Training is key for present and future paleontologists

07 Jul 2015
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Workshops combine both theory and practice sessions (Transmitting Science)

Workshops combine both theory and practice sessions (Transmitting Science)

The Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) and Transmitting Science have collaborated for years to provide a high-quality educational program addressed to active paleontologists and students, as well as researchers and specialists from related disciplines. Several topics are covered that range from scientific illustration courses to advanced courses in statistics.

These condensed courses combine theory with practice so that students can immediately apply their skills. Students can validate ECTS (European Credit System Transder) in several European and Latin American doctorate schools such as the Life Science Zurich School (Switzerland), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden), University of Konstanz (Germany), Umeå University (Sweden), University of La Plata (Argentina) and University of La República (Uruguay), among others.

Courses are directed by Soledad De Esteban-Trivingo, postdoctoral researcher at the Virtual Paleontology Research Group of the ICP and director of Transmitting Science. "We are very pleased with the development of the program. In the last two years we have had participants from 44 countries and five continents showing a high level of satisfaction", commented. Courses are aimed not only for predoctoral students but for researchers and teachers as well (35% of the participants have a PhD).

Broad range of courses is offered (Transmitting Science)

Broad range of courses is offered (Transmitting Science)

Teaching staff is composed of specialists in each of the subjects, with 50% of foreign teachers. Among the teachers of2014-2015 courses it is worth stressing Chris Klingenberg, professor of the University of Manchester and Emmanuel Paradis, specialist in phylogenies and evolution at the University of Montpellier.

From April to August, available courses are:

  • Integration and Modularity with Geometric Morphometrics - 4th ed., by Chris Klingenberg (University of Manchester). From 7 to 10 April. + information
  • Introduction to Network Tools in Biosciences – 2nd ed., by Diego Borja Rasskin-Gutman and Esteve-Altava (Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, University of Valencia). . + information
  • An Introduction to Phylogenetic Analysis Using R - 2nd ed., by Emmanuel Paradis (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) and Klaus Schliep (University of Massachusetts). From 4 to 8 May. + information
  • 3D Geometric Morphometrics – 5th ed., by Melissa Tallman (Grand Valley State University). From 4 to 8 May. + information
  • Introducction to Naturallistic and Scientific Illustration - 2nd ed., by Oscar Sanisidro (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales). From 18 to 22 May. + information
  • Studying Ontogeny at Different levels Using Geometric Morphometrics – 3rd ed. a càrrec Kieran McNulty (University of Minnesota). Del 25 to 27 May + information
  • Historical Biogeography: Fundamentals and Applications, by Claudia Szumik (Miguel Lillo Foundation, CONICET) and Lone Aagensen (IBODA, CONICET). From 15 to 19 June. + information
  • Introduction to Individual Based Models in Ecology using Netlogo - 2nd ed., by Jürgen Groeneveld and Alexander Singer (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ). From 15 to 19 June. + information
  • Entomología experimental: Medición y Anàlisis de Variables Fisiológicas y Comportamentales. From June 23 to July 3. + information.
  • Quantitative Cladistics and Use of TNT - 2nd ed., by Pablo Goloboff and Claudia Szumik (CONICET). From June 29 to July 3. + information
  • Microscopía y Arte: Un Proceso Creativo a través del Microscopio. From  6 to 10 July. + información.
  • Spatial Conservation Planning With Marxan, by Ayesha Tulloch and Vivitskaia Tulloch (University of Queensland).From 13 to 17 July. + information
  • Introducción a las Técnicas de Microscopía: Óptica y Electrónica – 3rd ed., by Mònica Roldán-Molina and Emma Rossinyol-Casals (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). From 27 to 31 July. + information.


Courses are offered in English or Spanish according to its title.

For more information:


- Transmitting Science website.

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