About Us


Barcelona Ocean is a joint initiative by InvestigAdHoc and researchers at the Institut de Ciències de Mar (ICM, Institute of Marine Sciences). We offer specialized training in marine sciences to professionals and researchers, graduate students and the general public. Courses are held at ICM’s facilities, located by the beach and nearby a wide range of accommodation.


InvestigAdHoc is a company led by Francisco Machín that provides marine-related educational and scientific services to researchers and research-oriented companies. Services include website construction and managing, translation of technical documents, data analysis and plotting, poster and articles design and layout, and administration and bureaucracy work.


The Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM, Institute of Marine Sciences) has extensive experience in marine science research, graduate training and dissemination. ICM is one of the top marine research centres in Europe. It carries out state-of-the art research in marine sciences, with over 250 Science Citation Index publications per year. Many of the center's researchers have collaborated with undergraduate and graduate training programs for a number of universities. As a result of these collaborations, researchers have gained significant experience as lecturers and have developed a significant number of teaching materials.

Team

Maria Pastor

Program Coordinator

Maria Pastor is a scientist and educator in the field of marine sciences. She holds a PhD in Physical Oceanography by the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and has experience teaching oceanography at the secondary school and university level. Her research focuses on eastern boundary marine ecosystems. She is especially interested in science outreach and making science fun for kids and the general public.

Francisco Machín

Website Manager and Financial Administrator

Francisco Machín holds a PhD in Physical Oceanography by the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He is the founder and director of InvestigaAdHoc, a company that provides marine-related educational and scientific services to researchers and research-oriented companies. Francis has been an active researcher since 2000 and is an ANECA and ACECAU authorised University instructor. His teaching experience ranges from courses in undergraduate and graduate programs, to intensive specialized training courses.

Academic Committee

Pep Gasol
Josep Lluís Pelegrí
Miguel Angel Rodríguez
Marta Coll

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