IOI Centres

The IOI Centres engage in a wide range of activities ranging from work at the community level to very specialised scientific research as part of large international programmes. The centres are embedded in the work programmes of their host institutes which are mostly universities and independent research institutes.


The roles of the IOI Training Centres are:

  • To prepare, organise, and conduct training programmes in Regional and Global Ocean Governance. The curricula applied will be developed in co-operation between a dedicated IOI Task Force, the IOI HQ and respective IOI Training Centres;
  • Support IOI in its core activities and in delivering IOI “products”;
  • All IOI training courses will be funded/co-funded by IOI and supervised by IOI HQ;
  • IOI Training Centres will closely co-operate with a dedicated IOI Centre in the geographical vicinity.

The roles of the IOI Centres are:

  • To collect information and provide organisational and operational support for IOI core activities and products such as training events and publications, and in international relations in the region;
  • IOI Centres shall be associated with an IOI Training Centre in the region and IOI shall support activities funded or co-funded and supervised by IOI HQ in co-operation with the related IOI Training Centre.

IOI Centres offering Training Programmes:

  • IOI Brazil
  • IOI Canada
  • IOI China
  • IOI Malta
  • IOI South Africa
  • IOI Thailand

IOI Centres:

  • IOI Costa Rica
  • IOI Cuba 
  • IOI Egypt
  • IOI Germany
  • IOI IR Iran
  • IOI Nigeria
  • IOI Pacific Islands

IOI Training Partner:

  •  Turkmenistan

Location & Contact details

Prof. Dr. Eduardo Marone

Director, IOI South Western Atlantic Ocean

Centro de Estudos do Mar

Universidade Federal Do Parana



E:  edmarone(at)




The IOI-SWAO Centre is hosted by the Marine Studies Centre (CEM) of the Federal University of Paran (UFPR), Southern Brazil. Originally a research institution, CEM is today a full university centre, dedicated also to education at undergraduate and graduate levels and with strong extension actions. These broad activities are reflected at the IOI Centre, which is deeply involved and associated with its host institution. IOI-SWAO initiated its work at the beginning of the new century, basically by contributing to spreading IOI ideas at the local and regional levels, by supporting educational activities and by attracting young students and scientists to marine related issues. Soon after IOI-SWAO commenced activities, they were deeply involved in the Women, Youth and the Sea project, which was carried on by IOI as one of its flagship activities. The IOI team was formed and proper leadership was established by the University, and specialists in social and environmental sciences as well as attracting students with fellowships, by the programme, to complete the group.


A Training Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean has been set up and a Training Programme in Brazil (IOI SWAO Brazil Centre) with support from the IOI Centre in Costa Rica will commence in 2016. 


Mr. Michael J A Butler

Director, IOI Canada Operational Centre

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia



E:  michael.butler(at)

E:  ioi(at)



IOI-Canada has a Memorandum of Agreement with Dalhousie University and is housed on its campus in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Guidance is provided by the University's Oceans Advisory Committee, whilst IOI staff conduct day-to-day activities.


IOI-Canada is a leading member of the worldwide network of International Ocean Institute (IOI) centres and focal points. It is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation with over 30 years of experience working in Canada and internationally. Their mission is to promote responsible ocean governance and the stewardship and sustainable use of coastal and ocean resources in Canada and around the world.


Kindly explore their website to learn more about their annual, interdisciplinary Training Programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management, with 2015 marking the 35th anniversary of this course as well as other activities and latest news.


  • IOI CHINA   

Ms Qin Li

Director, IOI China

National Marine Data and Information Service (NMDIS)

State Oceanic Administration of China (SOA)




E:  ioichina94(at)



A Memorandum of Understanding between the International Ocean Institute (IOI), and the State Oceanic Administration of the People's Republic of China (SOA) was entered into.


The State Oceanic Administration of the People's Republic of China (SOA), established in 1964, with its Headquarters located in Beijing, is an administrative government agency in China responsible for the supervision and management of sea area use and marine environmental protection, for ensuring China's marine sovereignty and right, and for promoting research in marine science technology. The People's Republic of China plays an important role in the Western Pacific Region with respect to the promotion and development of the regional economy and improving marine resources utilization and protection of the coastal and marine environment, and SOA has achieved considerable experience in the sustainable development of ocean resources, marine environmental protection as well as international deep seabed research and development Antarctic research.


