The LAB is involved in the organisation and teaching of different courses. Information about them can be found below

Sons de Mar

The sea has always been a meeting area for natural and biological noise. During their evolution, beginning 30 millions of years ago, cetaceans have adapted their acoustic signals depending on this natural environment. However, in the last 100 years, human activities have introduced artificial sound sources that directly compete with the sea's natural acoustic space. An experience hardly compatible with the conservation of the marine environment. At Sons de Mar, visitors can listen to both the natural and unnatural sounds in the oceans and they can learn about the fundamental role of acoustics in cetaceans' lives.

MAS, Master on Marine Technologies and Acoustic Sensing.

This course is a taught Master of Science providing advanced training in applied aspects of marine underwater acoustic technology and remote sensing through lectures, seminars, practical courses, desk studies and research projects. The MAS is of interest to students willing to be involved in engineering development and application of underwater acoustics research, including sonar equipment, oceanography technologies, bioacoustics and underwater communication for scientific, industrial and environmental purposes. It is also extremely relevant to students with backgrounds in Fisheries, Environmental Sciences and Marine Biology involved in the field use of advanced acoustics underwater technologies. It is specially designed to lead to Doctoral Dissertations on Underwater Acoustic Technologies.

Cetacean Bio-sonar and Communication : Mechanism and Social Behaviour

The scientific interest that lies behind the study of whales and dolphins has recently become a conservation issue. The knowledge of the cetacean biology, in terms of fundamental aspects of health and correct functionality of these marine mammal species vital systems, cannot anymore be dissociated from natural or anthropogenic factors that may induce negative effects on the organism or the population and be interpreted like an unequivocal signal of the ecosystem imbalance. Against this background, it appears fundamental to better comprehend the cetacean perception of the habitat where these species develop their daily activities, not from our perspective like terrestrial mammals that live in an aerial environment, but through the sensorial systems that cetaceans have developed along the several millions of years of evolution in a marine context. Without discarding the importance of other senses, the use of the acoustic signals, in terms of production, reception and process, allows to approach great part of the vital information that, among other functions, guarantees the social coherence, the search of food and a correct reproduction rate of an individual or a population.