Primary goal of the educational component of the CEMarin is to offer integrative training in marine sciences to post-graduate students from Colombia, Germany and other countries. The CEMarin training program addresses vexing problems in marine sciences. It also aims at bringing together early-stage researchers with renowned international scientists. Courses are given by experts from Colombia, Germany, the U.S.A., Canada and other counties, all with international reputation in their fields of research.

Courses are based on the principle of “problem-based-learning”, and offer both basic and applied components.

There are four major training components offered by the CEMarin:

  • CEMarin keynote lecture series
  • International thematic workshops
  • International field schools
  • Courses within the inter-institutional doctorate program in Marine Science offered by Colombian universities

Prof. Chris Harley (Canada) is teaching at the CEMarin


Keynote lectures and Catedra CEMarin

The CEMarin hosts keynote lectures and seminars that are broadcasted live and some are available for download. Future talks and dates will be announced on this website. The CEMarin keynote lecture series is a joint program with the International Giessen Graduate Centre for the Life Sciences.


Cátedra CEMarin World Oceans Day 2017

With an outstanding academic program, we celebrated the World Oceans Day in Medellín and Turbo the past 7, 8 and 9 june, 2017. The Corporation Center of Excellence in Marine Sciences (CEMarin) in alliance with Universidad de Antioquia, Comisión Colombiana del Océano, Universidad CES, and other marine science Colombian institutions sponsored this celebration,  Among the invited lecturers we reunited international and local experts in marine sciences.

You can watch the complete transmission of the event following: 
*The content is available in spanish.

Cátedra CEMarin World Oceans Day 2017

23 June 2016 Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Grossart  
  Aquatic systems under increasing environmental stress  
  Experimental approaches to accumulation of macro- and microplastics  
  and the impact of global warming and ocean acidification on microbial  
  communities and processes.    (mpeg494MB)
11 August 2016  Ph.D Susana Caballero    
  Genetic Conservation of Marine    
  Vertebrates in Colombia.   (mpeg4, 250MB)
8 September 2016  Ph.D Valeria Pizarro    
  Caribbean Reef State And Its Perspectives  
  Against Climate Change And Climate Change Development.  
3 November 2016 MSc. Diego Cardeñosa     
  Genetic and quantum barcodes Sharks sell in  
  the market of Hong Kong   (mpeg4100MB)
6 December 2016 Ph.D Sven Zea    
  Marine Sponges:
  What they are, What they do And what they are for. (mpeg4, 200MB)
19 March 2015 Dr. Christian Voolstra    
  Coral Reef Genomics in the Red Sea  
  Responses of corals and their symbionts to environmental change on  
  a molecular and ecosystem level.
    (mpeg4, 126MB)
26 March 2015 Dr. Jean-François Flot    
  Using heterozygosity to delineate marine species in space and time  
  Species delineation using haplowebs and the criterion of mutual allelic  
    (mpeg4, 150MB)
18 June 2015 Dr. Akiko Kato  
  Bio-logging for animal ecology   
  Bio-logging as a powerful tool for investigating free-ranging organisms.     (mpeg4, 146MB)


Clicking on the title will redirect you to a dropbox website where you can directly watch a 15 minute preview. The download button for the complete video is in the upper right corner. You can continue without registering, a dropbox account is not required for the download.

International thematic workshops

Thematic workshops address emerging fields of particular interest for marine scientists such as omics, modeling e.t.c. They are taught by international scientists, all experts in their field of expertise. Workshops have a duration of approximately 6 to 8 days and adhere to the concepts of problem-based learning in small groups, and the tutor and mentor systems. Courses are typically open to students from other universitiesand are advertised via specific calls.


International CEMarin Workshop 2016 "Omics techniques for the study of marine organisms and ecosystems"

International field schools

International field schools are being conducted in Colombia, Germany and other countries, and address theoretical and applied problems in marine sciences. They are taught by international scientists and consists of field work and hands-on activities, as well as keynote lectures and discussions. Field schools are typically open to students from other universities and are advertised via specific calls.

Field work at Tayrona National Park, Santa Marta


Support to the Colombian inter-institutional doctorate program in Marine Science

The CEMarin supports this program by teaching courses and by providing access to international lectures.




Ph.D Valeria Pizarro
Ph.D Valeria Pizarro