A 3-week Training Programme on Ocean Governance for the Western Pacific Region is organised by the International Ocean Institute in partnership with the State Oceanic Administration of P.R. China.


Prof. Alan Deidun

Course Coordinator, IOI Malta

Third Floor, Chemistry Building

University of Malta



E:  alan.deidun(at)



The IOI-Malta Operational Centre (IOI-MOC) was established by the University of Malta following a memorandum of understanding with the International Ocean Institute.


The Centre organises a 5-week Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seasin Malta.


The IOI-MOC aims to develop and implement research and studies related to the sea, promote education, training and public awareness as well as provide services mainly in physical oceanography targeting the sustainable use of ocean space and resources, their management and regulation as well as the promotion and conservation of the marine environment. IOI-MOC seeks to sustain the interaction between local institutions that are active in marine affairs and promote an inter-sectorial approach at the national level. Special attention is dedicated to strengthen linkages to University departments in favour of collaborative multidisciplinary research and supporting courses in oceanography.


For more information about the latest news, activities, projects (IOI-KIDS) and training programmes, kindly click here.


Mr Adnan Awad

Director, IOI Southern Africa

C/O SANBI, Kirstenbosch Gardens

Cape Town



E:  awad.adnan(at)



IOI-SA was established as a nonprofit Organisation with tax exemption in the Botany Department (was part of the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology) at the University of the Western Cape in early 1996, following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the International Ocean Institute (IOI) Headquarters and the University of the Western Cape.  It moved its offices in February 2013 to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, within the offices of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The year 2013 was dominated by the preparations and running of the first Ocean Governance Training Programme for Africa –reported on extensively in the 2013 IOI Annual Report. Other projects have been running concurrently with continued and increased activity from the IOI-SA Associates. IOI-SA continues to be supported through project work developed by the Director; however a strategic approach has been initiated to seek and develop more sustainable mechanisms and partnerships for support. 2013 saw the launch of the new IOI-SA website at and the launch of the IOI SA Facebook Page with regular updates and photos on projects and activities.


IOI-SA operates a number of its own programmes and is sustained in part through linkages with other organisations involved in Ocean research and management in Southern Africa.


The Centre organises a 4-week Training Programme on Ocean Governance for Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.


For more information about the latest news, activities and training programmes, kindly click on the Facebook link above and/or here.


Mr. Kunjapong ANURATPANICH                                              

Director, IOI-Thailand

C/o CDR Pornchai Singhaboon

Deep-Sea Fishery Technology Research and Development Institute

7th Floor, Plodprasop Building

Department of Fisheries

Kaset Klang, Chatuchak

Bangkok 10900



E:  kunjapong(at)

      wichayoot(at) (Coordinator, Mr. Wichayoot BOONKOSOL)



Through a Memorandum of Understanding between the International Ocean Institute (IOI), and The Foundation Council of National Disaster Warning (FNDWC), in addition to many activities as outlined in the MoU, IOI-Thailand collaborates with the Thai Government and relevant organisations to carry out training programmes in ocean governance and fisheries and aquaculture governance in the Asia-Pacific region.


Thailand has many well established and internationally recognized institutions addressing marine-related issues including a Thai Marine Policy and Restoration Committee under the Office of the Prime Minister in 1996 and has been transferred to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in 2002, in order to address the inter-sectoral aspects of marine affairs and the need for integration and coordination among the sectors, the National Disaster Warning Center and Foundation of National Disaster Warning Council to address issues of multi-hazards disaster early warning and mitigation systems.


For more information about the latest news and activities, kindly click here.


