VIRGIL Training School, 1st session

Vietnam practIcal tRraining for sea Glider utILization

20-22 June, ICISE, Quy Nhon, Vietnam

IRD, VNU-HUS and DT-INSU/CNRS organized the first practical training school for utilization of sea glider in Vietnam at the ICISE center in Qui Nhon, Vietnam. During this first 3-day session, more than 20 participants from Vietnamese research institutes and laboratories attended this school and received an exhaustive training about the preparation, deployment and recovery of a SLOCUM sea glider from experts of DT-INSU/CNRS and IRD. SLOCUM gliders are autonomous scientific submarine vehicles that can be used to measure the physical (temperature and salinity) and biogeochemical (chlorophyll, oxygen and organic matter concentration) parameters from the surface down to 1000 m depth during more than 2 months.

A second session about the sea glider maintenance and data treatment and analysis will be organized at the end of 2018.

More information about the French Glider team here.

See some news about our school in the press.

More more information, contact Marine Herrmann, IRD

Some pictures of the first VIRGIL training school

Program of VIRGIL training school, session 1


  • 8:30 Bus departure for ICISE center
  • 9:00 Arrival at ICISE center, welcome.
  • 9:15 Presentation of glider : functioning, applications
  • 10:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:00 Presentation of glider : sensors, driving, data,
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Demonstration of tests to prepare the glider-indoor
  • 15:30 Coffee Break
  • 16:00 Demonstration of tests to prepare the glider-outdoor
  • 18:00 Diner
  • 19:00 Departure of bus for Quy Nhon


  • 7:45 Bus departure for ICISE center
  • 8:15 Groups 1-2 : sea training ; Groups 3-4 : deployment position exercise
  • 10:00 Coffee Break
  • 10:30 Groups 3-4 : sea training ; Groups 1-2 : deployment position exercise
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Synthesis of morning practical work
  • 15:30 Coffee Break
  • 16:00 Practical exercises with data
  • 18:00 Gala Diner
  • 19:00 Departure of bus for Quy Nhon


  • 7:30 Departure from Quy Nhon
  • 8:00 Presentation of group projects
  • 10:00 Coffee Break
  • 10:20 Final questions and graduation
  • 11:30 Lunch
  • 12:30 Visit of Explora Sciences
  • 13:00 Bus departure for the airport





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