December 12, 2017 - Ward AppeltansOBIS training Belgium

Fellowships available - Training course in Marine Species Distribution Modelling, 12-16 March 2018, Belgium


The OceanTeacher Global Academy, in collaboration with OBIS, the Federation of European Phycological Societies (FEPS) and the Spanish phycological society (SEF) will organize a week-long training session on Marine Species Distribution Modelling. The call for applications is open until 14 January 2018.


The training course "Marine Species Distribution modelling" covers the background knowledge on marine biogeography, and the technical aspects needed to develop Species Distribution Models. Students will be trained in the basics of statistical modelling and guided through the modelling phases: compile distribution data from open access databases (e.g. OBIS) and environmental information from publically available ecological data layers using Geographic Information Systems, make informed decisions on parameter settings and select the best methods for developing distribution models, forecast distributions under different Climate Change scenarios, validate models and incorporate results in scientific manuscripts and technical reports. The course includes theoretical lectures and hands-on exercises using predominantly case studies of marine macroalgae. Students are encouraged to bring their own datasets.

Learning Outcomes

Target Audience

Marine researchers and postgraduate students (MSc and PhD students) with particular interest in macroalgae or benthic organisms.

NOTE: priority will be given to participants originating from Europe and / or involved in European marine research projects. UNESCO is committed to promote gender equality. Therefore, applications from women are strongly encouraged. Course Pre-requisites: Basic knowledge on Ecology & Statistics. Need to bring own laptop. Working knowledge of English



UNESCO / IOC Project Office for IODE</br> Wandelaarkaai 7</br> 8400 Oostende</br> Belgium</br>

Period for Applications

6 December 2017 – 14 January 2018

Application process

Please fill the online application form:

Application rules:

No tuition fee applies. A limited number of fellowships is available.

In case of questions contact the OTGA Coordinator: Claudia Delgado ( or Samuel Bosch (