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MGE Summer Course on Analysing Biodiversity & Life History Strategies

Location: Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Science - Kristineber
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2008-07-15    
End Date: 2008-07-24

Event Description:
Aims to present the diversity of animal life in the ocean and introduce the latest methods in analyzing this variation. To foster cross-over between ecological/whole-organism and molecular approaches.

Diversity of meiofauna, phylogenomics, phylogeography of marine species, DNA barcoding and modern taxonomy, marine life cycles and larval diversity, reproductive systems in marine invertebrates, biodiversity indices and marine communities

General outline
The goal of the course is to introduce the participants to the diverse marine fauna of the Swedish west coast and debate current topics in biodiversity research and developmental biology. The course has a rather broad focus and will concentrate on methods and applications in these fields, while less emphasis will be placed on theoretical backgrounds. Principally we will use the mornings for lectures given by experts in the field and the afternoons for practical work such as software exercises and wet labs. The course focuses almost exclusively on marine invertebrate animals.

Target group
PhD students (at least in their second year) and post docs with basic knowledge in phylo- and population genetics. This course is open to MGE members as well as non-members.

Costs; course, accommodation and meals
• The course fee is paid by the MGE Network for all academics (pre and post doc). Lunches and coffees are included in the course fee as well as the excursion (Sunday the 20th) and the farewell dinner (Thursday the 24th).
• All participants pay their own travel and accommodation.
• Participants are offered (and encouraged as there are no real options around) to be accommodated at the station. The costs for this is approx 70 € in single room and 60 € in double room per night including breakfast and supper.

To apply, please fill in the application form and e-mail to Ulrika Hjelm (, together with a 2-page CV before May 19, 2008. This information + application form can also be found on the MGE website: under Training & Education.

18 participants will be selected by the following criteria:
1. Relation to MGE network
2. Relevance of course to applicant’s project
3. Background and experience of applicant

We will aim at mixing people from different research areas and therefore, in the case of MGE applicants, probably no more then one person per partner will be considered. We will also aim for an equal distribution of women and men.

The selected persons will be notified mid May and have to confirm acceptance within 7 days. We will have a waiting list in case of non-confirmations and cancellations.

Contact person
Ulrika Hjelm
Training and Education Programme Manager
Kristineberg Marine Research Station
S-450 34 Fiskebäckskil
Phone: ++46 (0) 523 18548
Fax: ++46 (0) 523 18502
Mobil: ++46 (0) 70 344 2371

Contact email:

Event programme:

Collaborators and organisers:
Confirmed teachers
Matz Berggren, KMRS, SE
Sarah Bourlat, Swedish Museum of Natural History, SE
Peter Funch, Univ Århus, DK
Andreas Hejnol, Univ of Hawaii, USA
Jon Havenhand, TMBL, SE
Mark Martindale, Univ of Hawaii, USA
Matthias Obst, KMRS, SE
Mike Thorndyke, KMRS, SE
Greg Wray, Duke Univ, USA

Organizing Committee
Matz Berggren, KMRS, SE
Jon Havenhand, TMBL, SE
Ulrika Hjelm, KMRS, SE
Matthias Obst, KMRS, SE
Mike Thorndyke, KMRS, SE

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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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