Scientific Diving Training Course - A Long Term Monitoring Programme on Reef Community at Bangka Island (Indonesia)

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General information

The course for this academic year - 2014/2015 - has been cancelled.

The course aims to introduce students to the theme of global marine biodiversity and conservation. During the course students will be trained in scientific diving techniques (non invasive techniques) that will be applied by the students to help Coral-Eye team to set the monitoring station and collect 'time zero' data for a long term monitoring project on the reef community.

Under teacher's supervision, students, organized in working group, will organize the monitoring projects, by starting from 'scientific questions', planning the underwater work, monitoring station positioning, data collection and data elaboration. During the expert training course, students will attend seminars (12 hours) on biology and ecology of Indonesian reef communities; monographic seminar on the most representative taxa; climate change and anthropogenic effects on bioconstructional taxa; visual census techniques; sampling design; data organization. Students will perform laboratory activities (8 hours) which will include taxonomical identification and soft coral transplant (Coral-Eye project), tools preparation for underwater field wok.

The main part of the course will be focused on field work activities (20 hours), that will be performed by means of scuba diving and snorkeling. This is an expert training course for MARES Doctoral students.

Contact Person: Chiara Lombardi (


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Venue: Coral-Eye
Bangka Island, Indonesia

Coral-Eye centre: is located on the west side of Bangka Island (North Swalesi, Indonesia), north of Manado, the provincial capital of North Sulawesi, within the Coral Triangle area, the world's epicenter of marine biodiversity. The reef is located in front of the Coral-Eye center on a gently sloping sandy bottom about sixteen feet deep. On the right side, behind another volcanic headland, there are spectacular mangroves, that grow from sea to land and reveal different environments with the flow of the tide. Underwater Bangka offers different richly colonized by volcanic pinnacles, from typical sandy bottoms and walls. Coral-Eye centre, designed by the Milanese architecture UAO, was built with the skill of the craftsmen, using local resources and traditional building techniques, tailored to meet the specific needs of a modern workplace. Wet laboratory provided with microscopes, Diving boat and compressor, Library and meeting room, Kitchen and Bar.


Open from
1 Mar 2015 to 30 Apr 2015


950 euros. The price includes: 7 nights in a triple room with full board. Water with meals, tea and coffee. Transfers from / to Airport Government taxes. Didactic material, 10 guided dives with For-Mare, ISM and Coral Eye teachers. Snorkelling accompanied and Certificate of attendance.


Medical certification, diving license and DAN insurance. All participants have to bring their personal laptop/netbook and diving equipment: mask, fins, snorkel, suit, bcd' and regulators. The medical certificate and the dive insurance can be brought before the starting of the course.

Application Procedure:

Applications are no longer available for this course.


Academic level: Master, PhD

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