Aqualabs_Kuopio_Press Release 05

Author: AquaTT

Date: 11 Apr 2005

AQUALABS Series “MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY IN AQUACULTURE” – University of Kuopio, Finland, May 23-30, 2005


Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the the first in the AquaTT-led, Marie Curie funded series of high level training courses known as AQUALABS will be run in Kuopio, Finland, 23-30th May 2005 covering "Molecular Biology and Ecology in Aquaculture".

Targeted at PhD level students and early-stage researchers, a significant number of funded places are available on the course and thus, all interested parties are invited to apply early in order to be able to benefit from this generous offer. Funded places cover the €700 course participation fee as well as covering the majority of travel and subsistence costs. Eligibility for funding is dependent on meeting the EC eligibility criteria from the funding programme, Marie Curie (see website for more details).

Please can you distribute this to your colleagues and students who may be interested in participating.
The closure date for applications is indicated absolutely as April 22, 2005. All applications must be submitted by e-mail or fax to AquaTT at E-mail: Fax: +353 1 644 9009.

All interested parties are invited to visit the web-link today where the workshop programme and application process, including guidance notes and application form is readily available from or click on the direct link to the page;

Summary of Event
With a consistent increase in the importance of molecular studies in aquaculture and fish ecology, this course seeks to provide state-of-the-art hands-on training in molecular immunology, RNA extraction, electrophoresis, cDNA synthesis, quantitative RT-PCR, gel preparation & extraction, TOPO cloning, plating, plasmid-DNA purification for sequencing, analyses and microarray technology to name but a few. The full listing of topics and practicals is available on the workshop programme at the above mentioned web-link.

A comprehensive educational package consisting of theory, lectures, practicals, case-studies, field-trip and specifically sourced guest expert lecturers is planned and will take place between May 23 and May 30, 2005 inclusive. Part and parcel of the educational experience within Marie Curie is the opportunity for exchange with other young researchers and thus, a fun-filled leisure and cultural programme will complement and complete the educational experience.

Interested applicants can get a feel for the course by viewing the entertaining and useful photo gallery of participants, organisers and lecturers from the AQUALABS 2001 course at Kuopio, Finland on the link below:

For further information contact Lorraine Rafferty, Project Officer, at

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