Training Workshop on Morphology and Systematics of Copepods

University of Limpopo, South Africa (8 – 12 June 2020)


The course will take place during 8–12 June 2020 at the University of Limpopo (UL) in Mankweng, South Africa, where adequate facilities will be made available for both theoretical and laboratory sessions. UL has previously served as the venue for the highly successful 2 nd International Workshop on Symbiotic Copepoda in 2013. UL is situated about 36 km east of Polokwane, the capital of the Limpopo Province. Polokwane has an airport with daily flights from O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. For those who wish to drive directly to the UL, please take the R71 (Tzaneen Road) from Polokwane Central to UL. Polokwane is located a 10-minute drive from the Polokwane Game Reserve. Various nature and wildlife viewing opportunites can easily be accessed from the city.

If you require a formal, personalized letter of invitation to facilitate your visa application, please contact Prof. Susan M. Dippenaar (susan.dippenaar@ul.ac.za). Please include your full name and mailing address and a letter in PDF format will be emailed to you.


The objective of the course is to provide postgraduate students/postdoctoral fellows with a comprehensive and state-of-the-art introduction to the diversity, morphology, systematics and biology of benthic, planktonic and symbiotic copepods, including training in technical skills. The course will cover marine, brackish and freshwater forms.


The course will be taught in English by an international team of tutors. Each tutor is an internationally renowned specialist in a different area of copepod systematics. The team will consist of the following tutors:

  • Dr. Samuel Gómez (Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología – Unidad Académica Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico – samuelgomez@ola.icmyl.unam.mx) [marine and brackish water harpacticoids]
  • Professor Rony Huys (Natural History Museum, London, U.K. – r.huys@nhm.ac.uk) [introduction to morphology, life cycles, nomenclature, copepods associated with invertebrate hosts]
  • Dr. Nancy F. Mercado-Salas (DZMB, Wilhelmshaven, Germany – nancy.mercado@senckenberg.de) [freshwater copepods]
  • Professor Susumu Ohtsuka (Takehara Marine Science Station, Hiroshima University, Japan – ohtsuka@hiroshima-u.ac.jp) [marine calanoids]
  • Dr. Danny Tang (Orange County Sanitation District, Fountain Valley, CA, U.S.A. – dtang@ocsd.com) [fish parasites]
  • Dr. Ruth Böttger-Schnack (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany – rboettgerschnack@geomar.de) [non-calanoid planktonic copepods]

Course Structure

The course will last five days and will comprise a combination of lectures, laboratory- based practical sessions and informal, problem-solving discussions. Every tutor will be in attendance for all of them. Flexibility will be maintained to encourage the development of an intense group dynamic through interactions between highly motivated young researchers and established workers. Students will be asked to bring material with them that is of special interest or significance in their own work – particularly their problem species. A typical course day will consist of two 1–1.5-hour lectures alternated with practical sessions.


The tuition fee is kept to a minimum and will be R3300 (due by 31/01/2020), together with early bird registration deadline for conference (Fix this according to new dates) for the entire course, including lunch. Students attending the training workshop must pay for their own travel to Polokwane. The cost of this will be variable depending on the mode of transport (see above). We assume that all participants will also be travelling to Kruger National Park for the 14th International Conference on Copepoda, commencing on 14 June. Transport from Polokwane to the conference venue will be arranged on 13 June 2020 and a small charge will be required for a coach trip (included in registration fees). Students must also pay for one week’s accommodation and meals. The cost of double accommodation (sharing) including breakfast will be R950/night (R475 per person = R2850 for 6 nights), and for single accommodation including breakfast R700/night (R4200 for 6 nights) at Golden Pillow in Polokwane (https://goldenpillow.co.za/).

How to Apply

A significant proportion of places may be reserved for trainees from African countries but applicants from outside these regions are also encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to have a reasonable command of the English language. A questionnaire must be completed in order to apply for one of the limited places (20–25) in the course. Students will be selected by the workshop organizer, in consultation with Prof. Susan M. Dippenaar and Dr Danny Tang. Please send or email your completed questionnaire to Rony Huys (r.huys@nhm.ac.uk) at the Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, U.K. as well as to Prof. Susan M. Dippenaar (susan.dippenaar@ul.ac.za) at the Department of Biodiversity, University of Limpopo, Private Bag X1106, Sovenga 0727, South Africa.

Successful applicants were informed and should register (see link below). All payments are due by 31 January 2020. No late payments will be accepted.

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