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Training course on zooplankton identification
​Picture credit: Satu Zwerver
The course builds upon the more than 50 years of experience of the Archipelago Research Institute (ARI) has in conducting multidisciplinary research of the Baltic Sea, with a special focus on the Archipelago Sea. The Institute provides long-term monitoring data e.g. on hydrography, zooplankton and Baltic herring (Clupea harengus membras), and strong scientific expertise on long-term environmental monitoring and modeling decadal datasets. Additionally, the Institute offers facilities and services for field courses, individual researchers and research groups. Accommodation and restaurant services will be provided by Skärgårdskompaniet Oy Ab.
Teachers on this course are experts on marine biology, zooplanktology and taxonomy, together comprising decade's worth of knowledge and expertise:
  • Prof. emeritus Ilppo Vuorinen, the recently retired research director of the ARI has studied the Baltic Sea zooplankton since the 1970s, focusing especially on their long-term dynamics. 
  • Doc. emerita Marjut Rajasilta has studied the Baltic Sea zooplankton since the 1980s with a special focus on their interaction with the Baltic herring.
  • BSc. Satu Zwerver from company Zwerver has been the plankton sample analyzer for the ARI for several years. She has many years of experience and a wide knowledge base in zoo- and phytoplankton taxonomy and identification.

Location: ARI's field station, Island
of Seili, Nauvo, Finland. The Institute is located in the middle
region of the archipelago, on an island known from its nature and
particularly interesting history.
Max. number of participants: 15 participants.
Course language: English.
Date and duration: September 4-8, 2017
Credits: 2 ECTS, in total 54 hours of teaching.
More information on the course content can be found from the course flyer (PDF).
Practical information:
Participants will be accommodated in a dormitory with 2-person rooms. Linen and towels are included in the course fee.
The course is all-inclusive, meaning all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be included in the course fee.
The apartments where participants are accommodated offer also self-catering facilities. There is also a café and a á la carte restaurant on the island.
The course includes a social program, which includes a traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna, 3-hour field and sampling/excursion trip to the Archipelago Sea with the ARI's research vessel r/v Aurelia and a banquet dinner.
The course is supported by The Finnish Foundation for Nature Conservation (Rafael Kuusakoski Memorial Fund).
The course fee for a participant is Eur. 550 
The fee includes 5-day accommodation, meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), course delivery materials, bench fees, use of field station facilities, participation in the social program, organized as part of the course.
Participants  will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements and for the costs involved in travelling to the field station.
The course fee should be paid by not later than July (an exact date TBC), following acceptance of the applicant. A fee of up to 300 EUR. will be charged if a participant cancels within 30 days of the start date of the course without a valid reason. Full course fees will be charged in cases of non-attendance.
The training course is specifically designed to benefit under- and post-graduate students, early-career researchers, professionals and educators, having coastal or marine related responsibilities, functions or interests.
The participant should have at least a Bachelor’s degree or diploma in science. Criteria for selection will be the motivation and usefulness of the training for ones career.
Course enrollment for 2017 is closed.
Applicants are asked to include a short motivation letter and a CV.
Please contact the course coordinator if you experience any problems with the registration.
For more information please contact:
course coordinator, Katja Mäkinen, e-mail:

The Institute reserves the right to the change the terms and conditions.