ForBio and MEDUSA workshop: Principles of Environmental Monitoring and Taxonomical Training in Marine Invertebrates

ForBio (Research School in Biosystematics) and the University Museum of Bergen offer a Russian-Norwegian workshop on principles of marine monitoring and identification of difficult groups of marine invertebrates. 


The workshop aims at consultants working in marine benthic monitoring in Norway and Russia . The first day will be partly used for the general discussion of current problems in identification, taxonomy and use of species names in marine monitoring surveys as well as for the exchange of experience between the Russian and the Norwegian participants. After that, we will focus on identification of difficult groups of marine invertebrates with an opportunity for the participants to bring their own samples to be verified by the specialists. This will aid in creating reference collections and facilitate use of the same scientific names for problematic taxa. The sessions will include short overviews of main taxonomical problems within respective groups of organisms with the focus on diagnostic characters and then will be followed by the lab work when the participants will use identification literature, consult with the instructors and with each other.  Each participant will have access to a steremicroscope and a compound microscope, general lab equipment and main identification literature.


27.11 (before lunch) - Main classroom at the Department of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen, UiB. Realfagbygget, Allégaten 41, 1st floor. 

27 (after lunch) - 29.11 - Small laboratory A, BIO, UiB, Thormøhlensgt. 53A, Blokk A, 1st floor.

Taxonomical groups covered: 

Mollusca: Caudofoveata: Christiane Todt  - Rådgivende Biologer

Crustacea: Amphipoda: Anne Helene Solberg Tandberg - University Museum of Bergen, UiB 

Annelida: Spionidae: Vasily Radashevsky - National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences 

Annelida: Terebellomorpha: Tom Alvestad - University Museum of Bergen, UiB & Arne Nygren - University of Gothenburg 

Annelida: Maldanidae: Jon Kongsrud - University Museum of Bergen, UiB

Preliminary schedule 

Day 1 - General discussion and identification of caudofoveates

Day 2 - Identification of annelids

Day 3 - Identification of amphipods

It is possible to attend a part of the workshop, please indicate this in the application form. Students interested in future employment as marine consultants are also encouraged to apply. 


Min 10, max 20 participants. Participants will be selected based on the registration form, which includes a short statement on motivation and importance of the workshop for your study/work.

Priority will be given to the participants from Russia and Norway, as required by the funding rules. Participants from other countries may also apply, they will be accepted if there will be vacant places.


There is no workshop fee required from the participants. MSc students, PhD student and postdocs affiliated with a  Norwegian university require to register as ForBio members, see details here:

Financial support

The workshop is financed by the Cooperation Programme between Norway and Russia “Multidisciplinary EDUcation and reSearch in mArine biology in Norway and Russia (MEDUSA)”, funded by the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education – DIKU

Russian participants are supported in full, including travel. Norwegian participants may be supported partially or fully depending on needs and amount of funds available. Participants from other countries need to cover their expenses themselves.

Lunches are provided for all course participants.


Participants are requested to arrange own travel/medical insurance valid in Norway. 


English, with limited support in Russian.


Please fill in the online application here

Application deadline November 15th, workshop is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Nataliya Budaeva ( - ForBio coordinator

Published Oct. 17, 2019 3:04 PM - Last modified Oct. 18, 2019 9:55 AM