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Workshops and courses

Here you can find information on upcoming workshops and courses. Please contact Karen Lebret if you want to announce a course.

IOC Qualifications in identification and enumeration of harmful microalgae


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.

Dates: Part 1 will be available on the IOC-UNESCO teaching platform ‘OceanTeacher’ from mid-May onwards; part 2 takes place 5-18 August 2018.


HAB: unifying insights from lab experiments, field monitoring and modeling


International workshop, November 28 - December 1, 2017

Delmemhorst and Wilhemshaven

Few places still available


Introduction to Remote Sensing of Harmful Algal Blooms - September 2017


Harmful algal blooms (HABs) can have a negative impact on the ecosystem and human health. Satellite remote sensing is able to collect data frequently and over a large area to identify impaired water quality from HABs. This data can inform decision-makers on where best to put their resources for taking water samples, determine what toxins are in the water, whether they need to change or move drinking water intakes, and whether a fishery needs to be closed. Remote sensing data enables individuals and organizations to have more flexible plans for water sampling. It also leads to a more efficient and appropriate allocation of resources for protecting human health.


IOC Qualifications in identification and enumeration of harmful microalgae



The course is aimed at participants who have some years of practical experience in identification of microalgae.

Deadline for applications: 1 April 2017.


Marine phytoplankton course: taxonomy and ecology of marine dinoflagellates, Kuwait, 22 May - 2 June 2016


COURSE OBJECTIVES The course will give the participants a basic knowledge of methodology and taxonomic principles for the study of marine phytoplankton including potentially harmful species. The course will focus on species common in the Gulf region and in the Western Indian Ocean. It aims at both university students and monitoring personnel.



IOC Training Course and Identification Qualification in Harmful Marine Microalgae 2016 - with optional workshops on enumeration and/or culture techniques



Dates: Mandatory E-learning part over 4-5 weeks in the period May-July. Practical course 7-17 August 2016. Optional workshops on enumeration/culture techniques from 18-20 August.

Venue: IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark



Algal Culturing Techniques Course


The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) will be offering an Algal Culturing Techniques Course May 15-20, 2016. The course will be held at the new Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Research and Education campus in East Boothbay, ME. The course is designed for graduate students, faculty members, aquaculturists, biotech professionals and anyone else interested in learning algal culturing techniques.

More information on the website.


Workshop: Plankton resting stages: ecological, evolutionary and geological perspectives


We are pleased to announce a four-day workshop Plankton resting stages: ecological, evolutionary and geological perspectives, to be held at the Tvärminne Zoological Station, Hanko Peninsula, Finland, on Oct 5-8, 2015.

Plankton resting stages – geological, ecological and evolutionary perspectivesbrings together geologists, paleoecologists, ecologists and geneticists who approach plankton resting stages from diverging perspectives and ordinarily work in isolation from each other. The workshop aims at presenting the extent of research lines and bringing forward joint targets for development and interest.

Register by July 31st, 2015

More information and registration on the website


Advanced Course on Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins


The Advanced Course on Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins, that will take place in Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) coming June 29th to 4th July.

This course is funded by NILS and CYANOCOST and will provide fellowships for most of the trainees and it is a good opportunity to disseminate the cyano-problems and to help making a new generation of cyanobacteriologists.

More information on the website


Algal biodiversity course – culturing, preservation and characterization of micro- and macroalgae for basic and applied research


The course aims to train researchers from academia and industry, in theoretical knowledge and practical skills for the establishment, characterization and maintenance of algal cultures in order to gain an advanced understanding of algal diversity, life cycle and physiology.



IOC Qualifications in identification and enumeration of harmful microalgae


Now open for application

Deadline 1 april 2018.

More information here.

Harmful Algae News 25 years


Anniversary Special Issue: HAN 59 now online @

Two HAB sessions at ASLO 2018 summer meeting


ICHA 17 Proceedings are now available online


The Proceedings of the 17 International Conference on Harmful Algae, Florianopolis, Brazil, Oct 2016 are now published online and available on the ISSHA website at ICHA Conference Proceedings

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