Comparative Morphology Methods


Cellular & Molecular Imaging Core Facility (CMIC), NTNU, Trondheim


9-16 June 2018

Registration is closed

Maximum number of participants: 16

ForBio - Research School in BiosystematicsDigital Life Norway Research School, and SIU - Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education, offer an eight-day course on Comparative Morphology Methods.

The goal of this intensive course is to introduce a variety of techniques and analytical methods, and expose students to the power of morphological studies in an evolutionary framework. You will learn the workflow from the collecting of material to the analyses of images. We will compare and combine the outcomes of the different methodologies commonly used in morphological studies. 

The course will provide an overview of the most commonly used techniques for assessing the morphology of organisms, hands-on experience on the preparation, operation modes and image interpretation, and compare the results between them. This will allow the understanding of relationships between shape, structure and function, and the assessment of the development and evolution of morphological features for comparative morphology and analyses of relationships between taxa.

THe course gives hands-on experience with Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Histology (HIS) and Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM), including the principles, theory and practical work. The practical workload is estimated in about 40 hours in groups of maximum 4 students and will be conducted in the modern and well equipped Cellular and Molecular Imaging Core Facility (CMIC), at NTNU, Trondheim. An NTNU - CMIC technician will be assisting/teaching the practical for each of the groups. 

The course is equivalent of 3 ECTS. DLNRS will provide certificates for those who successfully complete the course assignment. 

Course schedule


Patrick Beckers (University of Bonn) - CLSM and HIST
Elena Temereva (Lomonosov Moscow State University) - TEM 
Katrine Kongshavn (University of Bergen) - SEM 
Nataliya Budaeva (Bergen University & ForBio) - coordination & course content, SEM
Elisabeth Stur (NTNU & ForBio) - coordination and logistics


Bjørnar Sporsheim (CMIC, NTNU) – Light microscopy, CLSM and fluorescent microscope
Linh Hoang (CMIC, NTNU)– TEM and SEM
Kathrin Juanita Gravvold Torseth (CMIC, NTNU) – Histology

Practical arrangements

There is no course fee for DLNRS members, and we will cover your expenses related to travel and accommodation. Our standard rates for travel grants apply.

Apply for a travel grant


For questions regarding the science of the course, please contact
Elisabeth Stur 
Nataliya Budaeva

For practical questions related to DLNRS, please contact
Liv Eggset Falkenberg

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