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Advanced Courses in Life Sciences

1st Edition

Principles of Vertebrate Functional Morphology

October 16th-20th, 2017, Barcelona (Spain)

Principles of vertebrate functional morphology

The objectives of the course are to provide insights into the tissues that make up the musculo-skeletal system in vertebrates, their functional properties and their function.

The course will review the basics of biomechanical models and the analyses of movement. Practical sessions where participants measure and use force transducers, high-speed cameras and build biomechanical models will be included. The goal of the course is thus to provide participants with a solid background in vertebrate functional morphology and ecomorphology irrespective of the system they are interested in.

Although the course is mostly geared towards students of vertebrate biology, invertebrate examples will be mentioned as well.

LOCATION

Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica

C/ Mestre J. Lladós, 1
08781 Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona.

How to get there

LANGUAGE

English

COURSE LENGTH & ECTS

30 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 2.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.

PLACES

Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Instructors

Anthony Herrel instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Anthony Herrel
French National Centre for Scientific Research
France

Anne-Claire Fabre instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Anne -Claire Fabre
French National Centre for Scientific Research
France

Coordinators

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science
Spain

Josep Fortuny instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Josep Fortuny
Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C. / Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle
Spain / France

Requirements

Graduate or postgraduate degree in Biomedical, Life or Earth Sciences. Basic knowledge of statistics.

All participants must bring their own personal laptop.

Program

Monday, October 16th, 2017.

  • Bone, design and mechanics.
  • Muscle, design and function.


Tuesday, October 17th, 2017.

  • Biomechanics and functional morphology.
  • Models, opportunities and limitations.


Wednesday, October 18th, 2017.

  • Practical session dissection and biomechanical model: Participants will dissect in groups of two the jaw muscles of an organism. Then they will create a biomechanical model and calculate bite forces and joint forces and present their data.

Thursday, October 19th, 2017.

  • Kinematics.
  • Ecomorphology and the comparative method.


Friday, October 20th, 2017.

  • Practical session forces and movements: Using a force plate, force transducers and a high-speed camera, participants will work in small groups to set up with a small project to do for the day (making frogs jump, lizards bite, human finger strength etc…).

Fees

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2017):
  • 515
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2017):
  • 720
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches.
    (VAT included)
  • Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2017):
  • 360
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2017):
  • 360
  • This includes local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, dinners and social (tourist) activities.
    (VAT included)
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2017):
  • 875
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2017):
  • 1,080
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks, local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and social (tourist) activities.
    (VAT included)

This course will be held if at least 50 % of the places are filled.

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinators). Discounts (see Funding below) are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Accommodation

If you take the Accommodation Package you will be hosted in the Youth Hostel Can Roviralta, in shared dormitories (common bathrooms), although you will only share rooms with other classmates. The possibility exists that the dormitories will be mixed. Therefore, if this is an inconvenience for you, and you require staying in a dormitory with only women, or only men, please indicate so in the “Comments” field of the Registration form (see below).

A supplemental charge will be added if you prefer to stay in a single room with private bathroom. The number of rooms is limited and if you prefer to have a single room, let us know it as soon as possible. If you want more information on this please contact the course coordinators.

Please be aware that from the centre of Barcelona city it takes about one hour by car and one hour and a half by public transport to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola. Course participants will find that staying in Els Hostalets de Pierola is more convenient.

If you do not want the Accommodation Package, accommodation is available in places other than Els Hostalets de Pierola. You may stay in Barcelona city, Martorell or Igualada. You will find information about Hotels in Martorell here, and information about Hotels in Igualada here.

How to get to Els Hostalets de Pierola from Barcelona city, Martorell and Igualada.

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona, Spain)

Funding

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

Unfortunately there are no scholarships available for this course. However a 20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Organizations with discount). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Spanish unemployed scientists, as well as Spanish PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinators. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.

Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Schedule

Course ScheduleCourse + Accommodation Package Schedule
Sunday, October 15th, 201719:00 Meeting point in Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona) to take the bus to Els Hostalets de Pierola. If you are planning to arrive later, you can find more information in How to get there.
20:00 Registration in the Youth Hostel.
20:30 Dinner.
Monday, October 16th through Friday, October 20th, 20179:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 17:00 Lessons.

There will be a coffee break each day, halfway through each morning lesson session.

8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 17:00 Lessons.
20:30 Dinner.

There will be a coffee break each day, halfway through each morning lesson session.

Saturday, October 21st, 20178:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:15 Meeting point in the Youth Hostel to take the bus to visit a wine cellar.
10:00 Arrival at the wine cellar.
11:30 Bus to Barcelona city.
13:00 Arrival at Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona).

The schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.

Organizers

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Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica (CRIP) Logo
Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) Logo

Collaborators

Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Castilla y León Logo
Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Euskadi Logo
Colexio Oficial de Biólogos de Galicia Logo
Col·legi Oficial de Biòlegs de la Comunitat Valenciana Logo
European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP) Logo
Sociedade Brasileira de Paleontologia (SBP) Logo

Registration

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