ForBio and MEDUSA course: Systematics, Morphology and Evolution of Marine Annelids

[This course has been tentatively rescheduled to 2021 due to the COVID-2019 pandemic. Application will be re-opened in early 2021 following the national Norwegian guidelines on international travel]

The University Museum of Bergen (University of Bergen, Norway), Moscow State University, and ForBio (Research School in Biosystematics) jointly offer an International Course on Systematics, Morphology and Evolution of Marine Annelids.

Course financial support

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

Course scope

                                            Image: G. Kolbasova, MSU

We aim to provide participants with a unique opportunity to get state of the art knowledge in various aspects of annelid biology as well as hands-on experience in the field and laboratory study of annelid worms. The course will consist of three main topics:

  • Systematics and morphology
  • Evolution of life histories
  • Biodiversity

The lectures will address various theoretical questions in annelid biology, morphology, development, systematics, phylogeny and evolution. Practical sessions will be designed to provide good understanding in modern methods used in annelid research. We will cover a wide range of annelid taxa including major macrobenthic forms, interstitial and pelagic annelids. Species used in the course will be collected by the students during the field trips in the vicinity of the Station. We plan intertidal and small boat trips, as well as three collecting trips on board of a research vessel ‘Hans Brattström’.

Assignment and credits

The course is equivalent to 3 ECTS. Details of the course assignment will be presented later. As a part of the course, each student is expected to give a 10 min talk on his/her current or future study/works project related to annelids. ForBio will provide certificates to those successfully completed the course assignment.

Course venue

The location of the Espegrend Marine Biological Station in the proximity of deep and shallow Norwegian fjords (as well as close to Bergen airport and within a short drive to the city centre) will provide access to a diverse marine annelid fauna from benthic and pelagic environments. The station has excellent laboratory and accommodation facilities and is well equipped with running sea water aquaria,  wet lab with stereomicroscopes and a lecture hall. Part of the practical sessions will be conducted at the main University of Bergen facilities in the city center (30 min drive). 

Teachers (to be confirmed for 2021)

Alexander Tzetlin, Moscow State University

Torsten Struck, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo

Ken Halanych, Auburn University

Bruno Pernet, California State University, Long Beach

Andreas Hejnol, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen

Anna Zhadan, Moscow State University

Vasily Radashevsky, National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences

Elena Kupriyanova, Australian Museum

Luke Parry, University of Oxford

Nataliya Budaeva, University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen

Glafira Kolbasova, Moscow State University

Nadezhda Rimskaya-Korsakova, Moscow State University

Jon Kongsrud, University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen

Tom Alvestad, University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen

Katrine Kongshavn, University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen


Min 12, max 22 students. Participants will be selected based on the registration form, which includes a paragraph for motivation and importance of the course for your study/work. Due to funding restrictions, the priority will be given to PhD students, MSc students and early postdocs.

Course fee

There is no course fee required from ForBio members or associates.  Find out about how to become a ForBio member/associate here.

Accommodation costs

Shared accommodation (double rooms with a private bathroom) - NOK150/night; bench fee - NOK50/day, bed linen and towels are provided - prices are from 2019 and are subject to change.

Financial support

ForBio members and associates from Norway and Russian participants supported in full, including travel.

Accommodation is covered for non-Norwegian ForBio members (i.e. MSc and PhD students from other Scandinavian countries).

Meals are covered for all course participants.



Contact  Nataliya Budaeva ( - ForBio coordinator. 

Published Dec. 5, 2019 2:50 PM - Last modified Aug. 20, 2020 10:15 AM