programme for 2015-2016.

The candidates will be selected by the Legal and Technical Commission during the 21st Session of the Authority in July 2015.


All nominations should be received by 30 June 2015 and must be submitted with a duly completed Nomination Form [ docx | pdf ] along with an Application Formdocx | pdf ], in electronic format to in one of the official languages of the Authority. 

Date and Duration of Training

The training programmes are planned between October and December in 2015 (cruise INDEX2015, 2 Legs, with one trainee on each leg) and between January and February 2016 (cruise INDEX2016, four trainees). Each cruise starts with a 3-day pre-cruise training, 28 days onboard INDEX2015-Leg 1; 22 days onboard INDEX2015-Leg 2 and 32 days  onboard INDEX2016 together with four weeks of post-cruise training at BGR.

General Qualifications of Candidates

Candidates should:

  • Hold a qualified bachelor/master degree of science or engineering in the relevant field of geology, geophysics, mineral processing, mining, marine biology/ecology/environment, oceanography or have an equivalent educational background;
  • Have at least one year of work experience in the relevant field;
  • Have sufficient knowledge of English for daily conversation and training;
  • Have a good mental and physical health, suitable to work at sea;
  • Be less than 40 years of age; and
  • Have seagoing experience.


BGR will cover the cost of international travel expenses (economy), local travel, accommodation in Hannover, and a daily allowance according to the current official travel cost regulations in Germany.