Free registration: Marine Ecology online course @ Walailak University
Walailak University, located near the coast of Nakhon Si Thammarat in southern Thailand, has organized a free educational program on sustainable marine ecology every year including 2021. The program cooperated with state parties, which have direct responsibility for the sustainable management of fishery, such as the Department of Fisheries, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, and Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Ltd., which is a marine-use private agency. Associate NGOs operating in the maritime sector include the Federation of Thai fisher folk association and Thai sea watch association.
The objective of this educational programme was to enable students to learn about interactions between living things and the marine environment, the mechanisms and processes to promote learning of scientific research processes and to raise the awareness of the importance of ecosystems and conservation for sustainable utilization of marine resources. In 2021, due to the pandemic of Covid-19, Marine Ecology Camp Project was implemented using the ZOOM application from 6 November – 5 December. The participants were 60 students selected from 22 universities, related to marine and fisheries, across the country.
In addition, the project provides a special lecture event during the Special Talk: Polar Exploration (Disrupted) with the honor of Prof. Dr. Suchana Chavanich, Department of Marine Science, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand’s first female marine scientist to explore the polar wonderland.
The project consisted of 3 activities which were as follows:
- Lecturers: given by various faculty members with expertise and experience from all over the country, including researchers and scientists from various institutes and related agencies.
- Workshop: There are exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises by experts, such as classification of aquatic animal specimens, preservation of invertebrates and vertebrates, taking photographs of samples for use in research to make students feel enthusiastic, and there are also alternating activities to encourage students to participate and exchange ideas.
- Mini-Research Projects or Seminars: Participants are divided into groups to complete a mini-research project or select a seminar topic with group advisors and researchers as their mentors.
After implementing the project, the university received an excellent evaluation outcome from the programme participants. As a result, students and programme participants wish to have another Marine ecology summer camp annually.
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