Innovative Research

This unique research school creates a first class training environment to convey advanced technical and research skills in ocean science and cutting-edge technologies from both sides of the Atlantic.  Transatlantic Ocean System Science and Technology (TOSST) faculty located in Maritime Canada jointly train students with faculty from the Helmholtz Research School for Ocean Science and Technology (HOSST) located in Kiel, Germany.  Students conduct interdisciplinary research in state of the art facilities with co-supervisors in both countries.

Interfacing Science and Policy

New and increasing human use of the oceans coupled with the importance of the oceans for determining the health of our planet imply a need for ocean management based on an international and multidisciplinary perspective. This in turn requires improved understanding and new approaches to graduate training.  TOSST promotes the ability to manage deep sea and open ocean environments through courses and activities during annual summer schools.

Broader Career Opportunities

The TOSST research school provides innovative training for an increasingly internationalized research and business environment. Career opportunities are broadened throughout the program by emphasizing development of business skills and increasing knowledge of private-sector applications of marine science and technology. Throughout the program, students participate in workshops focusing on business development and management skills.  Opportunities are also available for student to develop leadership skills through mentoring or to complete internships in industry, government, and NGOs.  The end product is a well-rounded professional.

International Exchange

Students in the TOSST program participate in annual summer schools.  The summer school location is rotated among Nova Scotia, Germany, and Cape Verde.  Each location’s summer school theme showcases the expertise of that region.  Participants are immersed for two weeks in ocean technologies and observation in Halifax, seafloor structures and dynamics in Kiel, and ocean biodiversity and management in Cape Verde.  In addition to this, each student completes a research exchange in Kiel, Germany.