Hydroid and Bryozoan Workshop

Portaferry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
18th-22nd August 2012

This Workshop will be a five day introductory training course to hydroid and bryozoan ecology and taxonomy.  It will combine lectures, fieldwork (shore and diving) and practical laboratory work.  No prior knowledge is required. The aim is for all participants to be able to identify any British and Irish species to at least genus level.  Topics to be covered include:  hydroid and bryozoan morphology, an outline of major hydroid and bryozoan groups, hydroid and bryozoan reproduction and ecology, hydroid and bryozoan bio-invasions and in situ identification of the hydroids and bryozoans of Britain and Ireland. Practical sessions will cover field and laboratory identification, and preservation techniques.

Tutoring the course will be Professor Ferdinando Boero (University of Salento), Professor John Ryland (University of Swansea), Dr Jo Porter (Heriot-Watt University) and Bernard Picton (Ulster Museum).

Places will be available on either a full board (5 night’s accommodation Friday-Tuesday inclusive, and all meals) or day rate (including lunch and tea/coffee only). Participants should note that there will be some evening laboratory sessions and lectures. The full board rate and course fee is expected to be in the region of £350-£400.
The course is being organised by the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording, National Museums Northern Ireland, supported by Northern Ireland Environment Service.
To book a place on the course fill in the Booking Form and email to contact Claire Goodwin (email: claire.goodwin@gmail.com, phone: 028 90395267).

Places will be limited, and allocated on a first come first served basis, with two places reserved for Beaufort PhD students.