Dinocyst course

Dinocourse 2018

Next Advanced course in Jurassic-Cretaceous-Cenozoic organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts will be held in Nottingham, UK from July 1-6, 2018!

This course will be locally hosted by Dr. Jim Riding from the British Geological Survey. Following up on the succesful dinocyst courses of the past years, we would very much like to welcome you to the 2018 edition in Nottingham, UK. 

See here the first circular


See here for the second circular


You can now register for the dinocyst course! Deadline is May 10th. Seats are limited to 40. We have reduced the registration fees for non-students. Registration is done by filling in the registration form and transferring the attendance fee.

Download registration form here


We are still looking for sponsorships for the dinocyst course. If you are interested in sponsoring the course, please contact the lpp foundation.



The course will provide participants with the necessary knowledge to recognize, end speciate organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts for taxonomic, stratigraphic and paleoecologic purposes. Participants that have successfully followed previous editions of this course were fully equipped to start or continue their applied and fundamental research on a top-level. The course brings together the best academic and applied experts in their field to teach all about dinoflagellate cysts. An introductory day will get everybody up to speed, after which the top-experts will lead participants through the entire stratigraphic collumn and identify the morphologic characteristics of key species. We will show case studies where dinocflagellate cysts were useful as paleoenvironmental indicators, and will prodive participants with guidance on how to interpret assemblages in terms of the paleoenvironment. We will show examples of how dinocyst stratigraphic markers were integrated into multidisciplinary stratigraphic frameworks. Participants will walk 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 are 400 euros for academic participants, 800 euros for consultants and 1200 euros for industry. The fee includes (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 will receive a temporary (1-2 year) license to our dinoflagellate cyst taxonomic and stratigraphic database Typical costs not included in the fee are transportation costs, other meals during the course, lodging.


We are currently trying to decide upon the numerous options for the traditional 1/2 day geological field trip that the surroundings of Nottingham have to offer, as well as an appropriate venue for our classic joint dinner, more on this soon.


Registration for the course will be done as follows. First, you need to presubscribe by sending an email to with your full name, and affiliation. Your registration, and therewith your participation is secured once we have received your payment for the course. You will receive information on how to secure your registration once you have filed your pre-registration. Your preregistration does not bind you to anything, nor does it bind us. We will have limited seats available for academia, industry and consultants, and will work with a first-come-first-serve principle. This means that, the sooner you have your preregistration filed, the better your chances are you will be able to join the course. You can cancel your preregistration at any time by sending an email to the address above. registration deadline for the course will be May 10th, 2018. You can cancel your final registration after this date, and receive a full refund only before the registration deadline. Cancellation of your participation between May 11th and June 1st, 2018 allows you to get 50% of your fee refunded; for cancellation after June 1st 2018, no refund is possible.


Group picture of the 2015 dinocourse in Heidelberg, Germany