Education that advances both in-class and laboratory learning, putting research to the test by applying it within industry and advancing ocean literacy are priorities that OFI intends to advance. 

People exchange

By providing a variety of educational opportunities, OFI attracts — and retains — the best research talent, advancing Atlantic Canada’s position as a leader in ocean-related teaching and learning:

International Postdoctoral Program:
Postdoctoral fellows spend up to 50% of the award period at one of OFI’s partner international institutions.

Visiting Fellows Program: 
Researchers from partner institutions are eligible to apply for short or long-term stays, undertaking research projects and co-supervising students.

Bilateral Doctoral Program:
Graduate students are co-supervised and have research stays in partner institutions, providing the opportunity to gain international experience.

Knowledge mobilization

Through connections within the industry, OFI enables researchers to put their science to work — applying and testing their theories through incubator projects with the eventual goal of achieving commercialization. 

Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship - OFI has partnered with COVE, which provides a home to ocean technology businesses, start-ups, researchers and marine-based and service businesses that support the ocean technology sector. Learn more …

Engagement & literacy

Through participation in Ocean School, OFI supports the development and delivery of resources and programs to advance ocean literacy. Ocean School combines leading edge audio-visual and teaching technologies with forward-thinking approaches to create compelling and integrated learning experiences.

With ocean science and research at the core of its materials, Ocean School develops ocean literacy exhibits, online and classroom-based learning resources, social media-driven dialogue, and other activities that illustrate the complex relationship between humans and the ocean. Learning tools include short films, digital games and 360-degree ‘immersive’ ocean experiences using head-mounted virtual reality displays and tablets. Currently in production, the Ocean School curriculum is being refined. Learn more … 

Surf's up! Ocean School's Sonya Lee visited with sixth grade students at Duc d'Anville school in Halifax for a North Atlantic right whale-of-a-tale visit. CBC's Mainstreet reported on the children's very creative (and poetic!) reactions. Listen now ...