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Training course and international workshop on Cephalopod Beaks

Location: Horta, Faial (Azores)
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2007-03-31    
End Date: 2007-04-12

Event Description:
Training Course (31 March – 8 April 2007)

How long?
7 days. Reception, Saturday 31st March.

How many participants?
10 people (chosen according to stage of career, topic being pursued, predator of interest, locality of interest).

How much?
500 euros (includes accommodation, meals and course fees). Excludes flights.

Aims of course?
1) Basic “hands on” grounding in the identification of lower beaks of cephalopods from predators including cetaceans, seals, fish and seabirds.
2) Grounding in the data which can be extracted from beaks, its limitations and its uses in cephalopod studies and in dietary studies of predators, mainly cetaceans, seals, fish and seabirds.
3) Lower beak collections (produced by M. Clarke; at least 30 species), original pamphlets, key publications and lists

International workshop on beaks (8–12 April 2007)

How long?
5 days. Reception Sunday night 8th April

How many participants?
Up to 30 participants.

How much?
400 euros (includes accommodation, meals and course fees). Excludes flights.

Directed to established researchers, young investigators working on diets. Specialists on predators or cephalopods

Aims of workshop?
1) Provide aid in the identification of lower beaks brought with the participants (to build new collections). Collections both from stomachs and from specimens.
2) Provide a means to compare identifications across the predators and the World.
3) Provide a discussion forum between participants. Discussion leaders could be selected for each topic.
4) Provide series of lectures on relevant topics, including Dr. José Xavier (beaks and erosion biases) and Dr. Yves Cherel (on new techniques on beaks)


Contact email:

Event programme:

Collaborators and organisers:
by Dr. Malcolm Clarke, PhD,DSc,FRS
Honorary member of the Cephalopod International Advisory Council (CIAC)

Organization Committee:
Ricardo Serrão
Malcolm Clarke
José Xavier
Maria Carvalho

Organization Institutions:
Institute of Marine Research
Departmento de Oceanografia e Pescas, University of Azores
Centre of Marine Sciences, University of Algarve


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Registration form: 

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

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

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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