THE 2015 COURSE IS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS.
IOC QUALIFICATIONS IN IDENTIFICATION AND ENUMERATION OF HARMFUL MICROALGAE
Since 1993 the IOC has conducted training courses in identification/taxonomy and enumeration of harmful microalgae. The course have mostly been aimed at relatively experienced participants who, for example, have either previously attended an introductory IOC training course on taxonomy of harmful algae, or participants who obtained similar experience through alternative activities. The purpose has been to improve the skills of the participants in taxonomy for research purposes and for practical monitoring of harmful algal blooms.
As from 2006 the IOC training will be offered within a new framework which gives accreditation of identification and enumeration skills. This type of courses have been offered for other species groups since 1993 by the Natural History Museum , London, and we have been inspired by this to redesign the IOC courses. 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. In some countries, e.g. New Zealand, the IOC courses have become reference for laboratories to be approved for carrying out regulatory monitoring for harmful microalgae.
The aim is to improve the standards in harmful algae monitoring in IOC Member States by awarding certificates of competence in identification and enumeration to scientists and technicians.
The training framework offer
A) Training course including an examination which gives accreditation.
B) Examination which gives accreditation.
Qualification by examination and the awarding body of the accreditation is the competent IOC partner institution. The pass mark is high (90%) but analyses based on data that is less accurate are of little value.
IOC Training Course and Identification Qualification in Harmful Marine Microalgae 2015 – with optional workshops on enumration and/or culture techniques:
During the past nineteen years, the IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae, University of Copenhagen, Denmark organized more than 60 training courses in taxonomy and biology of harmful microalgae. A significant number of courses on identification have also been organized in cooperation between IOC and University of Tokyo.
The present training course is a further development of these courses, and it includes now an examination at the end of the course with an IOC Certificate of Proficiency in Identification of Harmful Algae issued to participants who pass the examination.
The course includes 90 hours of teaching and is divided into two parts, each consisting of 45 hours of teaching. The first part of the course is an internet teaching programme, while the second part is a practical workshop in species identification. The course is organised by the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
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.
Mandatory E-learning part: Over 4-5 weeks in the period May-July.
Practical course at University of Copenhagen: 9-19 August 2015. Optional workshops on enumeration/culture techniques from 19-22 August.
IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark c/o Danhostel, Hillerød.
Part I – Distant learning: The distant learning programme consists of 8 modules including an introduction to the teaching platform. The distant learning is offered in the IOC OceanTeacher platform. There is a short introductory text to each module, and at the beginning of this text is given a list of suggested reading, which will usually include selected articles or chapters of general text books. All exercises are mandatory. This part of the course includes 45 hours of teaching or a work load of about one working day per week for six weeks.
Part II – Practical course on species identification: The course will focus on identification of harmful algal species, with particular reference to the ‘IOC Taxonomic Reference List on Toxic Plankton Algae’. During the course, the following species will be demonstrated either as cultures (*subject to the availability of cultures at the Scandinavian Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa) or as preserved material. Focus will be on light microscopy. All participants will be urged to bring material for the Course.See preliminary programme.
Haptophyceae*: Chrysochromulina spp. Prymnesium spp.
Raphidophyceae*: Chattonella antiqua, C. subsalsa, Fibrocapsa japonica, Haramonas dimorpha, Heterosigma akashiwo, Olisthodiscus luteus.
Dinophyceae: Prorocentrum concavum*, P. cordatum, P. emarginatum*, P. gracile, P. lima, P. micans, P. rhathymum.
Dinophysis acuta, D. acuminata, D. caudata, D. fortii, D. miles, D. mitra, D. norvegica, D. rotundata, D. tripos.
Alexandrium affine, A. minutum, A. catenella*, A. ostenfeldii, A. pseudogonyaulax, A. tamarense, A. taylori,
Pyrodinium bahamense var. compressum, Lingulodinium polyedrum, Protoceratium reticulatum, Gonyaulax spinifera, Gambierdiscus toxicus, Coolia monotis, Ostreopsis spp.
Akashiwo sanguinea*, Amphidinium carterii*, A. operculatum*, Gymnodinium catenatum*, G. impudicum*, Karenia mikimotoi*, K. selliformis*, Karlodinium micrum*, Noctiluca scintillans.
Bacillariophyceae: Pseudo-nitzschia australis, P. calliantha*, P. delicatissima, P. fraudulenta, P. multiseries, P. pungens*, P. seriata, Nitzschia navis-varingica*.
Cyanobacteria: Anabaena spp, Anabaenopsis spp, Aphanizomenon sp., Cylindrospermopsis spp., Microcystis spp, Nodularia spumigena, Trichodesmium sp.
All participants will be urged to bring material/samples.
The Course is aimed at participants who have some background and experience in identifying microalgae.
IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dr. Heléne Annadotter, Dr. Santiago Fraga, Dr. Jacob Larsen, Dr. Nina Lundholm, Professor Øjvind Moestrup
Up to 16.
The Course will be held in the English language.
Qualification by examination will take place on the last day of the training course.
Mandatory theoretical part: Over 3 weeks, to be arranged when applicants have signed up.
Practical course at University of Copenhagen in conjunction with the course in species identification in August.
Optional workshops on ennumration and/or culture techniques:
Further improvement of the skills of the participants in enumeration/culturing of harmful microalgae.
The workshops will consist of:
1. Counting techniques, statistics, comparison and interpretation of data, and data presentation.
2. Practical exercises in isolation techniques and maintenace of cultures.
Deadline for applications: 1 April 2015.
Course fee detailes and payment instructions