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Welcome to the Mona Academy of Science and Technology (MAST), your gateway to professional development! At MAST, we are dedicated to advancing learning for the positive transformation of the Caribbean and the wider world.

Conceptualized by the Faculty of Science and Technology at The University of the West Indies, Mona, MAST has partnered with four esteemed institutions to bring you over 10 dynamic courses from June to August 2024. Our partners include: Mona GeoInformatics Institute (MGI), Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, German Agency for International Cooperation (GiZ), Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) and The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF SPC).

Our courses are taught by leading experts in their fields, ensuring you receive the highest quality education and practical insights. Join us and take the next step in your professional journey with courses designed to inspire, educate, and empower. Whether you’re looking to enhance your skills or gain new expertise, MAST is here to support your growth and success. Explore our offerings today and transform your future!

Course: Drone Technologies

Overview: Want to level up your tech skills and join the drone revolution? The Drone Technologies course is the perfect place to start! Choose from any one or all five modules. You’ll learn the ins and outs of drone operation, from UAV Technology, 2D/3D Mapping to doing practical flights. Plus, you’ll get hands-on training from our expert instructors. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, this course is designed to help you stay ahead of the curve. So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and take your skills to new heights!

  • Cost: Varies across Modules (All 5 modules: US$650/JM$101,400)
  • Target Audience: Anyone passionate about technology
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Modality: Face-to-Face
  • Date: June 3-7 or June 10-14, 2024
  • Venue: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Facilitator: Mona GeoInformatics Institute
  • Qualification: Certificate of Participation upon completion
  • Apply at:  MAST – Drone Technologies

 

Course: Applied GIS and Remote Sensing

 

Course: Detection and Attribution

Overview: Linking regional impacts such as loss and damage to climate change, can present significant challenges. Our ability to establish this link statistically represents an emerging field called "detection and attribution". Detection is the process of demonstrating that climate has changed in some defined statistical sense. Attribution is the process of establishing the most likely causes for a detected change with some level of confidence. The objectives of this workshop are to inform Caribbean scientists and practitioners, on the 'what' and 'why' of detection and attribution science; and to introduce some of the methodologies and tools for conducting detection and attribution studies in the region. Click here for programme.

  • Cost: None
  • Target Audience: Climate Scientists, Meteorological and Hydrological Practitioners and persons in any other Climate Related Discipline.
  • Pre-requisite: Invitation Only
  • Modality: Online
  • Date: June 10-14, 2024
  • Venue: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Facilitator: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Qualification: Certificate of Participation upon completion 

 

Course: Open Water Driver Certification

 

Course: Agri-Biotechnology for Food Security and Sustainable Development

Overview: We at the Biotechnology Centre, CCRIB, Faculty of Science and Technology at your very own University of the West Indies have designed a summer certificate course with you in mind. Have you ever wanted green fingers but so unsure that you haven’t tried to grow a plant as yet? Did you know plants can be clean from bacteria, fungi, nematodes and even viruses? Did you know there was a way to grow large numbers of plants that are identical copies, all free from diseases but not genetically modified? The very same plant you put into tissue culture in the lab, say Negro yam, is the very same plant you get out? Did you know there are over 20 varieties of yams growing in Jamaica? Did you know yam seeds weigh less than 0.02 g? Do you know how to make essential oils, biopesticides, herbal candles, soaps, creams and lotions from our plants? If you ever asked any of these questions, either as an individual, or as a company looking to collaborate for sustainable agriculture.

  • Cost: JMD$ 36,000.00
  • Target Audience: Entrepreneurs, Farmers, Teachers, Agriculturalist, Plant Enthusiast, Citizen Scientist and anyone who is a lover of plants.
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Modality: Face to Face
  • Date: June 18 - 20, 2024
  • Venue: Biotechnology Centre, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Lecturer: Dr. Sylvia Mitchell, Senior Lecturer, Caribbean Centre for Research in Bioscience,
  • Qualification: Participants will be awarded Certificate of Participation upon completion
  • Apply at:  MAST - Agri-Biotechnology for Food Security and Sustainable Development

 

Course: Caribbean Summer Workshop for Introductory (Climate) Modellers

Overview: Training scientists in the Caribbean to perform climate modelling can greatly benefit the region's efforts to address the unique challenges posed by climate change. The Caribbean faces vulnerabilities such as increased frequency and intensity of hurricanes, rising sea levels, coral bleaching, and threats to its tourism and agriculture sectors. By training local scientists in climate modelling, they can develop a deeper understanding of the specific climate dynamics and impacts in the Caribbean, enabling more effective climate adaptation and mitigation strategies tailored to the region's needs. Climate modelling provides a powerful tool for assessing the potential impacts of climate change and evaluating policy options. This workshop will build capacity in the region for climate modelling and provision of associated climate monitoring and response services through the creation of a cadre of aspiring modellers.

