ForBio and STI course: Entomology hands-on: collecting, sorting, species ID

The course presents several aspects of insect handling in field and in collections. You will get hands-on experience in collecting, handling, sorting, identifying and preserving of insects. We will broadly cover different taxonomic levels/groups, and provide some opportunities to dive deeper into some of them.

Time and place: Sep. 2, 2018 9:00 AMSep. 9, 2018 5:00 PM, Station Linné, Öland

Learning targets:

  • Understand several methods for collecting
  • Knowledge of taxonomic sorting methods and tools
  • Knowledge of identification procedures for most larger insect groups
  • Basic understanding of advanced techniques for species ID in lab

The core teachers responsible for different parts of the course are the entomologists working at the station: Dave Karlsson, Jon Tinnert and Mathias Jaschhof. Visiting lecturers will also be invited to cover a wider taxonomic spectrum of insect groups: Marianne Espeland (tentative) and Björn Rulik, both are from Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn. Participants are expected to read literature prior to the course, and take active part in all sessions. Station Linné is coordinating the largest Malaise trap project ever run in Scandinavia: “SMTP”, Swedish Malaise Trap Project, and preserved SMTP-material will be one of the parts of the course content.

Target group: PhD students, master students, researchers, consultants, government officials/museum staff – with relevant background in biology.

Working language: English/Scandinavian

Recommended course credits:  3 ECTS

Number of participants: Maximum 18.

Course Fee, Accommodation and food costs: There is no course fee. ForBio members that are PhD/MSc-students or PostDocs in Norway can have travel, accommodation and food costs covered. ForBio assoiciates will have to pay for accommodation and food. Applicants affiliated to Swedish Universities/Research Institutes will get their accommodation and food (not travel) covered by STI. All other categories of participants will have to use own funds for travel as well as to cover accommodation and catering at the station. The costs of accommodation at the Station Linné and food (combination of catering and self-service) is 2800 SEK for the whole duration of the course, 8 days.

Registration: Register with a short CV indicating the nature and stage of your interest or research project. The registration form is provided here. Registration deadline is June 10, 2018. Priority will be given to students/researchers enrolled in the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative and to members of ForBio, should the maximum number of participants be exceeded.

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ForBio and STI course: Macro algae – systematics and taxonomy

Time and place: May 28, 2018 9:00 AM June 1, 2018 5:00 PM,

Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure, Tjärnö, Strömstad, Sweden

Сourse scope:

The course will present and overview of the macro algae – marine and freshwater. We will cover the systematics, taxonomy and identification at different taxonomic levels. Sessions will include lectures, fieldwork and laboratory exercises. The students will learn various techniques for macro algae identification and sampling.

Learning targets:

  • General understanding of systematics and taxonomy of macro algae
  • Techniques for collecting macro algae
  • Techniques for species identification

Teachers: 

Prof. Stein Fredriksen – Department of Biosciences, UiO

Dr. Gustav Johansson – Hydrophyta Ekologikonsult

Algologist Roland Bengtsson – Mikroalg

Maximum number of participants: 18, in case of more applicants, participants will be selected based on the scientific, educational and/or professional merit of the course, with priority given ForBio members and students/researchers enrolled in the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (STI). Results of the selection process will be announced via e-mail ca. one week after the application deadline.

Target group: PhD students, master students, postdocs, researchers, consultants, government officials, museum staff with relevant background in biology.

Working language: English/Scandinavian

Assignement and credits: The course is equivalent to 2 ECTS. ForBio will provide certificates for those successfully completed the course assignment.

Registration: Please fill in the online application here. There is no course fee for ForBio members or associates. Travel is covered for ForBio members based at Norwegian institutions. Accommodation at the Sven Lovén Centre in Tjärnö is covered for all ForBio members.

Find out about how to become a ForBio member/associate here.

Application deadline: April 16th, 2018.

Contact: ForBio coordinator Nataliya Budaeva (nataliya.budaeva@uib.no) or

STI representative Malin Strand (malin.strand@slu.se)

ForBio and STIRS Course: Microalgae – systematics, taxonomy and species identification

Time and place: Sep. 11, 2017 Sep. 22, 2017Biological Station Drøbak, Norway

photo: Jahn Throndsen, UiO

This practical course will present an overview of the microalgae – marine and freshwater, pelagic and benthic. We will cover the systematics, taxonomy and identification of ochrophytes (including diatoms), dinoflagellates, haptophytes, chlorophytes, cryptophytes, euglenophytes and cyanobacteria. Sessions will include lectures, fieldwork and laboratory exercises. The students will be trained in various techniques for identification and sampling.

Learning targets:

  • General understanding of systematics and taxonomy of microalgae including cyanobacteria
  • A variety of techniques for collecting microalgae
  • Techniques for species identification

A number of expert teachers (currently confirmed: Wenche Eikrem, Bente Edvardsen, Nina Lundholm, Anna Godhe, Birger Skjelbred) are responsible for different parts of the course. Participants are expected to read the course curriculum (to be announced) prior to the course, and take active part in all sessions.

Target group: PhD students, master students, postdocs, researchers, consultants, government officials, museum staff – with relevant background in biology.

Working language: English/Scandinavian

Recommended course credits: 5 ECTS

Examination: Digital exam end of September

Fee: No course fee for accepted participants

Accommodation, food and travel: Shared dormitory accommodation is free of charge. Meals are not included, but the station has cooking facilities and food can be bought and prepared together in shifts. ForBio will cover travel for Norwegian ForBio members.

Number of participants: Maximum 20. In case of more applicants, participants will be selected based on the scientific, educational and/or professional merit of the course for the applicants, with priority given ForBio members and students/researchers enrolled in the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (STIRS) or NABIS. Results of the selection process will be announced via e-mail ca. one week after the application deadline.

Registration: By June 15th 2017. Please register using this online form, including a statement of motivation and a short CV outlining relevant experience and level of education.

Questions: ForBio coordinator Aino Hosia or STIRS representative Maria Backlund.

ForBio/STIRS course: Microalgae – systematics and taxonomy

September 11-22 , 2017, Drøbak Marine Research Station, Norway

The course will present and overview of the microalgae – marine and freshwater, pelagic and benthic. We will cover the systematics, taxonomy and identification of ochrophytes (including diatoms), dinoflagellates, haptophytes, chlorophytes, cryptophytes, euglenophytes and cyanobacteria. Sessions will include lectures, fieldwork and laboratory exercises. The students will be trained in various techniques for identification and sampling. The target group is PhD students, master students, researchers, consultants, government officials/museum staff – with relevant background in biology. Registration will open soon, and be announced on the ForBio Facebook page. Contact: ForBio coordinator Aino Hosia, e-mail: aino.hosia@uib.no or STIRS representative: maria.backlund@slu.se