14.06.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

UNESCO Sets Up a Training and Research Centre on Ocean Dynamics and Climate in Qingdao, China

© ODC / UNESCOMr Chen Lianzeng (Vice Administrator of SOA) Mr Liu Cigui (Administrator of SOA) Mr Xia Geng (Mayor of Qingdao) during the launch ceremony

The first UNESCO-IOC Regional Training and Research Centre was launched on 9 June 2011 at the host institute, First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration of China.

This centre is part of the UNESCO-IOC Regional Network of Training and Research Centres on Oceanography initiative, which was launched in 2008 to improve the regional capacity and capability on marine scientific research, observations in a more sustainable and systematic manner through the establishment of a series of training and research centres within national oceanographic institutes and universities that provide regular training opportunities to young scientists, particularly from developing countries on a free-of-charge basis.

The first regional training on ocean models marking the full operation of the centre is being held on 10-15 June 2011, with participation of 10 world leading ocean modellers and 69 trainees selected from more than 12 countries in the region.

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