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Summer course on embryology of marine invertebrates - 3, June 2019

Time and place:
JUNE 09-30, 2019, the Pertzov White Sea Biological Station (WSBS), Russia

The WSBS is located on the wild and scenic coast of the Kandalaksha Bay of the White Sea (66° 34' N, 33° 08' E) exactly on the Polar Circle. This is a remote and isolated academic settlement accessible only by a boat from the nearest village Poyakonda. Station facilities comprise a number of recently upgraded laboratories with recirculating seawater system, cLSM, and SEM. The station has good diving facilities and a fleet of motorboats and small vessels designed for benthic and pelagic sampling.

Please check the WBS website for detailed information about the station:

Course description:
Thank to our strong instructor team we will be able to hold the lectures and practical classes devoted to embryology of different invertebrate groups and demonstrate various approaches in culturing and experimental embryology.

The Course program covers all major metazoan lineages (Porifera, Cnidaria, Annelida, Mollusca, Bryozoa, Crustacea, Nematoda, Echinodermata). Daily lectures will be devoted to basic knowledge of comparative embryology of invertebrates as well as they unveil the recent research progress in the all fields of development. The Course will provide the participants with a unique opportunity to get on-hand experience in embryology of invertebrate species of the White Sea. Practical sessions will include the methods of culturing of marine invertebrates and methods of experimental embryology and different visualization techniques (including classical zoological drawing, photo-, time-lapse-recording, immunocytochemistry and different types of microscopies (light, fluorescent, cLSM, SEM).

Please find more information about the similar courses, which were organized at WSBS in 2010 and 2016.

·        the diversity of the development within marine invertebrates;
·        illustration techniques (drawings, and various miscrocopies);
·        experimental techniques: immunocytochemistry, cell proliferation, cell lineages tracing, pharmacological modulation.

Maximum 14.

Maria Ina Arnone
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy
Andreas Hejnol
University Bergen, Norway
Casey Dunn
Yale University, USA
Andreas Wanninger
University of Vienna, Austria
Carsten Wolff
Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Alexander Ereskovsky
Mediterranean Institute of Biodiversity and Ecology, FRANCE
Grigory Genikhovich
University of Vienna, Austria
Carmen Andrikou
Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, Norway
Yulia Kraus
Lomonosov MSU, Russia
Olga Kotenko
St.-Petersburg State University, Russia
Vitaly Kozin
St.-Petersburg State University, Russia
Andrey Lavrov
Lomonosov MSU, Russia
Andrey Prudkosky
Lomonosov MSU, Russia
Igor Kosevitch
Lomonosov MSU, Russia
Vladimir Malakhov
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

To participate please send us:
·        motivation letter (maximum 1 page);
·        CV (maximum 5 pages);
·        a recommendation letter from a current supervisor;
·        formulaire with personal data (please download FORMULAIRE);
·        statement of financial need, if applying for support from the WSBS (maximum 1 page).


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Complete applications should be sent to with the following subject: “application for the Embryo Course_your last name”.

Target group:
MSc, PhD students, young researchers.

Application deadline:
February 28, 2019.

The course tuition is 950 Euro, however, it may be partially covered by the WSBS, for 1-4 students facing financial constraints. We do not provide coverage for the transportation coasts. The fee includes:
·        tuition fee;
·        accommodation, bed sheets, and final cleaning;
·        full board meal plan consisting of three meals, and coffee breaks;
·        transfer from Murmansk to the WSBS and back.

Students enrolled in the class should expect simple living conditions with outdoor facilities (rooms for 4–6 people), which however are well compensated by beautiful scenery and untouched nature.
Full board consists of three meals a day.
Vegetarian options are available, however we can not provide Kosher or Halal meals, due to isolated location of the field station.

International students are required to have entry visas to travel to the Russian Federation. Russian entry visas can be obtained at a local Russian Embassy or Consulate. All supporting materials will be sent upon acceptance to the course.

Medical insurance:
All students enrolled in the class are obligated to have personal medical insurance including medical evacuation coverage.

The White Sea Biological Station, Moscow State University, Russia:

Alexander Tzetlin
Nadezhda Rimskaya-Korsakova
Yulia Khramova
Denis Nikishin
Stanislav Kremnyov
Tatiana Bagaeva


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White Sea Biological Station

June 2019
Summer course on embryology of marine invertebrates



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