since 1957
Regional Graduate Network in Oceanography
Integrated Earth Systems Sciences - Oceans

Microbial and geochemical Oceanography
in upwelling Ecosystems

since 2014
  African Ocean Discovery Camp for research-based Training
on the Sustainable Use and Scientific Management of Marine Ecosystems
  at the University of Namibia’s Sam Nujoma Research Center in Henties Bay and
Namibia’s National Marine Information and Research Center in Swakopmund

For dedicated early career researchers who care about the Oceans: PhD candidates and honors MSc students majoring in one of the ocean science fields, professors, lecturers and active young scientists holding an equivalent advanced degree with specialization in oceanography.

  What are Ocean Discovery Camps

Opportunities to collaborate in an interdisciplinary research project with guidance and supervision by local and international scientists in the Benguela Current Ecosystem (BCE) and possibly in internships abroad.


To learn about current research projects and to develop future research directions for a better understanding of the consequences of local and global environmental alterations for the functioning of the BCE.


Interactions between chemical, biological, physical and geological topics related to marine biogeochemistry and ecosystem research. Molecular and other modern techniques applied to understanding biogeochemical processes. Environmental variability and regulation of microbiologically driven geochemical nutrient cycles and consequences for ecosystem sustainability.

  Course Structure

Work at sea and along the coast and analyses in the laboratory. Sampling, sample preservation, designing and executing experiments, computer-supported exercises, lectures, paper discussions, model development. Symposium day: Presenting research findings, sharing knowledge, collaborating in further project developments.

  Course Location

1-2 days“Floating University” on the R/V MIRABILIS (operated by the Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources). Three weeks on land at SANUMARC (SAM NUJOMA CAMPUS and MARINE & COASTAL RESOURCES RESEARCH CENTRE) of UNAM, and the


4 - 5 weeks, April to May, annually 2014 - 2021




9500 NAM$ or equivalent in US$.  A limited number of fellowships is available for qualified and passionate applicants from economically developing countries.

  Application Follow instructions given on the Course Website for upcoming RGNO Discovery Camps. and
  Application Deadline

As defined on the above website. Acceptance letters will be sent electronically within 10 days after the application deadline.


Further Information

From the Coordinating Course Director, from present Course Instructors or Alumni (see latest announcement website)

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