Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Pre-Conference Workshop

July 10-14, 2017
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California

Local Host
Mark Ohman, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA

Workshop Organizer
Rony Huys, Natural History Museum, London, UK

The course will take place during July 10-14, 2017 at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, CA, where adequate facilities will be made available for both theoretical and laboratory sessions. Founded in 1903, Scripps is one of the oldest and largest centers for ocean and Earth science research, public service, undergraduate and graduate training in the world. The workshop venue is located in beautiful La Jolla, surrounded on three sides by ocean bluffs and beaches and located 12 miles (19 km) north of Downtown San Diego, and 116 miles (187 km) south of Los Angeles, California. We suggest all participants fly into San Diego International Airport and arrive on Sunday, July 9.

We highly recommend all foreign participants begin their United States visa application process as soon as possible, as this may be a lengthy process depending on your citizenship status. Please visit the U.S. Department of State for more details.

If you require a formal, personalized letter of invitation (after you have been accepted into the course) to facilitate your visa application, please contact Please include your full name and mailing address and we will email you a letter in PDF format.

The objective of the course is to provide postgraduate students/postdoctoral fellows with a comprehensive and state-of-the-art introduction to the diversity, morphology, systematics and biology of benthic, planktonic and symbiotic copepods, including training in technical skills. The course will cover marine, brackish and freshwater forms.

The course will be taught in English by an international team of tutors. Each tutor is an internationally renowned specialist in a different area of copepod systematics. The team will consist of the following tutors:

Ruth Böttger-Schnack, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Germany
Marine plankton: non-calanoids

Janet Bradford-Grieve, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
Marine plankton: calanoids

Diana Galassi, University of L’Aquila, Italy
Freshwater copepods

Samuel Gómez, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología - Unidad Académica Mazatlán, Mexico
Marine and brackish water harpacticoids

Rony Huys, Natural History Museum, London, UK
Introduction to morphology, life cycles, nomenclature, copepods associated with invertebrate hosts

Mark Ohman, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA
Marine plankton: calanoids

Danny Tang, Orange County Sanitation District, USA
Fish parasites

Course Structure
The course will last five days and will comprise a combination of lectures, laboratory-based practical sessions and informal, problem-solving discussions. Every tutor will be in attendance for all of them. Flexibility will be maintained to encourage the development of an intense group dynamic through interactions between highly motivated young researchers and established workers. Students will be asked to bring material with them that is of special interest or significance in their own work – particularly any problem species. A typical course day will consist of two 1 to 1.5 hour lectures alternated with practical sessions. The workshop hopes to finish with a local field trip and a beach barbecue on Saturday, July 15.
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The tuition fee is kept to a minimum and will be $200 USD (due by June 26, 2017) for the entire course. Students attending the training workshop must pay for their own travel to La Jolla, San Diego. The cost of this will be variable depending on the mode of transport. We assume that all participants will also be traveling to San Pedro for the 13th International Conference on Copepoda organized at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and DoubleTree by Hilton San Pedro - Port of Los Angeles, commencing on Sunday, July 16. Thus, transport from the training course to the conference venue has been arranged for Sunday, July 16. Students must also pay for one week’s accommodation and meals. The practical solution is to use UCSD Housing Services for both students and tutors. The cost of accommodation plus 3 meals/day is $95 USD/night per person.

How to Apply
A significant proportion of places may be reserved for trainees from North and South American countries but applicants from outside these regions are also encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to have a reasonable command of the English language. A questionnaire must be completed in order to apply for one of the limited places (20–25) in the course. Students will be selected by the workshop organizer, in consultation with Prof. Mark Ohman and Dr. Danny Tang.

Please send or email your completed questionnaire to Rony Huys at the Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK (

The deadline for receipt of applications is April 30, 2017. Selected participants will receive additional information on registration payment.

Click here for the questionnaire.