To enhance education and capacity building in the field of scientifically sound biodiversity conservation, the same core team of isMCS instructors taught the International Graduate School of Conservation Biology (iSCB) from 2005 to 2012. During those eight years over 160 graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students from 25 European and Mediterranean countries participated at this school hosted by the Center for Marine Research of the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Rovinj, Croatia. On the scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (excellent), our former students graded the school with an average grade of 9.3. On the question “Would you recommend iSCB to your colleagues and fellow students”, they have all answered – yes.
The International School of Marine Conservation Science is a continuation of that original effort, focused on conservation science applied to marine ecosystems. In addition, while iSCB aimed at capacity building within central and eastern European region, the International School of Marine Conservation Science is intended to appeal to students across a wider geography, including those from across Europe, North America (U.S., Canada, Mexico), central and South America, Asia and the Indo-Pacific, and Africa.