Summer Schools

There will be three HOSST summer schools (one each year) to be carried out in Halifax, Kiel, and the Cape Verde Islands. Details of the specific summer school programs will be available closer to the events.


The annual summer schools (2 weeks) will be attended by all TOSST and HOSST PhD trainees and taught by both transatlantic partners, based on their specific expertise. The location will rotate annually from Halifax to Kiel to Cape Verde. The transatlantic summer schools will provide a major opportunity for personal networking, cross-disciplinary   interaction, and the development of complementary skills and experience. Participation will be mandatory and will include presentation of results in a format accessible to all disciplin



Halifax TOSST Summer School – “Ocean Technologies and Observations"

In Halifax (Canada)  October 1 - 11, 2013; September 26 - October 7, 2016

The focus will be on ocean resource extraction and ocean observation technologies, and the utilization of marine robotics, autonomous vehicle technology and advanced chemical, optical and acoustic sensors for ocean measurement. The course will include both lectures and demonstrations from researchers and ocean industry representatives (e.g. representatives of Canadian companies involved in deep water oil/gas development, shipbuilding, offshore mining and ocean technology). The Halifax Marine Research Institute will arrange for students to visit selected ocean technology companies during the course in order to learn first-hand about the process of innovation, product development and marketing of ocean technologies from company representatives.


Kiel HOSST Summer School – “Ocean Seafloor Structures and Dynamics”

In Kiel (Germany)  June 10 - 20, 2014; June 6 - 16, 2017

The focus will be on the processes forming and modifying seafloor structures, the time-scales over which such processes act, and variations in their intensity in time and space. The importance of seafloor structures for marine environmental protection and their potential for a range of non-biological resources will be assessed. The school program will be based on practical exercises and real-life examples.

Download the program of the school in 2014 here.



2015 - Cape Verde Joint Summer School – The Seafloor and Marine Ecosystem Structures of Cape Verde Building Capacity for Science-based Management” 

On Cap Verde (Central Atlantic)  May 18 - 29, 2015; in 2018

The focus will be on ocean biodiversity, including the impacts and management of human activities. The heavily exploited marine ecosystems of Northern Europe and Eastern Canada, and their historical and present-day management regimes, will be contrasted with the present situation for Northwest African ecosystems, which have become the focus of a major, international fishery. We will explore the availability of relevant scientific knowledge to assess the sensitivity and propose management regimes for key deep-sea ecosystems, such as continental margins, hydrothermal vents, cold seeps and seamounts, most of which lie in international waters. The school will also be open to top selected students and researchers from Cape Verde and other West African nations.


Download the program of the 2015 school here. 


Helmholtz Research School for Ocean System Science and Technology (HOSST)
Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel  (GEOMAR)
Wischhofstr. 1-3
D-24148 Kiel

Prof. Dr. Wolf-Christian Dullo
email: cdullo(at) 

Dr. Christel van den Bogaard
Tel.: (49) 431-600-2647
Fax.: (49) 431-600-2960
email: cbogaard(at)