ForBio and DLN course: Comparative Morphology Methods

ForBio - Research School in Biosystematics, DLN - Digital Life Norway Research School offer an eight-day course on Comparative Morphology Methods.

The goal of this intensive course is to introduce a variety of techniques and analytical methods and expose students to the power of morphological studies in an evolutionary framework. You will learn the workflow from the collecting of material to the analyses of images. We will compare and combine the outcomes of the different methodologies commonly used in morphological studies. 

The course will provide an overview of the most commonly used techniques for assessing the morphology of organisms, hands-on experience on the preparation, operation modes and image interpretation, and compare the results between them. This will allow the understanding of relationships between shape, structure and function, and the assessment of the development and evolution of morphological features for comparative morphology and analyses of relationships between taxa.

The course gives hands-on experience to Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Histology (HIS) and Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM), including the principles,  theory and practical work. The practical workload is estimated in about 40 hours in groups of maximum 4 students and will be conducted in the modern and well equipped Cellular and Molecular Imaging Core Facility (CMIC), at NTNU, Trondheim. A NTNU - CMIC technician will be assisting/teaching the practical for each of the groups. 

You can find a preliminary course plan here.


Patrick Beckers – University of Bonn

Elena Temereva – Lomonosov Moscow State University 

Nataliya Budaeva – University of Bergen & ForBio

Katrine Kongshavn - University of Bergen

Maximum number of participants: 16. 

The course is equivalent of 3 ECTS. ForBio will provide certificates for those successfully completed the course assignment. 

Registration: Please fill in the online application here. There is no course fee for ForBio members or associates. ForBio covers accommodation and meals at Trondheim Vandrerhjem ( for ForBio members and Russian participants enrolled in a MSc or a PhD program. Travel is covered for ForBio members based at Norwegian institutions and Russian MSc and PhD students. Travel support available for other participants from Russia upon request.

Financial support is provided by the cooperation program with Russia funded by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education: Multidisciplinary EDUcation and reSearch in mArine biology in Norway and Russia (MEDUSA).

Find out about how to become a ForBio member here.

Application deadline is April 15, 2018.

Contact  Nataliya Budaeva  ( for course content, application process and general logistics questions or Elisabeth Stur ( for local logistics in Trondheim during the course.


Published Dec. 6, 2017 10:57 AM - Last modified Apr. 16, 2018 12:05 PM