Blue World Institute

The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation (BWI) works to protect the marine environment in the Adriatic Sea.

Blue World Institute operates three programmes – research, education, and conservation. Our research focuses mainly on large marine vertebrates (dolphins and whales, sea turtles, sharks and giant devil rays) informing our education activities and conservation projects. We work from the Adriatic islands of Lošinj, Murter and Vis, with the local communities, and collaborate nationally, regionally and internationally to advance sustainable marine management and environmental sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin.


Volunteer with us

The Blue World Institute conducts many activities in the community and is committed to public participation in environmental management. We organise many different activities, including beach and sea cleanup actions, lectures, workshops and other public and other activities to raise environmental awareness. You can help us by organizing such events either by joining us on Lošinj or by organizing satellite events on your location. Also, occasionally we have a need for specialized help like designing our materials, managing our website, organizing promotional activities on (social) media, organizing and managing crowd-funding activities etc. Another great help would be in developing our field data logging software, development of integrated databases or linking our data with on-line platforms.



The Blue World Institute has been involved in research on the endangered bottlenose dolphin populations in the Adriatic Sea for almost three decades. Throughout these years, our volunteering programme has played a pivotal role in securing research longevity. By joining the programme, you will help in running the field research including collecting scientific data and learning how to manage and analyse it. This is a unique opportunity for people from different vocations to become biologists for a few days and experience how the research on wild bottlenose dolphins is done. Eco-volunteering is organised during the summer, when the weather conditions are stable and the number of observations is high. It is actually possible to observe as many as 50 dolphins in one day. In return for your help, we will make your stay in one of the most beautiful Croatian islands worthwhile. The island of Lošinj, where our eco-volunteering base is located, offers plenty of outdoor activities and fantastic experience. The eco-volunteering programme is both enjoyable and rewarding in terms of learning, exploring, and team building.


Internships opportunities

The Blue World Institute welcomes students from many different disciplines related to marine science and conservation and to join us for student practical work. As students you will participate in all our activities including: ongoing research taking place in the Lošinj Marine Educational Centre and in the field, giving and participating in lectures, collaborating with other interns, our volunteer team and the staff of the Blue World Institute. Subsidized accommodation is provided at our research base in Veli Lošinj , with everything you need for living (towels, sheets, kitchen utensils). 

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