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The Role of Flow Cytometry in Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

Location: Stazione Zoologica “Anton Dohrn”, Napl
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2004-11-03    
End Date: 2004-11-06

Event Description:
A course for post-graduates and Early Stage Researchers

Sponsored by the EU Framework 6 Network of Excellence in Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MARBEF) and the
Stazione Zoologica “Anton Dohrn”, Naples, Italy. With the support of the Italian Society of Cytometry (GIC)


Marine biodiversity is key to the functioning of marine ecosystems in European waters. The biodiversity of these ecosystems is influenced by a wide range of factors including climate change, pollution, eutrophication and fishing, to name but a few. The degree of influence and rates of change in marine ecosystems and biodiversity is of major concern to a wide range of stakeholders including scientists, businesses, policy makers and the general [public] throughout Europe and the rest of the world. In order to provide effective solutions stakeholders require an improved, integrated understanding of the patterns and processes that control the diversity of marine biodiversity in European waters, which is why the EU Framework 6 Network of Excellence MARBEF has been created.


The course will be open to European and International PhD students and post-doctoral researchers in their first or second project and will be limited to 30 participants. The course will focus on the use of flow cytometry as a generic tool to address a wide range of challenges associated with marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Flow cytometry has a history of over 20 years in marine science, spanning applications from individual cellular processes up to plankton community analysis. The course will comprise lectures about the theory and application of flow cytometry in marine biodiversity and ecosystem research. The lectures will be complimented with focussed practical sessions in which students will have the opportunity to see flow cytometers in action and to gain an appreciation of how flow cytometry is being used to further our understanding of marine biodiversity and ecosystem function. All faculty members will be present during the whole course and will be involved in the practical sessions.


Isabelle Biegala, Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), F – Probing phytoplankton biodiversity

Christophe Brunet, Stazione Zoologica “A. Dohrn” di Napoli (SZN), IT – Ecosystem function, phytoplankton ecophysiology

Raffaella Casotti, Stazione Zoologica “A. Dohrn” di Napoli (SZN), IT – Conventional flow cytometers capabilities

George Dubelaar, CytoBuoy, NL - Basics of flow cytometry and diversity of instruments

Gérald Grégori, Purdue University, USA – Data handling and analysis

William K. Li, Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO), Canada – Plankton as indicators of change

Mike Sieracki, Bigelow Laboratories for Ocean Sciences, USA – Flow CAM

Glen Tarran, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK – Novel/dedicated marine instruments, Population-related processes

Marcel Veldhuis, Netherland Institute Ocean Research (NIOZ), NL – Cell-related processes, viability measurements

Mike Zubkov, Southampton Oceanographic Center (SOC), UK – Bacteria biodiversity, function and flow sorting


The following companies will kindly provide instruments to be used during the course:


Dedicated marine prototype instruments will be available from:

  • CytoBuoy b.v.
  • Fluid Imaging Technology, />


Women participation is strongly encouraged.
Applicants are required to fill and return by e-mail the application form to Ms Italia Canettieri: before July 16th, 2004.
All applicants will be asked to give a poster presentation on their research. Notification of acceptance will be given by e-mail by September 15th, 2004.

For any further information, contact Dr. Raffaella CASOTTI:

Contact email:

Event programme:
Please dowload full daily programme (updated 8 October 2004).

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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: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by wardappeltans on 2004-05-19 and approved by herman