Baltic macrophytes – systematics, sampling, species identification. STI and ForBio course

Time and place: 2021 September 12-18, Askö laboratory – Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre, Sweden


Course aims: The course will present and provide an overview of the macrophytes in the Baltic sea. We will cover the systematics, taxonomy and identification of different macrophyte groups, such as macroalgae, phanerogams and also couple of bryophytes. Sessions will include lectures, fieldwork and laboratory exercises. The students will learn 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.

Learning targets:

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

Maximum number of participants: 20, 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).

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

Working language: English/Scandinavian

Assignment and credits: The course is equivalent to 2 ECTS.

Registration: Registration is open! Deadline August 1st.

For registration and more information:

Contact: STI representative Maria Backlund ( or ForBio coordinator Quentin Mauvisseau (

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