The ACE-funded Maritime University, under the auspices of the Russian Geographical Society, offered an opportunity for Masters or early PhD students to participate in a 27 day transit cruise prior to the ACE expedition. This cruise took the ship from Bremerhaven, Germany to Cape Town, South Africa, crossing both the North and South Atlantic sectors during its transect south. This exciting cruise brought together participants from Europe, USA, Russia, Australia and South Africa from 20 November to 15 December 2016.
The aim of this initiative was to introduce marine science as an applied and cross-disciplinary field to students who have shown an affinity for marine/natural science disciplines. It combined traditional classroom lectures with hands-on ship-based deck activities for 49 students and provided them with an opportunity to support specialist scientists in their current marine research activities.