We have been raising public and institutional awareness in a variety of ways, presenting our work to audiences including students, teachers, and fishing communities in Italy, Greece and other nations.
We involved people from around the world in dolphin research programmes, letting them know about cetacean research methods and ways of contributing to marine conservation.
Through marine biology field courses, internships and research assistantships, we hosted students and young scientists at our field stations, training and encouraging them to conduct conservation-oriented studies with a focus on marine mammals.
We have been providing thesis supervision to selected students, in collaboration with several Universities in Italy and abroad.
Our suggestions on becoming a cetacean researcher can be viewed HERE.
We regularly organise presentations at kindergardens, primary and secondary schools, high schools and universities, to make young generations aware of the need to protect dolphins and marine biodiversity.
Capacity building and education activities have included cetacean conservation workshops, seminars and marine biology courses organized in collaboration with Texas A&M University and OceanCare.
We manage a Blog and a Facebook page where we regularly post photos and news.
Finally, we raise awareness and disseminate information through scientific publications, encyclopedia entries, popular articles, opinion papers, video documentaries, professional photography, interviews and various digital media (see some examples below).
This Texas A&M University course (MARB 407/607) consisted of lectures and labs on the ecology and behavior of marine mammals. The course provided opportunities of observing marine fauna, assisted by experienced researchers, and included visits to cultural heritage sites and fishing ports. This short video shows some of the activities conducted during the course held in 2014.