Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

level I (prerequisite: Bachelor of Arts or Science)



Professional Links


The interaction with the non-educational actors will take place according to several questions:

- educational demand, with respect to the MSP program calibration and orientation;

- upgrading and revision of scientific/cultural/institutional approaches developed through MSP master and other curricula;

- identification of emerging research demands and innovation, towards which to orient MSP research activities in cooperation with Master activities;

- job placement, concerning the definition of curriculum profile and employment perspectives in maritime sectors.


The engagement of non-educational actors involved in the Joint Master Course as Associated Members started upon implementation of the course, and improved in the first three editions. Their engagement is granted by the role they play in the Advisory board, as well as in the delivery of the course’s activities. With respect to Associated Partners, WOC (World Ocean Council), will play an important role in interfacing the master activities with the professional demands with respect to industry leaders, logistics and sustainable development. Moreover, MarViva and Sound Seas in the Caribbean area and Nordregio in the North Sea are involved in collaborations with NGOs, active on sea and environmental protection, and will share their networks and experiences within the MSP research and Master activities.


Independent expertise will be a way of interacting with different point of views. Specifically:

-       Jennifer McGowan and University of Queensland Australia, expert in MSP and conservation planning, with consolidated expertise on decision support tools as MARXAN;

-       Dr. Notarbartolo di Sciara (Thetys), Coordinator for the Mediterranean Region of the World Commission on Protected Areas - Marine (WCPA Marine) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as well as vice president of the Cetacean Specialist Group.

-       Dr. Tundi Agardy, part of the World Commission on Protected Areas - Marine (WCPA Marine) of IUCN as well.


Moreover, the University of Azores has strong relations with IUCN and also to National/Regional NGOs as “Quercus, AssociašŃo Nacional de Conservacao da Natureza”, aiming at promoting several conservation projects to save biodiversity such as the Biological Reserves Network where currently 600 ha of private biological reserves are being managed and a network of micro-reserves for conservation of rare and endangered species and habitats is to be created. Finally, University of Azores has facilitated the MSP EU Roadmap discussion at the Azores National Workshop with a strong involvement between civil society, professionals and decision makers.


IOC/UNESCO aims at supporting knowledge transfer and stakeholders participation with respect to environmental protection and planning strategies in the construction of Marine Spatial Planning Initiatives all around the world. Specific effort of IOC partners with UNESCO member states is devoted to develop capacity building of their national institutes in conducting the science and observations needed to underpin informed decision-making for sustainable use of the ocean and coastal seas. IOC will mobilize its network to provide internship placement among its members.


Eminent professionals will be invited to participate to seminars on specific topics, and to present their experience in MSP sectors and interactions. It is expected that per each edition 6 invited scholars will deliver 2 ECTS each, for a total of 12 ECTS. Some scholars were already involved in the Consortium activities. For example Tundi Agardy from SoundSea, USA, delivers in each edition 2 ECTS in the Iuav semester. Other potential invited scholars are Dr. E. Drakou from Twente University, the Netherlands, Dr. G. Notarbartolo di Sciara, Thetis Italy, Jennifer McGowan, Australia.


Additionally, in each semester some lectures will be given by non-educational actors, as key stakeholders involved in the MSP processes in each country.

In Azores semester guest lectures mainly related to the Maritime Economic activities will be also involved. They bring the vision of the business community but also a social perspective. As the Azores classes have a focus on the Marine Environment this is a Strategy to bring another important perspective to the semester. Some of the invited non educational actors are:

-  Ponta Delgada Captain Port: Shipping and Harbouring expertise;

-  Diving Expert Companies: Tourism and Natural Resources;

-  Whale watching Company: Tourism and Natural Resources;

-  Lotašor Entity Responsible for the Azores Fishing Landings: Fisheries;

-  Portuguese Navy: National Security

-  Maritime Policy: Vigilance.


The University of Venice, and its teaching staff, has strict relations with the Venice Port Authority and Trieste Port Authority. Students will be invited to visit the two harbor areas and discuss with them about the implementation of the new offshore infrastructures of the commercial port in front of Venice and future development strategy (in term of intermodality plan) of Trieste Port.




For more information


Joint Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning

Secretariat at University Iuav of Venice


Daniele Zecchinato

tel. +39 041 257 1395




Scientific coordinators


Francesco Musco



Elena Gissi



Juan L Sußrez de Vivero



Helena Calado