The 28th Marine Ecology Online Course
On November 6, 2021, the Center for Academic Service cooperated with various partners officially organized the opening ceremony of the 28th Marine Ecology Online Course at the broadcasting studio, the Center for Academic Service, Research Building, Walailak University through Zoom application.
In the opening ceremony, the project was honored by Prof. Dr. Wanna Choorit, Vice president for research and social service, Walailak University delivered an opening speech and Ms. Vararin Vongpanich, the representative from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources welcomed the participants. In addition, Ms. Pornsuree Konanta, Corporate Affairs Manager, Chevron Thailand Exploration & Production, Ltd gave the sermon as a contributor of this project.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Amonsak Sawusdee, the director of the Center for Academic Service, Walailak University reported about the networking of collaboration and the details of the activities. The project consisted of 3 activities which were as follows:
- 1. Lecturers: given by various faculty members with expertise and experience from all over the country including the researchers and scientist from various institutes and related agencies.
- 2. 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, etc., to make students feel enthusiastic, and there are also alternating activities to encourage students to participate and exchange ideas.
- 3. 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.
The 28th Marine Ecology Camp Project (Online) was operated by a collaboration by Walailak University, where The Center for Academic Service along with Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Institute, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, received a budget to support the project from Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Ltd. The objective 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 the wise and sustainable utilization of marine resources. The 28th Marine Ecology Camp Project implemented from 6 November – 5 December 2021 as on ZOOM application. The participants were 60 students who had been selected from 22 educational institutions 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.
After the opening ceremony and special lectures, the afternoon session will be a significant time for participants to hear about the project activities and meet with the group mentor for the first time.
GOAL 14: Life Below Water