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On this page a list of practical training opportunities for MSP planners is presented, to increase awareness of capacity development offerings. The list includes courses available both in-person in Europe, as well as online. It is targeted at planners and professionals working in MSP or related fields. Formal education programmes are also included in this list, as well as training opportunities that are only available on demand. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and cannot be considered as advertising for the courses / trainings included in the page.

Training Opportunities for Professionals

Sustainable, resilient and climate friendly Blue Growth of EU Aquaculture and Beyond

15th June 2022 - 29th July 2022


"Sustainable, resilient and climate friendly Blue Growth of EU Aquaculture and Beyond" is the free-of-charge online course, which will be hosted by CIHEAM Bari's eLearning platform ( aiming to turn/transform results and outputs into practical knowledge to implement the innovative solution identified and developed in the framework of the Horizon 2020 "FutureEUAqua" project. Designed by CIHEAM Bari jointly with FutureEUAcqua Partners, the course is mainly addressed to aquaculture stakeholders, innovation brokers, SMEs and policymakers, involved in deploying innovations in aquaculture, with a focus on sustainable agriculture, feed ingredients and feeding strategies, organic aquaculture, production systems, safety and quality, monitoring technologies, consumer awareness and the European regulatory framework for aquaculture.

Training material of the online training on “Sustainable, resilient and climate friendly Blue Growth of EU Aquaculture and Beyond”

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 Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP)

19 April - 22 May 2022


The Mediterranean basin has a number of human pressures that threaten marine and coastal ecosystems and biodiversity. These pressures arise from several sectors such as maritime traffic, fishing, industry, and tourism. Ecosystem-based management is considered the best practice to effectively deal with these threats since this approach considers the different stakeholders and factors affecting ecosystems and the mechanisms involved, in order to find solutions. By attending this program, you will experience a unique learning experience by interacting with many actors involved in marine spatial planning management and experts from the scientific community across the Mediterranean. Furthermore, each module has been designed by experts from the Biodiversity Protection Community and as such addresses the topics from an insider’s perspective.  

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Summer School for Young Planners and Regional Developers on “Sustainable Futures for the Baltic Sea Region”

22-26 August 2022

University of Greifswald – Institute of Geography and Geology, Germany

The University of Greifswald initiates a Summer School for Young Planners and Regional Developers on “Sustainable Futures for the Baltic Sea Region” jointly with VASAB. The Summer School will bring together young professionals and students and give them a chance to create a network of next-generation planners by discussing their expectations and perspectives for the future of the Baltic Sea Region.

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Multi-Use Offshore Training Workshops 

Throughout the UNITED project, the consortium organises a series of five training workshops. Workshops are addressing current and most pressing topics in the field of ocean multi-use activities. By examining diverse potential multi-use concepts from economical, environmental, legal, social and technical perspectives, these events offer a platform to bring together stakeholders from different ocean sectors, research community as well as the representatives of public administration and society.

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MOOC on Planning and Management of Marine and Coastal Areas

13 December 2021 - 31 January 2022


This course aims to provide participants with an overall knowledge of planning and management of marine and coastal areas, the principles, and approaches that can be adopted for its effective elaboration and implementation. Specific focus will be addressed on available stakeholder engagement approaches and communication strategies to support planning and management of marine and coastal areas.

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Transnational training on land-sea interactions in spatial planning

20-21 October 2021

Online, broadcasted from Tallinn, Estonia

Land-Sea-Act project and Tallinn University organise transnational training on land-sea interactions in spatial planning and is cordially inviting to participate spatial planners, regional and local representatives of governance from coastal areas with interest in themes of Blue Growth, coastal and marine environment and tourism, offshore wind parks and cultural heritage.

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Training Programme in Blue Sector

December 2020 – March 2021


Within the INTERREG Atlantic Area Project FANBEST (Funding Atlantic Network for Blue Economy Technology Transfer), an online transnational training programme will be held composed of a series of webinars to enhance the capacity of advisers, support services, researchers and entrepreneurs in fundraising for technology transfer in the Blue Economy. The Webinars are FREE OF CHARGE with a duration per webinar between 60 to 120 minutes maximum including a question/answer session and practical exercises with the attendees. The webinars will make use of the Zoom platform and interactive tools to promote interaction of attendees with supervisors. Training and material will be provided in English.

