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NB, June 2021:  This page will change for the autumn 2021 session.

Below you will find information on the following:


Please note that some of the information may change, so please check back and refresh the page before using any information in it.  Please read this and other pages carefully before sending email inquiries.

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The school will take place over three; all-day Fridays, spread over two weeks.

Dates are:  21 & 28 May & 4 June 2021.

There is a chance that the School could be on Saturdays, 22 & 29 May & 5 June

This depends on participants' preferences.

Please indicate your preference in the application form - see below.

Time is in CET (Paris time).  If you live several time zones earlier than CET, please be sure that you will be able to rise and shine early so as not to be late.


Day 1 - Morn:   Participate in a hands-on activity

           - Aft:   Prepare & start the participatory simulation

Day 2 - Morn & aft:   Continue participatory simulation

Day 3 - Morn:   End the simulation & start the debriefing

           - Aft:   Complete the debriefing & wrap up the School

During the week, you will be able to access the simulation space as you wish, and continue informal negotiations and discussions.  You will also wish to read documents related to your negotiations, either on specifics points, or more generally.  A School library of books, reports, articles and video films will be recommended and made available to you.

Detailed timetable

Please note that the schedule may change at any time, including at the last minute, and even during the School itself.  The notes below, however, will provide an idea of how events are likely to unfold.  All times are in CET - Central European Time, aka Paris time.  Please consider this when you apply.  If your timezone is more than several hours before or later than CET, you will need to think carefully, before you apply, about whether you will be able to manage early or late times for you.

In the timetable below, pauses (for tea / coffee / snacks), lunches and suppers are not shown.  Times for pauses will be arranged together with all participants.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to supply coffee and refreshments via the internet (but we are working on it), so please get in a sufficient supply for yourself.  The simulation space will remain open during pauses, so that you can intermingle socially, in similar manner to an ordinary face-to-face workshop.

Day 0 = Test

A few days or a week before the start, we will hold a brief meeting with everyone present, so that we can be sure that the computer and internet systems are working.  This is essential, so that you and we can make any adjustments needed for the sessions to run smoothly, and not loose precious time once the School starts.

Day 1 = Activity; prepare and start the simulation

09h:       Start of school, overview of the school

09h10:   Warm-up (get to know you) activity

09h30:   Ocean Collage: An interactive hands-on activity about the complexity of the oceans

              This will be facilitated by the designer, Alice Vitoux.

14h:       Prepare for the simulation (roles, goals, scenario, ...)

15h:       Start simulation

17h:       Debrief of Day 1

17h30    End of Day 1

Day 2 = Participatory simulation

09h:       Interactive lecture by Nicolas Becu, La Rochelle Univesity.

The topic will be coasts and climate change.

10h:       Continue simulation

17h30    Debrief of day 2

18h+:     End of Day 2

Day 3 = Simulation & de​brief

09h:       Continue simulation (plenary conference)

11h:       End of simulation & prepare debrief

 We hope to have an ocean literacy specialist from UNESCO to tell us about their work.

13h:       Start of simulation debrief (individual & collective)

16h:       Start of feedback on the School

17h:       End of the School


Venue - online tools needed

For our May 2021 edition, we will again be online - communicating and
working together through our computer screens.  Please consider the notes
here carefully as they are the minimum necessary for you to be able to
participate comfortably.  If your tools do not function properly, this will make your participation frustrating and disrupt your and other participants' work.  Every participant will need the following:
  • An excellent internet connection.  'Excellent' here means high speed and stable. 

  • ADSL.  If your typical speed is above 6Mbps down and 1Mbps up (to and from your provider), you should be ok.  Ordinary ADSL should give you nominally 8Mbps down and 1.5Bbps up; real speeds will be less.  Line speeds of lower than 6Mbps usually work ok.  It is worth checking with a colleague using meet or zoom or some other system.

  • If you are on fibre, you will have no problem.

  • Other considerations:

    • You can find a variety of speed tests on the internet; they will give you an idea of what your system (computer + connection) is like.  Your provider may have its own speed test.

    • If you have had experience of visio-conferencing online (eg, zoom, skype, meet), you will have an idea of how well your system works.

    • You should have only one computer connected to the internet during School times, but with fibre, you can connect several.  A dial-up connection will not work for our School.  Your connection will be live all day.

      • In a previous session, two participants, unfortunately, had to drop out because their internet connection dropped out.

  • A PC or large laptop.  You will need a certain amount of screen space; we recommend at least 14", enough for two windows to be visible simultaneously, one of which will be a screen for collaborative writing.

    • We strongly discourage you from using a mobile (cell) phone for the School as the screen space is insufficient.  If you use a mobile phone, you will not be able to participate fully, and this may be frustrating or even annoying for other participants.

