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Experimental biology course on marine invertebrates

Location: Station Biologique de Roscoff (France)
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2007-04-30    
End Date: 2007-05-12

Event Description:
This international course is co-organized by 4 Universities from 3 European countries (Basel, Switzerland ; Lecce and Milano, Italy ; Paris VI, France) and it is open to 18 graduate students having successfully achieved their first three years in Biology. The course is also accessible for doctoral students. It will be given in English. The scientific themes will cover comparative analysis of basic developmental processes in a variety of invertebrate taxa (sponges, cnidarians, ctenophores, annelids, echinoderms, tunicates). The organizers expect that the course will raise interest in developmental biology, life cycles, and evolution. During the course, students will make observations on invertebrate anatomy and reproductive patterns, larval ecology and life cycles, do experimental bench work on topics ranging from cell cycle analysis, fertilisation, embryogenesis and larval development, tissue differentiation and morphogenesis, regeneration, reverse development. Active participation in the course will be requested. A Journal Club session will be devoted to discussion of relevant breakthrough articles in the field to promote critical reading of the scientific literature and broad discussions. The participant students will lead the journal club. Communication skills will be developed, including informal interactions with instructors, collaborative work with other participants, oral presentation of their current interests, written report describing the performed experiments and analysing their results, debriefing of the course. Finally, this international inter- university course will provide the framework for exchanges between students of different european universities. Upon agreement between the 4 partner Universities, this course will be credited as a « Master Course Program » and provide 6 ECTS credits.

Registration fee (300 € non-MarBEF participants, 250 € MarBEF members and associated partners) includes lab fee and full board accomodation in shared double room.
Travel must be paid by the participants. A limited financial support will be available to encourage participation (fee + travel) of students from MarBEF Associated Members, with an emphasis on those applicants from EU-associated states.The course is endorsed by MarBEF. Therefore, participants from MarBEF member institutions may be paid by the MarBEF travel budget of the individual institutions.

Applications: Applications should be sent as single pdf-file by e-mail to Applications should include full department address, phone, fax, e-mail together with a short c.v. and a short description of the applicants research.

Send applications by February 25th, 2007
Stefano Piraino

All applicants will be notified about the by March 10th, 2007.

Contact email:

Event programme:
Detailed programme available at:

Collaborators and organisers:
Organizers and main lecturers of the training corse:

Dr Patrick Cormier – CNRS/UPMC Paris VI - Station Biologique de Roscoff, France E-mail:
Dr. Bertrand Cosson - CNRS/UPMC Paris VI - Station Biologique de Roscoff, France E-mail:
Prof. Daniela Candia Carnevali – Università di Milano, Italy E-mail:
Prof. Stefano Piraino – Università del Salento, Italy E-mail: Phone/fax ++390832298616
Prof. Volker Schmid – University of Basel, Switzerland E-mail:

Website url: 

Registration form: 

Registration fee: 300 € (250€ for MarBEF participants)

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: WP7 - Training courses

Maximum number of participants: 18

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by STEFANOPIRAINO on 2007-02-07 and approved by webmaster