Prof Alejandro Gutierrez

Director, IOI Costa Rica

Universidad Nacional



E:  ioicos(at)



The IOI Regional Operational Center for the Caribbean (IOI - Costa Rica) was engendered in 1993, upon an invitation, through the Earth Council, by its authorities to Universidad Nacional. In 1994, the creation of IOI- Costa Rica was enabled by agreement with participation of the Exact and Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Philosophy and Letters, and Earth and Sea faculties, represented by academic units in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy, Psychology, Environment, Agrarian, International Relations, and the Master´s program in Economic Policy. During 1995-1997, activities were initiated with Spanish-speaking countries of the Wider Caribbean, Ecuador, and Peru. In 1997, the first major links were established with South Cone republics through an affiliation of the School of Marine Science of the University of Chile to IOI.


In 1995, IOI-Costa Rica initiated its start-up programme and developed seminars, courses, and conferences, with full support from academicians and authorities of these four Faculties.


For more information about the latest news and activities, kindly click here.


  • IOI CUBA  

Dr Jorge Alberto Angulo-Valdes

Director, IOI Cuba

Grupo de Conservacion y Manejo de Recursos Costeros

Centro de Investigaciones Marinas

Ciudad de La Habana



E: jorge(at)


Through a Memorandum of Understanding between the International Ocean Institute (IOI), and the University of Havana in Cuba hosted by The Marine Research Centre, IOI-Cuba cooperates with the University of Havana on information and knowledge acquiring and dissemination, human resources development including training courses and workshops, promotion of the process of integrated coastal areas and resources management, organisation and active participation in leadership seminars, planning and implementation of joint research and cooperative studies and assistance in the development of partnerships with other institutions working in the area of ocean governance, marine research, monitoring, protection and capacity building in the Caribbean and Intra-American Sea regions and around the world.


Since 1970 the University of Havana through its Marine Research Centre is involved in marine biology and aquaculture research as well as in scientific aspects of the use and conservation of the marine coastal resources. The Centre is also well known for its achievements in education and training in the fields of marine biology, aquaculture and coastal zone management. The Centre has a long work tradition in the participation in international projects and gained a world wide reputation. 


IOI-Cuba has contributed importantly to the IOI mission in capacity building, conservation awareness building, community involvement in the study and conservation of the Cuban sea turtles and the Antillean Manatee, organisation of international conferences on integrated management of coastal zones, management of marine and coastal protected areas in Cuba’s Southern Archipelago Region, and environmental education projects, etc. 



Dr. Lamiaa I. MOHAMEDEIN / Prof. Sahar MEHANNA                                       


Director of Suez Branch, National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF)

El Adabeya Road (in front of Suez Steel)

P.O. Box 182, Attaka – Suez 43511



E:  ioiegypt(at)



The National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries of Egypt (NIOF) is a governmental, non-profit scientific institution, with its Headquarters in the Ministry of Scientific Research in Cairo.  NIOF has three branches; the Mediterranean Sea Branch in Alexandria, the Red Sea and Gulfs of Suez and Aqaba Branch in Suez and Inland Water and Aquaculture Branch in Al-Qanater Al-Khayria.  Its main activities focus on basic and applied research and training in the fields of physical, chemical, geological and biological oceanography as well as fisheries and fish biology, and other interdisciplinary fields such as environment, coastal processes and aquaculture in fresh and marine waters.


Through a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the International Ocean Institute (IOI), and the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF) of Egypt, the NIOF accepts the Mission and goals of the IOI as they are presented in the IOI Statutes and agrees to work with the IOI in meeting them.


IOI-Egypt operates under the overall guidance of its Advisory Board, nominated and chaired by the President of NIOF, and under the daily management of its Director nominated by the President in consultation with the IOI Executive Director.  The Director of IOI-Egypt is responsible for the operations of the Centre and ensuring that the IOI, through its Managing Director, is continuously informed and is consulted on issues covering the functioning of the Centre.



Dr Werner Ekau (Chair)

Director, IOI Germany

C/o Zentrum fur Marine Tropenokologie (ZMT)

(Center for Tropical Marine Ecology)




E:  wekau(at);



The ZMT is a research and training institution in Bremen, Germany and was created to promote research, education and capacity building in the use and protection of aquatic ecosystems in the tropics. Its activities are conducted through the global network of its partners at universities and other research and educational institutions. It takes part in educational activities at universities and strongly engages in the International Master’s Program ISATEC (International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology), held in English at the University of Bremen, and offers specialized courses in various fields of coastal and marine research.


