The Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) was
established in 1975 with the objectives of conducting oceanographic
research and providing graduate level education in marine sciences
with respect to the mission and the
vision of the institute.
The Institute has four main divisions:
Marine Biology and Fisheries
Marine Geology and Geophysics
In its brief history, research accomplished by
the Institute has resulted both in vastly increasing our knowledge
of the seas surrounding Turkey and in establishing a data base to
help in the management of the marine environment.
The Institute is located on the Mediterranean coast, near
Erdemli, about 45km west of the town of
Mersin. It is a part of the Middle
East Technical University, one of the leading universities in Turkey, which
has its main campus in Ankara.
The programs are envisioned to provide future scientists
with thorough education and training in their fields. Special emphasis is given
to studying the national marine environment, in keeping with the Institute’s
objectives of developing and improving the marine resources of Turkey.
Students with B.S. degree (or equivalent) in one of the
natural sciences or engineering, and a background including calculus, statistics
and differential equations may apply. Experience in computer programming is
desirable. Training of graduated students is greatly enhanced by active
participation in research programs carried out at sea, and in laboratories
of the Institute.
The Institute’s campus at Erdemli, houses office buildings,
laboratories, computing and remote sensing facilities, a library and other
services. Housing for staff and students, and harbor facility are also located
on the campus.
The mission of the Institute is to provide post-graduate
education in marine sciences to enable our scientists to conduct research
compatible with international standards; to perform systematic and integrated
research utilizing both observations and modeling techniques to acquire
information pertinent to the needs of our society and to publish our results so
that they may be of use to decision makers.
Parallel to the developments in marine sciences to obtain
the most benefit from both the living and non-living marine resources in our
country, to attain infra- and superstructure facilities in a shortest
period possible, to carry out the needed systematic and integrated research
based on observations and modeling techniques to allow recognition, conservation
and sustainable management of the marine resources; and to be among the foremost
in training qualified scientists, in the direction of the university’s mission:
respectful to nature, enriched with knowledge, and talented to be able making