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In 1998, ECOLMAS – the European Graduate College of Marine Sciences was founded as part of NEBROC – the Netherlands Bremen Oceanography Cooperation.

The basic idea of ECOLMAS was to foster the cooperation between the marine science institutions in the State of Bremen (MARUM, University of Bremen, AWI, MPI, and ZMT) on the one hand, and the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) at Texel on the other. NEBROC was initially funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

ECOLMAS was among the first institutions in Europe to offer a special curriculum for PhD students in marine sciences. The main objectives were to

  • establish a qualified curriculum beyond the level of Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree,
  • prevent narrow specialisation by offering a broad teaching programme, and to
  • stimulate PhD students to spend a 3-6 months research placement at a foreign research institution.

The ECOLMAS PhD training courses offered in Bremen and on Texel attracted participants from all over Europe. Among different kinds of introductory and advanced courses, the “ECOLMAS Introductory Course in Marine Sciences” provided a most memorable experience for a large number of participants.
Still today, PhD students from all over Europe (and beyond) are invited to join these PhD training courses which are nowadays organised by the Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences - GLOMAR. Follow this link to see the upcoming training courses.