  • Cost: None
  • Target Audience: Climate Scientists, Meteorological and Hydrological Practitioners and persons in any other Climate Related Discipline.
  • Pre-requisite: Invitation Only
  • Modality: Face to Face
  • Date: June 18-21, 2024
  • Venue: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, the University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Facilitator: Climate Studies Group Mona, Faculty of Science and Technology, the University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Qualification: Participants will be awarded Certificate of Participation upon completion

 

Course: An Introduction to EV Technologies for Teachers

Overview: This course is designed to provide teachers with a working understanding of the technologies, trends and sustainability considerations of electric mobility. The course explores technological advancements, environmental implications and societal impacts of electric mobility. Course participants are exposed to strategies that have been employed in the implementation of EV solutions in different countries, challenges that have been encountered, and solutions that are being developed. The course will demonstrate how basic principles of science and technology are utilized to design and build efficient electric mobility systems.

  • Cost: None
  • Target Audience: Upper Secondary Level Education Practitioners
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Date: July 3-4 and 10-11 (Online)
  • Venue: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Facilitator: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Qualification: Participants will be awarded Certificate of Participation upon completion
  • Apply at:  MAST - An Introduction to EV Technologies for Teachers

 

Course: An Introduction to EV Technologies for Teachers

Overview: This course is designed to provide teachers with a working understanding of the technologies, trends and sustainability considerations of electric mobility. The course explores technological advancements, environmental implications and societal impacts of electric mobility. Course participants are exposed to strategies that have been employed in the implementation of EV solutions in different countries, challenges that have been encountered, and solutions that are being developed. The course will demonstrate how basic principles of science and technology are utilized to design and build efficient electric mobility systems.

  • Cost: None
  • Target Audience: Upper Secondary Level Education Practitioners
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Modality: Face-to-Face
  • Date: July 15 -18, 2024
  • Venue: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Facilitator: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Qualification: Participants will be awarded Certificate of Participation upon completion
  • Apply at:  MAST - An Introduction to EV Technologies for Teachers

 

Course: Coastal Habitat Restoration and Rehabilitation (BIOL6421)

Overview:  Healthy coastal ecosystems offer protection against the ravages of natural disasters and climate induced changes like excessive land runoff and increased storminess. Coastal systems have come under increasing threat from human activities and natural disasters. The rate of loss of these systems and associated habitats has accelerated in recent decades due to chronic levels of impacts and climate variability. This loss must be mitigated in light of the tremendous ecosystem services provided by these ecosystems and the need for resilience in the face of a changing climate. It is therefore necessary to assist the natural systems to recover from human/climate induced degradation so that the ecosystem services and associated benefits can be perpetuated or even improved. This course will expose students to the causes of coastal habitat degradation and loss, the loss in associated ecosystem services and therefore the need for effective options and approaches to generate real habitat rehabilitation or restoration. It will assist students to conduct field and desk-top assessments to diagnose these impacts and design effective interventions. Environmental professionals and practitioners who seek to design effective rehabilitation plans for coastal habitats to mitigate loss will learn what works through actual hands-on rehabilitation exercises. Furthermore, there has been ongoing research and continued development of alternative restoration techniques, applicable to small island developing states like Jamaica.

  • Cost: JMD$ 130,000.00
  • Target Audience:
  • Pre-requisite: Associate or Bachelors degree in Environmental or Marine Biology from an accredited University OR a practitioner/professional within the field with a minium of 3 years experience
  • Modality: Face-to-Face
  • Date: August 17 - 28, 2024
  • Venue: Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, the University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Facilitator: Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, the University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Qualification: Participants will be awarded 3 UWI Credits
  • Apply at:  MAST - Coastal Habitat Restoration and Rehabilitation

Thank you for choosing MAST to enhance your skills and gain new expertise! We look forward to supporting your growth and success, and we are excited to see the positive impact you will make in the Caribbean and beyond.

CONTACT DETAILS: Email: fstprofessional@uwimona.edu.jm and Tel: 876 927-1660-9 or 876 544-3320.

 

 

 

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