Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Netherlands) and the Department of Biological Applications and Technology of the University of Ioannina (Greece) invite you to the first European summer school on Orthoptera taxonomy and conservation, accounting for 5 ECTS. The summer school is organized under the auspices of the Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) and will be hosted in the beautiful town of Konitsa in NW, Greece, in the heart of Vikos-Aoos Unesco Geopark from 17 to 23 July 2023.
This training course focuses on Mediterranean grasshoppers, crickets and bush crickets and combines theoretical knowledge with fieldwork. It consists of two parts: Four online interactive lectures will introduce participants to the magical world of grasshoppers in a versatile way, including topics on morphology, habitats, bioacoustics, sampling techniques, ecology, ethics, laws and collecting regulations. The second part complements the entomological lectures but focuses on fieldwork and lab sessions. Students will be trained in species sampling and identification in situ, specimen collection, preparation and identification in the lab via stereoscopy, sound recording techniques and macro-photography. They will also design and implement small-scale field experiments. The program is enriched with field excursions around Konitsa agricultural landscapes, the magnificent mountainous landscapes of Grammos near the Amarantos thermal springs of high geological interest, and the subalpine grasslands of Grammos (Aetomilitsa). The course language is English. The registration fee is 300€.
For more information and the registration form, please click here.