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MarBEF course: Experimental developmental biology course on marine invertebrates

Location: Station biologique de Roscoff (France)
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2008-05-19    
End Date: 2008-05-30

Event Description:
This international course, which associate 4 universities from 3 different european countries (Basel, Switzerland; Lecce and Milano, Italy; Paris VI, France), is open to 16 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. Active scientists in the field of developmental biology and evolution of invertebrates will be invited by the organizers to give evening lectures and propose scientific interactions to the students.
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 to open discussions for broader interpretations. 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.

Students will pay a fee for full board and course registration at the Station Biologique (in double room accomodation). No meals will be served on sunday 25th of May (free day).
MarBEF participants = 300
Non-MarBEF participants = 350

Applicants from MarBEF Member Institutions can be endorsed for financial support from the MarBEF budget ot their home institution. A limited financial support is available to applicants from MarBEF Associated Members, with emphasis on those from EU-associated states.

Further details and preliminary programme can be downloaded at

Applications including a short CV must be sent by e-mail to:
Stefano Piraino, University of Salento, Lecce (Italy) at

Deadline: February, 23rd 2008.
Acceptance will be notified on March, 2nd 2008.

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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: 16

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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