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University of Windsor

ERASMUS Training Program in
Aquatic Ecosystem Health

Lake Huron


The training road for all ERASMUS participants involves specialized courses, relevant internships and workshops.

Training Program Objectives

The long-term training objective of our collaborative program is to continuously prepare new generations of highly qualified specialists capable of efficiently engaging in productive dialogue that concerns scientific and technical issues relating to multiple stressors in aquatic environments, and more sensitive issues such as environmental protection and trade, sustainable development, and regional security.

The short term objectives of our training program are to:

  1. Build depth and breadth of knowledge by providing trainees with access to a strong multi-disciplinary curriculum related to environmental stressors co-taught by GLIER faculty and invited scientists and a sociologist.
  2. Stimulate collaborative research activity, dialog, and innovative approaches through intensive workshops.
  3. Improve knowledge flow and spread of innovation by facilitating student mobility through national and international student exchanges and internship programs.
  4. Enhance skill sets and fluency pertaining to international environmental issues through internship programs and student exchange.
  5. Increase training capacity in environmental research with state-of-the-art MSc and PhD theses and postdoctoral research projects under the co-supervision of multidisciplinary faculty.
  6. Provide global dissemination of research results via presentations at the annual GLIER graduate symposium, national and international conferences, and publications in scholarly journals.
  7. Provide hands-on instruction by facilitating trainees’ direct access to outstanding analytical facilities at GLIER, University of Guelph, Indiana University, and Oregon State University, as well as opportunities for conducting field work on contaminated sites (e.g. Sudbury, Ontario; Chernobyl area of Ukraine).
  8. Facilitate networking and collaborations between academic and nonacademic partners by offering internship placements in government labs, industry, and the private sector.
  9. Enhance expertise and employability by promoting a structured and flexible training approach that involves courses, lab work, workshops, internship, and student exchange.