ADVANCED COURSE ON BLUE-GREEN AND GREEN ALGAE
Sunday 6 July - Thursday 10 July 2008
Venue: Hild-Bede College and School of Education, University of Durham, UK
Organisers: Prof. Brian A. Whitton (Durham) and Dr David M. John (London)
Costs: inclusive cost is £360 (no VAT charge)
The aim of the course (run since 1992) is to provide training on identification of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) and green algae at a more advanced level than in the Introductory Course on Freshwater Algae. This course is planned especially for anyone who has attended one of the introductory courses, but also for others with considerable experience of field material or who would benefit from refreshing their knowledge. The course focuses on identification, especially modern methods.
Course leaders are Prof. Brian Whitton and Dr David John, with contributions from Dr Alan Donaldson (consultant) during part of course
The course is a mixture of lectures and practicals, together with a field trip. Members should arrive by 1730 on Sunday while the daily programme runs from 0900 to 2120 each evening. The field visit includes the Sunbiggin Tarn region (Cumbria), which has a range of wetland areas and a main river site. The course ends formally after breakfast on the Thursday.
Residence and meals Hild-Bede College is on a hill above the River Wear and has a fine view over the river and city; it also has an excellent reputation for food and drink. Arrangements can be made for special diet requirements. Parking is available inside the college; it is helpful, but not essential, to know in advance if you plan to bring a car.
Travel Durham is on the main rail line between London King's Cross and Edinburgh. Trains are about once an hour and the journey from London (260 miles) takes three hours. A taxi from the station to Hild-Bede College (about 1.5 miles, but a long hill for walkers) costs about £3.50. The nearest airport is Newcastle-upon-Tyne. There is a rail route from Newcastle airport to Durham, though this involves changing at Newcastle main rail station and the overall journey can take anything from one to two hours, depending on the connection at Newcastle. A taxi from Newcastle airport to Durham (26 miles) takes 35-45 minutes and costs about £40. The organizers usually meet members at the airport if they arrive on a day prior to the course, but this may be difficult on the Sunday.
Cost The inclusive cost for all participants is £360 (no VAT charge). Full-time students who are members of the British Phycological Society may apply directly to the Society for some support. Details are given on the BPS website. Hild-Bede College can provide accommodation for anyone wanting to stay an extra night at the beginning or end of the course (about £32 per night). Payment can be included in the main invoice, provided organizers are informed well in advance; otherwise it should be paid directly to the college after arrival. Dinner on Thursday (but not bed and breakfast) will be provided free to anyone wanting to stay the night.
Booking Provisional and firm reservations for one of 10 places should be made by email to [log in to unmask] or fax 0191-386-0619, to be followed by an official order to B.A.Whitton Algal Training, 74 Archery Rise, Durham DH1 4LA, UK. Payment or a proper order form is required by 1 June. A full refund will be made to anyone paying early, but cancels the reservation before 1 June, while a 50% refund will be made to anyone cancelling by 20 June.
For Further Information You are welcome contact Brian Whitton: [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> , phone 0191-386-7504 (home) or 0191-334-1347 (university) or David John: [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> , phone 0208-464-6367 (home) or 0872553909 (mobile).
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