  • You may need an account with Zoom.  You can get a free account by signing up.  The cost of the School Zoom connection will be born by the School, and is included in your fee.  It is better to download and install the software package and use that, instead of connecting through your browser.

  • You will definitely need an account with Discord.  You can get a free account by signing up.  You must download and install the software package and use that, instead of connecting through your browser.

    • Before the School starts you will get an invitation to the space that we will use.

  • An account with Gmail, so that you can use the online Google applications, such as Google Doc.  It is essential to have or obtain a Gmail account before you apply.  An application form that does not include a Gmail account will be downgraded.

    • Admin and university email systems tend to consider our Gmails as spam; if an email to you bounces, we will not have time to get back to you.

  • A comfortable chair, some nimble fingers, a convincing tongue and an agile mind.

  • A good coffee or tea maker, some quickly-made lunch and supper formulas.  We will not be able to provide these through the internet.

  • A loud alarm clock to wake you up on the simulation days.

Venu & online tools


Fees are determined by date of payment and by type of participant.  We

have two payment periods and two categories of participant - see table below.

  1. Early bird registration.  Participants who register and pay on or before 24 April Oct 2020 (midnight CET, Paris time) will benefit from the lower rates indicated below.​

  2. Normal rateFor those who pay on or after 25 April Oct, rates will increase.

Reduced rate

The following categories of people automatically qualify for a reduced fee (see table below).  In most cases, some form of proof will be required.

  1. Citizens (interested persons not enrolling on behalf of their employer, and paying the fee out of their own pocket, retirees, unemployed)

  2. Education: Students, researchers, PostDocs, teachers, uni professors, trainers and other education personnel working for not-for-profit organisations

  3. Members of all orgs and associations listed on our 'Support' page

  4. People working in NGOs, QANGOs, UN organisations, UNESCO, UNFCCC, UNEP, UNDP, IPCC, WWF, IUCN, ...
  5. Members of these and similar scientific and educational orgs:  EGU, IAPG, AGU, ISAGA, IEGO, IAPSO, IACS, GSL, RMS, AGU, Greenpeace, ...

  6. Civil servants working in agencies & ministries related to climate, the oceans or the environment

  7. All people whose main home is located in a low- or middle-income economy, as defined by the World Bank, can claim a 50% reduction of the normal (reduced or full) rate (see table below).  Classifications will be found here

  8. Previous participants qualify for 1/2 the reduced rate

  9. If your organisation is not in the above list, indicate it on the application, and we will make a determination

  10. If you have particular difficulties for paying, please outline these on the application form.  We will make an effort to keep the rate within reach for you.  We do not wish to disqualify anyone on the grounds of income.


Full rate (see table below) is applied to consultants, business & industry (private companies & state entities, run as companies, eg, rail company, airline, oil company).



Reduced rate people will need to provide proof of status (e.g., copy of student, membership or professional card; an institutional email will usually work).

Applicants requesting a reduction on the basis of low- or middle-income economy must provide proof of residency at the time of application.  If an application does not contain such proof, the request for reduction may be disqualified.  Students and people from low and middle income economies currently studying in France or Europe also need to provide proof of normal home (low- or middle-income) residency.  For example, a Moroccan student resident in France for the purposes of study, on a student visa, who has not applied for a long-term resident card in France, and intends to return to Morocco at the end of their studies, qualifies for a reduction.  A student (originally) from Morocco, with a long-term resident card or with French citizenship does not qualify. 

When you apply, make sure that your request for a reduction is mentioned on the application form.  It will not be possible to ask for a reduction after registration.  For a registration to be valid, all fees must be paid and received.


You will pay only after your application has been approved and you have been accepted as a participant.  An email will tell you when you should pay.  To know how to pay, go to the registration section below, on this page.



Thank you for wishing to apply.  However, please do make yourself familiar

with all the important pages in this web site, especially this page.  We

recommend that you apply early as the number of places is limited to twenty

and prices increase later.


Please follow the sequence of steps below:


  • Read all pages in this web site and make sure that you have understood everything.

    • If you have questions, please send us email oceans.climate at gmail.  Please make sure that an answer to your question is not already somewhere on the web site.

      • (You have a search box in the footer, but it does not seem to work very well.  You can also use google advanced search and include your search term in addition to 'site:'.)


  • Carefully read the 'Note about commitment' (below), and decide how you stand in regard to that.

  • Fill out and send the application form (see below); you will receive an automatic email acknowledgement.

  • Wait until your application has been accepted, that is, until you have been officially admitted into the school.  You will get an email notifying you and telling you what to do next, which basically is to register/pay.

