It is announced that the call for registrations to ERACOM MSc program will open at 20 February 2016

In the context of increasing anthropogenic impacts on coastal marine areas it is needed student to become familiar with knowledge and methodologies for ecological risk assessment and environmental management. In this context the School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th.), Greece, the Department of Biology at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, UNCC-USA and the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy (Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell'Ambiente DiSVA, Università Politecnica delle Marche, UNIVPM), offer a M.Sc. Program on "Ecological Risk Assessment and Coastal Management (ERACOM)". The M.Sc. Diploma is awarded by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is written in English, Greek and Italian languages. This program follows an integrated policy based on the Directive 2000/60/EC known as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MFD).
The program is cross-disciplinary and prepares students for diverse and exciting positions in both public and private sectors supporting the regional and national economy. The master program brings together people of different backgrounds who share their experience, knowledge, and ideas in a small-scale, creative and fertile intellectual environment, with the goal of finding ways of using natural resources in a sustainable way.
Among the fields which the master's program in ERACOM prepares students to work in are marine resources, environmental impact assessment, consulting work, teaching and research. The program is internationally oriented and taught in English. Students also study specifics of ocean and sediment movement; the action of waves, currents and tides; sediment transport; and marine biology. The importance of sustainable use of natural resources is an important facet of coastal management studies. Those who go on to pursue master's and/or doctorate degrees will likely focus on a specific component of coastal management, such as public policy, fisheries management or resource economics. Graduate students will do more in-depth research, requiring hours at lab and in field. Those with advanced degrees will be better equipped to conduct or assist in major research in the field after graduation.
It is designed to train students within a broad curriculum that will allow them to improve their skills in Ecological Risk Assessment and Environmental Management of Coastal Resources. This M.Sc. provides a broad coastal and marine education relevant to risk assessment and management issues in coastal areas worldwide and includes the essential knowledge and tools in coastal assessment management, taught within a sustainability framework that stresses ethical and long-term issues and responsibilities. Furthermore, the program has close connection with the Management Bodies of Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in the Greek Seas as the National Marine Park of Zakynthos – Ionian Sea, Management Body of Axios, Loudias Galikos and Aliakmonas complex, Management Body of the East Macedonia and Thrace National ParkNational Marine Park of Alonnisos Northern Sporades, Archipelagos, Institute of Marine Conservation,  therefore ensuring that there will be the chance for the attendants of the M.Sc. Programme to have a practical exercise in issues related to Coastal Zone Management and Conservation of Biodiversity.
By completion of the M.Sc. program the students will be able to offer the following services:
  1. Coastal risk management assessment
  2. Strategic and practical advice on adaptation options
  3. Collection of primary coastal response data for input into coastal impact  
  4. Climate Change capacity building
  5. Design and facilitate workshops
  6. Produce professional texts and training support materials
  7. Design and conduct short-course training, providing support material
  8. Produce resource guides, toolkits and online education materials focused on
    climate change communications.
  9. Coastal institutional analysis and strengthening
  10. Coastal policy analysis and review
  11. Coastal legislative review, analysis and drafting
  12. Coastal management planning (strategic and operational levels).
  13. Coastal management projects. EU financial instruments
  14. The graduates of the M.Sc. program may either continue in research, pursuing a
    Ph.D., or work in the public or private sectors in Greece, U.S.A, Italy or elsewhere.
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