Madagascar Institute of Marine Sciences (Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines – IH.SM) and the French Research Institute for Development (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement – IRD) are organizing the second summer school on Vulnerability of Coral Reef Heritage to be held in Toliara (Madagascar) from 7 to 18 November 2016.
The EEA VulPaRe summer school is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and has as main objective an interdisciplinary work on issues associated with the vulnerability of the coral reef heritage. This topic will be explored from a specific case study from Toliara region (southwestern part of Madagascar) that will bring together different ecological, economic or social problems. The case study will serve as a funding base for an interdisciplinary joint reflection. The Summer School will bring together experts and participants ranging from anthropology, economics, marine biology, ecology, law, geography etc. in order to discuss coral reef importance, current threats and heritage value. An important place will be also given to the local governance system and the local conservation practices. The summer school will offer an interdisciplinary approach to the notion of coral reef heritage and on different methodological skills that may be used for research or conservation practices, particularly during the fieldwork activities to be done on the south western coast of Madagascar.
The deadline for applications is 15th July 2016. Decision will be made by 15th August 2016.
For details of how to apply, financial support, programme information, course materials and testimonials of the participants of the first summer school edition (Toliara 2014), please read the attached call for applications (French version). The total number of participants will be limited to 20. Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, coming from different disciplines, interested into interdisciplinary research and working on coral reefs.
The working language of the summer school will be French; therefore a sufficient understanding of French language is required but participants will be able to express themselves in English.