Education - CEMarin

The academic component of CEMarin addresses various pressing problems covered by marine sciences, and allows students to become familiar with methodologies and innovative research topics at a global level. Its main objective is to offer comprehensive training to postgraduate students in marine sciences from any part of the world, while enabling young researchers and renowned international researchers to interact.

The training offered by CEMarin has focused on four areas mainly:

– Courses within the Interinstitutional Doctoral Program in Marine Sciences offered by Colombian universities

– International thematic workshops

– International field schools

– Keynote lectures and CEMarin Cátedra

Courses of the Inter-institutional Doctorate in Marine Sciences

We have supported this doctoral program through the teaching of courses, such as “Scientific Writing” that was taught in 2016, and facilitating the access of its students to international conferences.

International thematic workshops

In our thematic workshops, topics from emerging fields of research of particular interest to marine scientists are addressed.

In 2016, between September 28th and October 4th, we carried out at the Universidad de los Andes the workshop “Omics techniques for the study of marine organisms and ecosystems". With the participation of renowned speakers, including Dr. Susana Caballero of the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Dr. Young Hae Choi of the Leiden University (Netherlands), Dr. David Patrick Overy of the University of Prince Edward Island (Canada) and Dr. Alejandro Reyes of the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia).

International field schools

In our field schools, theoretical and applied problems of marine sciences are addressed. In addition to fieldwork, these schools include lectures and discussions with the participants.

Between February 28 th and March 4 th, of 2016, we carried out the international field school “Global Change: Tropical Coastal Ecosystems Under Pressure”. In it we have the participation of ten experts from different institutions, incluiding the Justus-Liebig University Giessen (Germany), the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Colombia), the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), the Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia), the University of British Columbia (USA), the Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras – Invemar (Colombia) and the Center for Excellence in Marine Sciences – CEMarin. The fieldwork was developed in the Colombian Atlantic coast in places such as the Santa Marta Bay, the Taganga Bay, the Concha Bay, Granate, Aguja, Punta Brava, El Rodadero, Neguaje, the Salguero beach, Inca-Inca, Boca de Ciénaga, Puerto Colombia, the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta and Tasajera.

Keynote lectures

In conjunction with the International Giessen Graduate Centre for the Life Sciences (GGL) at Justus-Liebig University Giessen we develop a series of lectures delivered by recognized scientist.

During 2017 the CEMarin Researcher Thomas Wilke participated in the XVII Seminario Nacional de Ciencias y Tecnologías del Mar – SENALMAR, held in Medellin, Colombia, from October 22nd to 26th, with the keynote speech “The ‘Ocean 2100’ long-term global change experiment: Towards a multivariate stress model for scleractinian corals”. This conference was broadcast live through our digital media.

CEMarin Cátedra

The keynote lectures held jointly by the member universities of our Corporation are called CEMarin CátedraBetween August and December 2016, we held four conferences in different campuses of the Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano that were streamed to the general public.




Genetics of Marine Vertebrate Conservation in Colombia

Susana Caballero, Ph. D.

Universidad de los Andes

State of Reefs in the Colombian Caribbean and Perspectives on Climate Change and Development Policies

Valeria Pizarro, Ph. D.


Genetic Barcodes and the Amount of Sharks Sold on the Hong Kong Market

Diego Cardeñosa, MSc.

Stony Brook University, NY


Marine Sponges: What Are They, What Do They Do, and What Can They Be Used For?

Sven Zea, Ph. D.

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Also in 2017 we took part in the celebration of the World Oceans Day with our Cátedra and transmitted it live through our social networks, allowing the public of the web to interact in real time with the lecturers participating in the academic meeting, generating greater visibility and impact for it.

Likewise, in 2018 the CEMarin Cátedra joined the “VIII Academic Meeting: World Oceans Day", which counted with the participation of national and international experts who presented their research, focusing especially on the topic of the oceanic pollution caused by the plastic.