WASCAL Floating University


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For 14 students of the two-year WASCAL Master's programme "Climate Change and Marine Sciences", an academic training and research expedition lasting several weeks started on 25 February 2022 from Mindelo (Cape Verde island of São Vicente) to Bremerhaven. The curriculum of the "WASCAL Floating University" includes lectures on topics such as ocean observation and marine ecology as well as practical research such as measurements of surface properties of the ocean.

During the expedition, scientists from Cape Verde and Germany will share their knowledge with the students and guide them through the experiments for their master's theses. The WASCAL students will then take their final Master's exams in October 2022.

Join the crew from the WASCAL Floating University!

March 10th at 14:00 Cape Verde time / 15:00 GMT / 16:00 CET
West African students take you on a live tour across the working deck of a research vessel at sea.
They share with you their experience of being in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and learning skills
and technology to gain knowledge about our ocean.

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Live-Stream of the Maria S. Merian 10.3.2022

The Live-Tour moderated by Melissa Ndure starts at 21:00 minutes.



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Expedition Blog MSM106

Press release about the start of the "Floating University"