IMLA 2008 IZMIR
first IMLA Conference on MET (Maritime
Education and Training) was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in
1980. Since then, 15 international biennial meetings have been held in
Rijeka, (then) Yugoslavia, 1982; Malmö, Sweden, 1984; Kotka, Finland,
1986; Sydney, NS; Canada, 1988; Bremen, Germany, 1990; New York, NY,
USA, 1992; Lisbon, Portugal, 1994; Kobe, Japan, 1996; St. Malo, France,
1998; Malmö, Sweden, 2000; Shanghai, China, 2002, St. Petersburg, Russia
2004, Marseilles, France 2006 and Chaguaramas, Trinidad 2007.
has confirmed the growing interest in and importance
of Maritime Education and Training (MET). The development of
technologies and the respective updates in requirements concerning safer
and environment-friendly shipping, along with the increasing number of
multilingual and multicultural crews, stress the importance of
international meetings for maritime lectures and others, concerned with
the education and training of maritime personnel.
An IMLA Conference is a no-border forum: a round table for discussions
on sea-related topics as well as a way to establish or maintain contact
with colleagues who face the same challenges and difficulties in their
work. Teachers and other parties from all over the world dedicated to
transfer knowledge to future seafarers are invited to freely present
their achievements, share and discuss experiences and exchange ideas.