Bringing the Ocean to Society
3 Apr 2020
Learn more about the ocean with IOI: free online Ocean Course and Publications
EurOcean's Cooperating Member gives you access to free educational resources online.

During the COVID-19 isolation period, EurOcean is putting extra effort to let our audience to know of online initiatives that can help you and your family to keep learning about the ocean while staying at home, safe. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for daily updates.

Today we would like to bring to your attention the free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and the World Ocean Review series of our Cooperating Member International Ocean Institute (IOI). In these projects, the IOI has partnered with prestigious organisations and experts to offer ocean knowledge via freely accessible online platforms. Partners are marine scientists from Kiel University and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany, the International Ocean Institute (IOI), Malta, and Mare (the magazine of the seas), Hamburg, Germany.

The contents were developed for citizens concerned about the ocean as well as for ocean career practitioners:

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) One Planet, One Ocean – Free enrolment 

This six-week online course offers a holistic view of how the ocean functions, how human interactions with the ocean can be understood, and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship of our blue planet. What you'll learn:

  • The physics, biology, chemistry, and the geology of the ocean
  • How human interactions with the ocean impact its resilience
  • Rules and regulations governing ocean use, and related economics of ocean ecosystems
  • Sustainable solution options for natural resource use, habitat protection, fisheries and coastal systems

World Ocean Review Publication - Free download of ocean-themed books 

The World Ocean Review series is dedicated to raising the public’s awareness of interrelationships in marine science, thus contributing to a more effective protection of the marine environment. The publications are not for sale. They are made available free of charge. Contributions to the publications have been received from numerous partners and researchers whose many years’ involvement with the marine environment has put them at the cutting edge of science.

The purpose of World Ocean Reviews is to present scientifically robust knowledge in a form accessible to any reader, and thus to serve all those who wish to engage actively and knowledgeably in a debate on the issues surrounding marine science. Topics are:

  • WOR 1: Living with the oceans. The State of the World’s Oceans
  • WOR 2: The Future of Fish – The Fisheries of the Future
  • WOR 3: Marine Resources – Opportunities and Risks
  • WOR 4: Sustainable Use of Our Oceans – Making Ideas Work
  • WOR 5: Coasts – A Vital Habitat Under Pressure
  • WOR 6: The Arctic and Antarctic - Extreme, Climatically Crucial and In Crisis

The IOI trusts that this will be helpful in reaching out to communities of ocean-lovers everywhere in these unsettled times. Please feel free to direct any queries to ioihq@ioihq.org.mt and to share these resources as widely as possible.

The International Ocean Institute (IOI) is a world-leading independent, non-governmental non-profit organisation conducting training and capacity building in Ocean Governance globally. It aims to train young and mid-career practitioners in contemporary approaches to coastal and ocean management, with an emphasis on the moral, ethical and legal values in Ocean Governance (equity and peaceful uses of the ocean).