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Training course on “Science-Policy-Society interactions in ecosystem-based marine resources management and planning”

1.03.2021 - 4.03.2021

Venice, Italy

The Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community (MBPC) and the BlueMed Coordination and Support Action (Research and innovation for blue jobs and growth in the Mediterranean Area), in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) and the MSPglobal Initiative, are organising an online training 22-24-26 March 2021. The course targets mid-career marine scientists and professionals that seek to streamline marine conservation and marine science into planning and management of marine spaces and marine resources through the use of participatory mechanisms engaging with stakeholders, resource managers, conservationists and policy-makers. The training is co-organised by the Marine Institute (Croatia), the National Research Council - Institute of Marine Sciences (CNR-ISMAR, Italy), the European Topic Centre of the University of Malaga (Spain) and the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (France).

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15.01.2020 - 23.01.2020
Magoodhoo, Faafu Atoll, Maldives

The general objective of the training workshop is to test an MSP process through the creation of co-produced knowledge related to critical issues and opportunities of the Maldivian island/s by incorporating, socio-economic, cultural, and environmental aspects considering also climate change issues. The workshop is organized by the Planning Climate Change research group of the Iuav University of Venice. The participants and all the activities will be hosted by the Marine Research and High Education Center (MaRHE Center) of the University of Milano-Bicocca ( The deadline for the registration is the 1st October 2019.

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Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas

4 November - 6 December 2019

This training programme is a flagship activity of IOI together with that delivered from the University of Dalhousie in Canada and builds upon the more than 35 years' experience of the International Ocean Institute in conducting training and capacity building programmes on ocean governance. One of the main objectives is to assist in the formation of a core of decision-makers who will be aware of the complex global and regional contemporary issues of coastal and ocean management.   

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Formal education programmes

Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Economy 2022-2023


University of Trieste, Italy

The Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Economy is established to bring scientific excellence and technological innovation at the centre of a number of Blue Economy initiatives. The Master is jointly organized by the University of Trieste and OGS to support the creation of stable and attractive blue career pathways throughout strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in fields related to sustainable blue economy.

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MSc (Coastal & Marine Environments: Physical Processes, Policy & Practice)

2022 - 2023

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies, School of Geography and Archaeology, Galway, Ireland

The Discipline of Geography at NUI Galway is internationally recognised, and financial aid (including FAFSA) and scholarships are available to both high-achieving EU and non-EU students.

The 12-month MSc is a field-based programme, and carries unique strengths, including dedicated ship-time and field-based research. The faculty carry a range of expertise from physical geography and oceanography to climatology, biogeography, social-ecological systems, stakeholder-led research and policy critique.

The MSc is directed at graduates from Geography, related Natural, Environmental, and Social Sciences, and professionals in the field interested in advancing their knowledge and skills.

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Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Growth 2021-2022

January 2022 – February 2023 

Online & Trieste

The Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Growth is jointly organized by the University of Trieste and the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS. The Master is addressed to researchers, scientists and managers. The aim of the Master is to support the creation of stable and attractive career pathways and highly skilled talents that will be needed to support expanding marine and maritime sectors. The focus of the Master is on strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in fields related to the blue economy.

The Master is articulated in the following sessions:

  • E-learning session: online training - from January 2022;
  • 3 intensive sessions of 15 days each (March, June, September 2022) in Trieste [if online, 3 weeks, part time];
  • Traineeship and discussion of the final project work. 

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March 1st - 16th 2021 


The 'Knowledge Flows in Marine Spatial Planning' Spring School 2021 is led by the Universities of Liverpool (UK), Nantes (France), and The Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE). It involves all partners of the Knowledge Flows in Marine Spatial Planning ERASMUS+ project. The KF-MSP Spring School 2021 challenges participants to: deepen their understanding of MSP; strengthen their knowledge through practical lessons; tackle challenges as a group; engage in discussion with fellow students and MSP experts from across Europe.

