Nature Trust (Malta) is currently conducting its annual marine biology course in collaboration with Watercolours Dive Centre. The short course is organised as means of creating further awareness on marine ecology and the problems that marine habitats face. It is being delivered for the sixth year running by marine biologist Dr Alan Deidun, and is well attended. The course comprises four lectures, as well as two scuba diving sessions.
It features a variety of topics including Mediterranean marine ecosystems and the importance of this sea as a marine biodiversity hotpot, the complex paleogeographical history of the Mediterranean, an overview of different marine taxonomic groups, plankton dynamics, marine sampling techniques, major physical processes in our seas, human impacts on Mediterranean marine ecosystems, an overview of marine environmental legislation framework in the Mediterranean, and marine conservation efforts in the Mediterranean. The two recently produced Panacea documentaries on Dwejra and Rdum Majjiesa are also being screened during the course.