Department of Biological Sciences (BIO)

NMA’s advanced course initiative a positive experience

Here are some comments after one course: A great way to kick-start the academic year! Wonderful opportunity to network build! I got new ideas about how to proceed with my own project!

Christian Irgens

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The course was "Nursery ground ecology: methods of study and analysis". It was led by Richard Nash from IMR and held at UiB's Marine Biological Station at Espegrend.

The research school, Nordic Marine Academy (NMA) was established in 2005 with funding support from the Nordic Research Board (NordForsk) and the Nordic Working Group on Fisheries Research (NAF). Its goal has been to strengthen intra-Nordic research co-operation, expertise and innovation in marine sciences, and to enhance research training and mobility of researchers and research students. One of its main activities is to organise advanced courses that contribute to the training of PhD students and young researchers throughout the Nordic and neighbouring countries. Since beginning in 2005, NMA has supported 27 advanced courses.

Four BIO students participated: Lise Langård, Christian Irgens, Knut Volleset, and Rita Guillot. Guillot also handled part of the course administration tasks. A number of BIO faculty also participated with lectures and practical work led by Arne Johannesson, Hans Høie, Audrey Geffen, and Frank Midtøy.

Lise Langård says that it was intense from morning to night everyday, but that it was a great experience. The students were able to experience close contact with 14 different international lecturers. In addition to lab work at the Station facilities, there were two field activities to a local research station, and to a unique virtually land-locked fjord north of Bergen that researchers use as a natural laboratory.

Christian Irgens was the only Masters student participating in the course. Irgens says that it was a great start to a potential research career. Both he and Langård underlined how the course had been structured in such a way that the students had to actively participate in presentations, discussions and debates. Langård says that she got many good ideas about how to lead an advanced course.

Congratulations to Nash and his team for a meaningful advanced learning experience.