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Marine biology of trace metals

Location: University of Gdansk, Institute of Oceanography, Hel Marine Station
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2004-07-11    
End Date: 2004-07-18

Event Description:
The BALTDER Summer School is a one-week self-contained program of intensive study on various aspects of the functioning of marine and coastal environments, including primary production, ecotoxicology of trace metals, physiology and biodiversity in marine and coastal organisms. The BALTDER Summer School welcomes some 16 students from all over Europe in summer (in July) every year from 2003 to 2005 within the activities of Centre of Excellence for Baltic Development, Education and Research.
The BALTDER Summer School 2004 is dedicated to the marine biology of trace metals. The course will cover definitions of trace metals, their chemistry and toxicity; factors affecting the uptake of trace metals from solution and the diet, the free ion model and physiological interaction; accumulation patterns and the kinetic modelling of metal accumulation. This understanding of the biology of trace metals leads on to an understanding of the use of trace metal biomonitors, and the assessment of the ecotoxicological effects of trace metals in the marine environment. Case studies will concentrate on the Gulf of Gdańsk, Baltic.
The course will be given by European experts who have considerable experience in the study of the biology of trace metals in coastal zones, particularly with respect to the ecotoxicology of trace metals, Prof. Philip Rainbow, The Natural History Museum, London, England, Prof. Samuel Luoma, US Geological Survey, USA, Prof. Piotr Szefer, Medical Academy of Gdańsk, Poland in cooperation with Prof. Maciej Wołowicz, University of Gdańsk, Poland.

Contact email:

Event programme:
July 11, 2004 (Sunday)
10:00–22:00 Arrival of participants at the Hel Marine Station, accommodation

July 12, 2004 (Monday)
09:15 - 09:45 gr.I + II Welcome by organisers, organisational and technical affairs
09:45 - 10:45 gr.I + II Lecture Introductory remarks – Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdańsk, Poland
11:00 - 12:00 gr.I + II Welcome by the Head of the Hel Marine Station, walk around the Station and the sealponds
15:00 - 16:00 gr.I + II Lecture “Trace metals – general definitions and introduction, toxicity”
16:15 - 17:30 gr.I + II Lecture “Practical approach: sampling and treatment of biological materials”
20:00 - 20:30 gr.I + II Plenary discussion “The Darwin Centre, The Natural History Museum, London, England”;
plans for Tuesday

July 13, 2004 (Tuesday)
09:00 - 17:00 gr.I + II Field trip for sampling onboard a research vessel IO UG k/h “Oceanograf II” in the Gulf of Gdańsk
17:00 - 18:00 gr.I + II Sample treatment in the laboratory
19:30 - 20:30 gr.I + II Lecture “Trace metals in the sea: oceans, coastal waters, estuaries”

July 14, 2004 (Wednesday)
09:00 - 10:30 gr.I + II Lecture “Uptake of trace metals by biota”
10:45 - 12:15 gr.I + II Sample treatment in the laboratory – cont.
12:30 - 13:15 gr.I + II Lecture “Metal status in the Baltic Sea. Part I”
15:00 - 16:00 gr.I + II Lecture “Metal status in the Baltic Sea. Part II”
16:30 - 17:30 gr.II Sample treatment in the laboratory – cont.
19:00 - 20:30 gr.I + II Lecture “Accumulation patterns in marine organisms”Plans for Thursday

July 15, 2004 (Thursday)
09:00 - 10:30 gr.I + II Lecture “Kinetic modelling of metal accumulation”
10:45 - 13:00 gr.I + II Lecture “Biomonitoring of trace metal availabilities: principles and case studies”
15:00 - 16:15 gr.I + II Lecture+discussion “Practical approach: metal measurements by AAS – flame and furnace modes”
16:30 - 18:00 gr.I + II Sample treatment in the laboratory – cont.
18:15 - 19:45 gr.I + II Lecture “Ecotoxicology of trace metals”
21:00 - … Open fire

July 16, 2004 (Friday)
09:00 - … Excursion around the surroundings and study sites, visit in the Tri-city conurbation, and metal concentration measurements in the Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdansk in Gdynia

July 17, 2004 (Saturday)
09:00 - 11:00 gr.I + II Data processing and evaluation
11:00 - 13:00 gr.I + II Preparation of presentation
15:00 - 18:00 gr.I + II Wrap up the presentations
18:30 - 19:30 gr.I + II Presentations of the results
20:00 - … gr.I + II Social dinner

July 18, 2004 (Sunday)
Departure of participants

Collaborators and organisers:
BALTDER Summer School
University of Gdańsk
Institute of Oceanography
Al. Piłsudskiego 46
81-378 Gdynia

Dr Adam Sokołowski
Phone: + 48 58 660 16 40
Fax: + 48 58 620 21 65

Website url:

Registration form: 

Registration fee: Supported by the BALTDER

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: 16

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by AdamSokolowski on 2004-05-24 and approved by Webmaster