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Marine animal models in evolution and development: Focus on neurobiology

5 - 18 July 2015 | Fiskebäckskil, Sweden

About the practical course

This EMBO Practical Course focuses on the establishment and transfer of molecular, imaging and genomics techniques and resources to a broad spectrum of emerging marine animal models for the study of developmental biology and evolution (evo-devo), marine neurobiology, behaviour and comparative genomics. This year's special focus will be on the comparative neuroanatomy and behaviour of marine invertebrates, with a special emphasis on larval stages. For this we will use advanced imaging techniques such as Single Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM).

Registration and abstract deadline

30 April 2015

Selected participants will be notified by

end of May 2015


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Registration and abstract deadline

30 April 2015

Selected participants will be notified by

end of May 2015












Registration includes:

  • participation in all course lectures,
  • practical training,
  • course teaching material,
  • animal collection,
  • field trip,
  • accommodation in twin rooms and all meals.



After receiving confirmation of participation all necessary information for payment will be communicated.

Selection criteria

Please note that space is limited to 16 participants on this course. Applications will be evaluated and selected by the scientific organizers and co-organizers. Selection is based on CV, motivation to attend the practical course and an abstract for poster presentation. Successful applicants will be notified in May and will need to confirm participation within 2 weeks of receiving notification.

Please note that this EMBO Practical Course is specifically aimed at researchers in the early stage of their career (PhD fellows, postdocs and young staff scientists). Participants are accommodated at the marine station in twin rooms.  Accepted participants should bring a poster regarding their current work.



A limited number of travel grants are available for eligible participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.




Marzia Sidri

Phone: +49 6221 3878861




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Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences in Kristineberg,

Kristineberg marine biological station - collaboration between the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Gothenberg University - is one of the foremost marine biological stations in Europe. The station was founded in 1877, as one of the oldest marine stations for education and research in the world. It has a long tradition of welcoming visiting researchers. It is situated on Gullmar fjord (an EU BioMare reference area) that has a rich invertebrate and vertebrate fauna, with some 1750 species having been recorded. The station has easy access to both open sea and coastal environments, and a rich variety of different benthic habitats. It is fully equipped for both collection and study of marine invertebrates and plankton. Virtually all-living phyla can be collected within the fjord, making it an ideal place to study animal diversity.
Laboratories are fitted with standard molecular equipment and have excellent microscopy facilities, including a JEOL type J SM T220A electron microscope and a new Leica TCS SP5 Confocal. Fully functional and unwanted equipment from EMBL was shipped to the station (with the permission of Iain Mattaj) and remains there in storage; exclusively available for any courses we conduct at the station.
The station is located in the small town of Fiskebäckskil, approximately 120 km from Gothenburg International airport and can be easily reached by public transport. The transfer time is about 2.5 hrs.
More information on the accommodation at the station will be provided to participants later on.

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