International MSc in Agro- and Environmental Nematology
 Basic Crash Course Nematology - Kenya

Basic Crash Course Nematology - Kenya (BCCN)

Venue: ICIPE Campus, Nairobi, Kenya

10-14 December 2018

This one week course provides basic training in methods to quantify, qualify and process plant-parasitic nematodes in crops, with an introduction to beneficial nematodes, indicators of soil health and nematodes for biocontrol of insects (entomopathogenic) nematodes. It is undertaken in a ‘hands-on’ fashion permitting participants to experience field conditions and conduct basic research in crop nematology. More details on the programme will follow soon.

This course is organised jointly by ICIPE - International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, IITA - International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nairobi Kenya and the International MSc in Agro- and Environmental Nematology (UGent)

The Basic Crash Course Nematology offers 20 vacant student positions per year.  The tuition fee is 500 € and contributes to the organisation of the course (lecture material, notes, sampling, lab use,…). Travel and accommodation costs should be covered with own financial means.

Every year, the International MSc in Agro- and Environmental Nematology foresees 10 Kariuki-VLIR-uos travel grants for local students and the cost of the tuition fee to attend the Basic Crash Course Nematology.  Preference is given to students and staff studying and working in governmental institutes and NGOs, and are intended to cover transport, visa, accommodation and daily expenses.

There are 7 grants of 1000 € for students residing outside Kenya in one of these countries and 3 grants of 500 € for residents in Kenya.

Application procedure:

Please use the online application form available here. You should register first with your e-mail address and choose a password. Once registered you will receive an e-mail (check your SPAM-box) with a link to the application form and a confirmation of your chosen password. Click the link and login with your e-mail address and your chosen password. Fill in the online application, follow the instructions and upload all required documents. Once you have completed the form, a submit button will appear in the upper right corner. After submission, you will receive an automatic e-mail containing an unique application number and the pdf of your application form.

In the application form you should upload:

  • your highest diploma and (academic) transcripts in 1 file.
  • a support letter from your employer, please use this template - additionally ask your employer to send this support letter directly by e-mail to
  • a motivation letter (max 1 page)
  • a curriculum vitae (CV)
  • you may upload additional documents and  1 extra recommendation letter, but this is not compulsory

Deadline submission 2018: 15 June 2018

Results will be published the latest 15 July 2018

For any questions related to this course: please contact us on


Website ICIPE

Website IITA

Lecturing staff

Dr. Danny Coyne has 25 years of experience in agricultural research and extension in tropical cropping systems across Africa, beginning as a village extension officer in rural Tanzania. He has in-depth knowledge of tropical crop systems through involvement in, and management of, crop protection extension and pest management projects within African National programmes and at International Agricultural Research Centres. Of late he has broadened into the wider field of soil health in relation to plant host-pest-antagonist relations and the ecological aspects. Although he is a very active scientist (140 peer reviewed papers; 8 books and 9 book chapters), training underscores all of his work, whether at the farmer, technician, or academic level. He has frequent contacts with our alumni currently working in Africa.

Dr. Solveig Haukeland is a nematologist specialised on nematodes as biocontrol agents of invertebrates. She worked at NIBIO, the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research), where she built a lab and expertise on nematodes as biological control agents of invertebrate pests. At Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania she performed research on biological control of banana pests, fruit flies and sweet potato weevils. She additionally did consultancy assignments for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, among others. She joined ICIPE in 2014 as a CIM (Center for International Migration and Development) integrated expert (German government (GIZ) funded), focusing on building up expertise and experience on tropical plant protection, specifically soil borne nematode pests.

Dr. Laura Cortada is specialised on the biological control of plant-parasitic nematodes (PPN) for sustainable intensification in horticultural and citrus crops, combining the use of rootstocks, resistant-germplasm, and bioprotectants (plant & fungi extracts). She has worked providing advisory services to small-scale farmers, through public and private organizations, in Europe and in East Africa. From June 2012 to January 2016, she worked as a Research and Learning officer and later as the Head of the Innovation and Learning Unit for the Somalia Program of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). Since February 2016, Dr. Laura Cortada has joined the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) as a soil health post-doctoral fellow, specialised in nematology.

Dr. Hanne Steel's research focuses on taxonomy and ecology of free-living nematodes, more specifically on the nematode community in compost and their fate after compost application in the field. Also the potential of enriching the compost with bio-control organisms is one of the research topics. She is lecturer at  Ghent University, but also product manager of beneficials at Biobest (Westerlo, Belgium).

The lecturers are assisted by second master students from the International Master of Science in Agro- and Environmental Nematology (Ghent University), under guidance of Dr. Hanne Steel (Ghent University) in frame of the course Nematology Didactics and Capacity Building.

Last update on 15/05/2018 -
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