Latest News and Upcoming Events

The 2016 EMB Bursary is awarded to Dr. Stefano Moncada to carry out research titled “Climate Coping Strategies, Economic Wellbeing and Sustainability in Vulnerable Coastal Communities”The award ceremony for this year’s Bursary was held on 13 October at the offices of the IOI Headquarters on campus. Present at the ceremony were Pro-Rector Professor Joseph Cacciattolo, Professor Louis Cassar, Dr Stefano Moncada, Ms Antonella Vassallo (IOI Managing Director) and the previous EMB Bursary award winner Ms Kristina Edwards. 


Information about the 2016/2017 EMB Bursary awardee is available on the University of Malta website.




The 2016 Training Programme on Ocean Governance, Ocean Sciences and Geoethics is scheduled to be held in Pontal do Sul, PR-Brazil from the 21st November to the 9th December 2016.


Pre-registration is now open. The form may be obtained by clicking on the website here or by downloading it by clicking on this link. The deadline for registration is the 1st October 2016.



The 8th June has been designated as World Oceans Day (WOD) by the United Nations following paragraph 171 of its resolution 63/111 on Oceans and the Law of the Sea. The theme of World Oceans Day is selected on an annual basis to reflect an issue of importance. This years theme was "Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet".


On the 8th June of each year, the IOI joins the rest of the maritime world in celebrating World Oceans Day. The global IOI network of Centres and Focal points respond enthusiastically each year to the invitation to commemorate this day by organising and celebrating a diverse range of scientific, social and cultural activities. 


As we individually or collectively celebrate World Oceans Day, all our activities are inspired by what Elisabeth Mann Borgese wrote: 


“The ocean is the real thing, covering almost three-quarters of the surface of our blue planet; the continents are islands floating on the world ocean; the ocean links and unites the continents, rather than separating them and isolating them. The world ocean is our common heritage”.

 (Mann Borgese, E: The Oceanic Circle: Governing the Seas as a Global Resource; United Nations University Press; pub 1998; 346pp; ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1028-8)


To see how World Oceans Day was celebrated by the IOI network worldwide kindly click on the IOInforma News Bulletin series  (08/16) in the Archives section (Documents & Publications); reports of the WOD events held each year are included. Various photos can be seen in the Gallery 2016 section.


Please visit the website

  • For more information
  • To watch trailers and previews, and
  • To access the free series of lectures, videos, links to reference material and additional links that were provided by participants of the course that ran from the 25th April to the 18th July 2016 kindly click here (The MOOC is not currently online).