International School of Marine Conservation Science (isMCS)

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International School of Marine Conservation Science (isMCS) 2018

The International School of Marine Conservation Science (isMCS) is an intensive 10-day course focused on evidence-based conservation of marine systems from population to ecosystem levels, including human dimension and topical issues in marine conservation, organized jointly by the Department of Biodiversity, University of Primorska(Slovenia, EU) and the Deparment of Wildlife and Fisheries, Oregon State University (USA) in collaboration with the Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation (Croatia, EU).

isMCS is primarily directed at MSc and PhD students with a basic degree in biology/ecology and related subjects. isMCS program includes in-class lectures, discussions and debates, problem solving exercises, computer labs, group projects, evening lectures given by invited speakers and field classes. The lecture portion of the isMCS is based out of the University of Primorska in the city of Koper, Slovenia, located on the northern coast of the Adriatic Sea, with field courses in Italy and Croatia.

isMCS is taught in English by an international team of instructors from USA and Europe, with expertise in the different fields of marine conservation science. The school is accredited by both U.S. (5 credits) and the European university credit systems (6 ECTS), by the Oregon State University and the University of Primorska, respectively. 

Our goal is to provide not only concept and content, but to also facilitate interactions between, and learning among students coming from different countries and geo-political systems of Europe, Americas, Asia and the Indo-Pacific, and Africa. Given that students in this class are developing professionals who aim to make their careers in the field of marine conservation, these international contacts may form the basis for long-term international collaborative opportunities.

Contact Person: Bojan Lazar (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0831 - Fisheries


Venue: Department of Biodiversity Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies University of Primorska
Koper, Slovenia


Open from
1 Jan 2018 to 15 Mar 2018


Tuition payment deadline: 15 April 2018

Tuition fees:

  • 450 Euros, for students seeking credits through the University of Primorska (6 ECTS)
  • 2,250 U$D, for students seeking credits through the Oregon State University (5 credits)

What is covered by the tuition fee?

  • Costs of tuition
  • Handouts
  • Field trip expenses (transportation costs, entrance fees)
  • 2-nights accommodation costs during the field course to Losinj Island, Croatia (bed & breakfast)
  • Ice-breaker party
  • Farewell dinner

What is not covered by the tuition fee?

  • Travel to and from the School venues
  • Accommodation and food in Koper
  • Medical insurance

Application Procedure:

Acceptance notification: 1 April 2018

    There are two ways to register for isMCS:


    Students seeking credits through the Oregon State University (5 US credits):

    • To register, please proceed with your registration on this link below

    Students seeking credits through the University of Primorska (6 ECTS):

    • To register, please fill on-line Registration Form. After successful registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail to the address you specified in the form. The registration deadline for isMCS 2018 is extended to 15 March 2018.

    Student Selection

    Due to restrictions in the number of participants, applicants will be selected on a competitive basis. Selection is based upon information provided in the Registration Form. Student selection is done by the isMCS Student Committee, following criteria of professional excellence. You will be informed about the acceptance by e-mail, no later than 1 April 2018.

    Grant Opportunities:

    The University of Primorska offers two tuition grants, which will be assigned to the two best applicants as determined by the isMCS Student Committee, and will cover the student’s tuition fees in full. If selected, you will be informed about the tuition grant award by e-mail, no later than 1 April 2018. To be considered for the tuition grant, please check the appropriate box in the Registration Form.


    Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning

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