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THE 2017 COURSE IS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS.
IOC Qualifications in Identification and Enumeration of Harmful Microalgae
Since 1993 the IOC has conducted training courses on harmful microalgae. The purpose has been to improve the taxonomic and identification skills of the participants for research purposes and for practical monitoring of harmful algal blooms.
From 2006 the IOC training in HAB identification has been offered within a new framework which gives accreditation. The present course includes now a practical exam at the end of the course with an IOC Certificate of Proficiency in Identification of Harmful Algae issued to participants who pass the exam. We know by experience that many of the more than 500 trainees we have had over the years have wished the courses to give accreditation, and in some countries, the IOC courses have become a reference for laboratories to be approved for carrying out regulatory monitoring for harmful microalgae.
The IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae, University of Copenhagen, Denmark is organizing the course.
IOC Training Course and Identification Qualification in Harmful Marine Microalgae including optional workshops on enumeration and culture techniques, 2017
Course description: The course includes 100 hours of teaching and is divided into two parts.
1) The first part of the course is an internet teaching programme giving general introductions to the various groups of harmful algae; this part is mainly for self-study and estimated to 40 hours of reading.
2) The second part is a practical course in species identification including 2 optional workshops in enumeration and culture techniques (see tentative programme below). It may be possible to participate in both workshops, or alternatively spent the time examining mixed samples from various geographical regions and/or own samples. Part 2 includes 60 hours of teaching and a microscope will be available to each participant during the entire period, see also link below.
Participants: The course is aimed at participants who have some years of practical experience in identification of microalgae. The number of participants is limited to 16. If there are more applicants than available seats, priority will be given to applicants who have direct research or management responsibilities with regard to the occurrence of harmful algae.
Dates: Part 1 will be available on the IOC-UNESCO teaching platform ‘OceanTeacher’ from mid-May onwards; part 2 takes place from 6-19 August 2017.
Venue: IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, c/o Danhostel, Lejrskolevej 4, 3400 Hillerød.
Course lecturers: Dr. Heléne Annadotter, Dr. Santiago Fraga, Dr. Jacob Larsen, Dr. Nina Lundholm, Professor Øjvind Moestrup.
The Course includes:
Deadline for applications: 1 April 2017.
Hosted by UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE Oostende, Belgium