International MSc in Agro- and Environmental Nematology
 Identification Course on Aquatic Nematodes

There are no more vacant places to follow the first week training on Identification Marine Nematodes. It is still possible however to apply for the Freshwater Nematodes part.


Identification Course on Aquatic Nematodes - 10-21 December 2018 - Ghent University (UGent)

Nowadays there are world-wide only a few taxonomists expert in marine and freshwater nematodes, although these groups are dominant in the sediments of oceans, estuaries, lakes and rivers. Their high abundance, diversity and adaptations to extreme habitats make them a very interesting group for ecological surveys. Due to increasing pollution and ecological awareness in many countries, identification of aquatic nematodes and their importance in the ecology of the benthos become relevant.

The Identification Course on Aquatic Nematodes is a 2-weeks training aiming to provide a high standard scientific and short training to enable participants a quick start into individual identification of marine and/or freshwater nematodes. The first week is dedicated to marine nematodes (10-15 December), the second week to freshwater nematodes (16-21 December). Participants can register for 1 or 2 weeks.

This course provides an introduction to basic sampling and processing techniques, general morphology and ecology, and focuses on specific characteristics useful for the identification of marine and freshwater nematodes. The course consists of lectures, demonstrations by microscope and slide observations. The goal is to enable participants to identify nematodes to genus level.

This course is organised jointly by the Nematology Research Unit and Marine Biology research group and is part of the MSc course “International Master of Science in Agro- and Environmental Nematology” at Ghent University, Belgium.

Preliminary programme can be downloaded here.

Practical information

Tuition fee is € 500 per week, for non-UGent students (until PhD level) € 250 per week.

UGent students do not have to pay a tuition fee.

2 bursaries of 500€ (incl. exemption tuition fee) are available to compensate travel costs for students from the VLIR-UOS eligible country list.

2 tuition fee waivers of 250€ per week are available for students from countries from the OESO-DAC list.

The tuition fee does not include accommodation. Some ideas for accommodation at Ghent:

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.

Once you have registered for the course, you will receive an e-mail in due time containing the payment instructions. Payments can be done securely online (Visa, MasterCard, Bancontact).Once the tuition fee is paid, your reservation for the course is confirmed.

Deadline for registration is 1 December 2018. Deadline for scholarship application is 15 August 2018.

In case you have questions, you may contact us on


Nematology Research Unit, Campus Ledeganck, Ghent University, K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

Teaching staff

Ann Vanreusel is head of the research group Marine Biology and is expert in meiobenthos ecology with a focus on nematodes in extreme marine environments including abyssal ecosystems, poly-metallic nodule areas, submarine canyons, cold water corals, cold seeps, polar deep-sea and Antarctic coastal systems.

Wim Bert is head of the Nematology Research Unit that focuses on taxonomy, phylogeny, morphology, and biology of nematodes from natural and agricultural ecosystems, including free-living, plant-parasitic, virus-vector, facultatively parasitic, and entomopathogenic nematodes.

Ursula Eisendle-Flöckner is head of Association Research Group Nematology of Salzburg University, Austria that focuses on the analysis of structural (taxonomy, morphometry) and functional (resource use, trophic position) aspects of free-living freshwater nematodes.

Nic Smol has a long-time experience in taxonomy and ecology of marine nematodes and was coordinator of the international MSc course in Nematology at Ghent University, where she taught many courses.

Tania Campinas Bezerra is a marine nematologist working at the marine research group and a graduate of the MSc in Nematology course at Ghent University. She is currently the main responsible for the NeMys database.

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