  • Pay the full amount; you will be able to pay on line with a credit card.  On receipt of payment, you will be registered.​

Note about commitment

Because the learning will take place collectively, along with other participants, your presence throughout the School is crucial.  In other words, your contribution to the School and to other participants' learning is vital, and so we require that participants be present and engage from start to finish for the whole School.  Also, in order to obtain your certificate, you will need to be present and active for the whole School.

Thus, in the application form, we invite you to make a statement or promise or commitment that provides the right reassurance that you will be present and contribute right from the start until the very end.  Remember that this promise is towards everyone in the School, as well as to yourself and the facilitators.

  • If, for example, you are thinking that you might take part for a few hours, then disappear for a day and then return at the end, or that you might skip a day, it would be better not to apply.  If you are entertaining the idea of slipping in and out, as the fancy takes you, then please do not apply.  If you think that you will join us for 90% of the School and then drop out towards the end, we advise you not to apply.  Any of the above is unfair on other participants.​

Application form

In order to attend the School, you need to apply and be admitted.  Click below for the application form; it will open in a new browser tab.  Try the short link first.  If it does not work, then use the long one.

Short link:

You will be able to pay after your application has been accepted.  If your application is successful, you will get an email letter officially accepting your application.  You will get further instructions on how to pay with your letter of acceptance or in a follow-up email.


If you do not wish to apply now, but you would like to show interest and to be kept informed, please fill in the form at the bottom of our landing page, here  However, please note that, once the School is full, no more applications will be accepted.


Admission to the School will be based on the quality of applications.  You are advised to apply early.  Qualified applicants will be notified of whether or not they are admitted, soon after we receive applications - normally within 10 working days.  The earlier you apply, the greater the chance of being admitted.

Please remember that each session will accommodate up to a maximum of twenty participants.  This means that you should apply as early as possible.

Payment (section to be revised)

  • After your application has been accepted and you have been been admitted to the
    School, you will receive an email notifying you of this.


  • Your email notification of acceptance will contain a URL (web link).  When you click
    on the link in the email, it will take you to the website of the Open Ocean University (OOU) (Université Internationale de la Mer). 


  • On this OOU website, you will be able to pay with a credit card, using a standard secure, online payment system.

    • Please note that a credit card is the only way to pay.

    • Unfortunately, we cannot accept bank transfers.

    • We cannot accept card numbers by phone


  • Follow the instructions on the OOU website.  It will take you through several pages; on each one you will enter information.

    • One of the pages asks you to choose the type of 'ticket'.  This concerns your category of participant.  Please see the Fees page here for details.

    • Please be careful to select the correct category.

    • If you are in a low- or middle-income economy, you will normally have been given a code to enter into the ticket selection page of the OOU.  Please see the Fees page here for details.  This code will give you a 20% reduction.

    • If you have been given a reduction code in error, please do not use it and let us know.

    • If you have not been given a code, but you think that you qualify, please be in touch by email before you attempt to pay.

    • Be sure to use the same name as the one that you used in your Application.

  • Registration is complete once (a) you have paid and (b) we have been able to verify that the payment has been received.

  • ​The payment system should normally provide you with immediate confirmation of payment and also send you your 'ticket' by email, which you can also download as a pdf file.

    • For your records, and in case of any problem, keep a copy of this confirmation (eg, screen capture), but do not include any card number.

  • Send your payment receipt details in a short email immediately after you have paid, but do not send any sensitive information, like credit card or ban account numbers, by email. 

    • Mention: First and FAMILY names, date of payment, amount in €, any other information.  We will acknowledge this email.

    • Send your email to uim.cagnes at gmail.c..  This email should only be used for payment matters, and not for inquiries about the School, programme or other matters of substance.

    • It may take a short while (up to three days) for payment to reach us and be verified.​

  • Once we have verified your payment you will get an email confirming full registration and enrolment in the School.

    • Be sure to keep an eye on your email in case we need to contact you urgently about any payment problems.

    • About 10 days before the start, you will get an email, with further information for participation.


Attendance & Certificate


As the summer school forms an organic whole, it requires that you participate

for the full course.  Each part of the course feeds into the next, with

culmination in debriefing sessions, which all participants are required to

attend.  The course will be intensive, but short - the equivalent of three full

days, spread over two weeks.  We also ask you to fill in the feedback form at the end, and another about one month later.

An official certificate of attendance will be provided for each participant who is present throughout the School and who fills out the feedback forms.  Absence of any kind for any reason will disqualify you from receiving the certificate.  So please be sure that you will 'stay the course' and that you will be present and actively involved throughout all the days of the course, including the debriefing and feedback.

Attendance & Certificate
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