8th Volker Schmid Training Course, Established and emerging model organisms for marine scienceInternal


Activity Overview

Type: Capacity building and training
, Type: Course
Start Date: March 9, 2015
End Date: March 20, 2015
Venue: Station Biologique, Roscoff (France)
Contact: Agnès Boutet
E-mail: agnes.boutet [at] sb-roscoff.fr
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2014 Call for Proposals
Decision Body: EuroMarine Steering Committee
Total Budget: €11,200
Funds Granted: €7,800

Manager(s): Agnès Boutet
Co-organiser(s): Patrick Cormier, Stefano Piraino

The course focuses on the presentation of established and emerging marine models to provide Master and Doctoral students with a strong background on current model organisms in marine science. This will occur in conjunction with transdisciplinary presentations on theoretical frameworks and experimental approaches towards molecular cellular, physiological and ecological analyses. The course will focus on evolutionary developmental biology, ecological developmental biology, regeneration, origin of metazoan, cellular morphogenesis and comparative genomics.

The objectives of the course are to involve students in a technical and conceptual training on marine models. Students will acquire basic knowledge related to conventional and emerging marine models together with the tools for molecular and cellular analyses, and learn of the challenges involved in working with marine models. This is a key step in the training of young scientists and the identification of novel research opportunities. A broad spectrum of species collected from seas and oceans are targeted by modern science to address biological questions. This course will give state-of-the-art information on each marine organism in the context of academic and applied research.



Students at the 8th Volker Schmid Training Course

The course was an international session for master students to develop comprehensive knowledge in the use of marine organisms in life sciences. Several biological topics were covered such as tissue regeneration, origin of metazoans, cellular morphogenesis, cell cycle, comparative genomics, behavioural studies, evo-devo and eco-devo. More than twelve marine models were presented by 18 scientific experts from 12 different research institutes in Europe. The students were also allowed to present a research paper. 19 students successfully completed the course programme and were awarded 6 ECTS credits. The course promoted the development of marine models and trained of young career researchers, positively contributing to the blue economy.

The overall perception of the course and the content was very positive. The majority of the students felt well informed and trained. Future events will combine practical lab work and on-line learning tools to develop new learning methods for this training. A proposal has been submitted to the ERASMUS+ programme, aiming to provide an internet platform related to the use of marine models in biology as a digital learning support to the practical course.


  • An erasmus application related to this course is ongoing. The key action targeted in the erasmus programme is "strategic partnership for higher eduction". The aim is to build an online platform related to the used of marine models in biology that can be available to the student before the practical course. This project involves 6 different partners in Europe and outside Europe. A proposal will be submitted in 2017.