Opportunity to study seabed minerals industry at sea

Tuesday May 30, 2017 Written by Published in Environment

The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR), is offering four at-sea training places for candidates from developing States including the Cook Islands, as part of its 2017 training programme.


It offers an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in the developing seabed minerals mining industry, seen as important for the future of this country.

The programme aims to provide on-board and laboratory work and scientific techniques for exploration of polymetallic sulphides by developing investigative planning skills, on-board work experience and data analysis and interpretation skills. 

It will run from August 21 to October 13 this year and will run in three phases:

The first is pre-cruise training, which will consist of the planning of research activities and on-board work (three days).

This will be followed by at-sea training which will include rock, sediment, water and fauna sampling, handling and analysis of samples, as well as research report writing.

Vessel navigation techniques, the use of equipment (rosette water sampler, geophysical survey techniques, geological sampling instruments, seafloor observation techniques) and planning of surveys and selection of sampling sites will also be covered over a period of 54 days.

The third phase of the programme is post-cruise training which will be provided at BGR and in cooperation with German institutions specialising in marine geology and deep sea mineral resources.

The training aims to provide an introduction to detailed analytical treatment and experience of mineralogical and geochemical compositions and physical properties for sample material collected during exploration cruises. This part of the programme will take four weeks. 

For more information visit the ISA/BGR Training web page.

Applications should be submitted by email, in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 26.              

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