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Training course on biodiversity, phylogeny and ecology of Porifera

Location: Marseille, France
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2005-07-17    
End Date: 2005-07-30

Event Description:
Sponges are among the most common organisms of hard substrates, from the littoral zone to the deep-sea. They have an economic potential beyond their fundamental roles in marine ecological processes. They are the sources of potential pharmacologically active substances that are currently of major interest for pharmaceutical industry. In spite of this, sponge systematics is generally perceived as appallingly difficult. These difficulties stem partly from the particular characteristics of the sponges themselves, but also from the inadequacies and inconsistencies of the taxonomic framework.

COM-DIMAR, thanks to its privileged location at the Mediterranean seaside - a hotspot of sponge diversity - and its 40 years tradition of studies on sponge taxonomy, is the ideal place to organize an advanced training course aimed at postgraduates. The course will be addressed to young scientists who wish to start or improve their knowledge on sponges for taxonomical, biological and ecological purposes.

Official languages: French and English

Field collections by SCUBA DIVING
Only for participants with a diving diploma and following the rules of scientific diving established by the CNRS

The training course is endorsed and partly financed by the European Network of Excellence MarBEF. Maximally 2 participants per MarBEF member can, up to a maximum of 500 Euro per person, book costs for fee, travel and subsistence on their MarBEF account.

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Contact email:

Event programme:
Topics of the training course

Field collections, classical taxonomy, molecular phylogeny, principles of cladistics, population dynamics, population genetics, data basing, chemical ecology.

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Collaborators and organisers:
Dr Nicole Boury-Esnault
Directeur de Recherches au CNRS
Centre d'Océanologie de Marseille
Station marine d'Endoume
rue de la Batterie des Lions
tel 04 91 04 16 29
fax 04 91 04 16 35

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Registration form:

Registration fee: According to the institution of origin and members

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 30

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by WardAppeltans on 2005-02-11 and approved by webmaster