The general objective of the thematic school ASIAME is to bring together during two weeks young microbial ecologists (students and scientists) from South and South-East Asia that are focusing on marine ecosystems. The school will cover fundamental (biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity, environment) and applied (aquaculture, marine biotechnology) aspects. The format of the school includes communication, hands-on training, data analysis, preparation of research projects with the aim to create networks and foster future collaborations.

ASIAME 2 is a follow up of the first ASIAME course which was held in Vietnam in 2013. ASIAME 2 fits in the context of the future "National Institute of Marine Biology" in Goa (India), in collaboration with CNRS and the university Pierre et Marie Curie (see below). ASIAME 2 will be conducted by 19 lecturers (10 from India, 6 from France, 1 from Philippines, 1 from UK, 1 from USA). It will be open to 16 young Indian researchers, 7 from other countries from south-east Asia and 2 from France. Fellowships will be provided to students to cover (at least partly) expenses (registration, travel and accommodation).