Halifax, Canada

Ocean Technologies and Observations

The Halifax summer school focuses on ocean resource extraction, ocean observation technologies, marine robotics, autonomous vehicle technology, and advanced chemical, optical and acoustic sensors for ocean measurement.  Activities include both lectures and demonstrations from researchers and ocean industry representatives, including representatives from Canadian deep water oil/gas development, shipbuilding, offshore mining and ocean technology companies.  Students visit select ocean technology companies during the summer school and learn first-hand about the process of innovation, product development and marketing of ocean technologies from company representatives.


To date, two Halifax summer schools have been completed.

About Halifax






44°51′16″N 63°11′57″W


400 km


One of my favourite things about the ocean is the bizarre and fantastic creatures that live in the deep. As for being in the TOSST program, I am looking forward to getting a chance to collaborate with fellow scientists across the Atlantic.
Jonathan Lemay
M.Sc. Candidate, Department of Oceanography
In choosing the TOSST Graduate Program I have been influenced by its interdisciplinary approach and transatlantic collaboration, for today's ocean issues can only be tackled by tapping expertise from a broad range of disciplines.
Mirjam Held
Ph.D. Candidate, Interdisciplinary PhD Program/Marine Affairs Program
The HOSST/TOSST program allows students, both from varied scientific/technical backgrounds and from varied cultures, to come together to share approaches, findings and ideas surrounding ocean science research.  I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, a research group at a foreign institution.
John Christopher L’Esperance
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Oceanography
TOSST offers a lot of possibilities due to its interdisciplinary orientation and the strong collaboration between various scientists from Canada and northern Germany. Also, the opportunity to take part in occasional summer schools allows receiving new skills, as well as the possibility to meet other scientists.
Irena Schulten
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Oceanography
TOSST gives me the wonderful opportunity to obtain my PhD as well as experiencing additional activities, which are not usually offered in PhD programs. Especially the close international collaboration and interdisciplinarity of the program will be great resources during the time of TOSST and also later on in my academic career.
Jenni-Marie Ratten
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Biology
Though given many different names on maps, the ocean really is one immense and connected entity. Many different scientific disciplines deal with the secrets beneath the waves and along the shores. In order to be able to understand the big picture of the oceans, it is vital to link and combine these different sciences. The opportunity to learn from many different scientists provided by the TOSST program is the main reason why I enjoy being part of this unique program.
Kristina Börder
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Biology
I am really fond of the diversity in the TOSST program, since I believe the difference makes progress.
Yuan Wang
Candidate of PhD, Physical Oceanography
TOSST program provides me with a great opportunity to improve collaborative research and management of marine resources in the Atlantic Ocean, my interest lies in numerical modeling especially for physical-biological processes.
Rui Zhang
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Oceanography
It's wonderful to be apart of a program where students must think outside the scientific box, and are exposed to business development and management skills, science communication, and international expertise; all of which are required to link the science-policy interface.
Brendal Davis
Program Coordinator, Oceanography Department