Through an agreement of cooperation between ZMT and the International Ocean Institute (IOI), with each contributing its respective expertise and channels, it is expected that a global network can be created going beyond science, seeking a comprehensive approach to addressing ocean and coastal issues, with interdisciplinary projects, involving natural and social sciences, economics, and legal elements addressing education, training and research.


ZMT and IOI have expressed their common interest to co-operate in their training and education activities. This has been underlined during discussions at other occasions and is the basis for a continuation of the cooperation between IOI and ZMT.


  • IOI I.R. IRAN 

Dr. Nasser Hadjizadeh ZAKER                                     

Director, IOI-Islamic Republic of Iran

Iranian National Institute for Oceanography and Atmospheric Science (INIOAS)

No. 3, Etemad Zadeh St.

Fatemi Ave.

1411813389 Tehran



E:  nhzaker(at)

      international(at) (Assistant, Mr. Fahimeh FOROUGHI)



The Iranian National Institute for Oceanography and Atmospheric Science (INIOAS), promotes effective and wise management of ocean and coastal resources, eradication of poverty in coastal areas, organise efficient protection of the marine environment as a common heritage of mankind and facilitate exchange of knowledge and information, enhance the national scientific capabilities and carry out training and educational efforts, focusing its activities on the Persian Gulf area and cooperates with IOI Caspian Sea.


Through a Memorandum of Understanding the IOI Centre in the Islamic Republic of Iran will help to promote effective and wise management of ocean and coastal resources, eradicate poverty in coastal areas, organise efficient protection of the marine environment as a common heritage of mankind and facilitate exchange of knowledge and information.  The IOI Centre will also enhance national scientific capabilities and carry out training and educational efforts.


The Centre will help strengthen links between the national and regional institutions working in the same area and having interests in the Centres activities.



Dr. (Mrs.) Mabel T. YARHERE                                                    

Director, IOI-Western Africa

Nigerian Institute for Oceanography & Marine Research (NIOMR)

P.M.B. 12729

Wilmot Point Road

Victoria Island, Lagos



E: niomr(at)



Through a  Memorandum of Understanding between the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the International Ocean Institute (IOI), the NIOMR is mandated to undertake research on marine and coastal issues including fisheries, oceanography, marine geology and land based activities directly impacting coastal systems. Socio-economic concerns related to the uses of the marine and coastal environment and resources are also part of the mandate.


The IOI offers opportunities for training, education and research of an interdisciplinary and comprehensive nature focusing on the subject areas and specialties in NIOMR’s mandate.


Dr Joeli Veitayaki

Director, IOI Pacific Islands

University of the South Pacific

Suva, FIJI


E:  Joeli.veitayaki(at)



As the premier tertiary institution in the Pacific Islands region, the University of the South Pacific has the solemn duty and moral responsibility to reflect on what has been done, what is being done well, what else can be done and the ways in which we can change to ensure we accomplish our best in meeting the evolving human capacity needs of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS).


The Pacific SIDS are unique and are scattered across the world’s largest ocean, which covers about 98% of the region. The ocean dominates the SIDS environment and is the basis of environmental, social and cultural as well as economic development. It is therefore logical that our leaders want us to be referred to as Large Ocean Island Statesso that the world can recognize the challenges and responsibilities of looking after the portion of the world’s largest ocean under our jurisdiction. Our leaders are aware that the effective management of marine resources is critical because any risk to its continued health and well-being can have catastrophic consequences for life not only in the region but on planet Earth.  


USP already has some strong multidisciplinary programmes that recognise the importance of both science and social science in meeting the capacity needs of the Pacific Island Countries. Through its STAR and the Accreditation processes, USP has shown the willingness to do better for our people, countries and the region. It should continue to plan and implement innovative and appropriate initiatives relevant to our people and countries. Their programmes in Maths and Computing, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, Technology, Education, Economics, Business and Management should promote marine resource management studies and research in the Pacific Islands. To continue to be appropriate and relevant, we have to provide education and empowerment programmes that will meet the specific needs and challenges of 21st Century Pacific communities, many of which are reliant on the marine environment.