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New frontiers in microbial ecology & climate change

A Postgraduate course on the Isle of Schiermonnikoog, the Netherlands, 17 - 22 November


Under the auspices of the Research School RSEE:

Guest lecturers

To be announced

Aims of the course

The main goal of the course will be achieved if the participants acquire novel ideas and techniques for their own research. The course is primarily aimed at PhD level students, but is also open to advanced Master level students with interest in microbial ecology.

Contents and structure

This course is a combination of lectures, given by a limited number of expert teachers, and discussion to be raised by students and lecturers. During the period of the course the students will develop these concepts further, in groups and with the help of lecturers, which can potentially result in a publication in the form of a review or opinion paper (see Adam et al, 2016. Frontiers in Microbiology, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01079, which was developed during the third Frontiers in Microbial Ecology course, in 2015).


Will follow

Provisional Programme (more information will follow)

Day 1: Arrival, Registration and Dinner at the course venue, Field station the Herdershut , Schiermonnikoog, the Netherlands

17.00 - 19.00
Welcome, sleeping arrangements, drinks & dinner
19.30 - 20.00
20.00 - 22.00
General Information
Required knowledge & preparation

* Students should work / have a strong interest in the field of Evolutionary Biology and/or Microbial Ecology
* Poster: You have to prepare a poster on your own work to be discussed at the course. Send in your A4 poster as pdf before October 15th  at the very latest and prepare a short 5-minute powerpoint presentation (3 slides maximum) to start the discussion on your poster. We will print the posters in a booklet so you can read them before the discussion.
* A number of relevant publications will be made available for you to read in preparation for the course.

Course material
PDF copies of relevant papers will be provided. Please bring your own laptop to the course.
Course credits
Course venue, Field station the Herdershut , Schiermonnikoog, the Netherlands. Transportation to and from the venue will be coordinated at a set time.
Duration & date
5 days. The course will run from 17-11-2024 to 22-11-2024.
* Registration fee is € 350,- for PhD students with an approved TSP participating in RSEE or PE&RC. Other PhD participants pay € 600,- and non-PhD participants pay
€ 725,-
The minimum number of participants is 12, the maximum 25. If space allows for it, highly qualified Master students may be admitted. Master student participants: please contact C.M. Eising

Please note that for the course to continue, the minimum number of participants is 12, so please register at your earliest convenience. The maximum number of participants is 25. PhD student applications will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. However, master student applications will be reviewed and prioritized.

To register, please fill in the registration form.

Please take note of our payment, registration and cancellation policy.

Last modified:28 March 2024 4.35 p.m.