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Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) 

15.03.2021 - 26.03.2021 

University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland 

Elective Course 

The course is an in-depth analysis of the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) process, illustrating the variety of outcomes possible, exploring specific tools and techniques and relating the theory of MSP to practice by way of examining specific case studies worldwide. The challenges, lessons learned and future opportunities for MSP will also be explored from an applied perspective. 

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Coastal and Marine Management Practical Applications and Challenges 

31.05.2021 - 11.06.2021 

University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland 

Core Course 

The course explores the complex interrelationships between coastal and marine natural resources and humans and communities. The focus of this course will be to critically examine the extent to which co-management and other alternative community-based strategies provide a viable approach to marine management. Studies of such efforts from around the world, in different social and cultural contexts, will be critically examined to determine costs and benefits, the opportunities for and barriers to their implementation, and the conditions necessary for the development for sustainable, community-based coastal management systems. 

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Marine Protected Area Management 

15.02.2021 - 26.02.2021 

University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland 

Elective Course 

The class addresses the issues, challenges and opportunities related to the management of coastal and marine resources through a focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of marine protected areas. Worldwide, marine protected areas are being seen as both necessary and appropriate in addressing anthropogenic impacts resulting from human use and overuse, of the marine ecosystems, including commercial and recreational fishing, marine transportation, off-shore development related to oil and gas resources, mineral extraction and renewable energy, land-based sources of pollution, and global climate change. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about how marine protected areas managers are confronting these challenges, and develop a practical understanding of the tools managers use, and acquire some understanding of what challenges have yet to be effectively met. 

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Coastal Studies Master Programme

August 2019 - August 2020
University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland

The master's program in Coastal and Marine Management introduces students to various methods for managing marine and coastal areas, based on economic, social, and environmental considerations.

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Sea and society masters programme

Fall 2019 - Fall 2021
University of Gothenburg (SE)

The university of Gothenburg is organising a new interdisciplinary, 2-year master program about the sea and society. This program and the courses are for students of all disciplines interested in how the human society is linked to the marine environment and ecosystem. The program will be offered at the University of Gothenburg in the fall of 2019.

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Master of Arts in Ocean Governance

October 2018 - October 2019
International Ocean Institute & Unversity of Malta (MT)

This postgraduate programme aims to forge a knowledge base that is essentially legal but which also delves into the natural and social sciences to determine how an effective regulatory framework should operate; it serves to further enhance the development of learning and research in the field of marine resource management and maritime security from a multidisciplinary perspective. The programme is delivered annually over 13 months, commencing each October. It is coordinated by the Environmental and Resources Department within the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta, and is supported by the Department of International Law, the Institute of Earth Systems, the Department of Biology (Faculty of Science), the Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy, and the International Ocean Institute.

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Marine Science and Management master

March / July 2019 - September / December 2020
Sydney Institute of Marine Science (AUS), University of Technology Sydney (AUS), Macquarie University (AUS), University of New South Wales (AUS)

The new Sydney Marine Science and Management Program offers a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge in a range of marine science and management disciplines including the science and management of coasts, marine ecology and conservation, coral reefs, climate change, oceanography and engineering. The aim of the program is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in the multidisciplinary field of marine science.

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Double Degree Master Programme 'Water and Coastal Management'

September 2018 - September 2020
Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg (DE), University of Groningen (NL)

Global changes ask for a comprehensive scientific approach, an international multidisciplinary orientation and require a new mind-set towards water and coastal management problems. In response to these challenges and to provide an inspiring atmosphere for the development of an academic and professional career, the unique Double Degree Master (DDM) program 'Water and Coastal Management', merging the strongest expertise of the two partner-universities, the University of Groningen and Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg, was designed.

