Next Advanced course in Jurassic-Cretaceous-Cenozoic organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts was held in Nottingham, UK from July 1-6, 2018
This course was locally hosted by Dr. Jim Riding from the British Geological Survey.
The course was a great success. with 13 participants, the course had a very enthusiastic audience. Participants came from all over the world: many from Europe, but also Australia and Saudi-Arabia.
The course provided participants with the necessary knowledge to recognize, and speciate organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts for taxonomic, stratigraphic and paleoecologic purposes. Participants that have successfully followed this course were fully equipped to start or continue their applied and fundamental research on a top-level. The course brought together the best academic and applied experts in their field to teach all about dinoflagellate cysts. An introductory day got everybody up to speed, after which the top-experts lead participants through the entire stratigraphic collumn and identified the morphologic characteristics of key species. We showed case studies where dinocflagellate cysts were useful as paleoenvironmental indicators, and prodived participants with guidance on how to interpret assemblages in terms of the paleoenvironment. We showed examples of how dinocyst stratigraphic markers were integrated into multidisciplinary stratigraphic frameworks. Participants walked away from the course with a temporary access to our new dinocyst stratigraphic and taxonomic database, which contains taxonomic (formal descriptions, synonymy), stratigraphic (calibrated stratigraphic ranges of dinocyst species), literature and image data (25000+ images) of all known fossil and extant dinoflagellate cysts.
The fee for the course was 400 euros for academic participants, 800 euros for consultants and 1200 euros for industry. The fee included (at least) full participation of the course, abundant course material, field trip participation, an ice breaker, one joint dinner, coffee/tea breaks and lunches. For the first time this year, participants of the course received a temporary (3 year) license to our dinoflagellate cyst taxonomic and stratigraphic database PALSYS.org. Typical costs not included in the fee are transportation costs, other meals during the course, lodging.
Group picture of the 2015 dinocourse in Heidelberg, Germany