ISA-China Joint Training and Research Centre

JTRC launch 2

On 9 November 2020, the ISA-China Joint Training and Research Centre (JTRC) was launched during a virtual ceremony hosted by ISA Secretary-General, Mr. Michael W. Lodge and Mr. Wang Hong, Vice Minister of MNR of China. Following the launch of the JTRC, the first meeting of the JTRC Steering Committee convened to discuss the centre’s future programmes and initiatives to benefit developing States.

ISA and the State Oceanic Administration of China signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday, 18 October 2019 to establish the first ever joint training and research centre in Qingdao, China.

The JTRC will provide a new platform for ISA to promote capacity-building and the transfer of marine technology for developing countries, and to advance and share human knowledge of the deep ocean and its environment.

JTRC will offer training programmes in marine science and technology, as well as in techniques for marine scientific research designed to facilitate the full participation of developing States in activities in the international deep seabed area.

It will support the conduct of collaborative research programmes related to the latest developments concerning activities in the deep seabed, along with the organization of conferences and workshops, and the dissemination of the results of marine scientific research in easily accessible publications.

Opening address by Ms. Gu Wu, Director of JTRC.
Opening remarks by H.E. Mr. Tian Qi, Permanent Representative of China to ISA.
Opening remarks by H.E. Mr. Michael W. Lodge, ISA Secretary-General.
Opening remarks by Honourable Mr. Wang Hong, Vice Minister of MNR (SOA) of China.
Video presentation of the National Deep Sea Center.
Press release of 9 November 2020.

JTRC Steering Committee

Steering Committee

ISA-China JTRC Annual Report 2021: EN | CH


JTRC first workshop: 24-26 May 2022


Images provided by the National Deep-Sea Center, China.

The JTRC convened its first training on mineral resources, environmental management and data from 24 to 26 May 2022, in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources (State Oceanic Administration) of China. The training involved 55 participants from 20 countries, including 45 per cent of nationals from least developed countries, landlocked developing countries or small island developing States and 45 per cent of women.