The 11th Advanced Phytoplankton Course will be held on 4–24 October 2015 at Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples, Italy. The Course is organized by the Stazione Zoologica in cooperation with the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and the IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae.
Focusing on taxonomy and systematics, the aim of APC 11 is to increase and update the expertise of the students in the taxonomy and specific identification of diatoms, dinoflagellates, coccolithophores and other phytoflagellates, with emphasis on light microscopy and integrating molecular data, electron microscopy and new approaches to the study of microalgae.
The programme will consist of lectures and practical sessions on the following topics:
- Methods and criteria for species identification
- Taxonomic classification and phylogeny
- Molecular identification
- Methods for light and electron microscopy
- Single cell isolation and cultivation, serial dilution culturing
- Specialized literature
- Toxic and harmful species
- General and specific aspects of phytoplankton biodiversity and biogeography
- Historical aspects and advanced approaches to the study of phytoplankton diversity (e.g., automated imaging systems, high throughput sequencing, meta-DNA barcoding)
- Tutorials on new species and discovery and description
Participation is limited to 20 participants with PhD, MSc degree or equivalent, and with documented experience in phytoplankton identification. A good knowledge of the English language is necessary. The registration fee is 600 € and will cover course tuition and materials, as well as social activities.
Deadline for application is 15 November 2014.
For further information: APC 11 Second Announcement