Taught by outstanding experts highly conversant with environmental, socio-economic, and spatial sciences, you will be trained to manage the water and coastal resources of future societies in a sustainable way. The University of Oldenburg gives you the opportunity to learn about the marine environment and sustainable management; the University of Groningen offers its outstanding knowledge on spatial science, in particular water management and environmental and infrastructure planning. The ability to integrate both makes the successful student an expert in water and coastal management.

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Marine Planning and Management MSc

September 2018 - September 2019
University of Liverpool (UK)

This multidisciplinary programme is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to take up the exciting job opportunities arising from the recent adoption of marine spatial planning and related developments in marine conservation and the maritime industries. This programme leads to the award of a Master of Science degree.  It is a full-time, one-year course, though it is also possible to study part-time over two years, combining studies with other responsibilities.  This is the first programme of its kind to be accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a specialist Masters course.  Gaining the degree is a step towards professional membership of the Institute.

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Marine Planning for Sustainable Development, MSc/Diploma

September 2018 - September 2019
Orkney, UK

Marine planning, including spatial planning, is a fast developing discipline of global interest with excellent employment prospects. Ambition to create jobs and growth in the ‘Blue Economy’ is made real by new technologies giving access to the wealth of resources in the oceans and seas. New approaches are needed to govern the interactions among marine industries while maintaining the aspiration for healthy seas and the conservation of ecosystems. Adaptation to the effects of climate change adds to the importance of marine planning as an essential tool in marine management. The Orkney campus provides a unique concentration of marine expertise and activity provides students with unparalleled access to key participants in the sustainable development and planning of marine industries.

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Strategic Partnership for Marine Spatial Planning

The Strategic Partnership for Marine Spatial Planning (SP-MSP) is a cooperation that addresses current issues in the emerging field of marine / maritime spatial planning (MSP). The project involves partners from research and administrative organisations, as well as experts on MSP. The overall aim is to reach a common understanding and transdisciplinary approaches on a transnational level for higher education.

The project wants to develop a common European education agenda exemplified for the north Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea region. At the same time, we aim to promote transnational cooperation in MSP education.

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On Demand Training Opportunities

Marine spatial planning challenge 2050 sessions

On Demand

The Marine Spatial Planning Challenge 2050 is a computer supported simulation-game that gives maritime spatial planners insight in the diverse challenges of sustainable planning of human activities in the marine and coastal ecosystem.  The objective of the simulation-game is to significantly contribute to policy learning and international planning practices with regard to integrated (eco-based) Marine Spatial Planning. Organized by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (the Netherlands), Rijkswaterstaat, Signature Games.

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Blue Planning in practice

On Demand

The Blue Planning training course aims to strengthen practical planning and implementation informed by decades of practical experiences and learning in the eld. This course therefore provides an introduction to the theory and practical starting points of coastal and marine spatial planning. The course is based on a case method, which conveys teaching messages mainly through interactive practical work by trainees.  

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On Demand

The European Maritime Safety Agency offers the learning management system 'Maritime Knowledge Centre' (MaKCs), a web platform offering several courses. A newly added section concerning Maritime Spatial Planning is now available. The content of Directive 2014/89/EU establishing a framework for Maritime Spatial Planning is presented, as well as best practice examples of what is being done by EU Member States in the field.

To have access to this courses contact your country focal point.

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Learn Ocean Governance 

On demand

The GEF LME:LEARN Ocean Governance online course provides an introduction into governance concepts relevant for practitioners working within Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) and their Coasts. This course aims to provide project leads, partners, and others with practical approaches, lessons on governance and illustrative case studies. It also serves to promote an integrated, collaborative approach to ocean and coastal management. 

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LEARN Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning 

On demand 

The GEF LME:LEARN Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and Sustainable Blue Economy Course provides an introduction into MSP concepts relevant for practitioners working within Large Marine Ecosystems and their Coasts. This course aims to provide project leads, partners, and others with practical approaches, lessons on MSP and illustrative case studies. It also serves to promote an integrated, collaborative approach to ocean and coastal management with a special emphasis on LMEs. 

Coming soon.