Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Interdisciplinary Science for Marine and Coastal Conservation in a Changing World

when 20 October 2024 - 26 October 2024
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 690

The MAllorca Science School aims to equip researchers in the early stages of their career with the necessary knowledge and research skills to address significant environmental challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and sustainable resource management in iconic ecosystems. With the participation of an international team of speakers, the school places special emphasis on interdisciplinary research introducing cutting-edge methodologies. The programme integrates hands-on research with theoretical foundations from various disciplines, including oceanography, marine and coastal ecology, social sciences, and marine governance. Participants will employ state-of-the-art methodologies such as satellite data, tracking systems and artificial intelligence to study complex coastal ecosystems.

The programme consists of three main modules, all including morning scientific lectures and afternoon practical sessions:

Module 1: Coastal Processes and Their Impact on Marine Ecosystems
Module 2: Dynamics of Coastal Ecosystems: Nature, Physics, and Human Interaction
Module 3: Integrative Studies in Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

During a visit to the facilities of IMEDEA, the participants will also attend seminars and hand-on sessions on the applications of AI to the analysis of Big Data and the analysis of seabird populations. Additionally, the course includes an excursion to the iconic Maritime-Terrestrial National Park of the Cabrera Archipelago, where attendees will observe and study the complexities of interconnected coastal and marine systems across multiple fields of study.

The curriculum is complemented with a session on Science Communication and Evening Seminars covering topics such as proposal writing and scientific career development.


*Cutting-Edge Interdisciplinary Research* - Directly experience delving into intricate web of interactions in marine and coastal ecosystems, and theoretical concepts of ecology, oceanography, and conservation.

*Transcending Individual Disciplines* - Dive into real-world complexities through hands-on case studies, to understand the complexities of the real world within your field, but also grasping the challenges faced in other areas of knowledge.

*Scientific Leadership for Transformation* - Interact with international scientific leaders at the forefront of various fields of knowledge to foster the natural development of professional relationships. Connect with doctoral peers to nurture the development of innovative, integrated research solutions aimed at preserving marine and coastal ecosystems.

Course leader

Silvia de Juan (chair), Ángel Amores, Susana Flecha, Gema Hernan, Arancha Lana, Ananda Pascual, Ana Sanz Aguilar, Giacomo Tavecchia.

Target group

PhD students, as well as postdoctoral and other early-career researchers from all fields deeply committed to advancing scientific knowledge in support of the conservation of marine and coastal systems, are invited to apply. Motivated Master students are also encouraged to submit their applications.

Course aim

The objective of the school is to equip researchers in the early stages of their career with the knowledge and research skills to tackle significant environmental challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and sustainable resource management in iconic ecosystems.

Fee info

EUR 690: The participation fee INCLUDES accommodation in a four-star hotel in a shared double bedroom for 6 nights, all meals, all costs related to the day trips, tuitions, and teaching materials.


Financial support is available, please see details on the website of the school.